Why choose Askews Candles?
Candlemaking, an ancient tradition
Beeswax has had a dynamic and rich history, being used through the ages from anything from a sealant to dental fillings.
Records show that the using beeswax for candles goes back thousands of years and what is now part of tradition and enjoyment was once a necessity for shedding light at night. Used by monks to see as they scribed theological scripts, by miners to see in the dark as they worked tirelessly, by sailors and by gaolers the list goes on.
The oldest beeswax candle found still intact was discovered in modern day Germany and is thought to date back to the 6th century AD. However, the recorded use of beeswax goes back much further.
Beeswax was used by the ancient Egyptians for candles and for sealing, it was a rare and valuable substance found in the long forgotten rediscovered tombs. It has also been found in the remains of Viking ships and in the ruins of ancient Rome. Tallow was also used in candles by the Romans, though they did use beeswax for candles as well and the beeswax candles have always been superior in that they have a smokeless and cleaner burn.