At this time of year, careless flip-flop days and intense summer skies seem hopelessly far away… At least, December’s twinkling holiday lights have replaced the gloomy darkness of November evenings.
Impossibly short days are the perfect time to gather friends around a dinner table for long conversations fuelled by hearty red wine and slow cooked savoury meals.
However, table setting is part of establishing the mood. Wine does not taste the same from a plastic glass, and an overly lit table can feel like a cafeteria. We turned to artisan creator Jill Smith at Bees Wax Works to share her five reasons to buy a beeswax candle for the holidays.
- Dark days bring the need for warm light. Beeswax burns in the light spectrum of the sun. If summer seems far away, the light aura from these artisan candles will remind you of those days.
- The natural smell of beeswax – a reminder of the heavenly smell of warmer days spent outside – in the comfort of your living room.
- Innocent times with the tradition of beeswax candles at holiday times. The aroma is a trigger for many. Especially for my European customers, the smell evokes childhood memories of a time when candles were hand-dipped by mums and grandmas.
- Beauty and simplicity in an effortless gift.
- Warmth: Brisk outdoor activities and quieter nights – beeswax candles bring an authentic heating to our indoor season.
Jill’s beeswax candles are handcrafted in her Salt Spring Island workshop, a place that she describes as “The best smelling garage on Salt Spring Island, with lovely windows and views of the Salish Sea.” The candles are made from blocks of 45-pound blocks of 100% Canadian beeswax (sourced in Alberta).
Beeswax Works candles are crafted following traditional methodologies (read about the art of chandlery). Jill describes the steps as easy enough, however, after wax patience is a critical ingredient in the process.
Warm up your winter days with one of these candles from the Beeswax Works custom collection:
Image credits: Candle photos provided by and published with the permission of Jill Smith @ Bees Wax Works