The Eco-Buzz on Green Crafting with All-Natural Candle KitsAug 31, 2011 07:32AM ● By Aimee Cebulski
Due to recent news about lead and other chemicals in toys, games and crafts, more consumers are seeking natural products for arts and home projects. Popular products among crafters seeking eco-friendly hobbies are make-your-own beeswax candle kits and solid beeswax blocks used for melting into candle molds and forms.
“These products are well-liked, because beeswax is 100 percent natural and clean-burning, unlike paraffin candles, which are a by-product of petroleum,” says Susan Short, owner of Toadily Handmade, a company based in Mission Viejo that is a leading supplier of the kits. “Beeswax is the only naturally existing wax on Earth, and is a completely renewable resource, which makes it a great choice for anyone who is environmentally conscious.”
Solid beeswax blocks and bars that can be melted and poured into molds to create candles in almost any shape, including golf balls, hearts and animals, are among the bestselling products at Honey Glow Farm. Owned and operated by John and Sheri Kohn, the farm is located in pristine northern Wisconsin, an area of fields, lakes, green pastures and forests, where John has lovingly tended bees for nearly 30 years. The Kohns have expanded their product line as their beekeeping business has grown, noting an increased demand from parents seeking safe, enjoyable crafts for children.
“Parents can feel comfortable having their kids handle beeswax and roll the candles, because they are free from petroleum-based chemicals, so no harmful residues are left on the skin,” advises Short. She says her company has also experienced an upsurge in interest and has redesigned its candle kits to make the process easier and more fun for kids and adults. A typical kit contains enough supplies to make at least 10 to 12 candles: several sheets of honeycomb-printed beeswax made in the United States, 100 percent cotton wicks and instructions.
Short notes that beeswax candles burn brighter, hotter, cleaner and longer than those made from any other wax, producing negative ions that may also help cleanse the air of odors, pollens, smoke and allergens. These benefits to well-being come as no surprise to John Kohn, who says, “Beeswax is truly one of nature’s most versatile substances.”