What is this stuff called 'Bloom' on my Candles?
Bloom is a naturally occurring, powdery substance, appearing on the surface of beeswax candles and is an indication of purity and high quality beeswax. In body care applications, bloom is the cream of the natural oil content of beeswax. Bloom has natural medicinal properties and is absorbed into the skin to balance and nourish at cellular levels.
Bloom is defined in the Merriam Websterís Dictionary as a "state or time of beauty, freshness and vigor.Ē
From our experience it takes about nine months to get beeswax bloom on candles in most home environments, however it seems to occur faster in colder temperatures.
If you have beeswax that has developed this blooming effect and donít want it (it doesnít impact how the candle burns or smells) donít fret. It is easy to get rid of if desired. Simply wipe it off or better yet (in our opinion) use a blow dryer and just lightly melt it away. It adds a little extra sheen to the candle when melted slightly with the blow dryer and completely disappears.
To some people who understand the characteristics of bloom it adds an extra touch of character to their candles. They cherish this natural characteristic of pure beeswax candles and help educate people to appreciate it. In today's modern world we get so accustomed to everything being perfect, when in fact we are cheating ourselves of many of the natural wonders that could be truly enjoyed. Let nature back into your lives and lets learn to appreciate the natural wonders that make beeswax candles (and other natural products) so unique and enjoyable.