Tag Archives: candles

Apr
22

Wine Scented Soy Candles

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Aaron and Sonny Asbury; Babycakes Candles

2.      Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  We home school our two younger children and this is a great way for us to make extra money. We love to create new things by recycling or upcycling products. We started in May 2012.

3.      What products do you make and sell?  We make wine scented soy candles in repurposed wine bottles.

4.      What are your business goals?  We hope to share our products in stores all over the Country and to bring the awareness of recycling.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We use Golden 464 soy wax, wicks and 16 different fragrance oils.

Your Website: babycakescandles.com

Facebook page:  babycakescandles

Apr
14

Candles and Body Products

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fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:   Jessica Perez, Sierra Rose Candle Company

2.   Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  This business actually started out as a hobby.  I was tired of going to the store and buying candles only to get home and be extremely disappointed in the quality.  Either they weren’t strong enough or they just weren’t very pretty to look at.  Then one day it hit me, try making your own.  After much practice I finally perfected my formula and I had all sorts of friends buying from me.  So I eventually turned it into a small business.  Sierra Rose Candle Company has been in business since September 2010.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  We sell candles, fragrance warmers and fragrance melts, foaming hand soaps, and body products.

4.  What are your business goals?  My business goals are to eventually open my own store here in San Antonio, Texas.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  100% of our ingredients come from Natures Garden except for the containers we sell them in.  We do not buy any of our ingredients from anyone or anywhere else.

Your Website:  www.sierrarosecandles.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/sierrarosecandlecompany

Apr
06

Soap Making with Regional Flair

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  fragrance-oils-51. What’s your name & Your Company Name: Hi, My name is Diane Weinberg and I’m the owner of The Southern Tip.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? After being a teacher for over 22 years, I suddenly found myself to be an unemployed teacher.  After trying and trying unsuccessfully to get a job, ANY kind of job, I decided to create my own job. I started The Southern Tip and have not looked back. Although we’ve been in business only a couple of years, I’ve found that if you really want something, and are willing to work hard for it, you can be successful. Being a business owner has also opened many other doors to me, making it easier for me to achieve some of my other goals.

3. What products do you make and sell?  We sell handcrafted soap with a “regional flair”, lotions and lotion bars, aluminum free deodorant and scrubs. We hope to branch out into candles this summer.

4. What are your business goals?  Our goals may be a bit different than those of other businesses. We have three main goals: One is, of course, that we want our business to continue to grow and prosper.

A second goal is that we want to help promote and encourage a regional pride among our population. One of the ways we do this is by designing many of our products to reflect the area culture and to highlight our unique locale. Since we are in Texas and are also near the border with Mexico, these facts influence the soaps that we create. Our Tres Leches soap (inspired by a variety of cake made in our region using three milks) Chile con Queso soap, ( a popular and spicy dip made here) Chocolate Chachalaca soap (a turkey-like bird found in our area) and Ocelot soap ( a rare and endangered animal also found in our area) are some examples of our regional creations. Also, since another one of our selling venues is on a nearby island, South Padre Island, our Dunes, Padre Shores, Padre Island Dream, Sea Gull, Soap of the Sea, Sand Castle and Sand Bar soaps were created to reflect this.

Our third goal, and probably our most important goal, is that we want to serve as an inspiration to other unemployed/underemployed people, especially those who are over 50 and who find themselves in this difficult position, maybe for the first time in their lives. We want them to know that if you are willing to put in the work, to study, research and learn some new skills, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope.

This is one of the main reasons why we offer beginning soap making classes. We want to share our knowledge with others and hopefully help others learn at least one way to supplement their income or at the very least, to create affordable, custom soap for their own families and friends.

Our long term dream would be to eventually open a folk school type of learning facility where many skills and crafts would be taught by experts in their fields. Some of the “old fashioned” skills that we would like to include, in addition to soap making, are such things as: candle making, basket making, clay work, wood turning, rug weaving, jewelry making, mosaics, small scale niche gardening, etc. We want to help people become more self-sufficient and teach them new skills that will enable them to supplement their income should they ever find themselves unemployed/underemployed.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We are great fans of Nature’s Garden’s fragrance oils. There are so many to choose from and they are all wonderful! One of our favorites is Cracklin’ Birch. We have also used their goat’s milk lotion base and it is a very versatile product.

 Website: www.thesoutherntip.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Southern-Tip/141396999273167

Blog: http://thesoutherntipsoaps.blogspot.com/

Apr
01

Soaps and Soy Wax Candle Making

This entry was posted in bath salts, bath teas, candle wax, dry body rub, foaming hand wash, lotion, melts, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, soaps and tagged , , , , , , on by .

sundries1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name?  My name Candi Scaiola and my company name is Soaps and Sundries by Candi

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  For years I made some soaps and gave them as gifts, but I have so much fun and find it so relaxing that I wanted to make more so I tried selling them and when I found people liked them I decided to start this business.  I’m fairly new; I’ve only been in business 3 years.

 3.  What products do you make and sell?  Soaps, Lotions, Dry Body Rubs, Bath Salts, Bath Teas, Foaming Hand Wash, Room Sprays, Candles, Melts, and soon I will be adding Bath Bombs.

4.  What are your business goals?  I do this while working a regular job.  I would like to get to the point where this is my job.  I enjoy it so much it really doesn’t feel like work.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  The majority of my products come from Natures Garden.  The soap I make is melt & pour and I use their SLS free clear glycerin soap base. And the lotion I make using their Yogurt Multi-base Lotion is a best seller for my customers as it does not leave a greasy feel to your skin.  My candles are made using their Soy Wax and I am about to expand to pillars using another of their waxes. Their product is First Class and I have never been disappointed.

Your Website: http://soapguildstores.com/soapsandsundriesbycandi

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soaps-Lotions-and-Sundries-by-Candi/131700566887223

 

Mar
27

Scented Homemade Candles

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1. My name is Jennifer Peake, and my business is Scented Sensations.

2. I decided to turn my hobby into a business because I needed to make some extra money on the side to pay for a few things that had come up. I realized I might be able to take it further than just making candles and selling them on eBay so I had a friend help me make a website and set it up so people could purchase from my site. I have been in business for one year.

3. I make and sell candles. I make votives (round and square), pillar candles, glass jar candles (heart and star shaped glass and also Mason jars) and tart melts in fun shapes, such as puppy paw prints, hearts, roses and flip flop sandals.

4. My business goals are to expand a little bit more than I have so far. I have a full time job and I make candles as my “second job.” But I would love for it to become a steady income. I also would like to start selling accessories for candles, such as candleholders, plates, sconces, etc. But I need to find a source of getting those products, either through a vendor or wholesale. heart and star candles

5. The products I have used from Nature’s Garden have been mainly the fragrance oils and candle wicks for my candles, but I have also purchased and used candle molds as well. I really enjoy the fragrances you have and so do my customers!

My website is www.scentedsensationsplus.com

Mar
26

Sweet Smelling Candy Mt. Candles

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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

Mar
26

Candles by Alice

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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

Feb
28

Peacock Candles Interview

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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!

Aug
18

The Importance of Social Media for Your Candle or Soap Business

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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