Archive for March, 2013

Sweet Smelling Candy Mt. Candles

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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1. My name is Allison Cole. My company name is Candy Mountain Candles.
I live near the smoky mountains and I love that song “On the big rock candy mountain.” I thought it would be a neat name for my shop.

2. I have been in business since the summer of 2012. I decided to go into business because I have always had a huge interest in candles. I researched how to make them from the Nature’s Garden online classes and it is a great stress reliever for me. I work in mental healthcare and making candles for people is my form of therapy!

3. I make soy blend mason jar candles. I use an 8 oz. or 16 oz. mason jar. I also make tarts, tealights, votives and aroma beads. candy fluff candle

4. My goal is to increase my sales on Etsy and increase my social networking base- I would like to have more fans on my Facebook page. I would also like to start selling at my local farmer’s market. My long term goal is to be able to make candles full time. I really love it.

5. I use all of my candle ingredients from Nature’s Garden except the jars. I love the Joy Wax and I use that for everything but my tarts and votives- for those I use Pillar of Bliss Wax.  I really love all of Nature’s Garden scents- some of my favorites are Aphrodisiac, Yuzu and ALL of the Lush dupes!!

www.candymountaincandles.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/candymountaincandles

Whipped Body Butters & Soap

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Milly Tunnell and my company is SecondSpringSoaps

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have always dreamed of owning my own business, and ever since I was little, I have admired the artists and craftspeople that I saw selling their handmade goods at craft shows. I have always romanticized the idea of making something with my hands and having someone pay money for it. After I started making soap for me and my family, and getting rave reviews from friends and extended family, I decided to take the leap into the world of business and started selling on Etsy. I have been in business for a year and a half, and it has been a huge success for me!

3.  What products do you make and sell?   I currently sell handmade soap, both cold process and hot process, and I am venturing into the world of melt and pour soap. Some of my best sellers are my goats milk soaps. I also make lip balms, bath bombs, scented bath salts, clay-based face masks, solid lotion bars, body spray, and whipped body butter.

4.  What are your business goals?  I would love to make my business my full-time job, and I would like to eventually open a brick and mortar store where I can sell my bath and body products, as well as hold classes where I can teach others.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  I am in L-O-V-E with the jars and bottles from Natures Garden! I use Natures Garden products to package my body butters and body sprays! They are perfect and professional looking. I also love the clays from NG, especially the French green clay and the red Moroccan clay, which are the bases for two of my clay masks!

Your Website: http://SecondSpringSoaps.etsy.com

Facebook page: http://facebook.com/SecondSpringSoaps

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SSpringDesigns

Blog: http://SecondSpringSoaps.blogspot.com

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SecondSpringSoaps

Handpoured Scented Candles

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Ashley Priester & AP Home Decor

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? I decided to go into business after a falling out at my previous job 4 years ago. I told myself I would never work for someone like that again and decided to take my future into my own hands. I went to the library, took out books on candle making since I loved burning them and found a clean way to make them and sell them to others who love them as much as me. I have been doing this for over 3 years now.

3. What products do you make and sell? I make all natural soy candles, wax melts & I also personalize ceramic wall plaques as a décor item for your home, office, etc.

4. What are your business goals? My business goals are falling into place nicely. Someday very soon I hope to have a store of my own selling the products I make, along with many others from friends I have made along the way or inspired to take up a crafty hobby.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden? I love everything from Natures Garden. I buy my soy wax and scents. I love the choices available for scents. When my customers ask me if I have a scent I tell them there is a very good chance I can get it for them, which makes them happy customers!!

Your Website: www.aphomedecorstore.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/aphomedecor

Candles by Alice

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company:  My name is:  Alice George. My Business is “Candles by Alice.”

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I decided to start making candles 4 years ago, when I received one as a gift from my son that he had bought from a friend that made candles and I noticed the scent lasted and that it burned so much better than the ones I had bought. I did the research and started making my own candles.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make container candles, Pillars, votives, wax tarts, melt & pour soaps, aroma bead air fresheners and scented rice bags that you use as a heating pad. I have also made lotions and body sprays. Am thinking about trying some sugar scrubs.

