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Diane’s House of Candles Interview

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:
Diana Jablonski – Diane’s House of Candles

2. Why did you decide to go into business? I started making candles almost 15 years ago. It started off as a hobby. I would give them to friends and family because I just enjoyed making them. Pretty soon people started asking for so many that I couldn’t keep up. People were asking to buy them left and right. So I decided to experiment for awhile trying to find the best wax, best scents and best methods. Word just kept spreading and people kept asking for more so I decided to start my own small business out of my home. Now my candles are carried by a variety of local businesses, including many well known wineries in the northeast. My wine glass candles and wine scents are a big seller at the wineries. The football candles are always selling out also.

What was your motivation? How long have you been in business? The feedback I was getting about how much people loved my candles. They aren’t too strong and overpowering like most candles. Yet their scent fills the whole room. Even people that are sensitive to smells, love my candles. They are very true to their scent name and just the right strength. I have been in business for over 15 years.

3. What products do you make and sell? I make votive candles, jelly jar candles, pint jar candles, tart candles, football candles in a football shaped glass, and wine glass candles.

4. What are your business goals? My business goals right now are to expand my online presence. My website is currently undergoing an upgrade and redesign.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? I use your scent oils for my candles. Asking which one is my favorite is like asking which child is my favorite! They are all so wonderful, I would never even think of using any other scent oil in my candles!

Your Website: www.DianesHouse.com

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

Science of Candle Wicks

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Candle Wicking Class

One of the most important components of a candle is the wick. The wick is the fuel (candle wax vapor) delivery system to the flame that allows a candle to burn. Before we explain how candle wicks burn, we will share with you the history of candle wicking. We will finish this class by helping you choose the correct wick for your candles.

History of candle wicks: Egyptians made a form of candle wick by taking fibrous reeds, called rushes, dipping them in animal fat, and lighting them. Since these rushes were fibrous in nature, they allowed the fat to be absorbed by the plant and provided the fuel that the flame needed to keep the “rushlight” lit. Years later, the Romans created an improved wicking system by loosely weaving fibers together. This provided for longer burn time, with the function of the wicking remaining the same.

Modern-day wicks are tightly woven or braided threads of cotton or other fabric material; sometimes including a core (cotton, paper, zinc). The woven material of the wick is then treated with a chemical solution to make them flame retardant. This process is called “mordanting”. Wicks are made fire retardant so that the fuel (the wax) travels up the wick, forms a vapor fuel and the fuel is burned. If the wicks were not made fire retardant, the wicks would burn themselves out before the wax of the candle could be used as fuel. Some candle wicks include a core that the threads are woven around; providing the wick with the ability to stand up. By the way, candle wicks made in the US do not contain lead. Lead core wicks were banned in the US back in 2003.

Before wicks are used, they typically undergo a process called “priming”. Priming involves dipping the wicking into wax. You see, when the threads of a wick are woven, there can remain very tiny air pockets within the threads of the wick. Priming simply fills in those air pockets. It is important to understand that a candle wick is considered primed after being in contact with melted wax for approximately 5 minutes (which is long enough for the air pockets to escape). There is no need to coat a wick with massive amounts of wax when priming. The fuel of the candle actually comes from the candle wax of the candle traveling up the wick to the flame, not from the wax used during priming. Candle wicks are assembled using machinery, so there will be times when wicks will have more priming wax on them, and times when they have less wax on them. This extra wax, or lack of does not affect the performance of the wick burn. It is the woven fibers of the wick that determine proper burn time.

Once wicks undergo priming, they are then “tabbed”. This involves placing one end of the wick into the hole of a metal wick sustainer tab and then crimping the tab of the wick sustainer. This attaches the wick tab to the wick. Wick sustainer tabs allow wicks to stand up in candles. Wick sustainer tabs typically come in the following sizes: 20mm, 15mm, and 30mm self-centering. The size of the wick sustainer tab refers to the diameter of the wick tab.

The neck size of the wick tab, which typically is 3mm, 6mm, or 10mm in height, controls how far down the candle will burn; extinguishing the wick before it hits the very bottom of the candle. This helps prevent candle glass from getting too hot and potentially breaking.

