Candles. There is something almost magical about them. They give a warm glow on a cold winter night or emit a calming scent to aid relaxation in the bath. Handmade candles tend to have a particular charm. Each one is a unique, with no two being exactly alike. Every candle bears the marks of the crafter’s personal methods. I prefer to craft candles from natural, renewable beeswax, soy wax, and palm wax. Candles are dyed using eco-friendly candle colors which do not contain hazardous substances such as naphtha and naphthalene and are never tested on animals. Wicks contain no lead.
*Never leave a burning candle unattended!
Beeswax is the same substance used by honeybees to build their hives. The beeswax used in the candles is obtained from the leftover cappings after honey is harvested. It is one of the slowest burning waxes available which makes it one of the longest burning candles. It is relatively smokeless and dripless and provides a wonderful honey scent. Beeswax is the all-purpose wax; it lends itself with ease to making beautiful dipped, molded, or even poured candles. Most of my candles are made from local Finger Lakes beeswax, some of which comes from my own swarm of bees that I caught in 2006, and some of which comes from other area beekeepers. Due to the natural smell that accompanies beeswax, I generally leave beeswax candles unscented.
Soy wax is a natural wax obtained from the oil of soybeans. Nontoxic and clean burning, soy wax candles are fully biodegradable. They do not smoke like paraffin and have a longer burning life. Soy wax candles take to dyes and scents very well creating a large variety of combination choices. The soy wax I use in these candles comes from soybeans grown with sustainable methods.
A natural wax fast growing in popularity, palm wax is extracted from the fruit of the oil palm tree. Palm wax crystallizes as it cools giving candles a sparkled look. It is a hard wax which rarely melts in sunlight as softer waxes are apt to do, and it takes to colors and scents wonderfully. The palm wax I use comes from oil palms grown with sustainable methods.