Everything You Need To Know About Beeswax Candles

Welcome to our blog post all about Beeswax Candles. Here you'll learn how to make your own beeswax candles, how to care for your candles and important information about the first burn.

Keep reading to find out why beeswax candles are the most sustainable type of candle (rather than paraffin or soy wax etc.) and why our candles made in the UK by Five Bees Yard should be in your cart. Let's crack on.

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Greenwashing warning!

Before we start, be careful of greenwashing with beeswax candles. When doing are initial research before stocking our lovely beeswax candles, we discovered a few hits high up on Google said "beeswax candles" but on further investigation had as little as 10% beeswax in them!

While our candles might cost more than the 10% beeswax candles, they are 100% pure beeswax made in the UK - and when burning them, you can tell the quality.

How to Make Beeswax Candles

Making your own beeswax candles is a fulfilling and simple process that allows you to enjoy the natural, soothing qualities of pure beeswax right at home. Here’s how you can get started:

Gather Your Materials

To make your own beeswax candles, you'll need:

  • Pure beeswax (check with local beekeepers first before sourcing blocks/pellets)
  • Cotton wicks
  • A double boiler (you can use a saucepan and bowl)
  • Moulds or containers for your candles.

Melting the Wax

Place the beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. Allow the wax to melt slowly, avoiding high heat which can discolor the wax.

Preparing the Moulds

While your wax is melting, prepare your moulds or containers (glass jars are a good upcycling item!) by fixing the wick in the center. You can use a wick holder or a simple clothes peg resting across the top to keep it centered.

Pouring the Wax

Once the wax has melted, carefully pour it into your prepared molds, making sure the wick stays centered.

Twisted beeswax candle
Setting the Candles

Allow the wax to cool and solidify completely, which can take several hours. Once set, trim the wick to about half an inch above the wax surface.

Final Touches

Remove the candles from the moulds if you've used them. They’re now ready to use or decorate as you like!

Why Are Beeswax Candles the Most Sustainable Type of Candle?

Beeswax candles are celebrated not only for their natural and gentle light but also for their sustainability. Here are a few reasons why they are considered the most sustainable candle wax:

Natural and Renewable

Beeswax is a byproduct of honey production, making it a naturally renewable resource. Unlike paraffin, which is derived from petroleum, beeswax supports sustainable beekeeping.

Beeswax is also the least processed type of candle wax as it comes straight from the hive. Soy wax, for example, is heavily processed from soy bean to oil. Soy is also a leading cause of deforestation.

Clean Burning

Beeswax candles burn cleaner than other types, producing little soot and no harmful byproducts. This makes them better for your health and the environment.

Longer Lasting

Beeswax burns slower than other waxes, meaning your candles last longer, which reduces waste and the need for frequent replacements.

Supports Local Economies

By choosing UK-made beeswax candles, you’re supporting local beekeepers and artisans, which helps promote sustainability within the community.

How to Care for Your Beeswax Candle

To ensure the longevity and best performance of your beeswax candles, follow these care tips:

Trim the Wick

Before each burn, trim the wick to about 4-5mm to help prevent smoking and ensure a cleaner burn. The longer the wick, the higher the flame and chances of soot and decreased performance so whenever the flame is too strong or flickering, trim to 4-5mm.

Avoid Draughts

Place your candle in a spot where it won’t be affected by draughts. Moving air can cause uneven burning or dripping.


To dust your candle, use a soft cloth. Avoid using water or cleaning solutions, which can damage the wax.

Raw beeswax will "bloom". This is a natural process where low melting point oils in beeswax start getting to the surface of the candle. It results in covering the candle with white tiny crystals - this doesn't need cleaning off.

Blooming is a sign of high-quality natural beeswax. Some people prefer this vintage look of blooming while others prefer the yellow colour of beeswax, in this case just buff out the candle with a soft cloth.

Beeswax candle in glass jar

The First Burn of Beeswax Candles

The first burn is crucial for setting the stage for future use. To make the most of your beeswax candles, consider the following:

Initial Burn Time

Allow your candle to burn long enough so the wax melts across the entire surface. This prevents tunneling and ensures an even burn throughout the life of the candle.

Monitor the Burn

Keep an eye on your candle during the first burn. Make sure the wax pool doesn’t get too close to the edges.

Setting the Memory

The first burn essentially sets the "memory" of the candle. A complete and even wax pool sets the precedent for subsequent burns.

Whether you’re an experienced with beeswax candles or a beginner eager to try something new, beeswax candles are a great addition to any home.

Not only do they provide a beautiful, natural light, but they also support sustainable practices and contribute to a healthier environment.

Browse our range of 100% pure beeswax candles made here in the UK by clicking the picture below.

Beeswax Honeycomb Candle