4.  What are your business goals?  I work  a full time job, so my candle business is really just a hobby. I sell to my co-workers and friends  and do a few craft shows at Christmas. I really would like to do more, but am from a small town in ‘Southern Tn. and the business is just not here.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?   I use fragrance oils, melt & pour soap base, wicks, and pillar of bliss wax from Natures garden.  I love the bliss wax for the pillar candles as well as the fragrance oils.

Your Website:     www.candlesbyalice.weebly.com

Facebook page : www.facebook.com/candlesbyalice

Cold Process Carrot Soaps

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

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The history of Scent Savvy has very humble beginnings! It started out as a hobby for Bill Baldwin to pass time while he was rehabilitating from surgery. Knowing that Bill liked to do things to benefit people, a friend mentioned soap making and suggested that he go look at a soap company in a nearby town. As his interest in his hobby grew, he began doing research on his own about soap. His own daughter has battled with a skin condition her whole life, so his immediate focus was on formulating a bar of soap that would calm and soothe her skin (thus, the birth of our wildly popular Creamy Carrot soap). In the meantime, his rehab was going well but it became clear that he would not be able to perform the job he’d been doing his whole life. It was time for a career change! His success with the Creamy Carrot soap inspired him to create and experiment even more. Starting out in his garage, Bill began to accumulate more and more products and equipment. Soon, he moved into the kitchen, then the den. And then the other rooms. He had the best smelling house on the block! When it became apparent he had nowhere else to go, he moved into the building in Richland Hills, Texas where we are today. And, Nature’s Garden products are everywhere! Family owned and operated, we have 4 very busy full time employees! We’re all involved with every aspect of handcrafting, marketing and selling excellent bars of soap! In addition to that, we’re working to develop body wash to add to our line of products! From Main Street in New Bern, North Carolina to Main Street in Grapevine, Tx, our soaps are becoming more and more popular. And we all believe that when God closes a door, He opens a window because that’s how Scent Savvy was born!

1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? Owner, Bill Baldwin, started out soap making as a hobby while he recovered from surgery.  He was motivated to create a bar of soap that would improve his daughter’s skin condition which she has suffered from all of her life.  We’ve been in business since 2010.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Right now, we’re focusing on soap.  However, we’ve been developing a body wash, scrubs, lotions and lip balm.

4.  What are your business goals?  We’re not putting any limits on our dream.  We want mostly to continue to provide quality skin care products and maintain an excellent relationship with our customers and to continue to do the little “extras” for people that set up apart from other companies.  We’re getting into stores that are on the “main streets” of our state and beyond.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Gosh!  That’s like putting a person who loves chocolate in a chocolate factory and asking them to choose the chocolate they love best!  But seriously, we mostly use Essential oils and Fragrance Oils from Nature’s Garden and we LOVE them!  You would think that from supplier to supplier there wouldn’t be too much difference.  But Nature’s Garden is the best!  

Your Website:  www.scentsavvy.com

Facebook page: Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks

A Handcrafted Soap Opera

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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1.What’s your name & Your Company Name: My name is Mischelle Martell, and my company is The Soap Opera

2.Why did you decide to go into business? I was already in business, making handcrafted jewelry. I own a brick & mortar store and, as I love all things handmade, I decided to give
soap making a try, not only for myself, but to add something new and special to my selection of gifts.

3.What was your motivation? I bought my first bar of handmade soap several years ago after a friend of mine explained how handmade soap could help the dry patches and excess oil my face – as well as my rough, dry skin in
general. I bought a bar and instantly noticed the difference. My face was not longer oily or dry, the rough patches on my arms and legs were soft and silky…I was hooked! Immediately I looked into
making my own soaps…and my love of soaping just blossomed from there.

