Beeswax tea lights

Candle by Bluecorn Naturals

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Blissful beeswax, a little too faint.

Sweet smelling, bright burning, long lasting tea lights with a light scent will help you round out your shopping cart- but provide your own containers.
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Pros:
Naturally sweet smelling candles burn bright and last many hours.
Cons:
Plastic cups don't handle the heat as well as glass would, scent too faint.
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review

Use

For surrounding your love's bed with a warm candle glow, for lining the edge of the bath tub to unwind alone or together, or for a steady light at your writing desk on a winter evening, these long-lasting beeswax candles will improve the mood in your room. The lightly-filtered beeswax has a light, natural honey scent, and the candles burn brightly for hours longer than paraffin tea lights. Beeswax's high melting point allows these candles to outshine competitors, but it is far too hot for use in wax play, so plan to use these for mood lighting only.
  • Who / How / What
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Light natural scent
    • Mood enhancer
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Bedroom
    • Writing desk

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

My six Bluecorn Naturals' beeswax tea lights were all a very even consistency, a light creamy-honey color, and the wicks were clean and sturdy. The wick's bases are lead-free as well. As the makers explain, the wax is lightly filtered to strike a balance between a high-quality, consistent burn and the iconic pleasant fragrance.

Taste / Aroma

Beeswax smells delicious, and (unless you're allergic to pollen) it won't trouble a sensitive nose. The delightful honey smell of these candles is lighter than some I've used before; they lend a little fragrance to a room before they're lit, but if you lean over to sniff one while it's burning you'll smell the heat more than you'll smell honey.

The honey smell fills a room best just after the candles have been snuffed. I do recommend snuffing them rather than blowing them out. These wicks smoked a lot if there was an excess of oxygen when they were extinguished, and the smoke took away from the smell of the wax. Also, if you're burning the tea lights for longer than an hour, burn them in something other than the plastic cups they shipped in, because the plastic didn't smell very good at the wax's melting point.
    • Light smell
    • No synthetic fragrances

Performance

One of beeswax's best qualities is its long burn time. If you're planning to stay in bed with your lover for hours, you can light these candles and enjoy their soft light all evening. Outside of its plastic cup, I burned one of these candles for 2 hours and 48 minutes! Impressive for a candle a little more than an inch in diameter and a little less than an inch in height. If I had kept the tea light in its cup, or set it in a glass container, it would have lasted many more hours (container-less, it met an untimely end by overflowing its edges). When I've found a glass cup I don't mind sacrificing, I will find the true burn time and update my review.

Beeswax's other major draw is the pleasant scent of honey. These candles were subtly fragrant, and their smell is not particularly long-lasting, but to err on the side of not overpowering a room is a refreshing change for candle-makers.

The candles burn quite brightly, especially for such small candles. If I'm inclined to write by candlelight, I usually use tapers, but perhaps because these candles are so close to desk level, they lit my pages very well. If I were to have only these six tea lights when the power went out, I would feel well prepared. I might still decide to take my lover to bed until the lights came back on, with these lovely little candles to light our faces.
    • Do not apply to skin
    • Long lasting
    • Refreshing scent

Packaging

The six beeswax tea lights come in a cardboard topped bag, like you'd see in a gift shop. If you wanted to give these candles as a gift, it might be best to take them from this bag and put them in a small box. But for personal use, the minimal packaging is fine by me.

Each candle comes in a small "heat resistant plastic cup," claims Bluecorn Naturals' website. As I was burning my first candle, this cup seemed to perform well. I blew the candle out when the wax had melted across the candle's whole diameter though, and my roommate quickly asked, "Do you smell burning plastic?" Of course, I did. The plastic cup smelled terrible when the wax heated it, so if you plan to burn your candles for more than an hour, transfer them to glass cups, or tinfoil-lined saucers.
    • Discreet looking packaging
    • Not durable
    • Minimal

Personal comments

I prefer the tea light form of candles to votives or pillars; the cost of having six or more pillars burning at a time can discourage me from lighting enough to really set a mood. These tea lights are even prettier when lit in pairs or threes.

Inconspicuous beeswax candles can serve a dual purpose if you share your living space with someone you don't share your love life with. The enjoyment of the candles can give you an answer when you're asked "What did UPS bring you?" "Oh, just [a flogger and a butt plug and] some nice natural candles. Want to smell?"
    • Red herring
Follow-up commentary
These candles are still a solid 3 stars in my mind, and I would rather say "I'm still neutral about them." The scent is nice but a bit too faint. I've been continuing to burn these on tinfoil-lined saucers because the plastic containers didn't respond well to heat. Each candle has been lasting me a long time, thanks to the high melting point of beeswax.
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  • Splendwhore
    Splendwhore  
    These candles sound lovely, minus the containers they come in. Great review!
  • Adam02viper
    Adam02viper  
    Thanks for the review
  • Jobthingy
    Jobthingy  
    If you are transferring them to a glass container, you can get the bottom wax bit out by popping the glass into the freezer for about 20 mins. that layer should just pop right out after.
  • Kaltir
    Kaltir  
    Thanks for a great review - I LOVE candles, but have yet to get any beeswax ones. I may have to get these
  • P'Gell
    P'Gell  
    Good review. Too bad about the cups. I didn't realize this brand burned so hot. Good to know, before I let My Man sprinkle me with the wax! I've seen beeswax candles that only burn a little hotter than soy, so it's good to know.

    These are beautiful, too.
  • liilii080
    liilii080  
    These would probably be great for my man because he thinks all my candles smell too strong! Awesome review!
  • Antipova
    Antipova  
    Thanks, everyone!
    @Jobthingy, that's a good tip if you've been burning your candles before you decide to switch containers. These did just pop right out if I hadn't burned them yet, though.

    @P'Gell, I think the temperature is related to how much of the candle is non-wax. Unfiltered beeswax has quite a bit of honey, and burns hotter than almost any other candles. These are lightly filtered, so they burn a bit cooler, but still too hot for skin!

    @liilii, I'm with your man- it's nice to have something that smells so light.
  • Ivy Wilde
    Ivy Wilde  
    I don't like heavily scented candles. These sound like they might be more my style. Thanks for the heads up on the cheap plastic containers.
    @jobthingy -- I usually get candles out of glass containers by dipping the glass in really hot, but not boiling, water. The wax that is against the glass melts and the candle slides right out. I've never tried the freezer technique. It might be easier.
  • Antipova
    Antipova  
    They sure are nice and mild, Ivy.
  • Stinkytofu10
    Stinkytofu10  
    Great review, thank you!
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