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Rabbi Daniel Kirsch

Nisan 27, 5782
what is the blessing for smelling a beeswax candle if it smells like a sweet scent, it smells kind of like honey but the only ingredient in it is beeswax.
Shalom U'vracha, Thank you for your question. if the beeswax candle has a real fragrant and sweet-smell then you should say a bracha on it. However, if the purpose of the candle is just meant to eliminate bad smells like an air freshener or fumigant than one doesn't say a bracha on it (see Shulchan Aruch 217:2) Additionally, If the smell does not come from the beeswax but comes instead from oils added to it, then a bracha would not be said on it. All the best
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