Project 1 : Natural Beeswax Candle

Off to a fantastic start! 5pm, better late than never.

I began my project as the sun was setting today. This past weekend, I picked up a block of natural beeswax from the Rochester Public Market. Tonight I found out how easy it is to make candles.

 

 

I've been thinking about making my own candles for awhile now. I really enjoy burning them, but I've always been wary of certain ones. Are they ridden with chemicals? Are they dangerous to the earth? Are there natural alternatives? In researching the candle-making with my hunk of beeswax I found out some really amazing facts. I'm now convinced beeswax is the way to go.

 

Beeswax is a 100% natural fuel made by our friends the honeybees.
Beeswax candles are naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers.
Beeswax candles naturally emit negative ions, cleaning the air and invigorating the body.

Beeswax burns cleaner and longer than paraffin or soy.
Paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum, and burning paraffin candles emits toxins and carcinogens in your air.
Although soy is a healthy alternative to paraffin, the truth is that soy has a very dirty carbon footprint. Soy is one of the most heavily sprayed crops with chemical pesticides. It’s one of the main causes of deforestation in the amazon and is almost always genetically modified.
Beeswax is a natural and renewable resource.

Quoted from this amazing etsy shop 


 

To make my candle, I placed the hunk of beeswax a tin can in a pot of simmering water. I waited for it to melt, dunked a strand of hemp for a wick, and poured the wax into a jar.

 

 

And what better/more adorable than a doily to hold the wick in place while the wax dried? Nothing. That's what.

 

 

For sale here.

 

Monday Morning Delivery

This morning I awoke to a wonderful treat. Very early this morning, while we were still fast asleep, the milkman came and delivered fresh milk and eggs to our house. I don't know how much more old-timey delight and whimsy could be packed into that sentence. Just typing it out made me want to squeal a little bit. Really, how fun is that? I have to thank Charlotte Fresh (via this article) for letting me in on this little info nugget that has already made my life exponentially better after just one delivery. Last night I was so excited to put out the metal milk cooler (which, to my knowledge, was left out for the milkman by my mother-in-law's family in Maryland when she was growing up) and this morning the first thing I did was run outside to gather the goods.

 

This morning, this is what I peeked out the front door and found...

 

Luke and I immediately ate some cheerios and banana with the fresh milk, which came from the Homestead Creamery in VA. It was delicious. Later on in the day, I drank a glass of the milk, and I haven't done that in over two years. The delivery service is provided by Lakeview Farms right down the road in Fort Mill, SC. My order came to $12.33, which included a quart of milk, a dozen brown eggs, a flat delivery rate of $3.00 and a $2.00 deposit for the glass milk bottle (I'll get it back when I return the bottle).

 

And with that, my week began quite well.