red bayberry

Bayberry - What is it anyway?

I admit it.  Until about 30 minutes ago, I thought Bayberry was a made-up candle scent.  It turns out it is a very real thing! Bayberry, also known as wax myrtle, waxberry, or candleberry, is both a shrub and a tree. 

bayberry in winter

The varieties grown in our area of the US are best known for their showy winter branches & grey berries.  They are also tolerant to salt being thrown on them by winter plowing!  I did learn that they don't seem to get along with other plants all that well.  It seems that they are shrubbery bullies and like to take over neighboring plantings.  

The berries of both American bayberry and English bog myrtle, when boiled in water, produce myrtle wax. This is used in making bayberry-scented soaps and bayberry candles, which are fragrant, more brittle than bees' wax candles, and are virtually smokeless. Four pounds of berries produce approximately one pound of wax. 

red bayberry

When I think of Bayberries, I don't think of pretty grey buds on elegant winter stems. I think of shimmery, juicy red fruit - kind of like wild strawberries.  These varieties can be found in southeast Asia and Japan. These bayberries are sweet and tart, with juicy pulp. The juice can stain hands and lips. 

Bayberry applications include everything from the treatment of halitosis to stomach ailments.  It is even used as a replacement for hops in the fermentation of Gale Beer, in Northern England. 

Our Bayberry fragrance is softly sweet and round.  I completely understand why this fragrance is a wintertime favorite and has been frequently requested. This versatile scent is perfect for any scentable application and is sure to be favorite for gift-giving blends. 

Bayberry Blends to Try:

  • Bayberry, Pineapple, & Coconut
  • Bayberry, Baked Bread, & Butter
  • Bayberry, Spiced Rum, & Clove
  • Bayberry, Champagne, & Orange Zest
  • Bayberry, Pine Needles, & Candy Cane

 

 

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