Candles have come a long, long way since being used as a source of light starting around 500 BC. These days, apart from during a blackout, we are more likely to use candles to brighten up our homes and moods – they give such a warm feeling, thanks, of course, to their soft glow!
Back in the Dark Ages, people knew about the awesome ambience of a flickering candle and used them in religious ceremonies. And what about all those period dramas with great halls filled with hundreds of candles? Swoon!
Candles add romance or relaxation, and generally make us feel good. It’s no wonder Aussies have been snapping up candles at more than double the usual rate since the start of the pandemic.
And while once beeswax candles were only for the rich (everyone else made their candles from things such as animal fat), we can all enjoy the natural goodness and sweet smell of beeswax candles.
Did you know beeswax burns with little to no smoke? So it doesn’t pollute the air – and it is said to reduce the impact of mould and dust particles. Beeswax candles also emit a naturally sweet, honey smell. That’s surely great news for anyone stuck at home with the family during lockdown, particularly with teens!
And with everyone working from home, turning off those blue-light screens and enjoying some downtime by candlelight gives our minds a chance to switch off and relax, and that helps us sleep better.
If you’ve ever heard reports that some candles contain chemicals, don’t worry, ‘bee’ happy. Here at Collombatti Naturals, our process starts with happy bees – we even build hives with windows so we can check on our bees without disturbing their natural routine. Then we use the pure natural wax in all our candles.
Collombatti Naturals candles can be used to heat oil burners (for the best results, use all natural essential oils from an ethical source), as floating candles, for adding romance to the dinner table or bathtub, or for decorating tables at special events.
Or just burn them around the home for that feel-good ambience!
Here are some handy, and important, tips for burning your beeswax candles:
- Before lighting your candle, straighten the wick and, if needed, trim it to 5mm so the candle burns evenly.
- Use a candle holder, and always place it on a heat-resistant surface.
- Keep lit candles out of reach of children, and well away from anything flammable – especially if there is a draught.
- Don’t move a burning candle – not only is the hot wax dangerous, movement speeds up the burning process.
- One lit, it’s best to let tealights burn to the end. If you must extinguish one, push the wick into the melted wax – use a wick dipper or metal skewer. Once extinguished, straighten it again, ready for next time.
- Beeswax candles will burn down with little or no residue – and remember to remove the wick base before adding another candle. Any beeswax residue can be frozen for easy removal; just tap it gently on a hard surface to loosen.
You can also pop a few drops of water in the holder before adding a new candle to help stop it sticking, and make it easy to clean up and leftover wax!