4.How long have you been in business? I have been actively soaping now for 3 years and have been in the business of handcrafted items (jewelry and gifts) for 14 years.

5.What products do you make and sell? For bath & body: cold processed soaps, lotions, body butters, bath bombs, shampoos & conditioners, room & linen sprays, bubble bath, carpet powders, lip balms, perfume oils, body mist sprays, clay
facial masks, a “WEN” type cleansing conditioner, tub teas, container candles, and more.

6.What are your business goals?  Running a profitable organization, increasing my staff, giving my customers  the assurance that my company is easy to do business with and
improving customer experience, launching new products, becoming more efficient in business operations, growth (I plan on moving to a larger store within the next 2 years).

7.What are some products you use from Natures Garden? Fragrance oils (Oh, My!), candle wax, base oils, herbs, cosmetic clays, packaging…

Your Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapOperaSoaps

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSoapOpera.soaps

Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_Soap_Opera

Soy Candles, Soaps and Lotions

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Jennifer Snyder and I own JS Homespun Creations.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have always been a creative and crafty person.  I started making gift baskets and party favors, which slowly turned into making my own candles to put into those gift baskets I was making.  I soon figured out that the gift basket biz was for a special kind of customer and not for an every day customer, so I decided to focus my attention on just making candles.  I also make soap and other bath & body products, which started with a lot of research and reading about herbs, oils, and pre-made bases.  JS Homespun Creations was born in the Fall of 2010, and this year will be my 3rd year selling at local craft shows.  I participate in about 20 craft shows a year.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make soy candles, handcraft soaps, and natural bath & body products, like scrubs, lotions, and bath bombs.

4.  What are your business goals?  For this year, my business goals would be more advertising and sales.  I live in a small town, so getting my name out there has been at the top of my list.  A big dream of mine, as I’m sure with most crafters, is to one day open my own shop.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Oh my goodness, I probably can keep NG in business!  It’s become my one stop shop for supplies.  From your fragrance oils to your plastic jars.  I love that NG has decided to add the herbs, carrier oils and butters to their product line, it has truly made my life easier!   One of my favorite products is the natural Goat’s Milk soap, I love it and my customers do too!!

Your Website:  http://www.jshomespuncreations.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/JS-Homespun-Creations/163418423669880

Hideaway Candle Company

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Delynn Burrell, Southern Hideaway Candle Creations

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I originally started making candles as a hobby to help with my candle obsession. From there it grew to doing them for Family and Friends for presents for Christmas, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Baby Shower Gifts.  Finally a friend told me I just needed to open a store online and try selling them. So I did, this was back in 2007. I’ve grown over the last couple years, increased my designs and expanded to include Bath and Body type products as well as homemade candy.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  A little bit of everything, from Tarts, to Memorial Pillars to Specialty designs such as Praying Angel Pillars. I do realistic food and beverage types, Wax dipped Animals, Aroma beads, Incense, and of course my Favorite from Nature’s Gardens the Aroma Buds.    I have a whole area dedicated to Pregnancy and Infant Loss which is very close to my heart.

4.  What are your business goals?   I want to continue to grow, to expand into more designs and mediums of wax as currently I only work with Soy and Gel. I would love to see myself grow enough to be able to fulltime support the purchase of my own domain and website, as currently we are only on Facebook. I truly just hope to grow as an artist, to continue to touch the hearts of my customers with the designs I put out.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  We currently use many of Nature’s Garden’s scents, flavorings for lip balm, we’ve recently started the salt scrubs using products from Nature’s Garden, and we do the Aroma Buds. Our favorites as far as scents go is Cola, Apple Butter Caramel fragrance oil, and one we tested but haven’t seen added to the site yet called Apple Pecan Sage. We adore all the flavorings we’ve tried, our biggest seller is Monkey Farts and the Aroma Buds are probably are most favorite because we love Roses but hate that real ones die so quickly so it enables us to keep them year round.

