Beeswax: The Stabilizer
Within the sustainability space, we have our specific lexicon that we understand is complicated to parse through. This series is intended to shed some light on what exactly goes on in our studio, and to welcome you into our world.
We hope to empower our customers through knowledge, transparently sharing information on not only how we create our candles, but why we selected each core ingredient. Staying true to the universal law of three, we’ve managed to synthesize ours into only three—and each one is incredibly valuable.
We began the conversation with the majority host, coconut oil, which provides the foundation for every other raw material in our candles. We then introduced the regulator, stearic acid, and dispelled some common myths about palm oil and the industry.
This time around, we’re going to discuss the third and final base material that makes our candles a cult favourite in Canadian sustainable spaces: beeswax, the stabilizer.
If you’ve ever wondered why our candles have their distinct ivory appearance, you can thank our partners from Canadian apiaries. They utilize a unique process known as charcoal filtering. This process maintains the integrity of the chemical makeup of the wax, while pulling out the amber hue and leaving a soft and slightly iridescent off-white appearance.
Beeswax’s chemical makeup creates harmony, binding together all of our other fatty acids as well as stabilizing the wax’s final body. Furthermore, there is no other truly organic wax like it that modern candlemakers use.
While manmade waxes are commonly mixed with petroleum biproducts, and mass-produced animal biproducts, it is a myth that commercial soy and coconut wax comes from soy and coconut alone. Beeswax is a fairly straightforward resource that relies only on the hard work and the magic of the honey bee—and the mindful stewardship of the Canadian beekeepers who process this raw material for us.
Authenticity Over Imitation
Plenty of candlemakers understand that beeswax is a valuable resource. In fact, candlemakers since the 19th century have been trying to imitate it! This is the very reason paraffin became the gold standard in candle making.
In the 1850s, mass-produced candles became popularized when chemists discovered how to separate the waxy substance attached to petroleum—and the refining process that turned it into what we now know as paraffin wax. Candles became easier to produce en masse, and paraffin replaced beeswax due to its cheaper cost.
Unfortunately for consumers and the environment, paraffin fails to meet the standards of sustainability that beeswax. Not to mention, consuming bee products enables us to give back to our local Canadian apiaries, supporting the domestic economy and health of our soil.