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August 10, 2017

BEESWAX

Texas native Christine Flores knows bees are important to the planet — and her family business.

The company: The Beeswax Co, based in Dripping Springs (a suburb of Austin) started in 1997. It was bought by Flores’ father (John Austin) in 2010. The company produces 100 percent beeswax candles and bulk beeswax from selected growers.

The background: Christine, who runs the company, took an interest in honey bees at an early age. Her great-grandfather was a vegetarian cattle rancher, who grew organic gardens and raised bees. His legacy remains. Christine uses the same simple beekeeping tools, which he used to harvest his honey, to hand finish the candles.

What’s popular: Pillars in various sizes ($15 to $200) are burnished by hand to give the candles their unique finish.

Other favorites: Tea lights ($7 to $24) and standard votives ($12 to $36) for parties and weddings. Also hand-poured container candles ($16 to $38) for travel or as a decorative touch in a space.

Where to buy: beeswaxco.com

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