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Hideaway-Candle-Creations/382426478438074

Cold Process Soap from Scratch

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Hello, I am Tanya from Titania’s Dreamy Delights

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started my soaping journey almost 6 years ago….. it all began when I was looking for a rainy-day school holiday activity for my children and I found an online supplier for ‘melt & pour’ soap bases.  My kids weren’t really very interested, so I used it to make moulded soaps myself.  I quickly decided that adding luscious shea or mango butter, as well as milk powders and aloe vera gel, gave me soap that I could actually use.  Up until then I found that any store-bought soap dried out my skin terribly and gave me an irritating itch.  I was hooked!

I had never felt particularly creative as a person (that is how I saw myself – that I didn’t have a creative bone in my body) and although I had been involved in personal development allowing me to work on and improve my mind, it wasn’t until I developed an interest in soaping as a hobby that I tapped into my unknown creativity!  I felt just like a thirsty soul being offered a drink of crystal clear water…. I fell in love.  It was a wonderful awakening for me and continues to be to this day.

I began formulating my Cold Process (made from ‘scratch’) soaps more than four years ago and have since added bath, skin care and facial care products; all designed to gently care for and pamper skin. I have a background in skin care training/sales and use this knowledge to create products that are designed to target all skin types and conditions.  My area of specialisation is cold process soap-making and I have an almost magical feeling making every batch of soap – the chemistry and synergy created expand my awareness, my ability to live in the moment and simply makes me happy.  I feel there is so much more I can do to develop in this area and I am enjoying the journey immensely.  I hope I never arrive at my ‘destination’ as it is just too much fun continuing to learn and grow.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  ~ see paragraph above; plus soy wax aroma melts.

4.  What are your business goals?  ~ to continue my soaping journey, developing improved recipes to suit every skin type.  In doing this I will be servicing my customers needs with products that not only help their skin – they satisfy all the senses (except maybe taste!).

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  So far I have only purchased fragrance oils from Natures Garden.  Shipping cost to Australia where I live can be quite pricey so I maximize this by getting top quality fragrances that work so well in my cold process soap, bath and body care products.

Your Website:  via Facebook

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TitaniasDreamyDelights

Blog:  http://titaniasdreamydelights.blogspot.com.au/

CT River Candles Interview

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Mason_Jar_Soy_Candle[1]CT River Candles is located in Haddam, Connecticut on the banks of the Connecticut River. Our soy candles are hand poured using 100% soy wax. We use the finest fragrance oils designed to provide the maximum scent possible. Over 60 scents are available in three jar styles and candles can be requested dyed or undyed with either black or nickel lids. Our most popular jar style is our 16oz CT River Inspired Mason Jar. It features Connecticut River photos on the label and customers love this look. We also make Soy Melts, Tarts, Soy Wax Dipped Plush Dog and Cat Air Fresheners and sell candle accessories. Purchases can be made on our website or at one of over 30 retail locations.

1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Brenda Hunter, CT River Candles

2. Why did you decide to go into business?  I started my business in 2007.  I had been out of work due to back surgery and started searching candlemaking to pass the time while I was laid up in bed.  By the time returning to work came around, I decided that a career change would be better for my mind and body.  Since we had also changed our residence during this period to a home on the Connecticut River, I decided it was the perfect name for my business.

3. What products do you make and sell?  I sell Soy Candles in 3 size jars as well as Soy Melts, Tarts, Firestarters, Auto Scent Tins, Soy Wax dipped Plush Dog and Cat Air Fresheners as well as Candle Accessories.

4. What are your business goals?  My goal has and continues to be, to continue to grow my business while maintaining the quality and attention to detail that my customers have come to expect and appreciate.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  My favorite Natures Garden products would be your fragrance oils.  They are great quality and you have a wonderful selection and reasonable prices.

Website:  www.ctrivercandles.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ctrivercandles
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ctrivercandles
Blog:  www.ctrivercandles.com/blog.html
Youtube:  www.youtube.com/user/ctrivercandles