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Blue Ridge Beeswax is a family-owned beeswax candle business, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Since our small beginning in 2019, we have worked to create beautiful, well-burning candles made from 100% beeswax. We share the knowledge of our craft through workshops and online resources.

About Blue Ridge Beeswax

Our first candles were made by Johanna as she dipped wicks into a mason jar of wax for Christmas gifts. She fell in love with the simple elegance of beeswax candlelight, learning about the qualities of beeswax and the centuries-old craft of dipping and molding candles. Braxton joined in, first by building necessary equipment and then offering his marketing know-how at the farmer’s market. Now we work together to share with you candles and candle-making knowledge for your journey.

Where Does Beeswax Come From?

The honeybee creates beeswax to build the honeycomb of its hive. When the wax is first spun out of her abdomen, it is pure white. As honey is stored in each hexagonal cell of the honeycomb, the wax takes on the color of that particular pollen (orange blossom, clover, wildflower, dandelion etc.). This is why beeswax can have different shades from one region or hive to the next.

When a cell of the honeycomb is filled with honey at the right moisture content, the bee seals it off with wax. To periodically extract honey from the hive, beekeepers have a few different methods of removing or disrupting this cap in order to access the honey. These cappings are then heated and filtered to make a clean block of wax.

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