Size matters: When choosing the proper size of wick for your candle, please understand that as the “number” on the wick size goes up, so does the area it is capable of melting when burning. Example: A CD-10 wick will burn a smaller diameter than a CD-12. A zinc core 44-24-18z will burn a smaller diameter than a zinc 51-32-18z wick.

Using the proper size wick is very important! In the event that you use too small of a wick, your candle wax will not burn all the way across your candle, and you may not have sufficient scent throw. If you use too large of a wick, your candle will burn too fast, and you will have increased “mushrooming ” (carbon build up) on your wick.

What is the science behind a burning candle? A burning candle is an example of a chemical reaction between three major elements: oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. The wax in a candle is composed of atoms of hydrogen and carbon. When the wick is lit, wax begins to melt, and the carbon and hydrogen atoms move up the wick to react with the oxygen atoms in the flame. Actually, the flame you see on a candle is proof of a chemical reaction of carbon and hydrogen atoms with oxygen. The heat from the wick causes the carbon and hydrogen atoms to break apart, and combine with oxygen to form a gas. This is called pyrolysis. You will notice that the flame of a candle is different colors. The blue part of the flame is the hottest part of the flame. The flame is blue because of sufficient oxygen being provided in the reaction. What happens when there is not enough oxygen available to complete the reaction? You will have an excessive number of carbon atoms that group together to form soot. Since soot is black in color, it easily absorbs heat; and this heat allows them to glow. It is these carbon molecules that create the yellow, orange, and red colored portion of the flame. When soot particles glow because they are hot it is called incandescence. Ultimately, a burning candle gives off water vapor, and carbon dioxide (the very same gas we exhale when we breathe).

Over the past decade, there has been a steady climb in the sales of soy wax candles; claims being made that soy wax candles are somehow “better” for you than paraffin candles. Putting aside all bias and focusing on science alone will allow us to make the following conclusions: 1. All waxes are primarily hydrocarbons, whether the wax is of animal, vegetable, or petroleum origin. The chemical composition of all waxes used for candle-making is similar. 2. All waxes produce a yellow flame due to the presence of carbon. 3. No specific type of wax or wax blend is considered “best” for candlemaking. All candle waxes, when provided in high-quality format,  have been shown to burn cleanly and safely. 4. No candle wax has ever been shown to be toxic or harmful to human health. 5. There is no such thing as a soot-free wax. All organic compounds when burned will emit some carbon (soot) due to incomplete combustion. (http://www.candles.org/elements_wax.html). In fact, we all experience small levels of carbon in our air everyday simply by cooking our food. It would be ridiculous to tell people to stop cooking their food to avoid carbon in the air. How about carbon dioxide- the air we all exhale? Should we all stop breathing to prevent putting this carbon in the air? It is time for science and common sense to unite!

The science behind a burning candle is important to understand because for a wick to perform effectively, it is reliant on other components of the candle. Some fuel sources will easily travel up the wick and produce the fuel vapor needed to keep the wick burning (refined paraffin wax is a good fuel source). Other waxes, such as soy wax, will require a larger wick to allow for pyrolysis to occur. That is why at Natures Garden, we suggest that candle makers “wick-up” when making vegetable wax candles.

Other candle components that affect the efficiency of the burning wick are fragrance and coloring. Fragrances are composed of a combination of essential oils, resins, and other aromatic chemicals (ketones and aldehydes). Some of these fragrance ingredients will easily travel up the wick and react with the oxygen, others do not travel up the wick as easily. Each component of a fragrance oil has individual flash points (the temperature at which its vapor will combust). When a fragrance oil contains higher levels of heavy base notes, such as musk, vanilla, amber, the candle may require a larger wick to allow for pyrolysis to occur. Lighter, lower flash point fragrance components will easily travel up the wick and burn. Special care should be taken when using citrus type fragrances that have a low flash point. If the wick size is too big, it may cause the citrus fragrance to give off a petroleum aroma instead of a citrus aroma. Using too big of a wick with low flash point citrus fragrances can also create a fire hazard; causing the entire top of the candle to ignite.

