FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS
Q. Where do you get your beeswax?
A: We purchase beeswax from local, well-established bee farmers who take pride in providing a high quality, consistent product without endangering the bees or other wildlife. Our beeswax is collected from organized apiaries (out in the wild) where the bees are well cared for. The farmers constantly monitor the hives to be certain the bees are healthy throughout the year, especially during drought or frost.
Q. Why do you goats milk in your soaps?
A: We used locally sourced, unprocessed goats milk in all of our soaps. Goats milk is wonderful for treating sensitive, dry skin or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Goats milk contains Alpha Hydroxy acids which helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Alpha-hydroxy acids are well known for softening skin and leaving it smoother and younger looking.
Q. Why do you use lye in your soaps?
A: All soap making is dependent on a chemical reaction using lye and oils. When lye and oils are mixed it creates a reaction called saponification and the end result is soap plus glycerin. Glycerin is often removed from commercially made soaps and this leaves a product that is drying to skin. When creating our soaps we use just enough lye to create the proper chemical reaction and after curing for several weeks no lye remains in the finished product. Our soaps are safe, gentle and produce a pleasant lather when used.
Q. What fragrances do you use to scent your products?
A: We use only all natural essential oils (not fragrance oils). Essential oils are the resin or liquid that is pressed, distilled or extracted from a plant (leaves, bark, flowers, berries, roots, needles, beans, peel, cones, etc.). It takes many hundreds of pounds of plant material to make a pound of essential oil. Sometimes the oil comes from many different parts of the plant. For example, orange essential oil is derived from the fruit, neroli from the flower blossoms and petitgrain from the leaves.
Q. How should I store my soap?
A: You can lengthen the life span of your soap bar by using a soap dish that drains. This will keep your your soap dry and stop it from melting away. When not in use, store your soap in a dry location.
Q. Why do you use beeswax instead of paraffin for your candles?
A: Most of the candles sold today are made of paraffin. Paraffin is a petroleum by-product that requires additional chemicals to harden and provide the scent. As it burns, paraffin releases toxins, which you will notice by the black soot it produces. Beeswax candles burn cleaner with almost no smoke or soot.
Q. Is it true that beeswax candles burn longer?
A: Yes! Beeswax burns longer and cleaner than paraffin. Climate also affects burn time. Candles burn longer in a colder room temperature.
Q. Why does beeswax smell like honey?
A: Beeswax is odorless and white when first created by honeybees. While stored in the honeycomb, the wax absorbs fragrance and color from pollen, honey and propolis (the brown waxy resin collected by bees from tree buds and used as cement in the hive). Every batch of wax has a unique fragrance and color which is determined by the plant from which the honeybee collected his pollen.
Q. Can beeswax candles clean the air and improve allergies?
A: Yes! People with allergies, sinus problems and asthma have reported significant improvement in their symptoms after burning 100% beeswax candles in their bedroom for several hours before bedtime. When burned, beeswax produces negative ions. Negative ions are nature’s air purifiers, cleaning the air of dust, mold and other pollutants.
Q. What is 'bloom'?
A: Only 100% pure beeswax candles will 'bloom'. Bloom is the dull or frosty film that appears on the surface of beeswax. Some first-time users of beeswax candles do not know to expect this and may think their candle is defective. This is not a defect, and in fact reassures you that your candle is 100% beeswax. Beeswax candles seem to bloom more when the candles have been subjected to temperature changes. If you prefer the tops of your candles to be shiny, you can gently wipe the bloom off with a soft, dry cloth – but the bloom will return in a few days.