Beeswax candles & ornaments.

Pelkie, Michigan · 885 Sales


Beeswax candles & ornaments.

Pelkie, Michigan 885 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Last updated on May 15, 2017

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. -- Bertrand Russell

Leslie Allen

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Leslie Allen


the gist of it

I began working with beeswax in 2009, my introduction to it coming as a gift from a beekeeper. I practiced with different types of molds, different types and sizes of wick. I rolled my own candles using sheets made in the oven or on top of the woodstove. I made and burned a lot of candles. In October 2009, I went to my first craft fair. In November, due to a funding cut, I lost my job as a domestic violence counselor. In December, I continued experimenting and read whatever I could about beeswax and candles. In January, I drove 600 miles round-trip to pick up 500 pounds of beeswax from a Michigan lower peninsula beekeeper. A small business came into being.

Since the summer of 2010, I have been a vendor at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market selling beeswax candles, ornaments, and lip balm. At various times I have made and sold beeswax collages, beeswax “charmer” candles, and, unrelated to beeswax except for the coating of the thread for the binding or perhaps the book’s cover, written and produced small books. Beeswax candles, though, are the mainstay—it is the only wax I work with—and these other ideas just flit around like moths to flame.

I continue to buy beeswax cappings in bulk directly from Midwest beekeepers, usually in lots of 500 pounds. For the most part, I leave the wax in its natural state, adding nothing and removing very little. I do add ground cinnamon to some candles for the coloring—the cinnamon scent is a bonus. Beeswax has its own natural scent reminiscent of honey and wildflowers. One reason I fell in love with beeswax: its scent does not make me sneeze. Artificial scents do.

Along with selling on Etsy, I have a few wholesale accounts including the Marquette Food Co-op, which has supported my business from the start.

I live in a cabin on 18 acres of wild land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Keeping me company are Josie, a small terrier dog discovered at the Copper Country Humane Society, and Elliott, a large tabby cat who came from the farm down the road. I spent most of my life in Chicago and am still reveling in the Cubs 2016 World Series win. There was the highest drama I have ever seen, played out in Game 7 …

Thank you for stopping by my Etsy shop. I appreciate your interest.

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Last updated on January 11, 2017

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
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Normally, your order ships within one to three days of purchase via First Class Mail if under one pound or Priority Mail if more than one pound. Mid-November through December may bring longer shipping times and year-round orders of multiple items may also take longer. If your order is delayed for any reason, I will let you know as soon as possible. In addition, if your shipping charge greatly exceeds actual expense, you will receive a refund of the overage.

If you are outside of the United States and wish to purchase, please contact me with a request for a custom order.

Packaging materials are tissue paper, bubble wrap as necessary, and recycled paper.
Refunds and Exchanges
If there is anything you are unhappy with, email me. We will work it out. I want you to be happy.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you'd like to order in quantity any one item in the shop or a variety of items, I encourage you to request a custom order. I can set up a personal listing for you that will include all items.

WHOLESALE: I am not accepting new wholesale accounts at this time.