There are many amazing aspects of beeswax, but let's talk about beeswax candles. One of the first references to beeswax candles is as far back as 40 BC during the Han Dynasty (honey bees have been around awhile!). The use of beeswax for candles became more common during the Middle Ages as a pleasant smelling alternative to tallow. Unfortunately at that time, only the wealthy and churches could afford beeswax. In fact, many churches had their own apiaries to get the beeswax needed to make candles.Beeswax burns cleaner than other forms of wax, without black soot, and produces negative ions that actually clean the air. Beeswax candles have long burn times and are almost drip-less in a draft free environment. And while they don't put out as much odor as a scented candle, it's hard to beat the smell of warm beeswax!