Tag Archives: natures garden candle supplies

Apr
10

Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name – Marcy Moorhead, owner of Willow Bay Naturals

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I had been buying handmade soap from other people and decided to research how to make it myself. I have really sensitive skin and always had problems finding skin care products that worked for me that didn’t irritate my skin. I had an online sales business previously, that I had just recently sold and I was looking for my next project. So, I decided to put my time and efforts into learning how to make handmade soap and other natural skincare products. I started the business in 2009.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make cold process soap, lotion, lip balm, soy candles, air freshener, and essential oil aromatherapy products.

4.  What are your business goals?  I would like to make a decent living at doing what I love. It is still a work in progress, trying to streamline my product line into what I enjoy making and what is most popular.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Many of my favorite and most popular fragrance oils are from Natures Garden – Australian Bamboo Grass, Bite Me, Lily of the Valley fragrance oil, Loving Spell, Green Clover & Aloe, and Clean Cotton are all top sellers in Soap, Candles, and Room & Linen Spray.

Your Website:  www.WillowBayNaturals.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WillowBayNaturals

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WBNaturals

Blog:  http://www.willowbaynaturals.com/blog.asp

Apr
06

Soaps and Candles with Fragrance Oils

This entry was posted in bath and body, bath products, candle fragrance oils, Fragrance Oils, handmade soap, lotion, massage oils, Pillar of Bliss, Soap making supplies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

biker (1)1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Perkie’s  Potions

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 because It was something I could do with my new physical limitations.   I’ve been in business 3 yrs.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make home soaps, candle melts, jar candles, candles, lotions, edible massage oils, bath products, diaper creations and have recently added tutus.

4.  What are your business goals?  I want to be able to help support my family.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use Natures Garden’s Pillar of Bliss wax, fragrance oils, and recipes.

Website:  http://apps.facebook.com/ecwid-shop/store/137531693019679

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Perkies-Potions/137531693019679

Apr
04

Sisters of Soy Wax Candles

This entry was posted in candle clamshell tarts, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, candle molds, candle scents, candle wicks, Natures Garden and tagged , , , , , , , , on by .

candle making supplies1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  We are sisters Peggy Petryshyn and Marlo Costescu.  Our company is Bluebell Soy Candles Inc.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  When Marlo’s husband died suddenly, she needed a hobby to focus on to help her in her grieving process.  That is how Bluebell Soy Candles came about.  We have been in business since July of 2012.  We’re into all natural, healthy things so the idea of all natural candles was very appealing to us.  After doing research on the various types of waxes, we  decided we should make our own natural soy candles and tarts.  We light a soy candle every day to send a message to Danny that we love him and really miss him and think of him every day. 

3.  What products do you make and sell?  We make tea lights, chunk votives and wax tarts from 100% natural soy wax.  We also do custom orders so if you want jar candles, we can do those as well.  Our latest idea is making wedding favors with a tea light or tart wrapped in beautiful netting.  A custom made thank you note from the bride and groom can also be attached to each candle.

4.  What are your business goals?  Our goals are to increase our online presence and get more sales from our Etsy store and our Facebook store.  We really love making candles so it’s imperative that we increase our sales so we can continue doing what we love.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  We absolutely love the fragrance oils from Nature’s Garden.  Some of our favorites are Lavender, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Egyptian Musk, Ginger Peach and the Cherry is fabulous!   Fragrances from other companies do not compare!  We also buy wicks, tea light cups, molds – whatever we need to create our wonderful candles.

Your Website:  www.bluebellsoycandles.etsy.comfragrance oils

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/bluebellsoycandles

Blog: www.bluebellsoycandles.blogspot.ca

Apr
03

Candles and Melts with Fragrance Oils

This entry was posted in Air Fresheners, candle clamshell tarts, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, crafts for extra income, Natures Garden and tagged , , , , , , , on by .

candlemaking supplies1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Anna Kimble,  Kindled Scents

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  Looking for a hobby that would also allow me to make an extra income. Started in January 2006.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Candles, Clamshell Melts, Air Fresheners

4.  What are your business goals? To provide my customers with quality products in scents not found in stores. I am working with a few different small businesses that have allowed me to set up a sale display – looking for more small businesses to showcase our products.

 5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Pillar of Bliss Wax, Joy Wax, Tealight Cups, Fragrance Oils, Color Block Candle Dye

 Your Website: currently working on developing a website

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/kindledscents

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
30

How to Hire Quality Employees

This entry was posted in hiring, interviewing employees, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, quality employees, soap making interview and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink…

If unemployment is so high, why is it so difficult for some small businesses to find good employees? Finding great employees is just like finding great customers. You need a staffing plan just like you need a marketing plan.

A successful staffing plan consists of 5 steps.

1.  Recruit constantly

2.  Interview efficiently

3.  Reference check thoroughly

4.  Offer quickly

5.  If you make a hiring mistake, (and even the most experienced and skilled interviewers occasionally get fooled) correct it immediately.

