My conversation with Olivia, the owner of Oleria Emporium.
Don't you just love it when stars align! A few months ago, new neighbours moved into the warehouse next to ours here at Tilley Lane. A company called Oleria Emporium, the owner Olivia is a beautiful, creative, calm, expert candle marker. She drinks herbal tea from traditional tea pots and takes time out to pop over and offer us a cup every day. Olivia is different to me, I am always drinking espresso, running around and tearing open boxes to get new stock in.
But we have one thing in common and that is our passion for Australian farmers, bees and pure, Australian beeswax candles. Together we have created a range of beautiful beeswax candles for you. All 100% natural, Aussie, hand made, with pure cotton wicks, good burn times and of course affordable!
I've put together a little Q&A with Olivia to share with you the amazing benefits of beeswax candles and so can see the passion and love behind them.
How long have you been making candles for ?
My love affair with Candles started 3 years ago in the family kitchen with my partner by my side. We decided to gift handmade candles that Christmas. Our new hobby bloomed with laughter & a great amount of mess. Both the ladies & men adored their candles so much that they were ordering frequently. With the support of our family & friends Oleria Emporium was born.
Do you meet the farmers and see the hives/how do you source your wax?
Our 100% beeswax is a blend from Australia's NSW bee farmers, with the finest quality hives & craftsmanship. Our hand picked farmers have been taught the craft passed down from 4 generations, with much respect to the Honeybees. We support small family businesses & are invited to harvest the honey during the season & visit our working girls as we please.Our ordering system usually starts with a call to Arthur to get off the tracker and ends with an cup of honey herbal tea and a lovely fresh batch of beautiful golden wax.
How does burning beeswax candles help purify the air?
Beeswax is natural fuel that emits an abundance of 'Negative Ions' when burning. Purifying airborne DUST, POLLENS, VIRUSES, BACTERIA, ODOR, POLLUTANTS, ALLERGENS & ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION. Mother nature has provided the ultimate organic invention for us & has been used over the centuries for its healing properties.
Can I burn your beeswax candle if I have allergies ?
Indeed you must. Because beeswax candles clean the air and reduce indoor pollutants, they can effectively help reduce asthma, allergies & hay fever. They are the only candle for anyone with chemical sensitivities or allergies.
Should I burn my candle at home or work ?
Both: Negative ions purify & energise, creating a healthy environment & enhances well being.
This wonderful & natural gift also offers a calming effect which helps reduce stress, increase mindfulness & concentration which can create a smart tool for an effective & inspiring work & home space.
What do you love about working here on the Northern beaches here?
There is a true sense of community & support amongst local businesses. I am always visiting my neighbours within the complex and felt an instant warmth and connection to Irene at Nourished Life. My candle aroma transcended into her beauty store next door, captivating her to come explore, and explore she did with a bright smile, excitement, questions & ideas. Her strong ethics to create an all natural Candle with medicinal benefits lead us to Beeswax. Literally like honeybees to a flower. Our fascination has resulted in the most amazing creative fusion.
Can the colour of the wax differ depending on the season?
Beeswax in its natural state, will vary in colour depending on the 5km radius they travel to and this also changes each season with the different nectars. We have however selected farms that generally offer a lighter coloured & highly scented wax. Our perfected manual wax filtration system, offers a clean butterscotch tone. No bleach or chemicals added just a lot of hard work.
What are your wicks made out of ?
100% pure cotton wicks only. We also place a metal tab at the base of our wicks so the candle is given the chance to shine bright from start to finish and not waste any wax that you paid for. Most if not all free standing candles do NOT offer this tedious extra which results in the wick drowning as it can not stay upright and less burning hrs.
Is Australia really in danger of losing its bee population?
Australia remains one of the few places left unaffected to the deadly Varroa Bug. World wide these bugs have destroyed hundreds of thousands of bee colonies, resulting in billions of dollars of economic loss. Without bees & pollination our food & cotton supply will be dramatic effected. Please take time to research other contributing factors to Colony Collapse including pesticide use in agricultural farming.
Is the scent from beeswax Candles safe for children & pets ?
Absolutely Yes ! This is the purist form of air any living creature could breath in & pet and baby friendly. Burning our 100% pure Beeswax candles replicate the air cleaning properties of a thunderstorm or walking by the sea side with crashing waves. Of course always keep flames away from children & pets.
Where does your love of candle making come from ?
As a creative soul I am most at peace channelling this energy towards a hand-crafted product. With tricky marketing by the large Candle companies misleading consumers I wanted to share an honest & ethical product that promotes healthy living created by Nature & nature alone.
What benefits do bees have other than honey and beeswax ?
Honey bees gather & share floral pollens which one of our food supply is reliant upon! This pollination process is vital to the development of a plants seed, nut or fruit.