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100% Michigan Beeswax

Pure, No Additives

We make our candles from 100% pure Michigan beeswax with no additives, dyes or scents. We use all cotton wicks, lead and zinc free.

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Honey Aromatherapy

Hypo-Allergenic

Our candles burn cleaner, last longer and give off more heat and light than paraffin (a petroleum by-product that releases toxic chemicals in the air). Walk in the room and smell the delicate fragrance of honey from a pure beeswax candle.

Dust Removers

Not Dust Collectors

Beeswax candles emit “negative ions” which help clear the air of dust, odors, pollen and mold. Our tapers are virtually dripless in draft-free environments.

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It All Starts in the Hive

And It All Starts with the Bees

Beeswax is secreted from the wax glands of worker honeybees, molded into perfect hexagonal comb. The comb is where bees raise their young and store honey and pollen for food.

Harvesting Honey

And Sharing the Wax

We remove frames of honey comb from the hives. We take only what we believe is in excess of what the bees need for their own food and health. Then we use an uncapping fork, or cold knife, to scrape the cappings off the comb cells. We spin the frames in an extractor and collect the honey in a large bucket. When we’re done, we put most of the comb back in the hive for the bees to rebuild and refill. We save the cappings and remaining wax to make into candles.

 

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Sunshine and the Bees

A Natural Way

We place the cappings and remaining comb outside on a tray in the sun, for the bees to reharvest remaining bits of honey. Then we place the wax in a solar melter.

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Melt, Filter and Mold

Handcrafting Candles
We melt and filter the wax in our candlemaking studio. Then we form candles by hand-pouring molds.

“Bees in the D”

Detroit beeswax
Sometimes we design our own candle molds, like our popular “Bees in the D”. We named this candle for Detroit, the location of our first hives. It’s a way to draw attention to the need and desire for bees in our urban habitat.

Beeswax Candle FAQs

Beeswax varies from pale to bright yellow to brown. It indicates the bee’s source of pollen and nectar, and age of wax in the hive. Darker wax is colored by pollen and propolis.
After awhile, you’ll notice the “bloom” on pure beeswax. You can bring back the shine by placing your candles in a sunlit window or by polishing with a soft cloth.
Place the candle holder or small plate (we use tea saucers to catch the drips from pillars and other large candles) in the freezer (or outside, in northern winters) for at least an hour. Afterwards, the brittle wax will pop right off or be easily dislodged with a kitchen knife.

 

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