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Natural Lip and Body Balm

We are sharing our recipe for our pure natural lip and body balm today.  We have decided to discontinue this natural product, and focus on another thing we love - making good candles!   Our natural lip balm has always been simple; beeswax, organic shea butter, sweet almond oil, vitamin E and organic essential oil of peppermint.  That's it!  No sparkles, no chemicals - just simple.   We have encouraged everyone to use this natural balm not just on dry lips, but on dry hands, elbows, a healing boo-boo - any place you want a little bee-good skin love. What to do: In a very clean working area - melt together (in a bain-marie) over medium heat: 75 ml sweet almond...

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You're the 'bee's knees'!

The bee in all her glory, is also inspiration for much word play. During the 1920's, a stellar decade for slang and much ado about dancing and parties, the term 'bee's knees' meant 'outstanding' and it was a fabulous cocktail from that era too. I have a weekly game with one of my market friends, where we cheekily ask benign questions and answer with a smile - 'mind your own beeswax'. This usually raises the high brows of those passing by and we get a kick out of ourselves. It really is amazing all the bits and pieces that the bee has inspired in our lives, including our language, gardens, tables, art and light.  Beauty in the bee and beeswax - in all...

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One Reason to Burn Pure Canadian Beeswax Candles

We are often asked about the difference between beeswax and 'other' candles, when we are out and about at artisan fairs. Most 'other' candles are made of paraffin, which is a by product of the petroleum industry. We need fuel for our current ways of living, but maybe not burning in our homes.   More 'other' candles are soy candles.  Did you know that soybeans undergo a process similar to the hydrogenation of margarine to become wax? About 80% of soybean crops are a genetically modified organism (GMO). Non GMO soy beans and GMO soy are combined at processing, as there simply are not enough non GMO beans. Some wax companies remove the GMO while making the soybeans into the...

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Easter's on it's way

  Hippity Hoppity ... Easter's on it's way .. Sure signs of spring are the smells of freshly baked hot cross buns, the sweet sight and smell of blossoming flowers on an early morning walk, warming earth in the garden and Easter! This is a great time to explore the traditional art of egg decorating with pure beeswax; called Pysanky in Ukrainian.  The techniques of wax resist dying on eggs is simple and can be enjoyed by all.  Intricately decorated eggs are a timeless art. In our home we use a burning beeswax candle, with a three inch wide base, and stylus (also called a kistka) to draw on eggs. Then we dunk the egg in a dye solution. You can also use...

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Hittin' the Refresh Button

  Busy in the home hive this winter season.   We hit the refresh button on our website, made updates to our work space, and have been reaching out and surrounding ourselves with great creative souls to help us be our best. New exclusive candle designs coming this spring, as well as fresh branding and this blog. Welcome to the New and Improved Bees Wax Works website, please have a look around and tell us what you think. Join us in our journey through this life we choose as makers on our rural island in the Pacific Northwest. Have a Beeautiful Day!  

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