The meaning of Fleur de lis Bees – The “Fleur de lis” is said to signify perfection, light, and life. Rich in history and legendary, the Fleur de lis is one of the most recognized symbols across the world. Representing either a lily or an iris. Its motif comes to us from a distant past and to this day still remains a mystery as to its origins.
The "Bee" meaning primarily deals with the theme of life. The bee is a symbol of royalty and power as well as being the strong backbone of agriculture.
Putting the 2 symbols together, I thought would be a good way to represent elements that are very important to me-Linda Doane, owner designer and artist of Fleur de lis Bees, LLC.
FLEUR DE LIS BEES, LLC PRODUCTS:
We’re a small, enterprise making 100% pure beeswax candles and luxurious handcrafted soap in small batches. Along with our candles we have luxury soap, lip balms, cuticle massage cream, body lotions, bath bombs, and sugar scrubs.
There is nothing quite like the warm amber glow of a 100% pure natural Beeswax Candle.
Beeswax gets its wonderful natural color and honey-like fragrance from the pollen and nectar of the flowers the bees are pollinating. The color often depends on what particular crop the bees are pollinating. Dark berries, like blueberries or blackberries, will derive a much darker, browner wax. Clover, however, will result in a brighter, golden tone.
As a result, beeswax burns very efficiently and thus costs pennies an hour to burn, making it economical as well. We utilize an all-natural plant fiber wick in our candles. This is consistent with the purity and perfection of our wax. Our wick is better able to withstand the high melting point of beeswax, thereby allowing one to safely use the entire candle – right down to the base.
Fleur de lis bees, candles do not have artificial additives. Pure Beeswax naturally burns up to three times longer than paraffin. 100% pure natural Beeswax is non-allergenic and recommended by the American Lung Association. Pure Beeswax is best for those with allergies or sensitivities to scents. Fleur de lis bees, LLC candles have a natural honey aroma with nothing added.
There is no such thing as the “perfect candle.” Candle making is an art. It takes time to test and refine candle-making skills in order to achieve a beautiful candle that burns how you want it to, and, even then, no two candles will ever be identical.
With each Fleur de lis Bees, LLC candle, you are guaranteed the cleanest beeswax available. We fully render our wax and put each batch through a triple-filter process. This removes any and all impurities and exemplifies the best and most beautiful beeswax that nature has to offer.
Beeswax will occasionally develop a layer of dust, or “bloom” on its exterior. This is natural and to be expected, especially when sitting over a period of time. This is a good thing-your are assured that you have a 100% all-natural beeswax candle. You can simply rub it off with a dry cloth.It's best to keep your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch. Wicks can get crusty and gunked up with cooked honey and carbon. Trimming the wick will help keep a bright and beautiful burn. Also, a longer wick = a bigger flame. The bigger your flame, the quicker it sucks up your wax pool. Trim the wick for a longer burn.
Beeswax candlewicks are designed to curl over when they're getting too long. This is a perfect sign that it's time to trim the wick (just below the bend where the wick is still straight). Also, if your short wick is leaning to one side, you can easily poke at it with the tip of your scissors to straighten it out and get a more symmetrical wax pool.
How long to burn candles? The rule of thumb is 1 hour per inch wide. So our fancy fleur de lis candle can go for about 3 hours at a time. Beeswax burns long and bright, just keep an eye on the outer wax walls, if they look like they're going to cave in and spill the wax, blow your candle out, and let is cool for next time.
BATH AND BODY COLLECTION:
Handcrafted Soap: We make small batches to make sure that the quality is top-grade. Our soap kitchen uses only the best natural ingredients to create lightly scented lovely soap good for everyone and anybody who has sensitive skin. All our soaps are handmade in small batches using high quality natural oils and butters and using the traditional cold process method with coconut oil and/or olive oil as the base ingredient. We make each soap batch from scratch using carefully formulated recipes. Fleur de lis Bees, LLC soaps are enriched with an array of natural additives making them unique and extra luxurious. Natural ingredients such as, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, rice bran oil, Shea butter, cocoa butter, honey, Kentucky Bourbon, oats, green tea, coffee, botanicals & herbs, buttermilk, goat’s milk, almond milk, coconut milk, clays and charcoal are no strangers in our soap production kitchen! We hope to come up with more nourishing formulas in the future. We’ve have just begun!
Our soaps are poured in loaf molds then each loaf is then cut into individual size bars that are placed on a curing rack for the following 4-6 weeks. During the curing time water evaporates from the soap making it harder and longer lasting. The lather and general feel of the soap also improve with cure.
What are handcrafted soaps? All soap is made with two ingredients: oil (fatty acids) and lye (sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide in a solution with water). Lye on its own is a harsh, caustic and highly corrosive compound, but when lye and oils are combined a chemical reaction called saponification occurs. In the reaction oil and lye are spent and the outcome is soap and glycerin. This means that even though lye is used as an ingredient in soap, it does not remain in the final product. All soap is made like this. If a product is not made from oil and lye it is not, by definition, soap.
We are passionate about formulating, designing, making and presenting soap that is conditioning and skin-loving, smells good, feels great and looks beautiful. We believe our soap is and does all of those things and we would love to share it with you!
Why choose handcrafted soap? The skin is our largest organ and we need to take good care of it. Using well-made handcrafted soap is a gentle way of caring for our skin while using ingredients from nature and steering clear of extra fillers, preservatives etc. Handcrafted soap is good and feels good and that may well be reason enough.
How to care for handcrafted soap. Your bar of handcrafted soap is precious. It’s a luxury product made with high quality ingredients and you want the most out of it. By taking proper care of your soap you can add a lot to its lifespan.
Handcrafted soap is rich in glycerin. Glycerin is conditioning for the skin but it is also hydroponic, i.e. it attracts moisture. A handcrafted bar of soap sitting in a puddle of water will soon become soft and mushy. So, the trick is to keep the soap as dry as possible making sure that it air-dries between uses. Never let the soap swim in the bathtub or lie in a pool of water in an undrained soap dish. And don’t keep it where the showerhead can spray water directly on it. Use a draining soap dish (a slatted wooden dish is good or stand the soap on soap save with nobs.
Please browse our site and let your eyes rest on some of the finest, most artisan soap you can find – all proudly handmade in Louisville Kentucky.
Meet the Artist: