Bayberry wax, also known as "bayberry tallow" or "myrtle wax," is the rarest and most prized of all candle waxes. Our bayberry wax is 100% pure and natural, has a warm, earthy fragrance reminiscent of newly mown hay, and dries to a lovely olive green color. It takes about 15 pounds of bayberries to make just one pound of bayberry wax! Bayberry candles are especially popular around the holidays, and can sell like wildfire with good marketing and packaging. Standard 8 inch bayberry taper candles have been known to sell for up to $12 each, and only use about 1/10th of a pound of wax! Visit our candle formulas page for a taper formula using bayberry wax and beeswax. In the novel The Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss, the shipwrecked family made candles using the wax from wild bayberries. Early American colonists also used the wax from bayberries to make candles. According to tradition, a bayberry taper candle burned all the way down on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve brings good luck for the coming year. As the saying goes: "A bayberry candle burned to the socket rings food to the larder and gold to the pocket." This wax is recommended for dipped tapers only. It will not burn properly as a tealight, votive, or pillar candle. Melting point is approximately 116° F (47 C). See our illustrated instructions for melting wax safely in the candle making tutorials. Price listed is for each 1 lb. block of bayberry wax.
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