Got a lot of blackberries? Then check out this recipe for Blackberry Mojito Fruit Leather.

I'm not a huge fan of fruit leathers, but this turned out super good! And, really, you can't go wrong with blackberries, mint and rum.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Big Dipper Waxworks Holiday Candle giveaway!

If you are like me, you worry about the nasty toxins found in conventional candles. Most candles are made with paraffin, which is a petroleum product, and even if the manufacturer claims it's made from beeswax, you need to look for 100% beeswax candles. The rest is just paraffin filler. Not to mention that many candles made overseas are chock full of lead in their wicks. It's a lung polluting disaster in the making.

Last year, I did a giveaway from local beeswax candle maker, Big Dipper Waxworks, and they sent me some samples of their products. Since I love their beeswax candles so much, I asked if they were interested in doing another reader giveaway for the holidays and they were!

Here's some more information about beeswax, Big Dipper candles and the scandalous lack of regulations and ingredients disclosure (my emphasis):
Beeswax is 100% natural and a renewable resource that actually cleans the air by emitting purifying negative ions.

Most candles are made with paraffin, a petroleum by-product, which is not natural and is unhealthy to burn. To prepare it for candle making, it is chemically bleached and hardened, then artificially scented. Burning paraffin emits harmful, black soot and pollutes the air.

Currently, there are no regulations in the U.S. on disclosing ingredients on candle labels. You may find candles labeled "beeswax" that are made with paraffin, or other candle waxes, and contain as little as 1% beeswax. Big Dipper Waxworks is very proud to say that they use 100% beeswax in all of their candles, with the exception of a select few that are a blend of 50% beeswax and 50% soy wax, and are noted as such.
The Giveaway
So, here I offer to one lucky winner, a holiday gift set of fabulous candles, worth over $45. Absolutely no fragrance or synthetic scents are used.

Included in this giveaway are:

2 Beeswax Ornament candles (each has a burn time of over 40 hours)
1 Beehive candle in Holiday Spice (burn time of over 35 hours)

How to Enter
If you are interested in entering this random drawing, add your name to the comments of this post. You get bonus points for liking the Crunchy Chicken on Facebook. Just let me know if you're a fan of the page in your comments.

You have until midnight PST, Friday, December 16th, to enter. And, now for the legal mumbo jumbo: This giveaway is open to U.S. residents, 18+ only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Winner will be selected Saturday, December 17th and will have 2 days to respond.

For More Information
If you are interested in learning more information about candles and their potential toxicity, check out my book, The Non-Toxic Avenger: What you don't know can hurt you.

Warning: I was in no way compensated for this post by the company outside of samples received.

63 comments:

KShan68 said...

One of these days, I'm a'gonna win! And, of course, I'm a FB buddy too.

glendafromhiddencorn said...

I'd be interested in being included in the drawing.

(Not on FB, so no bonus points for me!)

Michelena said...

OOoh, beeswax smells so good, all on it's own. I would love to win these beauties :) I just recently stumbled upon your blog somehow, and I liked your FB page right away so that I wouldn't miss another thing!

Bucky said...

Daddy like.

Daddy want.

Facebook? Meh. Don't see the point.

Lesley said...

I've never tried a beeswax candle, but I would love to! And I'm a FB fan too!

Emilyplays said...

Lovely beeswax! I've seen their candles in the store, but haven't tried them. I have soy allergy so love that they are 100% beeswax. I do "like" you on Facebook too! Congrats on your book!

Kate said...

I'd love some lovely beeswax candles. Please put my name in the hat. And thanks for the chance to win!

caseysummet said...

These sound great and I follow you on facebook

Donna said...

I am learning so much from your website, I was unaware of the lead in he wicks. I would LOVE to win the Big Dipper Waxworks candles! I use candles all the time : ) I am already a FB buddy, I wouldn't miss any of your posts.
Thanks again for the give-away & Happy Holidays!!

freakpink said...

I like you! I really like you! (and I like you on fb, too!)
I would love to win one of your giveaways, and I love candles!

JustBec said...

I love beeswax candles!

The Haphazard Countryman said...

These would be great. Having just started beekeeping this year, I am looking forward to my first honey harvest and subsequent beeswax refining this coming year. Making candles will have to be in my agenda. Would love to try these out.

Thanks!

A said...

Please include me in the drawing -- I'm an FB fan as well. :)

Maria said...

I would love to have a beeswax candle. I can honestly say, I've never had one (bad me!).

I don't do FB, though!

Anisa/LazyHomesteader.com said...

Mmmm... Big Dipper, you smell so nice! <3
Pick me!

And of course I love you on FB too. ;)

alaskanwombat said...

I've already "liked" your facebook page and I think that Big Dipper candles are amazing!

Robb & Nancy said...

These look amazing.

