Hi, we’re Priscilla and Pravana. We sell handmade products that contain 100% pure beeswax. All of our beeswax is ethically sourced and our family business supports beekeepers and their families as well as the traditional skill of beekeeping. We love spending time outdoors as a family and are fortunate enough to see beautiful places around the world. My daughter and I share an interest in animal and nature conservation leading to a natural interest in plastic-free and zero-waste living. The popularity of our beeswax candles made us think about other uses for beeswax in natural household products. This led to us developing a range of reusable beeswax food wraps (alternative to plastic wrap and aluminium foil). Our packaging is made from 100% recycled materials, it is 100% plastic-free and is biodegradable- meaning that nothing should need to end up in landfill (unlike the majority of other companies).
Priscilla (Mother) & Pravana (Daughter)
Priscilla (founder of Honey Bee Candles) “Once I became aware of the chemicals used to make soy wax and the petrochemicals in paraffin candles, I realised how important it was to use beeswax candles. I started Honey Bee Candles to provide high quality and handmade 100% pure beeswax candles”
Pravana: “I am interested in natural, cruelty-free and eco-friendly products. I like to work with my hands, whether it is crafting, candle-making or cooking- it makes a change from typing! I believe that it only takes a few small changes to live sustainably”
THE STORY BEHIND HONEY BEE CANDLES
The natural world is perfect
Our handmade beeswax products are as nature (and the honey bee) intended.
No complicated mixtures of artificial fragrances and colours, our candles are made of 100% pure beeswax
In our family, choosing natural alternatives in our home is important to us: whether it is eating fresh and locally-sourced produce, natural cleaning solutions, cruelty-free cosmetics, no-palm-oil products and simple plastic-free swaps like using reusable hemp shopping bags.
One product that I was surprised to find out that has a lot of chemicals, is the seemly-simple candle.
Like many new mums, when my daughter Pravana was born, I became more aware of how many chemicals there were in many household products. For some things, I didn't have any trouble finding the natural alternatives- like flannel cotton squares, instead of plastic-coated wet wipes.
I had read that ionisers could reduce the amount of pollution and pollen in a room so that it could help with your baby's sleep. I was interested in this but soon realised that the faint but constant noise of the ioniser would pose as a problem. I thought that burning a candle during bath-time and just before bed would work instead. I chose a small votive candle and just out of interest, I looked at the label.
This is where things changed It was a candle made of paraffin wax; it had the warning label
"May produce an allergic reaction. May cause an allergic skin reaction. Harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Avoid release to the environment. If medical advice is needed, have product container or label at hand. Dispose of contents/container to hazardous or special waste collection point."
Paraffin wax is a by-product of crude oil! Chemicals are added to provide artificial fragrances and colours to make these candles.
I then looked at soy wax candles It seemed like this was the natural alternative and it is better than paraffin wax but not by far. Harsh chemicals (such as paraffin wax) are added to soy to turn it into candle wax, then fragrances are added as soy does not naturally have a nice smell, then colours are added as soy has a translucent/light grey colour...finally, preservatives are added to prolong its shelf life as soy wax goes rancid with time.
It was just a long list of confusing chemicals!
I researched traditional beeswax candle making techniques and this led to developing my own method of using only 100% pure beeswax and a pure cotton wick to make a truly eco-friendly, natural candle. Natural beeswax is an incredibly versatile material with unique properties.
It is an integral part of the beehive as it provides structure to the beehive and it is a vital part of nature's original food storage as it is naturally anti-bacterial (no preservatives are required) so no nasty chemicals are needed to make a candle!
It was important to me to only use sustainably-sourced beeswax because the top priority is the welfare and health of the honey bees. I never cease to be amazed by them!
I founded Honey Bee Candles to make it easier for the average family find natural candles. Over time, our products have diversified and we have become associated with plastic-free and zero-waste products.
The beautiful, bright glow of a lit beeswax candle is on the same light spectrum as sunlight
We only use beeswax that is the by-product of surplus honey; the honey bees always have enough honey
For every 1 lb (450g) of beeswax, honey bees have to collect nectar from nearly 33 million flowers
75,000 honey bees work together to make 1 lb (450g) of beeswax
A honey bee makes 8 scales of beeswax in 12 hours. At least 1000 wax scales are needed to make ¹̷ ₅₀₀ lb (1g) of beeswax