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Beeswax Candles

The Buzz About Beeswax

Brent Roose was stargazing after a hike along the Olympic Peninsula when the Big Dipper constellation got him thinking about light and nature. Fast forward to today, and Brent says that night in 1993 was the inspiration for his artisanal candle venture, called Big Dipper Wax Works.

Big Dipper candles are made from 100% beeswax, which is superior to paraffin (a petroleum byproduct) on so many levels. Beeswax is all natural,
nontoxic and non-allergenic. It burns for an exceptionally long time, and it’s naturally aromatic, infused with the sweet scent of honey. Plus it’s a renewable resource that helps clean the air when it’s burned, releasing negative ions that can reduce allergens and pollutants.

We’re featuring Brent’s superb spherical candles, which are hand-poured and cast from pure domestic beeswax (the wicks are cotton). You can choose the nature-inspired Artichoke sphere, the intricately detailed Tuscan design, or a set of three holiday ornament candles. Each displays the natural yellow color of beeswax, which can range from a deep golden hue to a pale yellow depending on which flowers the honeybees visited.

We heard about Big Dipper’s candles from Ronni Olitsky, who’s a fan of candles but not those made with petroleum byproducts. “I love the ambiance with beeswax candles and feel quite comfortable knowing I can breathe without worrying about inhaling carcinogens!” Ronni says. Big Dipper also looks out for the beekeepers and bees, donating 10% of its net profits to organizations that promote sustainable beekeeping. Great ambiance, sustainable resources, and a business that gives back…. now that’s the bee’s knees.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Donna
    Donna

    Hap 'bee' Fall everyone! I am so excited to be a part of today's feature, Big Dipper Wax Works 100% beeswax candles. I love the opportunity to talk to everyone and anyone that will listen about why beeswax is the best choice of candles to burn. Our candles represent our ideals; to embrace good health and maintain a balance with nature.

    I look forward to talking to you more about what Big Dipper is all about and would love to answer any questions you may have!

  • Christine
    Christine
    10/27/10 4:37 PM

    Because I have kids who inevitably run into the table where I have my candles...can you tell me about the wax and the ability to clean up spills? We have oil based candles that, if allowed to harden, will peel right off the carpeting, wood floor, and the wood of the cabinet itself without staining. I'd certainly prefer to use these Big Dipper Beeswax candles - but I don't see anything in the materials that indicate how easy these are to clean up. Can anyone advise? Many thanks!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/27/10 4:40 PM

    One of the things we couldn't fit into the video is how the Big Dipper candles do not lose their form, collapse, or become messy puddles as they burn down. I really avoid those kind of candles that can wreck your table or just become an annoying cleaning project.

    In fact, when I was testing four of the Big Dipper candles sitting directly on my dining room table, my teenage son commented (after about 8 hours of burning) "What is up with these candles? They have hardly burned down at all." Pretty rare for a teenager to notice something like that!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    10/27/10 4:42 PM

    I was writing my comment at the exact same time that Christine was asking about cleaning. Wild! Since mine did not cause cleanup issues, I am going to defer to Donna to answer about how to clean up accidental spills.

  • Donna
    Donna – Special Guest
    10/27/10 4:53 PM

    Hi Christine! For cleanups, there are two different techniques you can use. If the wax drips on to a surface to where can't just peel the wax off (say carpet), what you want to first do is pick out the bigger pieces of wax. Then place a few paper towels over the area and iron over top of the paper towel. The heat from the iron will melt the wax and the paper towel will absorb it. You can also use this technique for any wax residue that the wax may leave after peeling it off a surface. Of course, please test a small area first to make sure that the heat will not damage whatever you are using the iron on.

    The other technique you can use is more effective for flat surfaces like a coffee table or dining room table. With this technique, you place ice to the wax. I do this by putting the ice in a plastic bag and then set the bag of ice on top of the wax. After the ice has been on the wax for five minutes or so, you should be able to easily peel off the wax from the surface you are removing it from. Hope that helps with any messes you have with wax in the future, Christine!! Thanks for your question.

