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Beeswax Candles

Summary: Beeswax candles are used in millions of households worldwide to provide a calm atmosphere. However, citronella beeswax candles are helpful outdoors to guard against flying pests.

Here's an interesting fact for you. Every year, over 1 billion pounds of wax are used to make candles in the United States alone! That is a lot of wax! Beeswax, paraffin, and vegetable-based waxes are used to make candles, but I am here to tell you about the redeeming qualities of beeswax.
Beeswax is a popular type of wax used to make candles. It has been used to produce candles in China since the year 618 A.D.! Beeswax first came to Europe sometime during the middle ages, but the average person could not afford it. Nowadays, paraffin is the typical type of wax found in most candles. However, if you want to make sure that your candle burns longer and gives off less smoke, beeswax candles are the way to go.

People who have allergies or asthma or those who simply do not like scented paraffin candles may want to try beeswax candles for relief. These candles are very soothing and will help you relax after a stressful day at the office. Beeswax candles are also believed to be air purifiers. They release smoke into the air that is much cleaner than paraffin or vegetable-based candles. By using beeswax candles, you know you are doing your part to help the environment. I am sure that this will help you sleep at night!

Now that you have some background information on beeswax candles, it is time to learn how they can help you guard against pests! First of all, beeswax candles may contain oil called citronella. The smoke produced in beeswax citronella candles helps repel against bugs and mosquitoes. So on a warm summer night when your neighbors are visiting with you on your back patio, citronella candles will help keep the bugs away. These candles are not effective when there is windy weather, so only use them when the weather is calm. Also, make sure to place a few citronella candles close to where people are sitting. This is a better deterrent for bugs than a single candle on the edge of a table. Citronella candles will definitely make mosquitoes and other bugs mind their own beeswax!

Hopefully by now I have sold you on investing in beeswax candles. You may be wondering where to purchase such fine items of décor. They are available at drug stores and convenience stores nationwide, in addition to specialty shops such as Yankee Candle Company and White Barn Candle Company. However, if you would rather spend a fun-filled afternoon making beeswax candles on your own, here are the directions:

Purchase a few sheets of beeswax and a few wicks to put in the candles. Make sure you have matches, too! Cut one sheet of beeswax in half. If you are making these candles with your kids, safety scissors probably will help you.

Lay a wick on the very edge of the beeswax sheet. Make sure to leave at least a half-inch of wick on both sides of the sheet. Slowly start to roll the beeswax around the wick. You want the wax to be even around the wick, so take your time. Make sure that you are rolling it straight. A ruler or book next to the sheet will help you eyeball if it is straight or crooked. Also, make sure the wax is as tightly wound as possible. Pretend you are making cookies and rolling out the dough, and you will be set.

When you finish rolling the beeswax, you need to seal it. Fortunately, beeswax candle can mold together from human body heat. On the edge of the beeswax, gently push down to make it stick. If this is not working, try rubbing your hands together to make them warmer and try again. Make sure not to press too hard or your beautiful masterpiece will break. Trim one end of the wick completely, and trim the other end down to ¼ long.

Now you have a wonderful beeswax taper candle. I promise that your home will be better off because of it.

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