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|Posted on 18 May, 2013 at 18:27||comments (0)|
Take a journey with your nose through the USA! I'mcreating, based upon my own, personal travels, a series of candles that takes you on a journey through each state with your nose!
As Helen Keller put it so perfectly , " Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived."
Currently ready are:
Oregon (made with pure essential oils of Douglas fir, sage & coffee with a helping of organic hazelnut and marionberry flavor oils)
Washington (made with pure essential oils of Douglas fir, lavender, & lilac with a generous helping of organic apple flavor oil)
California (nothing reminds me more of California than a fresh, warm, just of the tree, juicy orange- plus, I've added essential oils of Redwood cedar & eucalyptus along with organic strawberry and grape flavor oils)
Pennsylvania (we used to live near Hershey, Pa so I was awakened by the smell of warm chocolate wafting through my window each morning. Thus, this yummy candle contains: organic chocolate flavor oil along with organic oils of: honeysuckle, cinnamon, and molasses)
South Dakota (after long, hot drives across South Dakota, a stop at Wall Drug for a strawberry shake or some local sassparilla is just the ticket. Add the essential oils of spruce, pine, and sage from the forests and you've got an amazing scentsation!)
Each state comes with a more descriptive story and some interesting facts or recipes from/about the state.
Some fun tidbits-
Our American Scent Trip candles have been featured on USA Love List and are one of the founder's favorite items of all time!
The cast of the t.v. show, GRIMM, adore my AST-Oregon candles and wrote a special note to Vance Family Soy Candles to let us know!
The first lady of Oregon is a fan of our AST-Oregon candles!
I hope you, too, enjoy our new candle line and they transport you on a trip throughout the beautiful country of America! - Amy
|Posted on 7 February, 2012 at 13:54||comments (101)|
I am excited to announce that Isabella Catalog ( www.isabellacatalog.com) will be selling my Strawberry Lemonade candles! This candle is made with organic strawberry flavor oil & organic lemon essential oil and smells AMAZING! It transports you to a warm front porch, surrounded by friends and beauty, sipping refreshing & fulfilling, natural lemonade with fresh strawberries. Each candle is made in a re-usable, sturdy, 8 ounce glass that can be filled (after your candle burns out) with the lemonade you make from the included "secret" lemonade recipe! YUMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!
|Posted on 29 January, 2012 at 19:36||comments (93)|
Thank you, California, for a warm welcome to the California Gift Show! I was in the LA Mart/Beckman's West division and the response was wonderful! So many retailers are switching from synthetic fragrance and petroleum based candles.....it is wonderful! Not only am I excited that business is booming, but I am so glad that more non-renewable resources are being saved and less toxins will be filling the air! A great big thanks to my new clients! You can now find my 100% natural soy candles (for real 100%, not 100% soy and then added toxic fragrance like most candles!) at these fine locations:
Splendid Things ( Paso Robles, CA)
Urban Farmhouse (Salinas, CA)
Topanga Home Grown (Topanga, CA)
Vintage Cousins (Whittier, CA)
Designer's Furniture (Glendale, CA)
The Washburne Cafe' (Springfield, OR)
Roxie's Charity Boutique and Gallery (Phoenix, AZ)
Etcetera (Portland, OR)
Designscape (Hanalei, Hawaii)
MADE art boutique (Phoenix, AZ)
Chris Hart Studio ( Grants Pass, OR)
and in the spring....Mono Lake Committee...Mono Lake, CA (Yosemite)
Hope you are near one!
|Posted on 29 December, 2011 at 19:33||comments (5)|
|Posted on 12 December, 2011 at 13:00||comments (1)|
How exciting it is to see my candles on other websites, in catalogs and in stores! Even more exciting is the fact that people are converting to sustainable, petroleum free, foreign material free, synthetic fragrance free candles! I want the world to be healthy for a very long time. Just thinking about the here and now doesn't work for me, especially since I have children so everyday I am reminded of what the future may bring. I know that candles are just a little start, but how wonderful it would be if everything were sustainable and not petroleum based and full of toxins?! Here are some amazing businesses, run by amazing people, that are devoted to selling only healthy, eco-friendly products. They sell my candles and two
|Posted on 3 October, 2011 at 1:39||comments (153)|
|Posted on 12 September, 2011 at 14:28||comments (144)|
Sandalwood essential oil soy candles are now available! I have had so many requests for sandalwood (which I had shunned away from due to the $100 an ounce price tag!) that I decided to see if possibly, sandalwood is so strong that I don't need much. And I was very pleasantly surprised! I have no desire to sell candles for $100 each. After all, I really want people to stop depending upon petroleum based products and to stop using synthetic fragrance. That isn't going to happen if a candle costs over $100!!! Turns out, just a few drops of the highly fragrant essential oil is all I need for a 6 oz. candle. YEAH!!! Of course, that still means that each drop costs about $1.00, but, at least it keeps it attainable! The smell is amazing! Musky, earthy, exotic, sexy, very romantic if I do say so myself!
I also have combined sandalwood, frankensince, patchoulli and a few other organic oils, in an organic coconut oil base, to make a wonderful Musk.
Some more exciting news! I am in the process of making pillar candles! I adore pillar candles and often come across beautiful pillar holders which I cannot use because my candles are all jar candles. The soy I use is not solid enough to be made into pillars. Once lit, the pillars would melt and create a a big mess! However, the American company that makes my GMO free soy "wax", has made a GMO free, soy "wax" for pillar candles! It is extra hard and I can't wait to see how it works! If it works out well, you'll being seeing them on the website soon!
Ironically, our wonderful ice cream man brought me a box of pillar candle making supplies that he had found at a yard sale. I was touched that he thought of me and told him how thankful I was. However, at the time, I couldn't make pillar candles so I have just been storing the box. I am so happy to be able to use it! How did he know?
|Posted on 6 September, 2011 at 15:05||comments (99)|
|Posted on 3 August, 2011 at 16:40||comments (104)|
|Posted on 14 June, 2011 at 14:54||comments (95)|
So, I was at a local natural store and saw, what looked great, body butters. The front labels said,"phalate-free, toxin free, petroleum free and all natural". Awesome right? I flipped it over and the ingredient list went a mile long. Parfum. Urea. and a bunch of unrecognizeable words. Other butters had fragrance and mineral oil (petroleum) and synthetic dyes. I came home and improved the butters I already have and begged Vintage Paper Boutique to design me more attractive labels. And they are gorgeous! Elise never fails to impress with her amazing talent at creating that image that I imagine but can't create. Now my butters are not only the best available, but the labels alone make them collectable!