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As you know, we introduced our range of Australian certified organic beeswax candles last year. The reaction has been heart warming. It seems there has been so many people who have been waiting for the introduction of candles made from real certified organic beeswax.
There have been so many questions along the way so here some more information:
Is your beeswax certified organic?
Yes, we now have a range of candles that are made from Australian certified organic beeswax . We (Happy Flame) are a Certified Organic Operation, certified by ACO who is known as the leading organic certification organisation in Australia so you can trust this beeswax is truly free from synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
Why is Certified organic beeswax important?
Today, everything seems to be promoted as "organic". Sadly most are not. Also, not all beeswax is actual pure beeswax- recently there are many reports of some beeswax having toxic paraffin added. (paraffin is a waste product of diesel fuel)
Our Australian Certified Organic beeswax is free from synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
In a world where there are so many chemicals and toxic issues it is important to minimumise the expose we have to chemicals for our health. Using Certified organic beeswax for candles is essential but also our pellets and blocks are available to make your own creams and balms... free from synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
Is Happy Flame a certified organic business?
Yes! Very exciting to be a Certified Organic operation, (as they call us now :)
It has been a long journey but we have had our audit and everything checked to ensure that we meet the organic standards. Are we the only ones? We think so, but waiting on confirmation.
Isn't all beeswax "organic"?
There are two definitions to organic:
1. Living. live, biological, natural, "organic matter"
2. Farming method involving production without the use of synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides
So, in theory all beeswax is "organic" as it is a natural product. BUT there are many reports of beeswax with other toxic waxes added, so that is definitely not organic.
All our beeswax comes from beekeepers who look after their bees and do their best to make sure the bees do not fly to farms that have been sprayed with any chemicals and have access to a wide range of flowers to feed. This is good, Australian beeswax.
Certified organic beeswax goes one step further : it is free of synthetic agricultural chemicals including pesticides, fungicides and herbicides. So the bees have not been exposed to flowers that have been sprayed with chemicals, their hives are chemical free and pests that effect the bees are treated naturally.
Our Certified organic beeswax gives you the peace of mind that when you burn one of our candles there will be no toxic fumes.
Don't bees fly up to 5 kilometres How can you guarantee they don't visit farms that have been sprayed?
Yes, bees can actually fly up to 10 kilometres , sometimes a little more if there is a good source of nectar/ flowers.
To be certified organic the beekeeper needs to take the bees to areas where they can fly this distance and not make contact with farms.
To do this they travel huge distances to place their bees in the wide open cattle country in the west or in state forests and National Parks. This is hard work.
Why is Certified organic beeswax so hard to find?
Up to this point over 98% of all certified organic beeswax in Australia was purchased by large cosmetic companies at high prices. We now have access to a small supply as the beekeeper wants his beeswax to stay in Australia and create local products. We are very grateful for their support.
Is the aroma different to standard beeswax?
Yes. Certified organic beeswax has an amazing aroma. Some say it is a little sweeter some say it has more floral aromas. This is due to the flowers the bees have visited. The result is a wonderful sweet honey aroma like no other.
Do you have more questions? Please don't hesitate to email or call us.