100% Pure Beeswax Candles from Beverly Bees

November 27, 2019
by Anita Deeley
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Pure Beeswax Candles Handmade in Beverly

Our 100% Beeswax Candles Are Handmade in Beverly, Massachusetts

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Every one of our 100% pure beeswax candles are handmade by us in Beverly, Massachusetts at our honey bee sanctuary and bee farm.  We take great care to ensure every candle is made form the highest quality beeswax and craftsmanship providing you with a high end candle to enjoy in your home. Beeswax is a sustainable resource made by bees from wax they no longer need or use. We use only the highest quality beeswax to make each and every candle. Purchasing a candle from us helps support our bee rescue efforts. When we are not making candles we are saving  and rehabilitating  bee hives, maintaining them in pesticide free locations across Massachusetts. Your purchase helps us sustain these efforts. So thank you for helping us save bees! 

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100% pure beeswax candles are the healthiest candle you can burn. Unlike other candles which pollute the air beeswax naturally purifies the air as it burns. It releases negative ions which bind to toxins in the air making the candle great for anyone with allergies or asthma or unable to use scented candles. Our candles have no scents or color added to them. The variations of yellow color are the natural colors of high quality beeswax and the sweet honey aroma that the beeswax emits is put there by the bees that make the wax. Our candles come in varying shades of yellow. Just like honey comes in different colors depending on the plants that bees forage on, high quality beeswax also varies in shades depending what the bees store in it. 

Beeswax candles are the best candle you can buy in our opinion. They are the slowest burning candle. Our tealights burn for 4 hours each, our votives for 18 hours and our 9 inch pillar burns over 200 hours. This makes them a great economical choice for the health conscious candle lover.  Beeswax drips less than other types of candles and does not smoke when it burns. Simply light the candle and enjoy it’s gentle ambience and sweet honey aroma!

Candle Burning Tips

To get the most from your beeswax candle follow these burning tips –

Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to 1/4  – 1/2 inch.
When lighting you candle tilt candle slightly to ignite the wick.
To help your candle burn evenly to the end allow the candle to burn until the molten pool of wax reaches 1/4 inch to the edge of the candle.

The wick should maintain a 1⁄4 -1/2 inch length while it is burning,  If the wick gets too long , the flame may start to spike and the wick may smoke which adds soot to the air. If you trim the wick too short the candle may have trouble lighting and you may have to melt some of the beeswax around the wick using flame and pour out the molten wax out to allow the wick enough length to light properly. A draft in the room can also cause the flame to flicker and spike.

As the candle burns, the larger diameter, 3 inch candles may require a wick trim occasionally. You may trim the wick while the candle is burning by clipping the wick from the flame using scissors. Immediately extinguish the excess wick in water. Or you could roll the inner edges of the candle top in towards the melted wax pool. As the rolled edges melt this will raise up the molten pool making the wick shorter. You could also add small leftover pieces of wax to the molten pool to bring it higher around the wick. You can use leftover beeswax candle bits.

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Beeswax burns hotter then other waxes. Do not burn pillar candles in enclosed containers. Rather burn your pillar candle on an open heat resistant platter enabling the candle to receive the adequate oxygen it requires to burn properly.

It’s important the candle is sitting on a flat surface when burning otherwise it will begin to run over. Once this happens the life of the candle is significantly shortened and it is difficult to burn successfully after that.

Situate burning candles at least 8 inches apart and away from drafts. Maintain a quality burn by not burning candles too closely grouped together. Otherwise, the sides of the neighbouring candles will begin to soften, eventually melting through from the hot temperature of it’s own molten pool of wax. This could cause potential damage to surfaces and shorten the life of the candle.

Never blow out your candle flame. The thick cotton wicking will keep smouldering and fill the air with smoke. To extinguish the candle flame, dunk the burning wick into the molten wax pool using a wick dipper, then straighten upright.

The wick is now primed and ready for the next burn.

Burn taper candles in a draft free room. Never blow out your candle flames. You risk spraying the hot wax across surfaces. Instead, use a snuffer or a candle wick dipper to extinguish, then place a drop of melted wax on the wick to stop smoldering.

Burn votive candles free of drafts on a heat resistant platter or in containers with open sides. Basically, you want to use a container with a larger opening then traditional votive size candle holders. By using larger containers it allows the candle to receive the adequate oxygen it requires to burn properly. Restricted airflow will cause the flame to waver to and from resulting in inefficient combustion. Not only will this shorten the burn time, the flame will begin to smoke and add soot to the air. To extinguish candle flame, dunk wick in molten pool using a wick dipper, then straighten upright.

Burn tealights in a room free of drafts in quality tealight cups on a heat resistant surface. Tealights burn best in containers that do not restrict the air flow. To extinguish candle flame, dunk wick in molten pool using a wick dipper, then straighten upright.

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April 11, 2019
by Anita Deeley
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We Are Hiring Sales Associates and Brand Ambassadors!

Do you love bees, the environment and want to help them? Do you like talking to people and thrive in a sales role? Then we are looking for you. Our perfect candidate is a self starter, loves the outdoors and is excited to learn more about bees and beekeeping.

