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We hand-pour Soy Wax Candles and tarts in small batches using natural, cruelty-free American soy wax |
After years of buying candles that smelled better in the shop than they did at home, we decided to learn how to make candles. We chose 100% natural Soy Wax for the ease and safety of this medium, which is due to the low melting temperature of the original soy wax.
To complement the high quality of the Soy Wax and give the consumer our best possible product, we have chosen to work with a specialty wholesaler who offers cruelty-free, naturally based fragrances and tints. We purchase our German braided cotton wicks from the same supplier, as these wicks burn with minimal residue while retaining structural integrity. There is no metal core in our wicks. Everything that goes into the making of our Soy Wax Candles and Tarts, is Animal Welfare Certified as being cruelty free so you can feel confidant in our products on all levels.
We pour our Soy Wax candles into quilted 8-ounce glass jelly jars, chosen for their proven beauty and durability. Our candles burn slowly (approximately 44 hours) and completely leaving you with a reusable empty jar. The wide mouth of these jars allows for the maximum fragrance broadcast and even burning through the life of your candle.
We pour our Soy Wax Tarts into a crystal plastic container which has 6 compartments. Our tarts give off an excellent fragrance for a long, long time and are incredibly economical to use.
We have been selling our Soy Wax candles and tarts for many years throughout Iowa and the Midwest, and have developed a loyal following. New scents are added periodically, often as a result of a customer request. These are ideal for your home and/or make a wonderful, unique, inexpensive gift for anytime of the year!!
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Soy wax is inherently a soft, greasy-feeling wax with a melting temperature near 100 degrees. Close to the human body temperature, this wax can be used as a lotion when it is melted, and typically does not cause burns even if it accidentally spills onto a child. This original Soy Wax cleans up with hot running water and is suitable for container candles such as ours. Our Soy Wax is made from soy beans grown in North America, including beans from Iowa farmers.
There have been "improvements" in the field of soy candle wax, with some important discoveries being made right here in Iowa. The molecular structure of the soy molecule can be altered to make a soy wax that is better-suited to pillar and taper candles. This wax performs more like beeswax or a blended wax product, and has a higher melting temperature of 130+ degrees. A person is more likely to experience a burn from this modified-molecule wax, particularly children. While there is a higher percentage of Iowa soybeans in these modified-molecule waxes, we prefer to stick with the proven safety and reliability of the original 100% natural Soy Wax.
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We hand pour these candles and tarts in small craft batches, in the kitchen of our rural Decatur County farm. The highest number of candles we pour is 9 per batch; for the tarts, that number is 6. The candles and tarts then "age" for the recommended 2 week period to ensure the vivid scent of our finished product.
Our soy wax is produced from American soybeans, and is not blended with any other kind of wax. Our soy wax is the original wax that has not been molecularly altered. Because the soybeans are not a petroleum product, this wax is virtually soot-free.
The fragrances used are all based on natural oils, although the fragrance and tints are not of cosmetic grade. The wicks are German braided 100% cotton and contain no metal, so as to be virtually soot free. All of these supplies come from a specialty wholesaler whose goods are Animal Welfare certified to be cruelty-free.
Each candle comes in an 8-ounce quilted jelly jar, with burn times averaging 40-44 hours when you follow the burning instructions given with each candle. We add the fragrance and tint when the wax is melted so each candle will be fragrant for the life of the candle, whether or not it is lit. Because we add the maximum amount of fragrance by volume that soy wax can hold, these candles may exhibit minimal "beading" on the surface. This fragrance oil will blend back into the wax the next time the candle is lit. These candles are suitable for use on a candle warmer or in a sunny windowsill.
Each soy wax tart comes in a crystal plastic container that holds 2-1/4 ounces of wax. Just as we do with the candles, we add the fragrance and tint when the wax is melted. Because we add the maximum amount of fragrance by volume that soy wax can hold, these tarts may exhibit minimal "beading" on the surface. This fragrance oil will blend back into the wax when the tart is melted.
The original soy wax that we use melts at 100 degrees and can be cleaned with simple hot running water. Some of our customers use natural unscented soy wax as a body lotion once the wax is melted. We have had customers tell us that they or their children have accidentally spilled our candle wax onto themselves with no burns or other lasting effects.
The tint of these candles and tarts may vary from one to another, even when ordering multiples of the same fragrance. Depending on whether or not Mark is wearing his glasses when he selects the tints, your next order of candles or tarts could be a completely different color than your previous order was.
Thank you for enjoying our candles and tarts in a supervised environment.
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Warm Berry Shortcake Soy Wax Candle
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Close your eyes and you will think someone just put a plateful of warm berry shortcake in front of you, complete with melting vanilla ice cream.
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Way Wild Watermelon Soy Wax Candle
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This funky watermelon smell reminds some folks of a popular hard candy. Another scent favored by our younger customers.
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Way Wild Watermelon Soy Wax Tarts
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A juicy and intense watermelon smell that is not for the faint of heart! May be combined with our other Soy Wax Tarts to create unique fragrance blends.