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Why do Beeswax Candles Cost So Much?

Thursday, August 04, 2016 | By Pat Cattermole
Why do beeswax candles cost so much? I hear that often. 

Maybe it doesn’t cost as much as you might think to burn beeswax candles. Beeswax naturally burns so much longer than any other candle wax without additives. Our prices went up earlier this year and with the higher price the difference in cost is still only pennies more per hour to burn. Check out our 2014 Burn Times and Cost compared to the 2016 chart inserted here, really not a huge difference.

I think the price is not the most important question. We have all heard you get what you pay for and that saying was never more apt than when you are discussing candles. You can buy the cheapest candles imported from offshore. The wax is most likely toxic paraffin.  The wicks are suspect.  Do they contain lead or zinc? Legally they aren’t supposed to, but how much do you trust a dollar store candle?  If you have an imported candle, rub the wick on a sheet of white paper. If the wick contains metal it will likely mark the paper.

This is an article I wrote last year, When It comes to Candles When does Cheap Cost Too Much? You may like to read about the ingredients that you might find in paraffin candles. 

Alternatively there are natural candles made from soy wax and palm wax. They are not toxic but they each create their own conundrums. Are they as ‘green’ as their claims? The majority of soy farmed is GMO and uses a great deal of pesticides and palm wax has been implicated in the deforestation of jungle or wildlife habitat in Asia.  

You can read more about natural candle wax:

In summary, beeswax candles will cost you more initially, but in the long run you will get more burn time from them. There are other benefits to burning beeswax candles. They burn cleanly, smell great and give your living space golden ambience. Honey Candles® beeswax candles are made in Canada.

To read more about the benefits of beeswax you might enjoy Why Burn Beeswax Candles?

Pat Cattermole picture Published by Pat Cattermole - I had the good fortune to be hired at Honey Candles in the fall of 2004. Experience managing a small rural printing business and 15 years as an elected public school trustee has been a benefit as Honey Candles moves through the need for flexibility and the demands of rapidly changing natural products marketing. I am the Sales Manager and most likely to be the one answering the phone when you call. Social Media and blogging for Honey Candles has been a recent addition to my list of skills.

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