Sunday, November 22, 2009

Do It Green! Minnesota

Our booth was located right in front of the Jade Asian restaurant. According to their sign behind our booth, it's their first anniversary at Global Market!

Yesterday, Scent from Nature attended the Do It Green! Minnesota craft fair. It was a great success! Many thanks to all of our new customers who are trying our candles for the first time and know that we greatly appreciate all of our repeat customers. As we mentioned at the fair, if you need more candles please visit one of the wonderful health and environment supporting stores that sell our candles. These locations are listed in a previous post. If in the Twin Cities area, you will find them at your local food coops and Twin Cities Green. If you have a store you would like to see sell our candles, please drop us a line and let us know! If the store supports our mission, we'll gladly contact them.

Our booth was located next to a wonderful business called zerOw Bags. They craft "cool bags made from recycled plastics." Not only are their bags "cool" but the business owners are the nicest folks. Check out their website!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Inspiration for the Day

Late Autumn sunrise over Oake Lake

The Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles are labeled and packaged in our workshop overlooking the beautiful Oake Lake. This morning's sunrise was inspiration for the day.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Midtown Global Market

We spent Saturday selling our Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles at Midtown Global Market on Lake and Chicago in Minneapolis today. The building in which the market operates used to be the old Sears tower and has since been converted into this wonderful cultural market with food and gifts from all over the world. The upper floors have been converted to condominiums.

The atmosphere is festive and there is often live music being performed in the market. Local artists come to perform anything from folk to latin music. You'll find stores in the market selling all types of wonderful ethic and hand crafted goods.

We will be selling our candles next at Global Market, the first weekend in December.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Do it Green! Minnesota

We hand pour our 10" and 6" tapers as we do all of our cancles. Each taper burns an hour per inch.

Our votives fit in tealight bases and are meant to burn freestanding. They burn between 6 and 7 hours each!

Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles will be a vendor at the upcoming Do it Green! Minnesota Come and join us! It's candle season!!

Green Gifts Fair – Save the Date, November 21st!

Kick-off this holiday season by going green at the 4rd Annual Green Gifts Fair. Come SHOP 70+ local retailers and artists for green, recycled, and organic gifts. LEARN about green holiday decorating, wrapping, and food and party ideas. EAT a local lunch at many of the restaurants at the market. CELEBRATE the new 2010 Do It Green! Magazine’s kick-off, attend the eco fashion show, low carbon cook off with local chefs, or listen to local musicians.

This event is brought to you by Do It Green! Minnesota

Date: Saturday, November 21st, 10am-5pm
Location: Midtown Global Market at Lake Street & 10th Avenue in Minneapolis

More information: or 612-345-7973

Tour de Farm's Final Event

Star Thrower Farm

The Icelandic sheep and the llamas that protect them.

Scott down on the farm. He's got the look!

We catch J.D. between courses

Dinner is served in a 105 year old barn. Tables lit by beeswax candlelight.

We have been supplying our Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles to the five Tour de Farm events this year and they have been a wonderful success! Bravo to Scott Pampuch of Corner Table Restaurant for his efforts!

We were fortunate enough to be invited to attend the final event that took place at Star Thrower Farm, a farm specializing in Icelandic sheep grown for their wool, meat and milk. J.D. Fratzke of The Strip Club Meat and Fish was the guest chef and, as usual, created the most excellent menu. The food was fabulous!

Beeswax Pick Up!

Here it is!

Chuck carefully loads our precious beeswax into what we also use as our sled dog truck in the fall and winter! You can read more about the fun we have with our sled dogs at Points Unknown.

Now is the time of year when our beekeeper friends south of Gaylord, Minnesota have removed the honey boxes (AKA Supers) off of the beehives and are done extracting the honey and processing the beeswax. This means it's ready for us to pick up!

We're very excited about this year's wax. It is some of the lightest and most naturally fragrant we have had thanks to those little honey bees and thanks to all of the thoughtful care our beekeepers have taken when processing it. If you remember from an earlier post, our Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles are made from the very thin layer of wax that the bees make to cap each cell of honey. This is precious stuff!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Little Falls Craft Fair

Last weekend was the Little Falls Craft Fair where we shared a booth with family members. Mom makes National Award Winning quilts and Dad turns salvaged wood products that include bowls and candle holders to wooden pen and pencil sets. The fair was very well organized and everyone we met along the way was extremely nice and helpful. We did learn quickly, however, that this is not the proper venue for our handcrafted items and we will be on the lookout for more "Green" oriented venues from which to sell our Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles. The handmade quilts and unique wood turned items will be better placed at art fairs. Mom has even considered getting an account on Ebay!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Little Falls, MN Craft Fair

Being that this is the first fair of this size we have attended, we wanted to make sure we had an idea of what our display would look like prior to the event. After moving things around here and over there, I think this one will work!