As a Farmer’s Market Sales associate you will be representing Beverly Bees and selling our products at Boston-area farmer’s markets, engaging with customers face-to-face to and explaining the unique aspects of our honey, beeswax candles and skin care and our mission of saving bees. 

Please See our official job posting here. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to beverlybees@gmail.com.  We would love to hear from you!





April 10, 2019
by Anita Deeley
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3 lb Package Bees For Sale Spring 2021

We are now Selling Bees! 

This year we have a limited number of 3 lb package bees for sale. The bees are the same type of bees we use ourselves in some of our host a hive customer locations due to the gentle temperament of the bees, high winter survival rate, great honey production and consistent excellent health of these bees on arrival over the years. For more about the health of our personal bees read this post showing our USDA Honey Bee Health Survey, showing near zero varroa, virus and no disease across all our colonies tested.

3 lb Package Bees With Queen

What Type of Bee?

I often hear people talking about how one bee type is better than the next. Discussing if they should get Italian, Carniolan, Russians, Buckfast, Mite Biters, VSH, large cell, small cell, treatment free, California bees verses Georgia bees, blah blah blah.

Let me tell you a secret – THERE IS NO MAGIC BEE!

There is no bee that can make up for bad beekeeping. Frankly, there are sick bees and healthy bees. There are talented beekeepers and those who may need a little help. The latter can cause healthy bees to become sick bees. The secret to successful beekeeping is to start with bees that are healthy in the first place. Bees that are already sick take extremely talented beekeepers to fix, even then some may just be doomed to failure.

How do you get healthy bees?

Unfortunately for many new beekeepers this will be hard to know. The best way is to ensure your bees have a certificate of health and if your bees come with comb (as in a nuc or a hive) be sure they have been inspected by an apiary inspector prior to purchase. If you are buying a package of bees, after they are installed and the queen has been laying for a few weeks, ask your state apiary inspector to inspect them for you and test mite levels. If possible take samples for viruses and disease. They will look at your queens brood pattern to make sure it is healthy and you can find out if your bees have started out on the right path for success. If you can get virus, mite and nosema testing done on the colony this will give you a baseline to judge your bees health.

Our Package Bees

We tested out many bee package suppliers over the past decade and have noted things like which suppliers have better queens, which bees have more mites, which bees have less mites, which come up loaded with virus and which do not. We have found a place we are happy with where the bees historically have been healthier to begin with. These are the bees we are offering to you to purchase. They are only available for local pick as we do not yet ship bees.

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March 19, 2019
by Anita Deeley
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Our Honey Bee Health Report

Every week it seems, I get asked how my bees are doing. Did they survive the winter? Are bees really dying? Is colony collapse disorder still happening? While it is true bees are struggling today more than ever and as beekeepers we have to work harder than ever before to keep our bees alive, in general our bees are doing great.

One way I know for sure is every year we participate in the USDA/APHIS National Honey Bee Health Survey to check the status of our bees. If you have 10 or more colonies in your apiary you can participate in this nationwide survey through your state inspection program. It is a great way to see how you are doing managing your bees and to check the health status of your hives. An inspection is performed by a bee inspector of 8 colonies in your apiary and samples are taken from each colony to test overall varroa mite levels, diseases, pathogens such as nosema and viruses and even pesticide levels in your apiary.

State Bee Inspector checking the health of our bees.

On July 31st, 2018 a Massachusetts Bee Inspector came to inspect my hives at our bee farm in Beverly. He checked each and every one for a queen, noted the health of the brood and bees and the presence and absence of disease. In addition he took samples of bees from 8 of our hives and sent them to the USDA for testing. He also sampled wax to test for pesticides in our hives.

While I am still waiting for the pesticide results to come in, I received the health results a few weeks ago from the samples he took. I am happy to share the results with you. Our bees are 100% disease free, are virtually free from varroa (just 1 found in the 1364 bees sampled which is a very small amount) and viruses. See the results for yourself here!

Our bees are doing very well. You can see the national results here. So now when people ask me how my bees are doing, I can say with proof that they are doing wonderful. See for yourself!

January 12, 2019
by Anita Deeley
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Beverly Bees Honey Comb and Honey Win Good Food Awards

Beverly Bees Honey Comb and Honey win the 2019 Good Food Awards!

Beverly Bees Raw Massachusetts Wildflower Honey & Massachusetts Wildflower Honey Comb were both selected as winners of the 2019 Good Food Awards.  The award is based on taste and sustainable beekeeping practices.  There were over 2035 entries in this year’s annual Good Food Awards across 16 categories, the final 324 products represented 40 states and passed vetting for category-specific sustainability standards.

For more information and the full story click here. 

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Anita Deeley CEO of Beverly Bees wearing the medal for award winning honey at the 2019 Good Food Awards Gala in San Francisco, California.

June 6, 2017
by Anita Deeley
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Protected: 12 Steps To Swarming

 12 Steps to Swarming By Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com Learn the 12 signs to look for in your bee colony to better understand when swarming will happen.  Many pressures can cause bees to swarm such as extended cold rainy weather, the natural requeening process, beekeeper errors and more. This article focuses only on the typical … Continue reading
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