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Discovered another interesting pass time last night, since acquiring our bee hive I decided to give making bees wax candles ago after also reading about all the bad toxins paraffin wax candles release into the air as we burn them.  To be honest I hadn't really thought about it and enjoyed burning scented candles believing that they were scented with essential oils.  So I made these candles last night from pure beeswax, I would have preferred the natural coloured ones but as my husband picked up the wax sheets for me this was his choice of colour, I didn't honestly think that they would have come in different colours.  They release a lovely smell into the room when burnt, so I wont be buying candles anymore, I'll be making my own.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 22, 2011 at 15:19
Donna ... 38 Begonia Street Inala QLD 4077 Website
Comment by Donna on February 22, 2011 at 12:33
Think I've driven past them before in a little sidestreet near me (in Inala/ Richlands) so will have a look and see if I can find it again.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 21, 2011 at 19:57
Yep! "The good oil in Beekeeping is John L Guilfoyle"! That used to be their slogan when I shopped there - they have moved from the Darra address that I knew but are still in your area, Donna. The stuff you are looking for is 'foundation' - it is pure beeswax made to fit inside the frame of a standard commercial beehive and imprinted with the exact size and shape of the cells. The bees draw the cells up for the Queen to lay eggs in and for honey and pollen to be stored in. As you know when it burns, the smell is divine :-)
Comment by Shirley on February 21, 2011 at 19:26
I think the name of the place was Guilfoyles (not sure if that is spelled correctly).  Out your way Donna I think :)
Comment by Donna on February 21, 2011 at 17:52
I've only seen the 'kits' for children at places like Kmart etc and they are very expensive... but I'll have to google it now :)
Comment by Shirley on February 21, 2011 at 14:44
Many of them will be paraffin wax, there are also soy candles but most have ingredients in that when burned give off nasties.  I too have heaps of candles but from now on I am going to make and use the natural bees wax ones.  ElsieMay, my husband picked them up from a Beekeepers suppliers that he went to.
Comment by Florence on February 21, 2011 at 9:36
Very nice Shirley~~ I'd love to get into one day ~ are the ordinary candles we buy from shops paraffin wax candles?  I keep heps of candles at home...
Comment by Shirley on February 21, 2011 at 8:10
Yes Donna they do smell really nice, I didn't find the raw materials to expensive, they cost I would say about $2.70 each to make which is a lot cheaper than buying scented candles and you know they are all natural.
Comment by Donna on February 21, 2011 at 7:39

Very nice, I've always wanted to make them but the raw materials that I've seen were expensive - they do smell lovely!

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