When employers find themselves in crisis hiring mode, they have a tendency to hire quickly and fire slowly. I like the opposite approach. Hire slowly and fire quickly.

Recruit constantly.

Build a recruiting database. If you approach recruiting the same way you market your business to attract new customers, 24/7, you’ll find the whole process less stressful and much less costly.

If you recruit only when you have an opening, you won’t get the best people because the pressure to hire quickly causes you to be less selective and sometimes even results in a bad hiring decision. You want the luxury of being able to be picky. It’s also the most cost-effective method. If you are constantly build your recruiting database you may only need to place a phone call to fill an opening.

  • Consider calling people who used to work for you who left on good terms. Returning to a former employer is a real trend and it’s happening in all industries. The trend is appropriately dubbed “boomeranging.” These people can hit the ground running! All you have to do is call and ask. Even if they say no, you can then ask if they know of anyone else who might be interested and would be a good fit.
  • Ask your current employees. Research shows that employee-referred candidates are three times more likely to be a good match for the job.
  • Ask your customers. An often neglected source of candidates is your customers. They already like your product, your store, your location, and the people you have working for you!
  • Your current applicants. The reference checking process is also an opportunity to add to your recruiting database

Interview efficiently means taking the time.

Finding someone you like and your team likes can take a long time. If you have a pool of applicants from your database, don’t rush it. And don’t hesitate to involve your star performers in the process as a means of rewarding performance and modeling successful behavior. Just make sure you properly train and monitor them in effective and legal interviewing.

I prefer behavior based interviewing; Asking questions that target previous behaviors. For instance;

“Tell me about a day when you had to complete a certain project by a deadline but on that particular day, someone called in sick and you knew you couldn’t complete it on time by yourself.”

Then follow-up with questions to elicit specifics;

“How did you handle it? What did you do? What was the result at the end of the day?”

Past behavior is a great predictor of future behavior. But behavioral questions are only effective when they prompt a response that reveals the truth about both weaknesses and strengths. It’s important when developing questions that you don’t word them in a way that makes them a leading question.

For example:

“Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how you resolved it.”

The latter part is the leading part. With this question, you’ve just signaled that you don’t want to hear about any times that they did NOT resolve the conflict with a coworker.

A better way to ask the question would be:

“Tell me about a conflict you had with a co-worker that stands out in your mind.”

Then ask the follow-up questions without leading toward a positive or negative result.

“How did you handle it? What did you do? What was the result at the end of the day?”

In the world of job applicants, there are problem bringers and there are problem solvers. You want to be able to identify which you’d be getting if you hired this person.

You’ll want to develop these open-ended questions to signal whether or not the applicant has the mental and physical abilities required to do the job, the dispositions such as dependability, initiative, and customer service, The personality temperament and traits such as competitiveness, assertiveness, and sociability that will fit in your company and of course the basic skills required to do the job.

Once you get the applicant describing a past situation, the key for you is to listen, and not leading the discussion. Don’t worry about pauses. Listen to what’s not said, as well as what’s said. Listen to tone..

One of my favorites; instead of asking;

“Why did you leave?”

Try this:

“Tell me about your last day on the job, from the moment you arrived, until you finished the day, describe what happened…”

Reference check thoroughly

It’s important to invest time in checking references. Some small business owners think it’s a waste of time to check references because so many employers have adopted a “limited information” policy; dates of employment, job title, ending wage or salary.

A word about liabilities: As an employer you may expose your business to defamation suits if you provide a negative reference for unlawfully discriminatory reasons; in retaliation for the former employee complaining of an illegal activity; or if you give a defamatory reference or disclose confidential facts that constitute an invasion of privacy. Keep in mind though that a blanket policy of simply giving “name, rank and serial number” of former employees can be an even more dangerous practice. This is especially true when an employer is aware of a former employee’s tendency toward, or history of, violence or sexual misconduct. Former employers can be sued for negligent misrepresentation or negligent referral if the employee is involved in some incident at the new workplace that might have been predicted based on prior behavior.

Not only is it critical to protect your business from claims of negligent hiring by careful reference checking and documenting your due diligence, I often find reference phone calls as useful as the interview itself. Contrary to the myth that prospective employers can only ask very targeted and limited questions, you can ASK anything as long as it’s not about protected classes, like race, religion, disabilities, etc.

As with all other aspects of employment law, it’s important to know your state laws. Some states have laws that may require employers to provide letters concerning past employment services (“service letters”) to former employees upon their request.

The goals of a reference call is to

  1. Confirm the information the applicant listed on the application is accurate
  2. Uncover information you won’t get in the interview.
  3. Add to my recruiting database.

