Susie the Sheep beeswax candle
In the middle of our home town of Hastings, there stands a rather special flock of sheep. Chloe the black sheep and her four white friends, Molly, Polly, Sally and Susie, are life-size sculptures by artist Gary Hebley, and every child in the bay has surely sat on one of those sheep for at least one photo.
Although we know which one Chloe is, I've never been sure which of the other four is which... so here's a wee tribute to Susie, whichever one you may be!
Handmade from 100% pure New Zealand beeswax with a cotton wick. All of our candles are handmade, whether dipped, molded or rolled. The colour of the wax will vary a little - that bit's down to the bees. Each candle may also have minor variations - that bit's down to Dee & Kev. While we aim to be as consistent as possible, we hope you will appreciate each candle for its unique handmade character.
100% Pure Beeswax We use only 100% pure beeswax produced by New Zealand honeybees. We purify and clean the wax ourselves, using only water, heat and time with repeated settlings and filtration. We do not use any bleach or chemicals, and our beeswax retains its natural golden colour and warm honey scent.
Blooming Beautiful Over time pure beeswax will develop a white dusting called “Bloom”. This is a natural process which does not affect the burning of the candle. If you prefer the bright yellow look, bloom can be polished off with a soft cloth, but it will return. We think it’s a beautiful characteristic of pure beeswax, and really enhances and highlights the designs of our sculpted candles in particular. Embrace the soft, antique-look of bloom as a hallmark of pure beeswax, just like a good patina on bronze or copper.
Made just for you (well, sometimes) We try to keep a few of all of our candles made and ready to be send, but at times of high demand your candles will be made specially for you, which might take a few days. If your order is urgent, you may wish to give me a call to confirm timelines.
Bee Friendly We were beekeepers before we were candle makers, and although we retired from beekeeping in 2021, we are still passionate about bee health. We source our beeswax from beekeeping friends who we know put their bees first and operate in an ethical and sustainable manner. “Cappings wax” is the freshest wax in the hive, used by the bees to “cap” honey stored in their honeycombs. During honey extraction this thin layer of wax is sliced off so surplus honey can be spun out, and the honeycombs can then be returned to the bees. The amount of wax taken with the cappings is only what the bees would discard as they eat the honey.
Pet Friendly and Allergy Friendly The sweet scent of our beeswax is completely natural, infused in the wax by the bees as they store honey in the combs. Our pure beeswax candles use no essential oils or artificial or added fragrances.
Burn Times and Drip Potential Whether you prefer a classic pillar shape or one of our ornate designs, all of our candles are made to be burned, and we take care to select the best wick for each candle. Classic pillars and tapers with their smooth round shape are perfect for allowing the flame to consume all the wax, making them less likely to drip and will therefore have the longest burn time. Asymmetric shapes and ornate designs will drip and be much more variable in their burn, so we usually do not attempt to estimate a burn time for these candles. Please ensure all candles are burned on a base that can capture any leaked wax.
Burning Instructions Trim wick to 6 mm before each lighting. Ensure candle is on a level surface in a proper holder. To extinguish the candle without smoking, dip the wick into the wax pool and then stand it back up before the wax cools - this also primes the wick for easy relighting.
Safety Always burn candle within sight and never leave unattended. Keep away from draughts, children and pets. Burn on a level, fireproof surface and keep away from flammable objects.
We will always do our best to send your order out within 2-3 working days. Occasionally we may need to make your products to order, so if you need an something in a particularly tight timeline, feel free to drop us an email or give us a call on 06 876 8852 and we'll do our best to help.
Delivery Costs and Timelines
$7 within urban areas, $9 to rural areas. (2-3 working days after dispatch) Free delivery on orders over $100.
We currently send via Courierpost.
Australia & Rest of World:
Sadly, due to rising costs of international delivery and extended delivery delays, as of 3 November 2020 we have removed our international shipping option.
We hope to resume international deliveries when the situation improves, but for now we believe this is our only option to avoid disappointment to customers.
International Orders and Bee Products
Different countries have different rules around importation of natural products, and it's common for beeswax not to be allowed in order to protect the health of their local bees. We get it. After all, Kev and I (Dee) are beekeepers, first and foremost.
HOWEVER, we have very tight biosecurity and good bee health here in New Zealand, and as many of our products are a blend of beeswax, tree resin and other oils, there is no risk they will ever end up being used directly in a beehive, as a block of pure beeswax might.
Therefore we've had no problem with border restrictions, and as at the date of writing this, our products have been sent without problem to Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, and a dozen other countries .
Some countries may have various border or import charges - please note that you will be responsible for any such charges.
Route Shipping Insurance
At checkout you'll see the option to purchase Route shipping insurance on your order.
It's usually a very small cost, and Route is underwritten by Lloyds of London, so you can trust them to pay for a replacement for your order if it is lost for any reason.
We don't think this insurance is really necessary in New Zealand, so feel free to untick if you like, but we highly recommend it for international orders, as these travel via untracked airmail (tracked is about four times the price!).
What about packaging? Do you use plastic?
We're committed to eliminating plastic wherever we can - the clear bags our kits are packaged in are NOT plastic. They are genuine cellophane, made from vegetable cellulose and are fully biodegradable and home compostable.
And we're very happy to announce that the black courier bags we use are also NOT plastic! They are made from plants (mostly corn I believe), and are fully biodegradable, and home compostable. And, a little oddly, they smell like fresh toast, or maybe popcorn!
It's not just plastic we're about reducing though - You'll see on our naked DIY blocks you have the option to buy without packaging, and on every one of our ready-made wrap pages we encourage customers to let us know if they don't need individual packaging on the wraps.
All prices on this website are in New Zealand Dollars.
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