My transition from cluttered to simple living.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beeswax Candles

I decided today, to take a break today away from lawns and gardens that call out incessantly for attention. I have been experimenting with making Beeswax candles, and I had the "school of hard knocks"...that the candles I made before did not burn well with hemp wicks. So... it is back to the drawing board. Today I decided to remelt my candles, and start all over again using only cotton wicks.

A few years ago I rid my house of paraffin candles after learning that paraffin is a by product of the petroleum industry. I believe that burning paraffin candles in an enclosed living area is like standing in a garage, with a closed door, while a diesel truck is idling. This is only my belief... but I challenge you to investigate for yourself.

I burn both Soy and beeswax, which are both safe alternatives to Paraffin. I melt the beeswax in a double broiler reserved for this purpose only. I use my kitchen stove and cover the floor with papers. It IS a messy endeavor and my intention is to move this sport outside one permittung.

I buy Beeswax unfiltered in bulk. Even with delivery, it works out to around $3. (+) dollars a pound. I don't mind a little bit of residue in my candle. It gives it character!

For the sake of your health and your family's health, please consider this healthy alternative to using Paraffin. Pics to follow!


  1. Hi Wendy - where are you getting your bulk beeswax for $3? I've been wandering around the net this morning and the price for unfiltered ranges between $5 and a whopping $7.95/pound! eeps!

  2. Western Wax Works thru Beemaid. Google that & if you have any problems, get back to me and i will help out!

    Thaks for visiting!


  3. I have to add that I hope that the price hasn't gone up. Of course there is shipping and handling which i figure into the price per pound.

  4. Oh bummer - they only ship to Canada!
    *wonders if she could have it shipped to parent's vacation house in NS, and then beg them to carry it back on the plane...* Hmmmmmmmm.....