Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Three Fundamental Strategies to Avoid Hazardous Candles

One: Preclude fragrance
Fragrance = Red flag!
Any combination of thousands of chemicals may invent artificial scents and most scents are unhealthy for inhalation as they are made of petrochemicals or undisclosed ingredients which are not proven safe.

Two: Examine the wick
Candle wicks are commonly made of braided cotton. However, consumers should be aware of candles made of lead-cored wicks. The fact that burning candles with lead-cored wicks could bring a lead poisoning effect to young children was confirmed by the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission). Consumers are advised to ask the retailer for details about the wick used in their candles if they wish to find out whether the metal-cored wick contains lead or not.

Three: Inspect the wax
Vegetable, animal and insect-based wax as well as paraffin (petroleum byproduct) could be sources of waxed candles. Some candle manufacturers may claim single ingredient only in their candles but in fact their candle wax may not be 100 percent and mixed with other unknown ingredients in production. These ingredients may include paraffin, colour or fragrance which lead to asthma, cancer and allergies. Therefore, it's wise to choose waxed candles without scents, pigments and dyes.

Checklist of Choosing the Most Wholesome Candles 
Wax: 100% pure beeswax with its original colour and scent
Wick: 100% cotton without lead
Fragrance: No fragrance

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Attempt at Hand-rolling A Honeycomb Beehive Candle

I tried to figure out a moment on how to fully utilize a full beeswax sheet measured 20 cm x 42 cm to make a beehive shaped candle by using hand-rolled method. After some calculations, I came out with an idea to make it with 10 cm height by measuring 10 cm, 5 cm, 5 cm, 0 cm on the left and 7.5 cm, 7.5 cm, 2.5 cm, 2.5 cm on the right then cut the honeycomb sheet diagonally into 4 pieces just like below.

In fact, I am not sure yet how exactly the candle will look like when it is done but I start to roll anyway.

The largest piece was rolled first

After two bigger pieces were rolled

Left the last smallest piece


Here it is... my beehive candle measuring 10 cm tall by 6.5 cm diameter at base. Next blog, I am going to share the testing on burning this candle, so please stay tune!

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.