bayberry candle burned to the socket brings food to the larder and gold
to the pocket"
are between 35 and 50 species of small bayberry trees and shrubs.
Bayberry wax, also known as bayberry tallow, sweet gale, candleberry,
and wax myrtle, is the rarest and most prized of all candle waxes, and
has a mild warm, earthy, spicy aroma.
Bayberry wax (myrica cerifera) is the
aromatic green vegetable wax removed from the surface of the fruit of
the bayberry shrub by boiling the berries in water and skimming the wax
from the surface of the water. It takes 15 pounds of bayberries to make
one pound of bayberry wax.
has it that the Bay Tree gave shelter to the holy family during a
storm. Therefore, lightning is said to never strike it. Sweethearts who
light bayberry candles when they are separated at Christmas will be
united by way of the gentle scent. Bayberry candles are especially
popular around the holidays. According to tradition, a bayberry candle
burned all the way down to the nub on Christmas Eve brings good luck
for the coming year.
Bayberry wax is very brittle which results in a very short burn time
and candle breakage during shipping. My bayberry candles are made with
pure bayberry wax blended with a bit of pure beeswax to aid in burn
time and candle consistency. With no added colorants, imitation
fragrances, or chemicals, these candles are the natural color and
fragrance of bayberry wax. This wax is filtered, but you may still see
some tiny berry specks.