Coloring can also affect candle wicking. Candles require the use of dyes specifically formulated for candle making. Any coloring that contains water or glycerin will not work in candles. Color pigments, mica pigments, and titanium dioxide do not work well in the interior of candles. These pigments clog the candle wick; causing increased smoking and potentially causing your candle wick to stop burning. If these types of pigments are used during candle making, they are used only for coloring the outside of the candle by dipping the candle. Crayons are an example of color pigments suspended in a wax medium. It is never a good idea to color your candles with crayons as suggested by some media sources.
Choosing your candle wicking:

There are literally hundreds of types of wicks you may choose for wicking your candles. Most of the wicks on the market are made from braided or knitted fibers that allow for a slow, consistent burning candle. Candle wicks are typically one of the following types of wicks (provided by the national candle association) :

Flat Wicks. These flat-plaited or knitted wicks, usually made from three bundles of fiber, are very consistent in their burning and curl in the flame for a self-trimming effect. They are the most commonly used wicks, and can be broadly found in taper and pillar candles.

Square Wicks. These braided or knitted wicks also curl in the flame, but are more rounded and a bit more robust than flat wicks. They are preferred for beeswax applications and can help inhibit clogging of the wick, which can occur with certain types of pigments or fragrances. Square wicks are most frequently used in taper and pillar applications.

Cored Wicks. These braided or knitted wicks use a core material to keep the wick straight or upright while burning. The wicks have a round cross section, and the use of different core materials provides a range of stiffness effects. The most common core materials for wicks are cotton, paper, zinc or tin. Cored wicks can be found in jar candles, pillars, votives and devotional lights.

At Natures Garden, we offer several varieties of wicks based on our own successful testing.

HTP wicks- These wicks are created with a flat braided cotton fiber design, but also have paper fibers contained with the braid. These wicks provide a cleaner burn, controlled curling, and self trimming capabilities. Typically used when a hotter burn is necessary. Used with all types of waxes.

Zinc Core Wicks- These wicks are made with a cotton fiber braid, surrounded by a zinc core. Zinc wicks are known for allowing wicks to stand up in applications, and are thus frequently used in container candles. In the event that you are using vegetable waxes for your candles, you will want to “wick up” on the size of your zinc core wicks, as they do not burn as hot as other varieties of wicks.

CD Wicks- These wicks are a flat braid wick composed of cotton with special paper woven around them. These wicks provide excellent capillary action. CD wicks provide a hot burning wick and provide for significant rigidity. These are our favorite types of wicks here at Natures Garden. Used with all types of waxes.

Hemp Wicks- These braided wicks are made with natural fibers of hemp instead of cotton. Hemp wicks provide for a hotter burning wick and increased rigidity. Used with all types of waxes.

Wooden Wicks: Composed of wood, these wicks provide 100% rigidity in candles. These wicks do not require any type of trimming, produce no mushrooms, and allow for a fast melt pool.

To help you choose the best type/size wick for your candle applications, please visit our wicking chart. We provide this chart simply as a guide. It is not meant to be a substitute for your own testing. Testing is your responsibility.

In addition, Natures Garden offers sample packs of our wicks for you to try prior to committing to larger-sized packs of wicks.

Deborah Ward

CEO Natures Garden

Natures Garden Candle Wicks

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Kid Friendly Craft

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Thanks to the eyes of a child, something as simple as adding a few Spring stickers can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your product.

Anytime I get out all of my goodies to start crafting, my little ones are all about helping.  Sometimes I think that they love creating and crafting just as much as I do!  (Yeah for me, I passed on the right genes!!!)   This past weekend I thought it would be fun for them to help me make and decorate some smelly jellies for our Spring baskets, and as it turns out, they even taught me something.

Having two small children, I can count on family members showering them with gifts around any holidays.  As a thank you to them, I always make sure that the girls help me to make them something to give in return.  I love this concept for several different reasons.  They are learning to become crafters themselves, we have lots of fun working on these projects together, and people love to receive gifts that the little ones helped to make.

There we were working away on making a dozen or so smelly jellies in my kitchen.  All of the smelly jellies were completely finished absorbing, and I had just finished packaging them.  The fitments and lids were on tight.  My final step was to tie the festively colored pastel ribbons of white, pink, blue, and yellow to the tops.  (Secret Frugal Tip:  The Dollar Tree is a wonderful place to find lots of cute, decorative, and perfectly priced items (Everything is $1.00) to add that extra element of love to your products.)