It is an exciting fall for us as we will be attending the Little Falls, Minnesota Craft Fair for the first time and selling our Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles. The fair is this weekend, September 12th-13th and it is the biggest event of this kind in Minnesota, drawing over 100,000 people!

Look for us near the courthouse!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Local Food Coop Demos

The full line of Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles

We have recently begun our local food coop demos and are having a wonderful time talking with our customers about our healthy and wholesome pure beeswax candles. If you happen to see us at your local food coop, please make sure to stop by the booth for your free votive candle! Each mini votive burns between 6 and 7 hours. Wow! That's amazing!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Burn Times and Burning Directions

3x3 Pillar: 40hrs
3x4 Pillar: 70hrs
3x5 Pillar: 100hrs
3x6 Pillar: 130hrs

3x3 Textured Pillar: 40hrs (These appear hand rolled but are actually solid, thus having a much longer burn time!)

Burning Directions: Please follow general burning instructions below in addition to the following. Burn all 3" in diameter pillars between 3 and 4 hours at a time for best burn time results and to avoid excessive pooling or tunneling. Putting a 3" pillar in a container will cause it to burn improperly.

Crayon Top Pillar: 25hrs

Burning Directions: Please follow general burning instructions below in addition to the following. Burn our Crayon Top Pillars between 1 and 2 hours at a time for best burn time results and to avoid excessive pooling or tunneling. Burning a Crayon Top Pillar in a container will cause it to burn improperly.

2x3 Textured Pillar: 25hrs
2x6 Textured Pillar: 50hrs

(These appear hand rolled but are actually solid, thus having a much longer burn time!)

Burning Directions: Please follow general burning instructions below in addition to the following. Burn 2" in diameter pillars between 1 and 2 hours at a time for best burn time results and to avoid excessive pooling or tunneling. Burning a 2" in diameter pillar in a container will cause it to burn improperly.

Votives: 10-13 hrs

Burning Directions: Please follow the general burning instructions below in addition to the following. Burn our votives anywhere from a half an hour to several hours at a time in a container. These are mini votives and fit in a tealight size container.

Tapers: 1hr per inch

Burning Directions: Please follow the general burning instructions below in addition to the following. Burn our tapers as long as you like. You may get excessive pooling if burned longer than five hours at a time. If left in a draft, they will likely drip. Otherwise, beeswax candles are drip less. Burning our tapers in a container will cause them to burn improperly.

Tealights: 4-6hrs

Burning Directions:
Please follow the general burning instructions above in addition to the following. Burn our tealights for as little as a half an hour or up to six hours. They are sold in a recyclable aluminum container and are meant to burn in this container. Burning our tealights in any other way than recommended may cause them to burn improperly.

General Burning Directions:

Place candle on a fire proof surface and away from flammable items and remove the labels before lighting. Keep them out of reach of children and pets.

Cut wick to between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch each time the candle is burned. Beeswax candles may take a bit longer to light for the very first time than other wax candles. To put out flame, dip the wick in the pool of wax quickly. This way, you avoid any unwanted smoke
. Keep candles out of a draft otherwise you may experience dripping and smoking.

Never leave a candle burning unattended.

Closely follow specific burning directions for each type of candle above to ensure safety and proper burn times.

Each candle is made of
100% Pure Beeswax
with a cotton wick.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Why Beeswax?

Our Scent from Nature 6 inch and 10 inch taper candles

"We have chosen to fill our hives with honey and wax, thus furnishing mankind with the two noblest of things, which are sweetness and light." Jonathan Swift

HEALTH. Most candles are petroleum and meatpacking wastes that are toxic when burned, scented with poisonous synthetic oils, and marketed to "freshen" our precious air. The black soot is as harmful to our health as tobacco smoke. Aromatherapy candles also have health hazards.

