Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A Visit to 'Bear Bile Bee Farm' in Paju, South Korea

Last Sunday, Mr. Park brought me to visit a bee farm (웅담양봉원) in Paju. Paju is one of the cities located in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. From Seoul, it takes about 1.5 hours drive to there. The farm is at countryside, so we took longer time to reach our destination.

We were welcome by the beekeeper (nickname: Honey Bear) once we arrived. After he directed us to sit under canopy besides his house, he treated us honeycomb and lemon water with honey produced by his bees. A few of bees also flew towards us; not to welcome us I know but they were attracted by the smell of honeycomb and honey from the cups. 

yummy honeycomb

Honey Bear showed us his beehives which positioned under the canopy too, he then removed a frame of capped honeycomb from the beehive and explained in Korean pertaining beeswax and honey. Well, I speak no Korean so Mr Park became my translator at the site.


frames of honeycomb in the beehive

the beekeeper - Honey Bear

Later, Honey Bear took out from refrigerator some natural skincare products made by him using beeswax, propolis...etc. I tested out his lotion. I would say his is better than my version. It is moist enough and the smell of coconut oil is not overwhelming.

He has 5 sorts of honey; from the lightest golden yellow to darkest dark brown. All sorts of honey are produced by honey bees who suck nectar from different kinds of flora such as acacia, chestnut & strawberry tree. We chose to buy strawberry honey after we did a tasting on all types.

Before leaving, he gifted us some self-made skincare products as souvenirs. I'm enjoying!

organic honey & souvenirs brought from the bee farm

Monday, 22 August 2016

Taper, Votive or Pillar?

Having long vacation in South Korea now, but i know I miss candle making. My hands are itchy and rolling some candles definitely is a great idea to solve.

When rubber cutting board, utility knife, ruler together with beeswax sheets and wicks are ready on the table, I started without further delay.

A pair of taper candles were firstly made. This time I made them in approximately 16 cm height x 2.5 cm diameter and each burns around 4 hours.

Next, I used half of a beeswax sheet and rolled a votive candle. The size is approximately 5 cm height x 5 cm diameter.

I discontinued the burning when it reached about 5 hours. It has few more hours to go on next burnnig.

The last candle I made is a pillar. It is 10 cm height x 5 cm diameter. I don't feel like burn it yet and it will accompany little longer I guess ;)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Beeswax Candles Create Fresh Air Onboard

Recently I read an article pertaining the essential of fresh atmosphere onboard, written by Alene Keenan.

Alene is the founder and CEO of Yacht Stew Solutions (YSS). In fact, she has been a megayacht stew for over two decades. She provides teaching, interior crew training, workshops and consultation nowadays. When free, Alene likes to write for The Triton, a nautical newspaper for crews and captains.

Alene mentioned in her article that when guests step inside a yacht or boat, the comfortability is the thing they focus on. The criterias include the first impression and odor that welcome them when they walk onboard.

Boats are filled with funky smells at any time, such as odors come from cooking, chemicals and just general 'life onboard' odor. Most of the time, mold and mildew are the main culprit, as she said. Besides control the cleanliness and moisture level of a boat by running a dehumidifier and applying silica gel units, Alene also added that well maintenance of indoor air quality is needed in order to create fresh condition to the visitors.

Compared to outdoor air, indoor air contains more chemicals and toxins from materials like carpet and fabrics. Although it is pretty well impossible to thoroughly get rid of hazardous toxins, Alene told that there are several natural ways to diminish exposure to indoor chemicals and one of her favorites is by using beeswax candles.

In her article, she agreed that air cleanliness can be improved by burning pure beeswax candles without practically any smoke. Alene also realize that the release of negative ions when burning the candles is effective at eliminating dust and dander from the air and this is particularly advantageous for people who suffer from asthma or allergies.

A clean and fresh atmosphere is extremely crucial in welcoming the guest onboard. Alene gave advice to crews to be confident doing their best to maintain comfortable environment onboard with good air quality.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

How to Filter Beeswax?


This video shows exactly a way that you could follow and filter beeswax by yourself.

