About the colour of beeswax candles: why can it vary so much?

Beeswax varies a great deal in color. Natural beeswax can range from creamy white to bright yellow, orange, pink and even dark brown. This is due in part to:

  1. The type of flowers the bees have been foraging on. The wax would be lighter when the bees forage on clover than when they are on something like buckwheat or fireweed.
  2. How much the wax has been filtered.
  3. The bees‘ race.
  4. The storage conditions. The wax fades in the light. It gets white („bloom“) in the cold. Just heat the candle in the sunshine or blow it using a hair-dryer and the white film will disappear.

Beeswax actually starts white. It is secreted from the wax glands on the abdomen of the female worker bees. They mix the white wax with propolis and pollen, giving it this wellknown golden color. This is when the various possible colours of wax appear.

So no two beeswax candle pours will be the same. You can see it on the pictures abow. These are all natural beeswax. Color variations are common and normal.


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