Friday, March 25, 2011

Medway Candles--Taper, Votive, Pillar, Tea-light or Heart?

 Mike's making candles by the dozen. Hand-dipped tapers in 7, 8, and 9 inches. Custom tapers from birthday-sized to menorah candles, to Danish Christmas candles. And all kinds of other candles, and all in beeswax.

Beeswax Facts

            It’s inexpensive!
Beeswax, because of its hardness and higher melting point, burns 4-5 times longer than paraffin, making beeswax candles a cost-effective choice.

            It’s safe
Beeswax gives off no harmful chemicals when it burns.

            It’s smokeless
Beeswax doesn’t smoke when it burns (although the wick will smoke when you blow out the candle).

            It’s renewable and green
Beeswax doesn’t require off-shore drilling, or refining. It’s environmentally safe and always in production.

            It’s a natural air purifier
Burning beeswax produces negative ions which bind to particles in the air (such as dust, dander and pollen): the now-heavier particles drop to the floor, leaving the air cleaner than it was before. 

            The Colors of Beeswax
Beeswax comes in colors ranging from nearly white to pale gold, to brown. The color in beeswax comes from the nectars and pollens brought in by the bees; beeswax tends to darken as it ages. But beeswax candles that appear greyish-brown have been melted and poured at too-high a heat...

           White Beeswax?
Although beeswax is white when it first comes from the bee, hive activity turns it gold with pollen. “Bleached” beeswax is white. It can be bleached by the use of light, filtration, melting, natural products or chemicals. Even natural bleaching can remove the natural, honey-like fragrance, so true beeswax lovers generally avoid bleached wax.

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