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“A Poem Written in Beeswax”: Hand-Dipped Candles by Alysia Mazzella

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“A Poem Written in Beeswax”: Hand-Dipped Candles by Alysia Mazzella

May 22, 2023

Alysia Mazzella tells her candle-making story this way:

“We began in 2017 with the hand-dipped taper. The heart of our studio is this big ol’ pot of molten beeswax. The scent of honey fills the air and wax touches everything.”

Six years later, she’s still hand-making candles in her small studio outbuilding in central New York from locally sourced beeswax. The candles themselves are intentionally simple, according to Alysia’s site: “Our work creatively reflects on time-honored candles that offer an intentional burn, the role of the firekeeper, and a regenerative relationship with the honeybee.”

Have a look.

Photography courtesy of Alysia Mazzella.

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Above: “Beeswax candles have long been favored for sacred timekeeping and a symbol of the eternal light,” according to Alysia’s site, and they offer a “luminous,” natural, air-purifying burn. Her Beeswax Tea Lights are a nod to Japanese tea ceremonies, “which use candlelight to warm the teapot and keep time”; $16 for a set of 12.
Above: Alysia takes a poetic approach to candlemaking. Her Fortune Tapers, wrapped with one-of-a-kind hand-typed notes, are $10 each.
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Above: The Twin Flame Candle “is a poem written in beeswax,” according to Alysia’s site; $27 for a set of two (though currently sold out).
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Above: Chimes candles take their shape from the German candles that were used to rotate small carousels and are “lit to signify prayer, clarify intention, or make a wish.” They’re $22 for a bundle of nine.
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Above: Alysia in the studio.
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Above: The workshop, tucked in the woods.

N.B.: “Collect every candle scrap!” Alysia also offers a Beeswax Exchange, a community recycling program.

For more on Alysia’s candle-making process, head here; and for instructions on caring for beeswax candles, head here.

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Frequently asked questions

What are beeswax candles?

Beeswax candles are candles made from the wax of honeybees. The wax is collected from beehives and melted down to create candle molds.

Why should I choose beeswax candles?

Beeswax candles are a natural and eco-friendly option. They emit a subtle honey scent, burn longer than other candles, and have a natural golden glow.

Do beeswax candles produce soot?

No, beeswax candles produce very minimal soot compared to paraffin candles. They burn cleanly and do not release harmful toxins or smoke.

Are beeswax candles safe for people with allergies or asthma?

Yes, beeswax candles are generally safe for people with allergies or asthma. They do not emit strong fragrances or irritants that can trigger respiratory issues.

How do I care for beeswax candles?

To care for beeswax candles, keep the wick trimmed to about 1/4 inch and avoid placing them in drafty areas. Store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Why are beeswax candles more expensive?

Beeswax is a natural and limited resource, and the process of collecting and processing the wax is more labor-intensive than synthetic waxes. This makes beeswax candles generally more expensive.

Can I use beeswax candles for aromatherapy?

Yes, beeswax candles can be used for aromatherapy. They have a natural honey scent that is subtle and pleasing, providing a calming and relaxing atmosphere.

Where can I buy beeswax candles?

You can buy beeswax candles from various sources such as local artisans, specialty stores, or online retailers. Make sure to look for reputable sellers that use pure beeswax.

How long do beeswax candles burn?

Beeswax candles have a longer burn time compared to other types of candles. On average, a one-inch diameter beeswax candle can burn for approximately one hour per inch of height.

Are beeswax candles biodegradable?

Yes, beeswax candles are biodegradable. Being a natural material, they can be easily decomposed by natural processes without leaving behind harmful residues.

Product summary  

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String Lights

Tea Lights

$16.00 USD from Alysia Mazzella
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Candles & Holders

Fortune Taper

$10.00 USD from Alysia Mazzella
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Candles & Holders

Twin Flame

$27.00 USD from Alysia Mazzella
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Candles & Holders

Chimes

$22.00 USD from Alysia Mazzella

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