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Where are Canada Candles made?
We handcraft our candles in Ontario, Canada. Our candles are 100% Canadian made.
Are all beeswax candles made with 100% Pure Beeswax?
Be careful when buying beeswax candles, candles containing as little as 10% beeswax are sold as "beeswax candles". Our beeswax candles are made from 100% pure Canadian beeswax ONLY. Our wicks are dipped in our own wax, so we can confidently guarantee that our candles are pure beeswax and nothing else.
What's the difference between paraffin candles, soy candles and 100% pure beeswax candles?
Beeswax candles burn cleaner and far far longer when compared to paraffin candles and soy candles.
Paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product that is created from the sludge waste when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Paraffin wax candles create highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. These candles can be deadly to a variety of birds, and are not recommended to burn around children, the elderly or anyone with asthma or copd. We strongly recommend that you do not burn paraffin wax candles in your home or place of business.
Soy wax candles made with pesticide-free, non-GMO soy are a clean, renewable choice (non-organic soy is a pesticide- and water-intensive, genetically modified crop). But because soy is less firm than paraffin, most soy wax candles come in glass containers. Palm oil candles also burn cleanly, but palm tree plantations are often responsible for the destruction of rainforests, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia.
Beeswax candles are 100% safe to use with no side effects. Beeswax is an environmentally responsible, clean and renewable resource. The care and housing of honeybees is a fundamental necessity to our food resources and you are supporting this process when you purchase beeswax candles, honey and pollen.
Do beeswax candles burn longer than regular candles?
Beeswax candles are proven to burn longer than both paraffin and soy candles, and they do not drip, unlike paraffin candles that drip excessively and have a relatively short burning time. In other words, although beeswax candles can cost slightly more than paraffin, they last longer and this is what makes them a great investment and a better choice for your home.
Beeswax shrinks as it cools and occasionally, if cooled quickly, larger diameter beeswax candles will form a crack as the wax pool hardens. This is not a flaw with the candle but simply a reality of burning beeswax.
To avoid cracks, try to cool your candle gradually in a warm area of your house, but if they do happen to crack don’t despair! It is not likely to impact the performance of the candle and will almost always fill in again when the candle is next lit. If the crack is particularly deep it might be a good idea to tilt it sideways after relighting to try to melt some wax from around the crack to fill it up.
What are your wicks made from?
Our wicks are made from 100% pure cotton, for a better, cleaner burn. Rope and other wick types are generally used with wax that hasn't been carefully filtered, resulting in a less clean burn. In addition, some candle wicks contain small amounts of lead, which when burned emit lead—a bioaccumulative neurotoxin that’s especially dangerous for children.
Why are beeswax candles different colours?
Beeswax comes in a variety of shades and tones, candle colors may vary for this reason. The beeswax color will vary depending on the type of nectar source that the bees are gathering.
Why is my beeswax candle developing a white coating on it, and what can I do about it?
Over time, bees wax candles will develop a whitish coating called bloom. This is the result of softer oils rising to the surface. Warming the candles carefully with a hair dryer will remove candle bloom. Bloom has no effect on how your beeswax candle will burn. Beeswax is a natural substance and can fade over time if left in direct sunlight. Keep your candles away from sunlight.
What type of beeswax does Canada Candles use?
Canada Candle only uses 100% pure Canadian cappings beeswax to make our beeswax candles.
How much honey does it take to make beeswax?
Bees will consume 8-10 pounds of honey to make 1 pound of Beeswax. Honeybees collect nectar from approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey, so nectar is collected from 17 million flowers to make 8 1/2 pounds of honey to make one pound of beeswax!
Honey never spoils. No need to refrigerate it. It can be stored unopened, indefinitely, at room temperature in a dry cupboard.
Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence. It was found in the tomb of King Tut and was still edible since honey never spoils (when stored properly). Due to the high level of fructose, honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar. To make honey, bees drop the collected nectar into the honeycomb and then evaporate it by fanning their wings.
Honey has different flavors and colors, depending on the location and kinds of flowers the bees visit. Climatic conditions of the area also influence its flavor and color.
Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years. The true honeybee was not known in the Americas until Spanish, Dutch, and English settlers introduced it near the end of the 17th century.
Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.
Honey and beeswax form the basics of many skin creams, lipsticks, and hand lotions.
Did you know that bees have 4 wings? The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz. A bee flies at a rate of about 12 miles per hour.
How many eyes does a honeybee have? .....Five.
Honeybees communicate with one another by "dancing".
The queen bee is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength. She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day.
In the cold winter months, bees will leave the hive only to take a short cleansing flight. They are fastidious about the cleanliness of their hive.
Honeybees do not die out over the winter. They feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months and patiently wait for spring. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.
It takes 35 pounds of honey to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the winter. In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.
A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year.
What are the health benefits of honey?
Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection. As recently as the First World War, honey was being mixed with cod liver oil to dress wounds on the battlefield.
Modern science now acknowledges honey as an anti-microbial agent, which means it deters the growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and molds.
Honey has the ability to attract and absorb moisture, which makes it remarkably soothing for minor burns and helps to prevent scarring.
Honey is nature's energy booster! It provides a concentrated energy source that helps prevent fatigue and can boost athletic performance.
Recent studies have proven that athletes who took some honey before and after competing recovered more quickly than those who did not.
Not a spinach lover? Eat honey - it has similar levels of heart-healthy antioxidants! One antioxidant called "pinocembrin" is only found in honey. For years, opera singers have used honey to boost their energy and soothe their throats before performances.
Honey supplies 2 stages of energy. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost. The fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.
Honey contains vitamins and antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free!
Bee Safe! Never leave burning candles unattended!