Many people ask us this question, but it is not as easy as one might think to answer.
Beeswax is a natural product and hence has it's own unique smell. It's smell, just like it's colour, is dependent upon what the bees who made the wax were feeding on at the time the wax was harvested from the hive.
If you hold a hand rolled candle up to your nose and breathe in, each candle smells similar, but if you have candles from different batches of beeswax, a good nose can detect subtle differences. The smell really is out there on it's own, sometimes it can have floral back note, sometimes not, but generally you can smell a hint of honey.
Whether a person likes the smell of beeswax is entirely subjective, just as with food and drink. Some people love certain foods and drinks while others simply do not.
Ourselves and others use beeswax candles BECAUSE it's a natural product and contains no artificial and possibly toxic chemicals, scents or additives. Most of us like the smell in both it's raw and burning state.
However, some people say they are a little disappointed with the smell of beeswax candles when they burn them.
In answer to this, we would say that most of people are so used to burning scented candles, which of course may not be natural, have possibly toxic constituents, chemicals and additives, but smell very strongly of the chosen fragrant.
People burning beeswax candles are therefore possibly expecting a very strong smell of honey to be emanated. Beeswax candles burn very clean and very bright and generally give off only a faint aroma, that to some noses is almost undetectable and others say clearly smells of honey.
At the end of the day, we and our customers use beeswax candles because they are natural, toxin, chemical and additive free, help bees, are gentler on the environment, look beautiful when crafted well and are a touch of luxury.
As a final note, a lot of the feedback we receive from my customers and friends regarding our hand rolled beeswax candles is that they look so nice, they are used purely as ornaments as they feel it would be a shame to burn such a lovely thing!!!