Beeswax is extremely different. Honey bees make beeswax from the nectar of flowers so it is all natural, uniquely non-toxic, hypoallergenic and has a mild and sweet honey aroma. A perfectly renewable resource, beeswax is made by female worker bees (all worker bees are female). After they have engorged themselves with nectar and lay resting, flakes of beeswax are secreted from their abdomen. Yes, beeswax is a by-product. A by-product of the bees' honey making process! They mold this wax and shape it to fit perfectly over the tops of each little honey comb cell to cover either their honey or the Queen's eggs. Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles are made from the fine layer of beeswax covering each honey cell but only after the bees have had their fill of honey!

Producing negative ions as it burns, beeswax is healthy and actually cleans our air of odors, pollens, smoke and other allergens and hazards. It leaves our air fresher just like a rain storm. They are the perfect candles for those with sensitivities to chemicals, scents or allergens. Studies have shown that burning beeswax candles:

  • Improves air quality
  • Improves sleep
  • Enhances the immune system
  • Provides relief from hay fever and allergies
  • Allows for less severe asthma attacks
  • Improves concentration
  • Allows for the balancing of hormones
  • Provides a natural detoxification
  • Provides a sense of well being

Beeswax is precious stuff!

VALUE. Beeswax burns brighter, hotter, cleaner and much longer than chemical and vegetable waxes. When properly handcrafted and burned, beeswax candles are smokeless and drip less. They may seem more expensive at first glance, however when measured by completeness of burn and overall burn time, beeswax candles are usually more cost effective to burn.

BEWARE: A candle may legally be labeled "beeswax" if it contains as little as 10% beeswax! If it doesn't say 100% or PURE on the label, then it most likely is not. Also, beware of colored beeswax candles and aromatherapy beeswax candles. Adding anything to a 100% pure beeswax candle can negate many of its natural benefits.

BEAUTY. There is a simple beauty to a 100% Pure Beeswax Candle - to touch and to smell. We are reminded of our connection to the natural world when presented with and when burning a thoughtfully handcrafted beeswax candle as they support health and sustainable practices. Choose health. Choose sweetness and light. Choose pure beeswax.

Why 100% Pure BEESWAX?

Because we care about our health and our world.

Pass it on!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Tour de Farm

We are proud to be supporters of Scott Pampuch's "Tour de Farm" by providing our 100% Pure Beeswax Candles for their table settings.

If attending one of their events, you will not only have a naturally healthy, local farm dining experience but you will receive one of our votive candles to bring home to provide "Calm, Clean and Green" light for your own dinner table!

Visit the Tour de Farm website. Most of the events are sold out, however there just might be room left in their August event!

Where to Buy

Our 100% Pure Beeswax tiny votives burn between 6 and 7 hours long!

Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles began out of a love for nature and all things pure. We are a small, woman owned, environmentally conscious business supporting local beekeepers by purchasing only their wax from which to carefully handcraft our candles.

You can buy our handcrafted candles at the following businesses that also support our health and environment:

Anoka, Minnesota

Lakewinds Natural Foods
1917 2nd Avenue South
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Chanhassen, Minnesota

Lakewinds Natural Foods
432 Pond Promenade

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Cook County Whole Foods Co-op
20 East 1st Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Linden Hills Natural Home
2822 West 43rd Street

Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli
2823 East Franklin Avenue

Twin Cities Green
2405 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Avenue South

Minnetonka, Minnesota

Lakewinds Natural Foods
17523 Minnetonka Boulevard

Stillwater, Minnesota

River Market Community Co-op
221 N. Main Street

St. Paul, Minnesota

Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op
1810 Randolph Avenue

Mississippi Market Food Co-op
622 Selby Avenue

Winona, Minnesota

Bluff Country Co-op
121 W. 2nd Street

Friday, April 10, 2009

Scent From Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles

The fragrance from our hand-crafted beeswax candles is “Scent from Nature”, meaning the wax comes straight from the hive and nothing is added along the way. We pride ourselves in making only beeswax candles “Scent from Nature” with absolutely no additives. 100% Beeswax Candles provide a natural light that lasts much longer than that of other wax candles. 100% Beeswax Candles are dripless and smokeless making them the perfect choice for a toxic-free environment. “Calm, Clean and Green”. A Blue Shadow Enterprises, LLC product, Watertown, MN.

To learn more about where you can find our Scent from Nature; 100% Pure Beeswax Candles, please contact us by email at or by phone 952.955.3883