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The Beeswax Workshop: How to Make Your Own Natural Candles, Cosmetics, Cleaners, Soaps, Healing Balms and More Paperback – February 28, 2021
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About the Author
Formerly the president of the Boundary Artisan Association and the Boundary Spinners and Weavers Guild, Chris led both organizations through 2 successful art gallery shows. She’s won awards for her textile designs and was featured in The Ashford Wheel Magazine in 2011.
Chris is a contributing writer to The Biblical Herbal Magazine, The FermenTools Blog, and the Attainable Sustainable blog. Her other books, The Beginners Book of Essential Oils and Homegrown Healing are available on Amazon.
Chris lives with her husband Robin in the mountains of British Columbia on a 140 acre ranch, with sheep, dairy goats, llamas, and a few retired chickens. They have three adult children and three granddaughters.
- Publisher : Ulysses Press (February 28, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 312 pages
- ISBN-10 : 161243648X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1612436487
- Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.71 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #73,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author also makes a good point about the environmental benefits of using beeswax. I was originally interested mostly because I like crafting, but I didn’t realize regular candles are derived from petroleum. It makes sense to use natural ingredients because we know they are safe.
The writing is also very clear and intelligent, and doesn’t condescend in the way some instructional books do. There’s a section at the beginning that talks about how beehives are organized, the different kinds of wax, the melting point of wax, and all the scientific information that’s good to understand while working with beeswax. It assumes you’re a beginner, so it catches you up to speed.
Chris Dalziel puts together information and recipes and gives us a detailed guide on making beauty, cleaning, health and decorative supplies using beeswax: the gift that keeps on giving, even though we've (collectively) taken advantage of the precious resource. Dalziel has a section where he talks about how to help the honeybee population and I immediately sent a message to my Facebook friends asking if they have any nectar-producing plants in their gardens.
Along with ways we can do our part, Dalziel gives us NUMEROUS ways to use beeswax. From waterproof matches to food wraps to baseball glove conditioner, beeswax products can be used in every part of daily life. How you decide to come upon your beeswax is solely dependent on how labor intense you are, but Dalziel writes all the recipes in the book with clear and concise language that is easy to follow. Although there may be a learning curve for making some products (shampoo bars and such) there are enough of the more simple recipes to keep your interest until you master the more complicated of the amazing beeswax products at your disposal.