Call it your ‘Circle of Life’ holiday gift: hand-dipped beeswax candles from Big Dipper Wax Works in Seattle. This company not only uses nectar from flowers gathered by honeybees, it then turns around and donates 10% of the net profits from all candle sales to organizations dedicated to outreach, education, and sustainability efforts devoted to promoting sustainable beekeeping. “Big Dipper is committed to supporting a vibrant community of customers, beekeepers, and bees,” says founder Brent Roose.
Many candles come with unfortunate side effects because they are made using paraffin, a petroleum by-product which is chemically bleached and hardened, emits black soot and pollutes the air. Big Dipper candles are 100% natural and free of paraffin and other toxins. Unlike most products used in candles, beeswax actually cleans the air by emitting negative ions.
Stop by the Yelm Cooperative during your holiday shopping for some elegant hand-dipped tapers or pillars made with an exquisite mix of essential oils. This is one gift that will keep on giving.