Pure. Clean-burning. Chemical-free. From the land. In unscented and scented options, our simple candles are made from the most basic ingredient: tallow rendered from beef fat that came from our South Poll and Galloway Cattle right here on the farm, poured pure into recyclable glass jars with wax wicks. The only thing we add are a couple drops of essential oils in the scented options – no complicated ingredients or chemicals to be found.
Though not as common these days, the first known candles were made of beef and sheep tallow by the Romans in the 500s BC, at the time creating a more luxurious option than the common oil lamp for festivities and special occasions. Tallow candles have been used since by many people in many places to cast warm light in their homes and guide their way in the night – including here in Appalachia, as one thrifty way to get the most out of what’s on hand to meet one’s own needs.
We make tallow candles on the farm because it helps us make use of a resource – beef fat – that might otherwise go to waste. Left over from the butchering process that brings you all our tasty cuts of beef, there can be a lot of it left over that can be difficult to get use from. Rather than generating waste, we’re turning to whole-animal traditions that used every part for more than just food. Rather than letting the fat go to waste, we’re trying to make it into something beautiful, useful, and healthy – to light people’s lives up in some small way. This is just one way we try to make use of all parts of the animals we raise here at the farm to honor their sacrifice, reduce waste – and to produce a lovely, chemical-free candle that will burn clean and warm for many hours.
Perfect for people with chemical or scent sensitivities, those who just like the warm light of a candle without scent, or those who want to make their own scent by adding a few drops of their favorite essential oil to the surface of the candle before lighting.
Ylang Ylang & Rosemary
Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata, is a tropical yellow flower with a heady scent used in aromatherapy to soothe stress, anxiety, sadness, tension, and sleeplessness. Known to improve mood, it is also thought to be an aphrodisiac that can heighten sensuality.
Rosemary, Salvia rosmarinus, a familiar herbal scent, is used in aromatherapy reduce stress levels and tension, encourage clarity, create insight, help relieve nervous tension, and is thought to relieve fatigue and improve alertness.
Bergamot & Clove
Bergamot, Citrus bergamia, is a citrusy bright scent you might recognize from Earl Grey Tea. It’s used in aromatherapy to soothe, alleviate stress, and has been used in Ayurveda to uplift the spirits and reduce melancholy.
Clove, Syzygium aromaticum, is a spicy and stimulating scent that can warm and uplift the senses.
Frankincense & Tea Tree
Frankincense, Boswelia sacra, is an ancient earthy scent that is used in aromatherapy to help calm, ground, and promote peace.
Tea Tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, is a powerful plant with a clean scent. When diffused it freshens air, can boost immunity, fight congestion, and help promote sleep.
Lemonbalm, Melissa officinalis, is a bright herb with a lemon-y scent in the mint family. It’s believed to have uplifting and stress-relieving aromatherapeutic effects.
Spearmint, Mentha spicata, is the minty fresh herb we’re familiar with – as a scent, it’s cooling, refreshing, and clean.
Sandalwood, Santalum album, has a deep and complex scent that’s spicy, earthy, and sweet all at once, making it very grounding and calming.
Clary Sage, Salvia sclarea, is a powerful plant with natural antidepressant properties and an herbaceous scent that can relieve anxiety and stress.
Juniper Berry, Juniperus sp., is a powerful herb used in a variety of remedies; as a scent, it has herbal, woody, and crisp notes.
Lavender, Lavendula sp., is one of the most common herbs used in aromatherapy, with a deep calming scent that can help promote sleep, relieve anxiety, and may even help reduce pain.