Stubby English Beeswax Candles

Dipped candles in pure English beeswax from Yorkshire, naturally and subtly honey-scented.


About the maker

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Moorland Candles

Ted Thompson started dipping candles at their present workshop in 2003, and before that from the mid-eighties, he was using old oil drums in a Nissen hut at Moorlands near Nenthead where he lived in a caravan. He tells us It was a much more primitive set up and often very smokey there, but at that time he had already started selling to some of the best eco-friendly stores in the UK. Ted first encountered dipped candle making in the early 1970s when a friend in Denmark, Kurt Saabe was making them and selling them at the gate of a sort of commune called Vindhoj (wind hill) to supplement income for his family together with growing veg and making sculptures. Returning to the UK and living in Alston Ted worked as a joiner and scraped a living until he thought he’d try to make a living with candles and got the dipping machinery made by a local joiner. He knew where to buy wax, wick and dyes but it was only by trial and error he learnt, and the first year or two the candles and colours left much to be desired. Dipping has long been a method of candle making, and when candles were essential to life in the country, rushlights were made by dipping the pith of rushes in mutton fat or dripping. Only the church and the wealthy would be able to afford beeswax candles. The wicks they use today are made from braided cotton bleached and solution in boric acid, and it is essential to use the correct wick for the diameter of the candle. An affordable luxury now for all.

Buying Process

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Specifically, Hive will aim to ensure that all its products;

  1. Are manufactured sustainably
  2. Do not contain toxic materials or ozone-depleting substances
  3. Can be recycled and/or are produced from recycled materials
  4. Are made from renewable materials where possible
  5. Do not make use of excessive packaging
  6. Are designed to be repairable and not “throwaway”
  7. Are manufactured where workers are treated fairly, and offered a fair wage and safe working environment

Where was it made, by whom, and in what conditions?

During the decades of rampant globalisation, such questions were rarely asked. Today, ensuring more transparent supply chains and production cycles is increasingly important worldwide. Transparency directly impacts on customers’ trust in the product, and sustainability performance. Hive will stock high quality items from suppliers who are socially, economically and environmentally responsible, so everyone gets a fair deal. This shift in responsible consumption goes hand-in-hand with a heightened consciousness toward environmental sustainability, which is no longer an option for luxury homeware. Hive’s green procurement process will ensure that items are produced and supplied in a sustainable fashion.