I swear, and as I am sure that you all know, I only turned my back for a second which was just long enough for my youngest to swipe a jar.  When I finally found her, she had already gone to town adding her own decorative touch to the jar.  As it turns out, she said she wanted to make one special for her Grandmama.  Riley had used some Spring stickers to “decorate” her grandmama’s smelly jelly.  It was just so adorable that I thought that I needed to share this with everyone!

So, moms and kids, get ready to have some fun and get crafty!  CAUTION:  Anytime you are using fragrance oils around your children or pets, keep a close eye on your children so that they do not drink the fragrance oil.

Here is the list of items that you need:

Here are the Instructions:

  1. Clean your work area and prep it by setting up all of the smelly jelly jars that you are going to use.  For this project, we are using 3 fragrances, so I selected to set my jars up in 3 rows of 4 to allow for no fragrance confusion.
  2. Take 2 level teaspoons of smelly jelly crystals and carefully add them to each jar.
  3. Using room temperature distilled water. Add 10 ounces to each jar.
  4. The next step is to add the soap colorant to the jars. Since I was striving for a pastel color, I only added 2-3 drops of color per jar.
    1. Here is the cheat sheet that I used for the coloring:
  • Easter Bunny Burps- Neon Green
  • Lilac- Fun Soap Colorant Ultramarine Violet
  • Jelly Beans- Fun Soap Colorant Yelp Yellow

5.  As always, feel free to be creative and swap out the colors and/or the fragrance oils.

6. It is fragrance time!  Using 1.5 Tablespoons of fragrance, slowly pour your fragrance into each jar.

7. Add the Diamond Dust Mica- the amount of sparkle is all up to you!

8. It is time to get your mix on!  Using a mixing spoon, carefully mix each jar.

9. Let the smelly jellies work their magic and swell away.  This will take about 15-20 minutes.

10. Finally place the fitment and lid on the jars.

11. The last step and most fun… get your decorating on.  Use stickers and ribbon, or whatever you want!

Smelly jellies are by far one of my favorite projects to make by myself or with my girls.  If you have not tried them, you need to try some today.  Your best bet, although I know you are going to love it… is to try Natures Garden Smelly Jelly Kit.

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

 

2012 Color Trends

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Wild Animal Prints, Bold Flowers, Lime & Hot Pink

Every year the corporation Pantone Inc forecasts a color trend.  The headquarters which is located in New Jersey spends countless hours researching through various worldly mainstreams, seeking the next “it” color.  They are quite literally looking for the color that will be a worldwide attention grabber.   The two main things that Pantone looks for is what they think the public will want and need.

The 2012 Pantone Color of the year is Tangerine Tango.   It was selected due to its energizing and encouraging elements.  A huge factor in this year’s selection, as well as the colors selected in previous years is the economy and spending habits.  Knowing that consumers are responsible for reviving the economy, this makes Tangerine Tango a perfect color to call shoppers to action in spending.

Now, although this color is vibrant and screams energy, let’s take the financial gain out of the situation and present to you what we at Natures Garden think is going to be the
hot color trends of the 2012 year.  With so many negative things that are occurring in the world:  violent protests, economic uncertainty, famine, poverty; the list seems to be never ending.  Our focus this year was to find colors and trends that will not only stand out, but will keep the positive energy flowing.

Our 2012 Color choice is Lime.  If lime had to be described in a single word it would be amazing.  Lime is the perfect choice because being of the green color family it is a combination of blue and yellow.  Hues of blue colors are calming, refreshing, and peaceful.  Yellow hues are energizing, hopeful, and happy.  Put these two together and bam… beautiful and breathe taking greens.  What a combo!

The color lime green represents many things.  It is a color of balance through means of the body, mind, and emotion.  It represents both change and growth while still maintaining a youthful and playful tone.  On an interpersonal level, lime signifies an open mind to learning and a non judgmental perception.  The color lime initiates the clearing of negativity and reminds us of hope.  Lime is a natural peacemaker.  A color that evokes a healthy anticipation of possible potential while still allowing for
openness to new ideas without any of the angst associated to demands of outside forces.  Lime is a self respect color.  On a final note, the color lime is a mental signifier of luck.

Another strong color that we believe is going to rock this year is hot pink.  You probably saw that one coming.  The color hot pink is fun and exciting.  It contains qualities that
are both passionate and sensual.  Hot pink is confident.  The color radiates feelings of encouragement and unconditional love.  Hot pink also decreases stress levels and
anger.  Hot pink can be a color that provides for very insightful energies.

