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Highly Scented Hand Poured Candles

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Hi! I’m Dorene Nowatzke and my company is D’Lites by Dorene!

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  My initial motivation to start a business was purely economical. Having my child move on to college meant a loss in income related to child support.  Additionally, my child’s moving on meant I had additional time available.  About the same time, I had started making candles as a hobby and found I had too many to burn myself or to give away. Opportunity presented itself, and I decided to take advantage of it!  I’ve now been in business for two years and have found my creativity for this business has only grown over time! There simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything!

3.  What products do you make and sell?  D’Lites by Dorene is your source for highly scented, hand poured candles and home fragrances. Candles range from 7 oz and 12 oz container candles, votives, tealights, and fragrance melts, and are complemented by products available in diffuser oils and fragrance sprays. My candles are a custom blend of paraffin and soy waxes. Paraffin is used to hold the strong colors you see and scents you smell. Soy is used to create a product more eco-friendly to our environment. Together, a quality product is created and tested to be the best possible for you and your home. Additionally, many of my fragrances are custom blends from core fragrance oils provided by Natures Garden.  I also create unique gift items such as rose petal soaps, all natural hand & foot balm, body sprays, and pine cone firestarters.

4.  What are your business goals?  My goals are to grow my business in order to provide a flexible schedule and income when my husband retires. I hope to grow my online presence by at least 25%, to double my bricks and mortar locations, and to add one or two wholesale representatives this year.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  By far my favorite products from Natures Garden are its fragrance oils. Its extensive product line provides many inspirations for new products for me to carry. I also use many of the bath and body bases as I dabble with increasing my product line in these areas.

Your Website: www.DLitesbyDorene.etsy.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DLitesbyDorene

Twitter: @DLitesbyDorene

Blog: www.DLitesbyDorene.blogspot.com

Make Pinecone Firestarters

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

 

Melissa’s Weekly Memoir:  This was a question asked by one of our wonderful customers this week…  How do you make firestarters?  Good Question!  Here’s the Answer…

Are you in the mood for a captivating campfire, or maybe just a nice calming evening in front of the fireplace all warm and toasty, and snug as a bug lying on a rug.  Well, get your hot cocoa ready… because this recipe is fabulous; and makes starting a fire super easy.

Starting a fire in your fireplace can sometimes be a little challenging, but starting fires with festive pinecones makes this process way easier. They’re cute, they smell fantastic, and if you are not feeling like a fire, they are an amazing way to scent your home without even being lit.

Instructions

Things You’ll Need

 

1. Gather pinecones from a pine tree. Remove any debris or dirt on them.  Place the pinecones on the cookie sheet.  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Carefully, slide the cookie sheet into the oven. Turn the oven off after 30 minutes.  Leave the pinecones in the in the oven for the duration of two hours.  This will ensure that they are completely dry.

2. Starting at the bottom end, wrap the wick around the pinecone two or three times.  Try to get the wick as far into the pine cone layers as possible.  Leave 1 to 2 inches of wick at the top of the pinecone.

3. Melt two pounds of Pillar of Bliss Wax.  Once the wax hits 195 degrees, add red coloring.  Let the wax temperature drop to 180 degrees.  Add 1 ounce of Pleasingly Pumpkin fragrance oil per pound of melted wax.  Stir gently.

4. Now, you are ready to dip the pinecone.  For the first dip you need to prime the wick.  Holding the end of the wick, immerse the pinecone completely in the wax for 45 seconds.

5.  Place the dipped pinecone on wax paper.  Allow the wax to cool and harden.  Repeat step 4 until the pinecones are completely coated to your satisfaction.

6. Allow the pinecones to dry overnight, then store in airtight containers.

7. You are now ready to set the night a fire.  Do not use these as regular candles!  They are meant to start fires in your fireplace.

Melissa (Natures Garden Customer Service Rep)
www.naturesgardencandles.com