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What sort of Wax do you use in your Candles?

Our wax candles are made from 100% beeswax that we buy from West Australian Beekeepers (also called an Apiarist).


Do you add any other waxes or chemicals to your Candles?

No other waxes or chemicals are added.


Why do you use Beeswax for Candles?

Beeswax is the slowest burning wax, with the highest melting point, therefore under the same conditions as any comparable wax, the candle will last longer.  Beeswax will also not emit soot like a paraffin or other petroleum refined wax.  It tends to burn a warmer toned & altogether more ambient relaxing flame.
Beeswax has natural scent unmatched by any man-made aroma, albeit perhaps not as potent or pungent as many man-made alternatives.


Is Beeswax sustainable as a candle?

A Beeswax Candle can be burned in any room without concerns of fumes, soot or excessive dripping.  A well made candle will, in a sustainable sense, not drip at all (out of draft), and therefore as Beeswax has the highest melting point, deliver as the slowest burning wax fuel.


Are Beeswax Candles better than soy wax?

Whilst Soy is a plant and quite natural, Soy wax is not. Soy wax tends to be processed and requires other additives before it can be burned.  Beeswax does not require any other additives.  Soy wax will burn much faster than Beeswax, though slower than paraffin wax.
Soy has been associated with deforestation concerns, whilst the general consensus remains that Beeswax is a natural and sustainable by-product of beekeepers.


Can you add scent to Beeswax Candles

Yes is the short answer. Beeswax is receptive to some fragrances, however we do not add fragrance to our Candles. Any additive (added when the wax is melted) may have an adverse effect on the burning behaviour of the wick & wax, so care should be taken.

FAQs About Our Beeswax Candles

Candle FAQs
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FAX About Our Waxes & Polishes
For details about product uses, preparation, application and drying times, check the individual product details 


What sort of waxes do you use at The Industree Bar?

Where the item includes 'Traditional Beeswax' in the product names, then only natural Beeswax is used.  All wax and polish descriptions disclose the wax types for each product line, in the 'Essential Ingredient' section.


Why do you use different waxes?

Usually implied in each product description, is the function & result of the wax or polish.  Beeswax is known to have been used to protect furniture (and leather) for centuries.  However alternative waxes such as Carnauba, wax which is a plant based wax, provides both a tougher and higher sheen finish on most timbers (like for like).  For greater body & drying optimisation, we may also blend refined waxes.

No wax is used as an economic alternative. In all our products the primary waxes are either Beeswax or Carnauba wax. Quite simply, we believe they'll produce the finest & most durable wax finishes.


Do you add chemicals to your waxes or polishes?

The term 'Chemical' generally refers to a compound artificially manufactured.  So to that extent, given some of the benefits of petroleum based waxes, then yes certain polishes perform just that bit better with a dash of refined wax or mineral additive.  In the main though, essential ingredients are natural.  Tung oil, Linseed oils, and Gum Turpentine make up the majority.  These are plant based & natural additives.


What's the difference in waxes & polishes?

It's often about the type of timber, interior or exterior application, or surface you're applying the wax to - but we try to categorise our products into 'Base Wax' and Finishing Wax, or Polish'

Our Base wax contains an Oil, either Raw Linseed (not boiled with chemical added), or Tung Oil.

In terms of application, oil is employed to thin the wax, together with the solvent, and penetrate the surface, moisturising and protecting.  Oil penetrates, whereas wax is a surface application that sits 'on & in the grain' rather than beneath it, both oil and wax dry and both form barriers to moisture and spills.

Building and Finishing Waxes, are more-so designed to sit atop, and as such will not penetrate or offer much in the way of moisturising. On interior furniture or timber you may not see the need for the oil.  Perfectly good results can be achieved with wax alone and polish without oil will dry quicker, especially where the surface has already been treated.

So the rule of thumbs is to apply Wax/Oil product to new, bare or restoration work where the grain is open, and Wax or Polish on previously treated surfaces.

The other rule to be mindful of, is that there really are no rules!


How long will the wax or polish last for?

Unprocessed waxes will probably last forever.  Once processed and if stored correctly, then easily 3-5 years, where after the solvent, after exposure to the air, may start to dissolve, causing the wax polish to dry out a little.  A solvent or drying oil such as linseed can be added to make the polish workable again.  

To prolong the life of your wax polish, keep the lid on when not in use, and store at room temperature or in any case below 25 degrees.

To that end, all of our waxes and polishes come in sealed containers, with a lid gasket locking in the freshness, and looking out the air.

If you have any questions at all, please feel welcome to ask here

Wax FAQs
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