Pure. Natural. Distinct.
Owner Kathy Shaw started hand-pouring beeswax candles in her kitchen as a young mom with five active children. Several like-minded friends joined her in hand-pouring candles, carpooling kids, and creating a one-of-a-kind candle-making studio.
“I loved the relaxing process of working with molten wax, and sharing my candles with family & friends.”
- Kathy Shaw, Owner at Beeswax Candle Co.
As Beeswax Candle Co. became more successful, Kathy left her position as the Director of Development at a non-profit. Most of the original staff are still working together, even though their children have grown into adulthood.
That small business grew into a full-time passion — selling 100% pure beeswax candles from Beeswax Candle Co. in Downtown Lynchburg, Virginia.
Today, all of our candles are cotton-wicked, 100% pure, and crafted from highly filtered beeswax that has been "filter polished" (never bleached) to its natural, creamy white color. You can see the difference from the first light.
Our studio is located in a historic building on the edge of downtown Lynchburg, Virginia. We are two blocks from the banks of the James River, and if we were a little higher on the hill, would have a fantastic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
In the upper level of our building, we hand-pour our candles. The walls are exposed brick from the original foundation built in the late 1890s. The scent of warm wax fills the air up to the 15 ft. high ceilings.
On the main level, we have a small gallery. This inviting space encourages our friends and customers to linger during their visits. We hope the atmosphere inspires you to bring the same warm energy into your own home.
Different From First Light
Our customers appreciate the distinct handmade qualities of our candles. Each one is unique, sustainable, and clean-burning. Below are some additional questions that often answer for our customers.
Q. What’s wrong with paraffin?
A. Paraffin wax candles make up 95% of the world's candle production. However, paraffin is a petroleum by-product that requires additional chemicals to harden and scent it. Paraffin releases toxins as it burns, evidenced by the black soot paraffin candles produce. Beeswax candles burn cleanly, with virtually no smoke or soot.
Q. What about aromatherapy candles that use pure essential oils?
A. Don't be misled by "aromatherapy" candles. Despite the fact that wonderful essential oils are used, paraffin wax is still the foundation.
Q. What is the melting point of beeswax?
A. About 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Q. Why does beeswax smell like honey?
A. When beeswax is created by the honeybee, it is white and odorless. During storage in the honeycomb, the wax absorbs its fragrance and color from pollen, honey, and propolis (a brownish resinous material of waxy consistency collected by bees from the buds of trees and used as a cement). Each batch of wax collected has a unique honey-like fragrance and color.
Q. Why do some honeycomb sheet colors smell differently?
A. The type of plant from which the honeybee harvests pollen determines the fragrance of the beeswax. A lighter color of beeswax indicates the bees are collecting materials from blossoms. A darker shade of beeswax is produced when bees collect from plants such as eucalyptus and avocado.
Q. What is bloom?
A. Bloom is the dull "finish" or sometimes frosty-like "film" that appears on the surface of beeswax, usually when the wax is cold and exposed to air. Bloom is caused by the softer oils in the wax coming to the surface. It is not harmful and may be removed by blowing warm air from a hairdryer over the wax (not so close you melt the wax) or by buffing the candle with a nylon stocking (although this does not work well with hand-rolled honeycomb candles).
Q. What kind of caution do I need to use when burning the candles?
A. When using wooden candlestick holders please do not let the candle burn down to the wooden base. Also, beware of glass candleholders—they can crack and "explode" when the candle burns down to the glass cup. The standard warnings also apply: never leave a burning candle unattended, or alone with children.
Q. Do beeswax candles really burn longer?
A. Yes. Beeswax is a long-burning wax; however, a hand-rolled candle has less wax than a solid candle. Other factors that affect burn time are: the ambient temperature of the room the candle is burning in (colder air means longer burn time); for hand-rolled candles - how tightly the wax was rolled around the wick (it's important for the wick to have good contact with the wax; less air--tighter roll--the better); and drafts.