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Bees Wax Works

Jill Smith has been making candles professionally for over four years now, after her apprenticeship. But she's been making things her whole life–her mother taught her to knit at four.  


The founder of the company spent hours teaching Jill the basics and fine tuning the skills need to make candles.  Chandlery requires patience and having a good rhythm; when she started she used a metronome, and her background is as a dancer. 

Before candle making Jill worked in daily management in the music industry on the corporate side, contracts and administration. She was a professional ballet dancer before she raised a family. 

"To be around the wax is so calming. I love the process. I like the solitude. I’m just dipping candles, listening to CBC, looking at the ocean outside my window. The scent of the wax invokes all this for me. But there’s a whole revival of hand-crafted objects, an aesthetic of having fewer, more mindful things in your home. Good wine, good cheese. It’s appreciative of authenticity and simple enjoyment. Beeswax is a part of that". Says Jill

Jill lives and work in a beautiful environment on Salt Spring Island B.C., where there’s a lot of support and understanding of what it’s like to leave a 9-5 for a creative career.