Why Made to Order?
All of my products are made to order. Why? Because 100% pure beeswax (the only kind of wax used here at the Bees' Waxy Knees) develops bloom over time. Bloom is a harmless white coating - it's the sugars in the beeswax coming to the surface. You can remove bloom with heat, though many people love the look and prefer to keep it! It does not affect the performance of the candle. There are many variables that contribute to the development of bloom, so sometimes it appears quickly and sometimes it doesn't appear at all.
So why don't I create back stock of product and sell candles that have potentially developed bloom? Because that is not how my candles are portrayed in their listing photos. It's very important to me that customers receive the product that they are expecting, which can be hard when selling online with only photos to reference!
So while making candles to order does mean a longer lead time for order fulfillment (typically no more than 5-7 business days), I think the wait is worth it to produce and provide exactly what, you, the customer excepts to receive!