And I "like" Crunchy Chicken on facebook already

Ania said...

beeswax is best! 100% beeswax is rare, so even better!
No FB here.

Surviving and thriving on pennies said...

Of course im a long time fan of yours here and on Facebook!

Candles are pretty much the only thing I need to convert to natural. Im reading your book right now and just started reading about how toxic candles are.

This would get me going in the right direction.
Keep up the good work Crunchy
Surviving and thriving on pennies

Megan said...

I'd love to win these and give them a try! And I'm feelin the love of the Crunchy Chicken on FB!

Casey said...

I'm halfway through your book and already freaked out about candles. And pretty much everything else. So yes, please, add me to the contest entries!

dogsordollars said...

Been a FB fan for a while, and LOVE Big Dipper. I can not say enough about this awesome local company.

They recently refilled some candle containers for me, keeping more 'Stuff' out of the landfill.

Bee Girl said...

These are fantastic! (Been a fb fan for a bit, too) Cheers!

esp said...

Oh, they look lovely! I hope to soon have bees and someday candles from my own beeswax.

I'm a FB fan, too.

Valri said...

I'm liking the beeswax candles and I like you on FB too!

min hus said...

I'm trying to shed the toxic candle habit and would love to try beeswax and compare it to soy.

Laura said...

Would love some beeswaxy candle goodness. :) Please put me in the hat.

Stefanie said...

I'd love to try these!

Erin said...

I would love to have some beeswax candles. I have switched my house over to natural everything! I love the smell. I love the warm color of the flame. I am going to FB you.

Julie said...

Love the and already like you on FB!

Emily Wilkins said...

I would love to win since I adore candles. Oh, and I've also liked you on Facebook.

Unknown said...

I would love to win these candles! And yes, i like you on FB.

swiggett said...

Those candles look amazing. I would love to enter the contest.

Also an FB fan.

Rue said...

Love, love, love the smell of beeswax.

kelly said...

Yes please! Love beeswax candles!

AP said...

Hooray candles!

I didn't know about the beeswax designation. I will definitely be looking out for that in the future.

Mama Maw said...

I would love these candles!
Just liked you on Facebook, too!

SaucheyR said...

I'd love the chance at your candle giveaway. Love beeswax candles.

I'm a fan on Facebook, too!

Kristi C. said...

I adore beeswax candles and make simple votives and tealights from it myself. I would love this set.

I am a fan on FB too!

Mel said...

I NEED these candles,my toxic load needs candle reduction STAT! and of COURSE I am a Facebook fan.

katedigerolamo said...

I would like to be added to the contest! I am also a FB fan :)

Kate said...

Mmmm beeswax. Love the smell of it.

Stephanie said...

Count me in! I follow on FB as well.

nancydv said...

Beautiful candles! Thanks for doing yet another wonderful giveaway! And I "like" you on Facebook!

bf4bf51a-280c-11e1-a5d6-000bcdcb8a73 said...

First time I've visited your site! I liked your FB page and love the candles which will bea birthday present for my mom!

Loves.Nature said...

This would near to win, and come to think of it, I don't think I ever burned a beeswax candle. I'm already on your FB page and love it.

Katy Wolk-Stanley said...

I'd love to win!

And, I'm a fan on Facebook.

Prairiemom said...

One of these times it will be me!

Got 'cha on FB too, do I get extra extra points if I have read your book? ;-)

Amy Estrada said...

Nice! Thanks for the opportunity. I'm a fan too. =)

DeeAnn said...

I'm a big fan!

Brenda said...

Hi!

I would love beeswax candles. I am a beekeeper but I have too many uses right now for the wax so I don't have enough to make my own.

I saw this on FB because I am a fan over there!

Tory said...

Love 'em! Thanks for the great giveaway. Oh, and of course I,m a follower on fb

Sarah said...

I'm very interested - thanks!

gardenchicken said...

Oh candles....wonderful. Please slip my name in for the drawing, and of course I am a FB follower of Crunchy Chicken. Have a wonderful day everyone!

Andrea said...

I already like you on Facebook and would love some beeswax candles!

Laura said...

Love beeswax candles. I am a fan on FB.

Melissa Anderson said...

These candles look great! Thanks for the reminder on FB to enter the drawing!

Mama Mama Quite Contrary said...

Those are lovely. I am a follower on Facebook too!

Annie Jones said...

I like you on FB, and I would love to win this giveaway.

Sonya said...

I hereby submit myself to win candles! I had beeswax candles once, and they smelled so good I wanted to taste them.

brittany said...

I would love the candlers and love you on Facebook!

Amy McPherson Sirk said...

I "liked" you on Facebook a long time ago and I appreciate you keeping us up on news stories. I'd love to have some of these candles. Does it help if I jump up and down and wave like in 4th grade?

Marie H said...

I love beeswax candles. They smell wonderful, and are such a pretty honey-color. I hope I win!

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