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  • Our candles are more expensive than soy candles-- here's why:

    We pride ourselves on making a better candle. We source premium local beeswax, high quality tallow, and organic coconut oil for a fabulously creamy blend that holds and distributes scent well, and burns cleanly. These are sustainable natural resources. Although they are much more expensive (4x the cost of soy wax, and 8x the cost of paraffin wax), they have a much smaller environmental impact. I wrote a previous post about why I was no longer using soy wax. You can read it here-- https://besemnaturalscents.com/blogs/news/the-end-of-soy

    I want to spend a little time explaining why we use the raw materials we use. Today, I will explain some of the reasons I am in love with beeswax!

    Beeswax is rare and expensive. It is estimated that the bees must fly 150,000 miles to collect enough nectar to produce 6 pounds of honey, just to secrete 1 pound of wax. For every 100 pounds of honey harvested, the beekeeper is able to obtain 2-4 pounds of beeswax.  It is (obviously =) created by bees. It is 100% natural and chemical free. It is not processed in any way, just melted and filtered-- several times. It is the oldest candle known to man and has been prized since ancient times. Beeswax has a high melting point, which results in a significantly longer burn time. It burns strong and bright. It emits a bright white flame of the same light spectrum as the sun. When trimmed properly, it emits no soot. Not to mention that it has a wonderful, faint honey scent-- a gift from nature!

    So, why not just use beeswax? Why add tallow? Check back for more…..

  • Introducing--> our wide mouth pint jars.

    Our new candle line is here! We chose this wide mouth pint jar because of its endless versatility. It blends well in any decor while you are enjoying your candle, and then it is easy to wash and reuse in a myriad of ways.
    Enjoy your candle.
    Then, reuse your jar!
    The label is made of 100% cotton-- offcuts from tshirt production, and the tag behind is plantable wildflower seeded paper. We want everything about this candle to be practical and sustainable. We are introducing this new line along with our limited edition holiday scents. Apple Bobbing and Pumpkin Carving will only be available through the holidays!
  • NEW-- votive candles!

    We finally have the perfect little option to gift or to sample our scents! They are made with the same fabulous tallow/beeswax/coconut combo that we use for our jar candles. You may choose an idividual votive, or a 4 pack. 

    They are available in all 10 of our scents:

    AFTERNOON DELIGHT-- notes of orange, cinnamon, juniper berry
    GIRLS NIGHT OUT-- notes of pink grapefruit, ylang ylang, basil
    IN THE WOODS-- notes of pine, cedarwood, balsam fir
    LITTLE BLACK DRESS-- notes of cypress, jasmine, black pepper, sandalwood
    OFF THE CLOCK-- notes of lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang
    OH HAPPY DAY-- notes of orange, vanilla
    ROAD TRIP-- notes of patchouli, sandalwood, adventure
    SMOKE SHOP-- notes of honey, tobacco, vetiver
    STUDY GROUP-- notes of rosemary, peppermint, geranium
    TEA PARTY-- notes of green tea, ylang ylang, rosewood

    They burn beautifully in a nice tight votive holder-- up to 15 hours. Give them a try and let me know what you think!

     

  • The end of soy.

    I’m finally ending my on-again off-again relationship with soy.

    When my local farmer (who supplies me with much wisdom and most of my tallow from his free roaming, grass fed cows) mentioned that he wouldn’t allow any soy on his farm, it made me think. I have since read article after article, from farmers and scientists alike, on the probable dangers of GM soy and the hazards of the cancer causing herbicides that go along with it.[1] Could I find organic, non-GMO soy? Theoretically, yes-- but 93% of the soy crops in America are planted with Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybeans. The VAST majority of soy in America is not conducive to a healthy environment or beneficial to small family farms.

    When my soy supplier discontinued making my wax, I knew it was time to dive in and make a change! I already know the benefits of both beeswax and tallow (more on this in my next newsletter), and have devised the perfect combination. It holds scent well and burns beautifully.

    Beeswax candles burn longer than candles made with other substances and they produce no soot, when burned properly. Aside from this, supporting healthy bee populations helps us all.  These amazing insects pollinate over 80% of all flowering plants including 70 of the top 100 human food crops. One in three bites of food that we eat is derived from plants pollinated by bees. 

    I am blending my original scent blends with this amazing, fresh, rich smelling beeswax and tallow that I render from grass fed cows on small family farms. I add a touch of organic virgin coconut oil to make the wax smooth and creamy and it is ready to go!

    Please try one of your favorite scents in my new wax blend and let me know what you think! Use the coupon code “TryMe” for 30% off your first purchase of these candles at BesemNaturalScents.Etsy.com!

     

    [1] The World Health Organization declared Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, a probable human carcinogen. Since that announcement in March, 2015, several countries, cities, and retail chains worldwide have banned or severely limited the use of glyphosate products. As of October 2015, at least 700 personal injury non-Hodgkin lymphoma lawsuits were pending against Monsanto.