  • Christine
    Christine
    10/27/10 5:22 PM

    @Donna Benson:

    Thank you to everyone for their input/comments. I'm ready to place an order and give these a try! I'm very excited to get these and witness the glow for myself.

    ...and I've got my list started for Christmas gifts!

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    10/27/10 5:09 PM

    We love, love, love these candles! (I'm NOT being paid or compensated in any way to say this.) Beyond the fact that conventional candles are so unhealthy for people and planet, we love the idea of supporting bees and a small company doing such great things. Big Dipper candles are just plain awesome from every aspect!

  • kara driscoll
    kara driscoll
    10/27/10 5:14 PM

    these look brilliant! what size are they please?? thanks!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/27/10 5:23 PM

    @kara driscoll: The Ornament candles are about 3" in diameter. The Artichoke and Tuscan Sphere candles are about 4" in diameter.

  • Kate
    Kate
    10/27/10 5:18 PM

    I didn't realize that burning some candles released toxins. Thank you for en"light"ening me and for introducing these delightful candles. They will be beautiful for the holidays.

  • Donna
    Donna – Special Guest
    10/27/10 7:50 PM

    Kate: I think a lot of people don't realize the candles they may be burning are not the best for your health. It's funny because we think so much about the food we put into our bodies, making sure that we eat well and take good care of ourselves. Sometimes we forget to think of other things that are also important, like our air quality! Beeswax candles (only 100% beeswax candles do this) actually emit negative ions into the air as they burn. These negative ions, much like rainstorms or seashores, cleanse the air. This is way burning beeswax candles are perfect for people with allergies or pets. Really cool, right??

  • Carol Fishman Cohen
    Carol Fishman Cohen
    10/29/10 8:49 PM

    The Beeswax Tuscan Candle Exceeds Expectations in beauty, quality, and value:

    The Beeswax Tuscan Candle is even more beautiful than I imagined. The candle is bigger than expected and the design detail is exquisite. It comes in a beautiful box that only needs a ribbon for embellishment if giving as a gift. Inside, the candle is wrapped with red tissue paper, complimenting it's golden coloring. It comes with a little pack of matches. The candle burns for 50 hours. And because its Beeswax, it smells heavenly! You can even start to smell that lovely Beeswax smell as you open the mailer box. This candle is a perfect hostess gift and everything about it exceeded expectations. Thank you Daily Grommet for discovering it!

    Carol Fishman Cohen

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/30/10 3:27 PM

    @Carol Fishman Cohen: Thank you for stopping back to share your experience with your purchase! We are delighted that it exceeded your expectations!

  • Carol Fishman Cohen
    Carol Fishman Cohen
    1/26/11 12:50 AM

    When will the Tuscan Candle be back in stock? I want to order more! Carol

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/26/11 11:06 AM

    @Carol Fishman Cohen: This one is available again!

  • Christina Stachura
    Christina Stachura
    9/24/11 8:14 AM

    Hi!

    Do you have an idea of when the Beeswax artichoke candles will be back in stock? Really looking forward to those.

    Thanks,

    Chris

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/25/11 9:46 AM

    @Christina Stachura: They haven't finalized their fall line yet. If the artichoke makes it into the line, they will be back in stock mid-late October.

  • Jan Woods
    Jan Woods
    1/24/12 1:45 PM

    Hi! I keep checking back to see when these beautiful candles will be for sale again. "Early 2012"...does that mean soon, I hope? Thanks!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/24/12 2:16 PM

    @Jan Woods: We are hoping to have them back in stock in early February.

  •  Linda
    Linda
    11/19/12 5:13 PM

    Will the artichoke candle be in stock soon?

  • Desmond
    Desmond – Grommet Team
    11/19/12 11:11 PM

    @ Linda Yes, they will be in soon. Once we have tracking numbers (so we can knew the arrival date) we will post the date on the site and we will start to accept orders again.

    Thank you.

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