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) and eco-friendly fire starters. Our packaging is made from 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”
HOW WE PRIORITISE THE WELFARE OF HONEY BEES
Ensuring the welfare of honey bees
Maintaining the high quality of Honey Bee Candles products
The bees always have enough supplies of honey and beeswax. We only remove the surplus honey and beeswax. Honey bees are incredibly efficient creatures so store much more honey (and beeswax) than they actually use; more and more honey and beeswax would accumulate if left as honey and beeswax never expire- eventually leaving less space for the honey bee colony (which is not good for them)
Ethically-sourced, sustainably-sourced and cruelty-free beeswax; surplus honey is only collected at certain times of the year thus only the surplus beeswax is removed. Very minimal smoke (using eco-friendly fire starters and burning materials) is used to alert bees. Honey Bee Candles do not support a lot of smoke being used as it is not necessary and may cause the honey bees unnecessary stress
The majority of the beeswax we use is for our own use (no other company has it). In times of high demand, we source further beeswax from just over 20 miles (32km) from where we’re based- that way, all the honey bees always have enough honey and beeswax
ABOUT OUR BEESWAX
We filter the beeswax that is a by-product of the surplus honey collected from beehives during honey harvests. Surplus honey and beeswax is collected from the Supers (top part of the beehive) and is never collected from the Brood boxes (where the Queen lays eggs and the honey bees store their honey for the winter). This way, the honey bees always have enough supplies of honey and nothing is wasted.
We support ethical beekeeping and its values so our beeswax is cruelty-free and from a sustainable source. The honey bees are free to leave and re-enter the beehive as they wish and they are never subjected to heavily perfumed smoke. Surplus beeswax is only collected at certain times of the year. The beeswax that we use is straight from the beehive- no other type of wax (e.g. soy or paraffin), no nasty chemicals or preservatives are added- we only use 100% pure beeswax
Beeswax is a naturally occurring by-product of food pollination (and when beekeepers collect the surplus honey)
Beeswax is the most eco-friendly wax for the environment, for animals and for you and family. Our beeswax is sustainable and renewable
Natural beeswax is biodegradable
ABOUT OUR 100% PURE BEESWAX CANDLES
Our high level of handcrafted skill enables us to maintain traditional methods of candle making while keeping the consistency of high quality products that our customers have come to expect from our family business
Honey Bee Candles are 100% pure beeswax candles:
our candles are natural ionisers
our candles are able to form “bloom”
our candles are suitable for those with asthma
ABOUT THE CHARITIES THAT WE SUPPORT
Candlelighters: A donation of 10% of every Benjamin pillar candle and set of Honeycomb Birthday Candles sold via our website will be donated to the UK charity Candlelighters who support families facing children's cancer in Yorkshire (UK). Help us to support Candlelighters and achieve our target of providing a therapy session for a family
FareShare: A donation of 10% from the Winter Vegetables and Summer Citrus beeswax wrap packs sold via our website will be donated to the UK charity FareShare. It is an amazing cause to support as they redistribute food industry surplus (which would otherwise go to waste) to provide meals to people who would otherwise go hungry. 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the UK food industry every year and 250,000 tonnes of this is still edible (that’s enough for 650 million meals) but 8.4 million people in the UK are struggling to afford to eat (equivalent to the entire population of London). Help us to support FareShare and achieve our target of providing at least 2 families affected by domestic violence with healthy home cooked meals for a month at a Women’s Refuge
British Beekeepers Association: A donation of 10% from the Wildflowers beeswax wrap packs sold via our website will be donated to the UK charity The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) who provide valuable education and training resources (through lectures and talks in schools to inspire young people), support investigative and applied research projects into the plight of the honey bee; as well as championing bees by providing advice to the government (representing the needs of beekeepers and honey bees, ensuring that this is prioritised for environmental capacities) and the network of regional beekeeping associations about how to improve the local environment for pollinators (honey bees and other pollinators like butterflies). Our first target is to raise £100 to donate to the BBKA to contribute their plan to redevelop their Apiary to become a cutting edge learning centre for local schoolchildren and community groups.
Bees for Development: A donation of 10% from the Honeycomb beeswax wrap packs sold via our website will be donated to the UK charity Bees for Development who focus on educating remote and impoverished farming communities about sustainable beekeeping methods to turn their local natural resources, such as selling honey, into sustainable livelihoods which also benefits local biodiversity. They have successfully empowered people through beekeeping in over 50 countries. They also undertake beekeeping project work on behalf of many international organisations, including the World Bank, the United Nations and USAID. Our target is to make a donation that will provide 2 years of mentoring to a farmer.
More information: we started collecting for these charities from 15 November 2018 (9pm). All orders processed via our website after this date will have the charity donations deducted accordingly from their RRP.
Candlelighters, FareShare, the British Beekeepers Association and Bees for Development
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