Why do cracks sometimes form on the top of my candles after burning?
Burning the candle for extended periods of time results in a large pool of melted wax. As beeswax cools, it shrinks slightly which can sometimes cause cracking.
Many times cracks can occur in the wax pool in apothecary & glass candles. Since beeswax is a harder wax and burns at a higher temperature it will tend to shrink and also pull away from the glass container. Most of the cheaper, softer waxes made from petroleum will not do this. Beeswax is an excellent addition to cosmetic products, for many reasons.
- When used in lotions and creams, beeswax creates a barrier which helps to seal moisture into the skin. This is especially beneficial in lip chap during the dry winter months.
- This barrier also helps to protect the skin from environmental toxins and irritants.
- Unlike petroleum jelly, which is used in a large variety of beauty products, beeswax will not “suffocate” the skin, but rather, allow it to breathe while still providing a protective barrier.
- Beeswax helps to thicken homemade cosmetics and lotions because it is solid at room temperature and has a relatively high melting point of 147 degrees Fahrenheit. This is especially helpful in recipes that include high amounts of coconut oil, which has a low melting point, or other oils that are liquid at room temperature.
- Beeswax also has Vitamin A, which improves hydration to the skin and promotes cell regeneration.