Step 1: Break the beeswax into smaller chunks (if it's in bulky size)

Step 2: Place the beeswax chunks into a melting pot with water

Step 3: Heat the pot carefully without burning the beeswax and let the beeswax melts thoroughly

Step 4: Hang a polyester filter bag to something strong and easy to undergo the filtering process later

Step 5: Place a container underneath the filter bag

Step 6: Pour the melting beeswax from pot into the filter bag

Step 7: Let the filtered beeswax cool and become solid again in the container

Dirt will remain in the filter bag and now you'll get your beeswax filtered!

Polyester filter with good quality  is available here:

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Tea-lights in a Hodgepodge of Colors

How is your mood today? Cheerful? Excited? Calm?…or just feeling blue? Anyone of these colorful tea lights may denote your feeling now.

Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. - Pablo Picasso

Designers and artists know well that colors can bring crucial effect to our lives as they influence our daily mood, feeling or emotion and cause physiological reactions.

Below is a translation of some colors:

*RED – excited, angry
*BLUE – calm, sad, aloof
*GREEN – restful
*YELLOW – cheerful
*BROWN – sad, isolated
*ORANGE - enthusiastic
*WHITE - innocent

Each of these tea lights is made with a cotton wick and is 100% beeswax candle. Clear plastic cups were picked to encase them as to allow more brightness shows through the holders as well as to express the uniqueness of the colors, although the actual colors may rather different from those shown in the picture above. All these colorful tealight candles are likely burn for almost four hours. Perhaps you may want to burn them simultaneously to create a combination of different ambiance.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Dipped Beeswax Candle Making

Other than rolled and molded candles, another type of beeswax candles which is fun to learn is dipped candles. If you have not yet tried the making, I suggest you to give yourself an attempt on the near weekend. You may love the process, who knows?!

In beeswax candle making, beeswax is the most essential ingredient that you need. Thus, prepare beeswax in quantity that is enough for your candle dipping. You may purchase the beeswax directly from local beekeeper or online store. If the beeswax is in a single big piece, cut it into smaller pieces with a big knife to save melting time later.

You will need:

Beeswax, candle wick, scissors, double boiler (such as tin can & pot), stick & some old newspapers 


Similar as making other types of beeswax candles, dipped candles also starts with melting the beeswax. Set up a double boiler to melt the beeswax. You may use a tall or medium-sized tin can and make sure the height of the can is enough for dipping your candles. Put the beeswax into the tin can then place the tin can into a pot filled with water half way up. Now, bring the pot to the stove and start melting the beeswax with medium heat. Switch the heat to low once the beeswax is melted thoroughly.

Prepare candle wick in about 40cm length or double your desired length of candle plus extra 15cm in order to make two dipped candles at the same time. Hold the middle part of the wick and dip each side of the wick into the melted beeswax. The measurement of 15cm from the midpoint should free from dipping. Allow about 1-2 minutes or until completely dry before each further dip. Dip them repeatedly until the desired size is obtained.

Hang and cool the newly made candles thoroughly once they reach the desired thickness or size similar to tapers. You may use a sustainable stick in between the back of two chairs as a rack for drying them and place some newspapers underneath to avoid any dripping on the floor. When they are entirely dry, shift them to a cool and dry area for storage. Trim the wick when you are ready to use.

Tips & warning:

1. Pay attention while handling the melted hot beeswax and stay children and pets away from the heat.

2. Avoid the wick in the melted beeswax long; otherwise the previously dipped beeswax on the wick will melt off.

3. Allow enough cooling time between dipping in order to secure the beeswax on the wick and will not fall off.

4. ­­­­­­­­­To help straighten the dipped candles, you may need to tug at both ends gently for the first few dips.

Your first experience should be enjoyable, no matter how it ends up. To add more fun, do involve your friend or family member in the process. Happy candle making!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

A Visit to Beeswax Candle Section in Manna Wholefoods & Cafe, South Fremantle, Australia

One Saturday afternoon I went to visit Fremantle in Western Australia and I found a beeswax candle section in the Manna Wholefoods & Cafe at 274 South Terrace.

Manna Wholefoods & Cafe

There are some interesting rolled but mostly molded beeswax candles that caught my eyes, for instance, those in shape of bee and butterfly. The varieties include tealights, votives, pillars, tapers and some other adorable shapes of candles.

These are some of the photos I took from the section...