Posts Tagged ‘candles’

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

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

Peacock Candles Interview

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Peacock Candles Success Story

Tell us a little about yourself.  What is your name?  What is your business name?  What is the origin of the business name?  How long has your company been in business?  How and/or why did the company get started?

My name is Ashlee Swilling and I own Peacock Candles. Peacock Candles began 1 year ago this March in my home in Rocky Face, GA.  I have always had a very random, creative personality.  My boyfriend encouraged me to pick one of my random hobbies and pursue it more seriously.  I chose candles.  I began reading, researching, and making mistakes only to lead to creating something that others wanted me to share in their homes.  My very first candle that I felt accomplished with was cantaloupe scented.  It smelled amazing and smoked like a fire pit. The name ‘Peacock Candles’ was a process in its own.  I spent so much time researching and trying to come up with some clever play on words dealing with candles, only to find all were being used or was too far in left field.  I absolutely love Peacocks.  It is a beautiful bird that is proud, extravagant, sociable and passionate.  It carries characteristics of which I can relate and express, so with the suggestion of a friend I decided to use Peacock Candles as the name for the business.

Do you have a company motto or philosophy?

High Quality and Amazingly Scented

Your business’ products.  What are the types of products that you sell?  What makes your business unique?

Container candles in smooth jelly jar (16 oz and 8 oz), wax melts, aroma beads, and recently began Aroma Arrangements (trademark pending) made with Nature’s Garden amazing aroma buds.  I also do candles in pottery and love doing special order for people in their own containers or for weddings.  I believe the recently added Aroma Arrangements really help us stick out from the crowd.  Candles are such a huge market that you really have to find those simple things to separate you. However, I receive as many, or maybe more, compliments on the colors in my candle line than the scent.

What is your favorite aspect of your company?  What is the most exciting thing that you get to do and look forward to doing?

It is mine!  I am still trying to remind myself that I have finally started my own business and that I have created something that I am able to share with someone that makes them happy.   I love setting up and doing festivals.  It is so extremely tiring and kills my feet, but I love mingling with other artisans and talking to people.

What is something that is trying or difficult within your business?  How do you handle those setbacks? 

Time.  I currently still work a full time job and I’m working on my Bachelor’s degree as well.  All this factoring in with all I want to complete with Peacock Candles leads to much lack of sleep.  If it weren’t for my boyfriend I would not make it through the struggles though.  He is my number one fan and along with my parents I have incredible support that helps me to push forward and see the future for Peacock Candles.

If you could do it all over again, is there anything that you would change?

Only if it means I can add more time to the day.  I am proud of where we have grown in just a year.  We have met amazing people and created even better relationships.  I only hope it continues to grow and we continue to become better for our customers!

What is your favorite item or product that Natures Garden carries and why?  What is it about working with Natures Garden that keeps you coming back?

Black Linen & Amber, Nag Champa, & Aroma Buds!  Those scents are AMAZING and who doesn’t love some scented artificial floral?  Finding Nag Champa was unreal and the Black Linen & Amber, well, I love it.  The Aroma Buds have led us to a whole new line of products of which we are excited.  Natures Garden is awesome.  The people and support is something you rarely find now days in a company.  I know anytime I have a question, no matter how silly I feel, I can ask it.  I love the fact that Nature’s Garden in right there with all of us crafters. Plus – limitless choices of products!

What are your upcoming goals for yourself and your company for this year?

Promote the aroma bud arrangements, improve online sales, and add a few more shops to carry our product.  I want to grow my knowledge, learn to make soap, and most importantly, have fun in everything we do.

What advice or moral do you have for anyone looking to start crafting themselves?

Just dive in! The crafting world is full of supporters, you just have to be willing to put in a little sweat and ask for the help.  My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.  I encourage every person to do what you love because it is the only way to happiness.  There will always be sacrifices, but it is more than worth it and anyone can get there with a little patience.  Even if it doesn’t turn into a successful business, it will be an amazing hobby and create lifelong friendships.

What is your company contact information? 

Peacock Candles

3865 Dunnagan Rd

Rocky Face GA 30740

www.peacockcandles.com

www.facebook.com/PeacockCandles

706.673.3987

peacocknews@peacockcandles.com

peacockcandleco@gmail.com

and I am Ashlee!

The Importance of Social Media for Your Candle or Soap Business

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

We asked you…

How important is social media for promoting your products?

“Extemely!!! But word of mouth from loyal customers cant be beat!!!!”
- Patti Ann

 

“It will be the biggest promoting concept there could be. I am not up and running yet but I am making contacts already.”
- Sheryl

 

“EXTREMELY! The best word of mouth possible because it spreads across the nation, world and not just locally.”
- Ashlee

 

“Extremely. Word of mouth and posted recommendations help a lot as well since they help populate your company in different ways and broadly.”
- Laura

 

“I agree that it is a part of our culture now and we truly do need it.”
- Erin

 

“It’s everything for me right now other than word of mouth which is always best.”
- Lynn

 

“In 2011…VEEERRRYYYY! It opens up your market in such a vast way, it’s almost unfathomable. When you promote your business via social networking you go from hometown to international.”
- Dava

 

Super duper important!!!! would have never made sales in Sweden, Canada and Australia without it, I am pretty sure!”
- Lather Soap Co

 

“In a time of instant gratification, connecting to clients and customers on Facebook/Twitter/Websites is vital. Nearly the first question I get with customers, if not about my products is “Do you have a website?” and then it becomes “Can I find you on Facebook?” soon after. They want to get sales/deals quick, which is why I don’t bother with an email list, they just check Facebook for sales. It also allows the customer to feel more connected to me with fast replies.”
- Briana