From beeswax to candles
In keeping with long tradition, we exclusively use natural beeswax to manufacture candles.

The approved quality of the wax material and the use of cotton wicks guarantee the typical soft light and the relaxing fragrance of our candles.
Bleaching beeswax finds its roots in the Middle Ages where the clergy believed that the colour of the candles used in churches needed to express virginity; bleached beeswax appeared particularly virginal with its ivory colour.

We offer a wide range of candles in natural and ivory colour manufactured by various methods. All hand processed, we roll, knead, dip and cast each one of our candles.



product groups
handrolled candles
The most popular method is by rolling up the middle segments of the comb structure.
 
cylinder-candles handrolled
Rustic and elegant looking candles rolled up from smooth beeswax slaps.
   
handkneaded pillar candles
The pillar candle receives its texture through thorough kneading of the wax strand thereby making each candle unique.
 
hand-dipped candles
During the dipping process the wick is dipped into the liquid wax again and again.
   
hand casting practice
We cast the wax using many different moulds to suit all tastes in shape and design.
 


What is beeswax?
Beeswax is an animal wax. It is a substance that is secreted by bees within a 10 day period of their life by special glands on the underside of the abdomen. The wax is deposited as thin scales and used for constructing the honeycomb. Approximately 1,250,000 such scales make 1000g of pure beeswax. This is the wax production of one beehive in one year, which explains the limited availability of beeswax.

Where do the different shades of colour come from?
We exclusively use pure beeswax with its natural warm colour shades. Since we refuse to use colour additives, different shades are inevitable. Beeswax also contains flower and pollen particles as well as a resinous substance called Propolis which all influence the colour. The colour of the wax is directly connected to the bees’ natural flora and makes the wax look yellowish, orange or even brownish. At low temperature the wax creates a whitish, thin velvet layer, another characteristic of the quality of the used material and an indicator of its natural origin.

What are the important considerations in our manufacture of our beeswax candles?
We only use approved beeswax material in its natural colour. For ivory candles we use 100% pure bleached beeswax material. The bleach process takes place carefully and ecologically. The fragrance of bleached candles is less intense since aroma additives are not used.

All our candles are carefully hand made; we carry out test burns with each new lot of wax to guarantee the burn quality since, due to different natural origins, the compound is different and needs special processing.

Burning characteristics
The high quality and high melting point of the beeswax, our extensive expertise and the perfect ratio of candle thickness to wick thickness gives our candles a long burning time.
Here is a brief summary of some burning times:

  • Dipped candle 250/22:
  •   Burning time approx. 12 hours
  • Dipped candle 300/28:
  •   Burning time approx. 18,5 hours
  • Tea light:
  •   Burning time approx. 3,5 hours


    Treatment and maintenance
    The burning process is an active process and should be monitored at all times. If the candle noticeably emits soot, make sure there is no draft. If the flame is too big, cut the wick with a wick trimmer back to 10mm. If the edge is higher than 10mm (caused by short burning periods) cut it down when the wax is still warm. To avoid hollowing, make sure the burning dip is completely liquefied.
    By following these simple guidelines we guarantee joy and satisfaction with all our beeswax candles.

    Any other questions?
    Call us by phone or write an email.

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