This year as well we would like to forecast a theme that will surely remain a constant in the spotlight.  Wild, crazy, savvy… animal prints are HOT.  Let your wild side out, unchain the savage beasts.  This is a trend that cannot be trapped.  Whether it is zebra, leopard, tiger, or giraffe; making a statement with a little fierceness is never going out of style.  Bring on the safari!  If you are not sure which print best suits you, feel free to take this animal print quiz:  http://www.blogthings.com/whatanimalprintareyouquiz 

Not only do we feel that lime and hot pink will be the hot colors for 2012, we also feel that these colors will influence the following markets:  fragrance, candle, soap, and cosmetics.  For many years now, people have used orange scented cleaning products to clean their homes.      Tired of the “same-ole same-ole” scent, we believe consumers will be looking for alternative citrus notes to make their homes smell clean.  Imagine a Pink Grapefruit fragrance infused with fresh Kaffir lime.  This is a perfectly, refreshing, clean smell, and it screams hot pink and lime!  Natures Garden just added this wonderful fragrance to our line, and we call it HOT PINK LIME; any coincidence?   Additionally, we
see sugary lime fragrances becoming hot.  Fragrances like Frozen Margarita, Mojito, Coconut Lime, Agave Lime, and Keylime Pie will be hot in 2012.

Fragrances that focus on hot pink will be equally hot; Hot Pink Pomegranate, Pink Watermelon, Pink Sugar, Fluffy Pink Candy to name a few.

Our conclusion:  2012 is going to be a wild and fun time filled with lots of HOT PINK and Lime.  Embrace it, and have fun with it!

Natures Garden Candle, Soap, Cosmetic Supplies

Free Love Coupons

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

We had our graphic artist create these Free Love coupons that you guys are welcome to use.

Print them by visiting the link below:

FREE LOVE COUPONS

 

Deborah Ward

Natures Garden Candle & Soap Supplies

Success with Aromatherapy

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Interview with Jolene From Southern Roots Natural Healing Store & Aromatherapy Shoppe

What’s your name & Your Company Name (Why Did you choose that name?):

Jolene Hull, Owner/Operator of Southern Roots Natural Healing Store & Aromatherapy Shoppe here! I chose this name based on the concept that natural products should really be naturally (many mass marketed products claim to be “natural”, but are not) made – my goal was to go back to my “roots” with my store and it’s products. All Natural and All Handmade with the highest quality ingredients.

 

How did you get into this business?

One of those light bulb moments in 2009 – I have always loved the idea of owning my own business. I started making soaps for gifts around the holidays for my dance team and I soon realized I wanted to make it more than a hobby.

 

What is your favorite part of this business?

Creating new and exciting items and experimenting with new ingredients.

 

What’s the most difficult part?

Labels! Trying to get that “look” to reflect the product you have made – it can be challenging at times.

What’s your favorite product or aspect of Natures Garden?

They have a great range of products at great prices. My favorite thing is that they are family owned.

What are your goals for the coming year for your business?

New and improved product lines for hair care and more variation of spa inspired items. We’re also going to start offering classes in our shop as well.

 

 

Website: www.southernrootshealing.com

Facebook: Southern Roots Natural Healing Store

Natural Body Products Interview

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Interview with Maria From Naturally Balanced

My first company name was Home Naturals by Maria when I started making body products from home while I went to school for holistic healthcare. It helped pay my tuition. But once I finished, I needed something that was more fitting. My company name is now Naturally Balanced. While I was trying to come up with names it was hard to find something that fit everything I do. I have people tell me all the time how balanced I am and since I one to go natural as I can with everything I do, Naturally Balanced just seemed to fit.

I have always had some sort of business of my own starting at about ten years old. Grandpa McKinley was a pharmacist when it was a more natural approach. I learned a lot from him and my mom who also has always shown us a healthy lifestyle. About 23 years ago my mom became ill. Misdiagnosed several times she continued to get worse, her illness is very much like Lupus, but we still call it “it” as still we don’t know what it is. Anyway, Holistic and western approaches combined are the only thing to help. So I already had an interest into Holistic Healthcare, but when I broke my back and only holistic healers could give me relief, that was my sign it was my calling. I had worked in a assisted living home and managed the Alzheimer unit and stared to research on how aromatherapy could help the residents. I was hooked! A short while later I decided to get a degree in holistic healthcare and during one of the classes we learned about manufacturing natural body products for healing and this became my stress therapy. Finally in the end I am now a nutritional consultant and life coach who loves to make body products as well.

