Who is Tori? Tori Avey is a popular food and lifestyle blogger. You can read her blog and check out her recipes by logging on to ToriAvey.com.

Why did Tori decide to sell beeswax Shabbat candles? Learn all about that here!

Why are beeswax candles so expensive? Many candles are marketed as beeswax, but almost all of them contain a percentage of paraffin; it is much more difficult to find 100% pure beeswax candles. The cost of beeswax is higher than most other waxes, but it is important to understand the value. To make one pound of beeswax, it takes about 8.5 lbs of honey. That’s a lot of work to keep the bees busy! We have done our best to keep costs low and have passed those savings on to you, especially through our subscription option. 

Where do you get your beeswax? Our beeswax comes only from American beekeepers, and our candles are made in the USA. We do not used bleached beeswax in our candles, we keep things 100% natural. 

My candles have a white film layer on them, why? This layer is called "bloom," and it is a good indication that your product is completely natural. Only 100% pure beeswax candles will create a bloom; it occurs when the wax has been subjected to many temperature changes. Some customers actually like the look of a fully developed bloom, which looks a bit like crystals or snowflakes. If you prefer your candles to appear polished and shiny, bloom is easy to remove-- just wipe your candles with a soft cloth. Be aware that the bloom may return in a few days, as that is the nature of pure beeswax. But again, it can be easily removed by polishing with a soft cloth.

What are your wicks made from? Our wicks are 100% cotton, and contain no lead or metal.

What are the health benefits of beeswax? Beeswax candles burn 99% clean and do not accumulate the black petroleum soot you often see with standard paraffin candles. They are a completely natural product. 

Does beeswax have any other advantages? Yes, many! Beeswax is slow burning and virtually dripless when placed in a draft-free environment. When burning it emits a very light scent of warm honey that freshens the air. These candles are also quite pretty and produce a warm amber glow when lit. 

Is using beeswax bad for the bees? On the contrary! Buying 100% beeswax products helps to support robust pollination for our agricultural food system. Beeswax is a natural byproduct of life in the hive, something that is eventually discarded by bees unless it is collected and used by humans. The more consumers ask for natural beeswax products, the more the industry helps to promote beekeeping. More beekeepers means more bees, which is a good thing for the environment! 100% beeswax products help to support beekeepers, many of whom are small-scale farmers who rely on this industry to stay in business. 

What do you mean by "Candles with a Conscience"? Every Tori's Kitchen candle purchase helps to support bee research at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Bees are in trouble worldwide, and Hebrew University is on the cutting edge of researching ways to prevent colony collapse disorder and promote bee health.

Is beeswax sustainable? Beeswax is a safe, natural product that is renewable and sustainable. The wax is produced by bees to cap the little hexagons of honey stored in their honeycombs. If left undisturbed, bees tunnel through these caps in winter and discard the wax as hive trash. Beekeepers must slice off the wax during their honey harvests to reach the honey. If the wax is not used for candles and other wax-related products, it goes to waste. Beeswax requires no energy to be produced; it is extracted ready to use from beehives, together with honey. This material is environmentally friendly, because it does not require additional processing before use - the bees do all the work. Lucky us!

What is Shabbat and why do we light candles for it? Shabbat is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated every Friday evening at sundown. Learn more about the significance of Shabbat here. Because Shabbat is a weekly holiday, we have created a subscription option for customers who want these quality candles delivered regularly throughout the year.

How do I clean beeswax spills? The best way to clean wax spills is to avoid them completely. Even virtually "dripless" beeswax candles will drip if there is a draft nearby. Be sure to light your candles far from any open windows, fans, or vents. If you do have a wax spill or drips, there are a few easy ways to clean them. To get dried wax out of a candlestick, put the stick in the freezer for an hour, then the frozen wax should pop right out. To remove wax spills from wood surfaces, soften the wax with a hairdryer set to medium heat. When the wax starts to melt, wipe it off with a soft cloth, then clean the area with a mild vinegar solution. Polish back to normal. 

Do you have other candle products, including Hanukkah candles? We are working on expanding our line. Stay tuned!

I have a question that is not covered here. Email us at support@toriskitchen.com. We are here to help!