In North America we have over 4,000 bee species! A large majority of these bees are solitary bees. But, what are solitary bees? Solitary bees are very different from the bees we all have in mind. They do not swarm and do not produce honey. Instead of hives they build nests to house very small amounts of young that remain dormant until the next year.
These nests are maintained by a single female and are often kept in clusters of other nests. Some females will even share a nest entrance, but never nest cells. (Nest cells are where the young are stored.) Some bees will even cooperate to care for the young. In these nest cells the female bees will place a mixture of pollen and nectar to lay their egg on. When the young hatch for the eg they will eat this mixture before forming a cocoon to stay in until the next year.
Fun Fact: Only females have the ability to sting, but these stings are extremely rare!
The most common solitary bees are:
Chocolate Mining Bees
The Wool Carder Bee
The Hairy-Footed Flower Bee
Ashy Mining Bees
Carpenter-mimic Leafcutter Bees
For more information on these amazing bees you can watch this video --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf8QyIF3eoY
This is going to be a short blog post about how we choose charities to use on our website.
First, we pick the subject. It could be animals, the environment, world hunger, anything issue we would like to focus on.
Second, we go to charitywatch.org to view charities in the country and their ratings. We always choose charities with the highest rating in the category. If non of the charities in that category have at least an A- we go back to step 1 and choose a new category.
Lastly, we design a product to go along with the charity and make it to post to the website.
All profits from our charity based product always go to their designated charity. We take no profit from these products. We believe that a charity based item should not be something a company profits from. Charitable products should always be for a good cause and only that cause.
This year we have a bunch of New Year's resolutions. We will be trying our hardest to reach our goals and meet the expectations of our customers. To reach these goals we have some resolutions to keep us on track:
1. Go to more shows
Our first resolution is to go to more shows. This is because we love to see our customers and meet them face to face. Traveling gives us a chance to answer questions and address concerns of our customers (current or new). We will be planning to attend at least one show every weekend for the next month or two to get ourselves out there and to let more people see what our company has to offer.
2. Produce a wider variety of products
Next we would like to make a better variety of products. We plan on adding rustic, woodsy scents to our collection in addition to some more masculine scents for our customers looking for these types of products. If you have any scent recommendations please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this blog post.
3. Keep on top of everything
As a first year college student it can be difficult to always be on top of everything. Our school work always comes first to ensure that we will be able to continue our business and improve it. We have been trying to figure out a time schedule that works for us due to the beginning of our Spring semester this month. With this new time schedule we will be on top of our posts, updates, and restocks.
We are so excited to see what this year has in store for us! This company means so much to us and we can't wait to make our year and all of your years better.
Many people question why they should buy from small businesses. After all, the prices are likely higher and it may take longer to actually receive them. But, when you buy from a small business you are showing love and support for someone trying to give an option that is good quality and made with love.
All of our products are handmade and quality tested. Large corporation often do not take the time to ensure every product is just how they want it to be. We make all of our products with the customer in mind and heart. This does not mean that large companies do not think about their customers. Large companies often do think abut their customers, but they are also generally in search of more profit for their products.
To get these high profits these companies will often go for cheaper materials. These cheaper materials are often of a lower quality. For example, many large scale candle companies will use paraffin wax to make their candles. This wax greatly heightens their profits, but lowers the quality of their candles and puts their consumers in danger. (see our blog post on the dangers of paraffin wax for more details)
Today we wanted to talk about candle safety. Many people do not see this as a serious issue, but many people have lost homes and lives from unsafe candle use.
First we will talk about where to burn your favorite candles. This includes jar candles, candle melts, and candles without containers. Anything involving fire and/or hot wax should be kept off the ground and at a safe height. We recommend candles and melts be kept high enough that children and pets can not reach them. Hot wax and fire could cause very serious injuries to loved ones and should never be something you should worry about having in the house. Decorative candle holders should always be sturdy and trusted not to fall causing accidents.
To extinguish a candle the best method is always to snuff out the flame with a snuffer. Blowing on a flame or using water can splatter hot wax or cause a flame flare up. A candle should always be put out before you leave a room unattended for a long period of time. If you need to leave a room a candle should never be carried to a new room. This can cause your hand to be burnt due to a hot jar or cause the hot wax inside to splash.
For more safety tips we recommend you go to this link: http://candles.org/fire-safety-candles/candle-safety-rules/
For this week we wanted to share what goes into our products and how we get the end product. We work to buy the best quality ingredients for our wax base. All of our candles and melts have organic beeswax and organic coconut oil. We use liquid dyes to give our products the best color possible.
All of our products cure for at least 1 week to ensure a good burn. Curing allows the scent to reach its best quality and allows the wax to burn easier. All products are labeled after setting telling when their curing period is over. This helps us to keep track of inventory and give customers an idea of when certain products will be ready for sale.
Paraffin wax is made of petroleum by-product which is the waste from the production of crude oil. Candles made from this wax produce soot that will become airborne and cause damage to the lungs. Many candles made in China and other countries outside of the US are made with paraffin wax and lead wicks. The combination of these two factors can cause lung damage and other serious medical issues.
It is hard to believe that this business has been around for a whole year! We started out in a kitchen using a microwave to melt our wax and now we have a special wax melter and other equipment to help us be more efficient. We have moved into our own workshop and we are working very hard to get organized and ready to take on the next year. We are going to get into a better posting schedule and we hope to show you more of our personal lives and behind the scenes. Watch our instagram and facebook for winter collection and some other fun posts! We also have some educational blog posts planned for this month as well!
I am the owner of the company. I am a high school graduate as of June 2018 and I started this business to do what I love. I love making others happy and knowing people are able to get quality products!