I absolutely LOVE being able to help people with every contact I make and product I sell. Every time I help another person my heart swells with joy and love. My children can see this makes me happy and that makes them happy too! So much so the have started there own line for kids. I am excited everyday that we can share the joy. So far, 6 years later, it still doesn’t get old and I get excited over each thing I have to do for my business. It is hard to say what my favorite part is, because I love it all. But if I have to pick, it would be the world of smiles I receive from what I do and that I am able to do what I love.

The most difficult part is finding time for all I wasn’t to do and having people understand my business is not just about the smell goods, but how the products have health benefits too. I don’t make items based on smell, but how they can help someone. That’s my
nitch. I sit down with a client and find out as much as I can about them and develop a product I feel will help them. People just don’t seam to understand this.

I ran across Natures Garden on accident one day during the show and tell time on Thursday. I could feel the community of others trying to work together and not against each other and that is a hard thing to find were I live. The people on the page are kind and helpful.

I have several goals for the next year (I am a goals kind of person) however I would say my biggest goal would be to branch out of
my comfort zone and out of my community. I want to take my business to 5 more towns by 2013. Along with having consistent orders and clients from them.

This is my facebook page www.facebook.com/naturallybalanced 

My website is www.naturallybalancednm.com

My twitter is @angellatrout

My blog is on my website

My youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/wedreambig

Diamond Particles and Candles

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

 

You know what they say… “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” and now in retrospect, so are candles!!!

The other day, I was googling.  I know, I know, you are probably not surprised!  But, I was and I stumbled upon this really interesting article.  Let me give you a little teaser as to why you will never view a burning candle the same way again.

“You have the glittering beauty of gold and silver, and the still higher luster of jewels, like the ruby and diamond; but none of these rival the brilliancy and beauty of flame.  What diamond can shine like flame?”

-Michael Faraday    Scientist/Lecturer- The Chemical History of a Candle circa 1860

We all know that candles have been in existence for many years.  The candle has actually dated back some 2,000 years.  The invention of the first candle was accredited to ancient China.  Thank you ancient China!  Since that time, for many people, there has always been an infatuation with the candle flame and its alluring and captivating dance.

Well, as it turns out, Dr. Zhou, a Professor of Chemistry has recently found that diamond particles actually exist in the flames of a burning candle.  The notion of why we are drawn to candle flames can now be explained.  Candle flames are much like sirens, calling us to get lost in their essence.  Now, one of the big questions has been solved.

In a candle flame, there are actually two different kinds of diamonds, although they are in nonoparticle and fullerenic particle form.  According to Dr. Zhou’s research there are 1.5 million diamond particles that are created for every second that a candle wick has a burning flame.  Now, hold on ladies, don’t get too excited.  The diamond particles are burned off.  Sadly, in order for the flame to stay that way, the burning process must keep going, turning the diamond particles into carbon dioxide.

Dr. Zhou also found that inside the center of a candle flame, there exists all 4 forms of carbon.  This finding is very fascinating because all four forms of carbon need different circumstances in order for their creation.   It is quite a mystery as to how this can be, but I know that I am happy knowing that my candle flames are diamond creators.  It takes crafting pretty things to a whole new level.

All of this information is great fun facts to use while promoting your candles.

One fabulous idea in container candles to really take it to the next level would simply be to extend the sparkle and beauty inside the flame to the outside.  After a candle has been poured, set up, and cured, take glue and carefully cover the outside of the candle glass.  Stay away from the opening, because you do not want to make a fire hazard.  This would not be a pretty thing.  Then, while the glue is still wet, roll it carefully in glitter.  I prefer a silver or white small grade glitter to produce a diamond sparkle that will be unmatched by other candles on the market.  Do not over glue.  I found that what works best is to squirt the glue in a paper towel, and wipe the outside of the glass down.  This will prevent the weight of the glue pulling and collecting at the base of the container.  Also, if you have patches of unglitterized surface let the candle glass dry as is, and simply touch up the glue in the area and sprinkle glitter to your liking.  Finally, add a cute thick ribbon, preferable hot pink to really hit the aspect of femininity home, and start selling away!

