Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 14, 2012.

Update #14

Good Morning! You've Made The Right Choice!

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Good morning everyone! Only 3 hours until this Kickstarter ends, fully funded, thanks to YOU!

I just wanted to share a little story with you. My toddler, Bindu (the cutie in my video), loves to sort and arrange her set of beeswax candles. However, over the past month, her candles have gotten kind of grimy from being smashed against my studio floor. So last night I set out to make her a new set.

Because Bindu is a little person and beeswax is expensive, I decided to cut her wax with Eco-soy. I bought some Eco-soya wax for filling wide mouth bottles and tumblers to make molds from. It arrived yesterday and I am kind of grossed out by it. The texture/feel is very different from beeswax.

The soy wax is so...oily. So I did some research. Soy wax is just hydrogenated soybean oil. I admit, it is not a big deal. Like, you're not eating the candle. But to feel the two waxes side by side is rather astounding. Yellow beeswax is a true wax, totally pure and unadulterated. 

This morning, when Bindu woke up, I told her I made her new candles. We went to see them and she was happy but not ecstatic. She played with them a bit and then, to my surprise, she went looking for the old candles. My husband asked me where they were and I told them they were melted down and mixed with the soy wax. No one was happy.

"Stick with the high end," is what my husband said.

Yeah, I was never going to sell cut candles but I thought it would be good enough as a play thing for my babester. 

Nope.

The look is opaque without the translucence of beeswax. The smell is muted. I now understand why all soy candles are scented. The feel is greasy without the tack of beeswax.

And I'm not even going to bother comparing it to paraffin, which is just shellacked oil sludgery.

Surprisingly, the soy wax is super easy to work with. I used my scrap prototype molds (I didn't want to contaminate my beeswax molds!) and the toy candles came out very well formed without any effort or attention to detail. Beeswax definitely is an artisan wax. Go bees!

Seriously, once you go beeswax, you will never go back! 

I am very excited to get your rewards off to you soon! And I would love to hear if you have (or have not) any experience with beeswax. It's so amazing!

Below is a picture of a soy wax cut candle (left) and a pure beeswax candle (right). 

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      Creator Deva Mirel on August 14, 2012

      You definitely can. Today I will send a survey to firm up the rewards and you can just note all the options you want. :)

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      Creator Kara Quick on August 14, 2012

      If I pledge $200, can I get two of the $100 pledge packs? It doesn't seem to offer that option and I don't want to make your life even crazier. I can create another account with my work e-mail and pledge separately if I need ot.

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      Creator Deva Mirel on August 14, 2012

      Awesome! Way to think ahead, boss lady!

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      Creator Kara Quick on August 14, 2012

      Planning on buying my employee holiday gifts this morning. Will try my best to make the cutoff!

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