A little background for you...
When we began building the ranch, shortly after the big decision to purchase it, we had to start thinking of how we would go about building it into a working ranch again. We new that we needed to work a lot of extra hours to build outside of our existing businesses.
It was a lot harder than we anticipated to maintain the businesses and build a ranch at the same time. There were more struggles than I can count, but just as many joys and opportunities for growth. The kids were 3, 4 and 5 years old when we started and the things they learned have been innumerable.
Seth had a construction business and we moved from the home he beautifully built to the ranch house just a half mile up the road.
Shortly after I began a seasonal candle business where I made and sold soy wax candles. I wanted so badly to somehow incorporate something natural from the ranch into my candles, but it just wasn't the right time, looking back.
(You can find Liam's new serving tray pictured above in our gift store here)
Do you ever get headaches from candles?
Well, we did. After a few years, Seth and I started getting headaches from the burning wax and fragrance oils. We definitely didn't want to keep providing a product that could potentially be causing head aches and adding toxins to our clients homes.
Over the years, I never stopped making candles. I just changed the way I made them. Then the girls became a part of it. We started experimenting with essential oils and waxes and burn times and making a years worth of candles each December before Christmas.
This year, we decided we were happy with the essential oils, but still not the wax. We still didn't know how the plants were grown and what was going into our home. We LOVE Rise's natural cleaners - and have noticed an huge difference in how everyone feels after we clean. ~ Why wouldn't we care about our candles now too?
Some of our research showed that historically lard and tallow were cleaned and used for fuel in lighting (candles included) because it was
We already render some of our pastured pork fat for lard because, not only does it have a pretty high smoke point (370 degrees - after oils reach their smoke point, the fats start to break down releasing free radicals), but
Candles were just an extra step...
So we just went the next step and cleaned the lard more, then added local beeswax and essential oils. They turned out so GOOD and I love how they burn.
How to make Lard for Cooking & Candle Making
In this video, I want to help you understand how easy it is to make lard from our pastured pork fat and get a clear idea of what layers of rendered fat work best for:
If you're not into the "do it yourself" stuff, or your just understandably too busy, I totally get it. We are now stocking your clean candles in our store. And we can even ship them. We have two scents so far:
Thank you for always inspiring us to create new ways to help you provide healthier food and home for your family. Let me know how I can help you in the future, by commenting below or just email or text me anytime.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
A dedicated mother and wife who has a passion for everything healthy and gift for simplifying that knowledge and making it applicable for others.
Charise, (also goes by Rise) Takes care of the sheep with her sister, here on the ranch. She also milks cows, and loves creating natural cleaners with quality oils and ingredients, through her business: Natural Oil Health.