So, flicker away flames.  We will now sit back and awe in your wonderful luster and appeal.     

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone
Inspire, Create, and Dominate!
Sparkles!!! Nicole
(Corporate Manager of
Natures Garden Candle Supplies)
www.naturesgardencandles.com

Candle Company Success Story

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

 

Ashley & Erica From Ashka Candles

Our names are Ashley Sanatore and Erika Mutschelknaus and our company is Ashka Candles. The meshing of our first names.

We were tired of always buying candles that had amazing cold throw but didn’t smell up a room at all when lit. And the only candles that ever seem to have a great hot throw are far more expensive than they should be. We wanted to create a wonderful product with high quality and still be affordable for everyone.

Our favorite part of business is seeing the customers’ faces light up when they smell our products. Everyone always seems shocked that we are just two 26 year old girls who hand-make all of our products. It gives us a great satisfaction to know that we are making something that everyone can enjoy. It doesn’t matter if they are young, old, female, male…. EVERYONE loves candles. And being able to make amazingly scented candles that everyone can afford just makes all the work worth it. The most difficult part of our business is maintaining our low prices as the cost of all supplies rises. It is also difficult at times to juggle our full-time everyday jobs with this expanding “hobby” but we always find a way to make it work!

There are so many great products from Natures Garden Candle Supply, but the fragrance oils are just amazing! And we love the review feature! We always look at the reviews of a fragrance before we buy it to see how it has sold for other customers.  It is a great feature that we haven’t found with any other company. Our goals for the coming year are to expand more into other beauty products. We currently sell candles and lotions, but would like to add body spray and perhaps bath gel. We would also like to possibly get into a shop in the very near future. 

 

Website: http://www.ashkacandles.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ashkacandles

Soap Making Customer Interview

Monday, October 24th, 2011

 

Meet Donna With Valhalla Soap Company 


What made me start my business?

Well, I had an over-abundance of goat milk and a curiosity about soap making. I was visiting with a friend one day and discussing the need for a use for all the goat`s milk I had. She suggested that I start making goat’s milk soap. After several months of pestering my local small town librarian for inter-library loans for any and all books in the Northwest on the subject of soap making, I took the plunge. I was so fascinated by the process that I never looked back. That was almost 20 years ago.

I get asked a lot about what our company philosophy is. Well, basically it’s pretty simple. We believe that everyone should be able to afford to take care of their skin. It is the largest organ that you and your body own. Meaning that is absorbs more of everything than any other organ in your body. If you think hard enough about that, it’s a pretty scary thought. When we are healthy in Body, we are healthy in Mind and Spirit. So, we want to provide a good quality (affordable), hard (long lasting, money is tight for everyone), moisturizing (dual purpose face & body), food for the skin and pleasing to the eye, bar of soap. If our soap makes someone smile when they climb into the tub or shower, if it gives them a peaceful moment of pause, then we feel that we’ve accomplished our goal.

We celebrated 15 years in business this month. And we are still somewhat in shock over it all. Where did the time go? We’ve come a long way over the years. Had many failures but many more successes. And boy have we learned A LOT!!!

One of the things we learned is that it’s worth it to pay a little extra for quality fragrance oils. That’s one of the reasons we buy a very good portion of our fragrance oils from Natures Garden. Another reason is that we use the CPOP method of soap making. This method can sometime be a bit abusive towards citrus or flighty fragrances. Yet Natures Garden fragrance oils are highly concentrated and they hold up fantastically in our soaps! The third and best reason is that Natures Garden’s fragrance oils are affordable! Of all their products, we order their fragrance oils more than anything else. We love their fragrance oils! It would be hard to say which is our favorite. Bite Me fragrance oil is our overall consistent best seller. With Baby Bee Buttermilk type coming as the third best seller. Of the two, I’d have to say that I prefer the Baby Bee Buttermilk. I like that it’s sort of an Almond & Honey without the cherry that is usually present in these types.

 

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Interview given by Kimberly Sanchez of Natures Art Soap