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From the drawing board

Posted by Barry Whitmore on

Big Dipper Beeswax candles become the focus of oceanZebra designers this month, as they smash out long hours at the drawing board on our latest designs.

Their focus is to design several new candle holders like our ever popular Zen candle holder and a new idea on the drawing board is our aromatherapy essential oil burner.

Our decision to turn to beeswax candles for this new range of products comes about because of the purity of the burning of beeswax candles, we believe that normal paraffin based tea lights would have a negative effect on the purity of the essential oils being used in our burners.

“‘beeswax candles are naturally dripless and smokeless, and they tend to have a longer burn time than candles made from other waxes. Beeswax is 100% natural and a renewable resource that actually cleans the air by emitting purifying negative ions and that’s a good thing for your personal environment” – Lead Designer.


A worker pouring handmade beeswax candles

How Big Dipper produce their candles

Big Dippers beeswax is filtered via natural clay process that cleans the wax of impurities, yet allows the wax to retain its inherent colour and aroma. All Big Dippers candles are produced by hand in small batches.

The wax on the Beeswax

At Big Dipper Wax Works, they strive to use the highest quality ingredients in their candles.
Most of the beeswax they use is collected from Northwest beekeepers, including British Columbia. The crops in this region rank lowest in exposure to pesticides in North America and is the highest quality beeswax available.

As their business has grown they had to expand their wax resources outside of the North American channel and explore global wax sourcing. Big Dipper is actively pursuing creating fair trade partnerships with beekeepers in several foreign countries. They are currently sourcing about 25% of their wax globally. Big Dipper has hand selected the wax and run extensive testing to ensure it is up to their high standards.

The Colour

Beeswax gets its wonderful natural colour and honey-like fragrance from the pollen and nectar of the flowers the bees are pollinating. The colour often depends on what particular crop the bees are pollinating. Dark berries, like blueberries or blackberries, will derive a much darker, browner wax. Clover, however, will result in a brighter, golden tone.

Big Dippers coloured beeswax candles are dyed with eco-friendly dyes that do not contain hazardous solvents or additives such as naphtha or naphthalene. Their dyes are never tested on animals. All of Big Dippers candles are handmade, making it the perfect product for the oceanZebra made by hand philosophy. We need to add that the beeswax is never 100% consistent in shade, so there may be variations in colour of the candles.
If you would like more info on our new range, or the Big Dipper candles drop us a line.

Warmest regards

The oceanZebra team.


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