boydandbeescandles' Shop Announcement

The Boyd & The Bees offers a wide array of pure beeswax candles handmade in my Northern California studio. I use only 100% pure US beeswax and cotton wicks - no artificial fragrances, chemicals, fillers, or heavy metals whatsoever in my candles. If you have not tried beeswax candles before today, you are in for a treat! Unlike paraffin candles, beeswax is 100% natural, burns bright and clean, and is a green, renewable resource. Paraffin is full of toxins; afterall, it is a petroleum based by-product and fragranced with chemicals! Beeswax candles, on the other hand, provide the longest, cleanest, and greenest burn of any candle in the world. And beeswax is a sustainable product - you are helping to support US beekeepers with every purchase!

Beeswax is a precious gift. Imagine, for each pound of beeswax, one bee would have to visit 33 million flowers and eat 10 lbs of honey! Beeswax has natural color variations - whitish when very new to various shades of gold. This is from slight amounts of pollen & propolis (a substance produce by the honeybees to glue their beehives together) that is in the wax.The color has no significance as to the quality of the wax (other than its aesthetic appeal).

Honey has always been considered holy, a gift from God. Beeswax and honey are linked to healing, longevity, and spiritual power. Orthodox churches only use beeswax candles, as do many spiritual healers. To burn a beeswax candle is to enter into the wisdom of the natural world - unlike all other fuels, the burning of beeswax actually produces negative ions, which we know has powerful, positive effects on our mood.

Each of my candles is handmade with close attention to detail and give off a wonderfully subtle honey scent when burned. Beeswax candles burn far longer than soy or paraffin candles. Approximate burn times are listed - I have tested each and every one of my designs for burn time and list these in my descriptions. They also burn much hotter - the melting point for beeswax is around 150 degrees - so use extra caution when burning and extinguishing them. The best method of extinguishing is to use a non-combustible tool to 'dip' the wick into the melted wax. It is important to burn pillar type candles for a minimum of 3-4 hours initially, then 2-3 hours subsequently - this ensures the longevity of the wick and candle. Wicks must be kept trimmed to 1/4"-1/2" as this allows the beeswax or the fuel, to be in contact with the flame. Beeswax candles normally burn smokeless and dripless - keep them free from drafts for best results and always use common sense and don't leave them burning unattended.

You may occasionally experience a phenomenon that occurs with beeswax called 'beeswax bloom'. This is a common natural process that occurs with pure beeswax that happens when the softer oils rise to the surface of the candle. The beeswax candle develops a white, almost powdery coating. It adds an extra touch of character to the candles, as a pretty whitish dusting over the inviting yellow wax. The bloom does not affect the burn time or smell whatsoever, but if you prefer to remove it, you can simple wipe it off or use a blow dryer or place in the sun for a few minutes to lightly melt it away, exposing a soft sheen.

I want you to enjoy your candles and strive for 100% positive feedback - please let me know if there are any problems right away, and I will do my best to remedy the situation. I am new to Etsy, but a long-time organic farmer here in my community in Northern California. I look forward to my new virtual venture!

**********If ordering more than 2 candles, please email me prior to visiting PayPal so that I can give you the exact postage, based on the actual weight & packaging of your candles - I don't want to overcharge for shipping & often can ship 3 candles for the same price as 2!**********

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Joy and Light, Carolyn