Hand rolled from 100 pure beeswax sheets right here in our farmhouse studio. The sweet smell of honey coming from these gorgeous pillar candles will make you swoon! We offer both tall and short pillars! Our tall pillars measure 3 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall. Our short pillars measure 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches tall. The both come in a variety of colors! We have tapers too! Watch our Facebook page for classes where you can join us in the farmhouse studio and hand roll your own beeswax pillars!
Beeswax Candle Burning Tips
Natural beeswax candles are a thing of beauty. From their subtle sweet honey scent to their air purifying qualities every home should have a beeswax candle...or two or three...LOL! Pillar candles offer unique challenges that container candles do not and we have pulled together some tips and tricks to help you get the best burn out of your pillar candle! This is often more an art than a science.
Basic Safety Tips
Never leave a burning candle unattended. EVER!
Keep all candles away from children and pets.
Keep all candles away from flammable materials or crowded settings.
Remove paper label from candle before burning.
Burn candles only in a draft-free environment away from fans, open windows, air ducts, etc. This will help to prevent any dripping or smoking.
Light the wick from the base of the wick, where the wick comes out of the candle, to allow the beeswax to absorb into the wick.
Trim the wick before use. Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4″.
Properly extinguish the candle flame, do not blow it out – this will cause wax splatters and smoldering wicks (see below for tips on extinguishing each candle type).
Pillar Burning Tips
ALWAYS use a pillar holder or plate.
We recommend always using a pillar plate or pillar holder when burning solid and honeycomb beeswax pillar candles to keep your surfaces free of any accidentally spilled wax or problems due to the heat of the candle. If you need one we sell those too!
Burn your pillars for extended periods of time! They were designed for it!
Burn your pillar roughly 1 hour per inch in diameter (for example our 3″ pillar should be burned for at least 3 hours per session) Burning for extend time ensures that the wick burns the candle evenly out to the edge. This also helps to avoid tunneling and relighting issues.
Hug Your Beeswax Candles...yes you get to HUG your pillar!
Occasionally it is necessary to gently press the edges of the candle towards the center of the candle to ensure that all of the beeswax burns properly. Do this carefully as your candle is burning or immediately after extinguishing it. Do not hug too hard or you pillar wall could collapse! Pillar hugging is an art; enjoy the experience!
Our beeswax pillar candles are not recommended for use in a hurricane glass or other tall walled containers. Beeswax has a high melting point and burns at a hotter temperature than other waxes; using a hurricane container creates a convection effect by both disturbing the air flow around the candle (causing smoking wicks that burn too fast) and retaining extra heat inside the glass (causing dripping and eventually the pillar walls to collapse). Ask me how I know….LOL!
We’ve designed our beeswax pillar candles to burn as efficiently as possible without tunneling by careful wick selection. To avoid tunneling, simply hug your candles on occasion while burning. Here we go…hugging again…trust me you will love it J
This is the one time you will see me say that tunneling in a candle is good! A tunneled beeswax pillar candle can have a beautiful glow to it! Especially these hand rolled beeswax candles! The flame glows through the thin outer wall of beeswax while it’s burning. While I don’t recommend it, if you want your candle to tunnel, simply avoid hugging it. Keep in mind though, that the pillar walls may become weak and hug on their own. I burned my tall black pillar without hugging during the testing phase and have photos to show you the appearance if you want to see the burn. The walls did eventually “hugthemselves” and drop into the candle. Please be aware lighting the wick may become difficult if the pillars walls become too high.
It’s important to trim the wick on your pillar. Always trim the wick to 1/4 inch prior to each lighting.
The easy and smoke free way to extinguish pillar candles is to gently push the wick into the wax pool until the candle is extinguished and then pull the wick straight. A tweezer works GREAT for this or you can buy a wick dipper. Alternatively, you can use a candle snuffer to extinguish the candle flame, though often times the snuffer will dip into the wax pool and make a mess of your snuffer. Again…ask me how I know...LOL! Avoid handling the wick after it is cooled as it may break.
If your pillar does drip or melt through its side, generally due to too large of a flame, extinguish the candle and let it harden before relighting it. Avoid moving the pillar while the beeswax is cooling.
If your pillar develops a thick wall, generally due to not burning long enough each burning session, carefully cut the wall down to the level of the wax pool inside. This must be done when the wax pool is hardened. We recommend using a heated craft knife found at most hobby stores. Caution is advised. Call me and I can cut them for you.
The best way to relight your beeswax pillar candle is to hold the flame to the base of the wick for 5 to 10 seconds (a lighter works best). This will ensure all of the hardened beeswax in the wick is melted. This allows the wick to now pull newly melted beeswax from the candle and burn properly.
If your pillar doesn’t stay lit it could be one of two main causes. First, it may be that the flame you’re using to light the wick isn’t large enough. Because the wicking for a beeswax candle is thicker than most other candles a large flame is needed to melt the wax in and around the base of the wick in order to get the wax flow started.
The other possible problem is that the wick has gotten too short. In this case the solution is to expose fresh wick by melting the wax around the wick and pouring it off, or warming the wick and gently digging wax out from around the wick. Once fresh wick is exposed be sure to burn the candle for an hour per inch in diameter to get it back in balance.
Always burn your pillar candle on a plate or pillar holder for safety and AGAIN never leave a burning candle unattended.