Because I’m a firm believer in past behavior being a great predictor of future behavior, I make it a policy to require a minimum of three references from every applicant who I consider making an offer to. One must be a former direct supervisor and the others former co-workers. I explain my policy to the applicant and then I put the burden on them for the successful outcome of the reference checking process. This minimizes phone tag. It’s also is a good way to confirm the applicant is truly interested in the job. Once I have the name and telephone numbers, I ask him or her to get in touch with the references ahead of time and inform them that I’ll be calling, and that it would be ok to talk to me.

While I still may only get limited information from the supervisor, the co-workers usually give better insight and more substantial answers. I describe the open position to them, the skills and personality traits required and ask if they think it’s a good fit for the applicant. They tend to be more candid.

Assuming that the applicant is not currently employed with them, the last question I ask all three references is to describe the applicants last day. Asking the question this way can confirm or discredit the reason the applicant gave you during the interview for leaving the job.

If the reference doesn’t think the applicant is a good match, I ask who they know that would be, and who might be interested. If I detect desirable qualities and abilities in the person I’m getting the reference from, I add him or her to my recruiting database.

Offer Quickly

Good applicants that want to work won’t last long. On average they probably have applied at two other places during the period they interviewed with you. Don’t let too much time pass between the interview, reference checks and the offer.

Correct Problems Immediately

If you make a hiring mistake, (and even the most experienced and skilled interviewers occasionally get fooled) correct it immediately. Employees can be a huge cost for your business and can become an even bigger cost if they don’t fit. If it’s not working out, and you have given the person a fair chance and offered reasonable support then you should terminate the employment relationship BEFORE probationary period expires.

You will get much more out of investing time on the hiring side of the equation than investing time trying to change someone.

EcoMusings_logo7About the Author: Beryl Coder, of Eco Musings, has over twenty years human resources executive experience in large multi-state corporations with over 5k employees as well as small family owned businesses with less than 15. She now owns her own small business. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice.

Mar
29

Soy Candles 150 Fragrance Oil Choices

This entry was posted in candle clamshell tarts, candle company interview, candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, Fragrance Oils, soy candles, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name: Kristi Varner and Payton Varner.  The Soy Candle Connection

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started making candles for myself and took one to work with me and the next thing I knew co-workers were wanting to buy them and customers started wanting to order them. My motivation was to be able to not have to rely on my job. I never know from year to year if it will be there. My daughter has joined me this year making candles for her SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) for FFA. I am very proud of her as she is going into the agricultural field after graduation. I have been making candles for over six years.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  We make candles, melts, and soaps. We offer over 150 scents.

4.  What are your business goals?  My business goal for this year is to be able to not have to rely on my job.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  I buy all my products from Natures Garden. My favorite fragrance oils are Blueberry Muffin, Eucalyptus, and Bite Me. They are amazing!

Your Website: www.thesoycandleconnection.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Soy-Candle-Connection/480675635310896

Mar
27

Scented Homemade Candles

This entry was posted in candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, candle molds, candle wicks, Fragrance Oils, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, scented pillar candles and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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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
27

Candles scented with Essential Oils

This entry was posted in candle molds, essential oils, Fragrance Oils, homemade candles, palm wax candles, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , on by .

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1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:   My name is Rev. Amanda Darlage.  My company name is Mystic Paths.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I went into business for several reasons.  One, I wanted something that was mine, that I could grow and would give me pride.  Two, there are no shops where I live that offered these products where I live, and the nearest ones were an hour away but mostly sold mass produced (and often tacky) goods.  I was looking for authentic, hand-made items, not a bunch of resin-cast items with a weird predilection for putting skulls everywhere, or other things that conform to stereotypes.  Three, I wanted a way to meet other like-minded individuals, as many where I live are still largely underground because of the conservative nature of the town.  Four, I wanted to put my education to work.  I hold an associate’s degree in business and another in accounting.  I did not have the capital to open a store but was offered the online store at a decent price. I also run booths at local events and have been in business for four years.

3. What products do you make and sell?  A majority of the items I craft are the palm wax candles.  I use essential oils for the scents instead of fragrances.  I also put together different kinds of herbal kits and perform services, such as weddings & handfastings.  I sell a variety of products, including gemstones, jewelry, home decor, and much more.  I try to stay away from mass produced items; however, will order just about anything a customer wants.  My favorites are the handmade products.

4. What are your business goals?   One of my goals is to have as much of what I sell handcrafted and as little as possible manufactured by corporations.  Currently, one of my biggest goals is to find an artist who can forge unique athames at an affordable price, something simple and true. Another of my goals is to eventually open a brick-and-mortar store where people can come in and meet.  It wouldn’t just be a store, but a place of meeting, a place of learning and practice, a place where workshops can be held, or simply discussions over a cup of tea or coffee.

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  The products I use are mostly the essential oils and candle molds. I will use the fragrance oils upon request i.e. food scents.

Your Website: www.mysticpaths.net

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Mystic_Paths

Mar
26

Handpoured Scented Candles

This entry was posted in candle fragrance oils, candle making supplies, candle scents, Fragrance Oils, scented candles, soy candle supplies, soy candles, soy wax and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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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