Georgia Hilmer: I think a lot of people experience candles as objects divorced from nature. And since we are no longer dependent on them as a primary light source, candles have shifted from functional to ornamental entities for a lot of people. How do you think about their value in modern society?
Alysia Mazzella: You’re so right. Because of electricity, candles have become air fresheners. The value of candles has shifted to mass-produced cups filled with man-made scented wax. The average person doesn't know where their candle's wax comes from, what a high quality candle is, and what it means to have a well-burning candle. These conversations are part of the reason I work with beeswax only, no added scents, no added dyes. I want to show people that locally-sourced beeswax is incomparable. Beeswax is the oldest known wax on earth. Beeswax at its best is pure, fresh, and vibrant in scent and color. It burns cleaner and longer and brighter than all other waxes. Humans have ceremoniously gathered around fire for over a million years. It was only over the last few hundred years that electricity has invaded our homes and the nighttime. There's much to gain by skipping the light switch and carving out time to light a daily candle.