Fresh, Hand-Poured, Real Bayberry Candles Available To Order Now!

A Yuletide customer favorite year after year, our freshly poured, hand-dipped, true Bayberry candles are once again available for purchase. This year we are offering them in three unique sizes: votives, tapers, and 3" x 3" pillars.

Our all natural, real bayberry wax is made in the traditional way, with pure beeswax added to the blend so that the resulting candles are less brittle and have a long, beautiful, and bright flame. Natural bayberry candles such as ours have a long burn time, nearly doubling that of paraffin. Burning a bayberry taper candle on Yuletide Eve, Christmas Eve, or New Year's Eve is said to bring good fortune.

Each year we sell out of our true bayberry candles. Be sure to place your pre-order today to ensure delivery for your holiday blessings, as well as burning year-round for prosperity!


How They're Made

Bayberry is also known as wax myrtle, wax berry, or candle berry. The bayberry bushes grow in many places around the globe and do well in the sandy and marshy areas of the Northeast near the Atlantic Ocean and Great Lake beaches.


It takes about five pounds of bayberries to make a single pound of bayberry wax.


Collecting and then extracting the wax from the berries is a labor intensive process, start to finish

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After the wax has risen to the top the contents are strained in order to complete the wax extraction process.

Bayberry wax is extremely hard, making it difficult to hold a flame without being blended with a softer wax. As such, true bayberry candles are always made with a blend of beeswax and pure bayberry wax. Because of these reasons bayberry candles were reserved for gifting and for use on special occasions, such as Yuletide Eve.

Real, true bayberry wax candles are cherished for their fine quality. They produce a bright light, minimal smoke, and a delicate pleasant aroma. Real bayberry wax has a very faint herbal aroma. It doesn't carry the scent enough to call it a "fragrance"; however, I personally think it has a gentle fragrance that reminds me of a crisp, snowy morning surrounded by evergreens.

Many chandlers add fragrance (and make "bayberry scented candles" which are made of paraffin wax), however, our bayberry candles are completely natural in keeping with the original bayberry candle manufacturing process.


The Legend of Bayberry

Burning bayberry candles is a tradition dating back to colonial times. Early colonists came upon the bayberry shrub growing in the sand belt of the Atlantic coast, as well as the shores of Lake Erie. The berry-type fruit is crusted with a greenish-white wax. Settlers found that boiling the fruit created a wax residue on the surface of the water. The wax had a herbal-like, fragrant aroma and burned magnificently. Many berries had to be boiled to get enough wax to make a candle, these candles burned longer, cleaner, and brighter than did the traditional candles of the time. Therefore, bayberry candles were saved and burned on special occasions only, such as Yule and the celebration of a New Year.

The Bayberry Blessing

Over the years, the burning of bayberry candles on New Year's became a tradition, creating a saying by who, no one knows, yet the tradition continues today:

"This bayberry candle is a gift from a friend,
On Yuletide Eve burn it down to the end.
A bayberry candle burned down to the socket,
Brings luck to the home and wealth to the pocket! "

The wax was believed to have medicinal uses, and honoring someone by burning a bayberry candle had a special meaning, perhaps creating a closer partnership and therefore better dealings!

Keep the tradition alive by burning a bayberry candle during the holidays, or better yet, give one to a close friend as a gift to ensure a close, healthy, and prosperous relationship.


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