Sometime around 2012, Michael Zink needed a new hobby to put his energy into.
He acquired some bees and became a beekeeper just for fun. Right away, he had fun and enjoyed himself.
Now, 11 years later, Michael Zink and his wife, Christina, have turned their passion in a profession with Sleepy Bee Worx, a proud Got to Be NC member.
Founded in 2019 and based in Franklinville, Sleepy Bee Worx uses wax and honey from Zink’s homegrown hive to create a wide range of artisan products including soaps, bath bombs, candles, wax melts and balms.
“We are very proud of what we do because we use products from our beehive and those products are really the powerhouse ingredient of everything we do because they’re all natural and they come straight from those wonderful little insects,” said Christina Zink, the owner and manager.
Beeswax is a natural substance produced by honeybees. It’s a waxy material that bees create from special glands on their abdomen. They use beeswax to build the structure of their hives, forming the honeycomb cells where they store honey, pollen, and raise their young bees. Simply put, beeswax is like the construction material that bees use to build their homes.
This holiday season, Sleepy Bee Worx has a range of themed candles in the shape of Santa Claus, a Christmas tree, an angel and a snowman, as well as Christmas soaps. Each candle is made from about one pound of natural beeswax harvested straight from the hive. The wax is pressed into a mold, then fragrance and a wick are added to complete the candle.
While there are multiple options, the Santa Claus candles are typically scented with a general Christmas scent, the snowman has a fallen snow scent and the angel comes with a bright cranberry scent.
“Every time of the year is very important for our small business, but this is a very important time of the year because people are looking for items, for gifts for their family,” Christina Zink said. “What we make is great for you and it’s beautiful. Beeswax products are healthy for you, for not only for your skin, but even the candles are healthy because when they burn, they send off those negative ions with the beeswax and that helps clean some of the air you breathe. We really enjoy giving those types of things to people.”
Sleepy Bee Worx products are available for purchase online at www.sleepybeeworx.com/, as well as for local pickup in Franklinville and at various events year-round throughout the state.