We have a winner

Deanna Drew is our first winner in our bundle giveaway. Yeah for Deanna, I wonder if she is going to share some of these great candles with friends. Stay tuned for more winners coming soon!!!!

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First public showing

Tomorrow is the big day. Bobbie, our best outside sales person, is taking over 100 candles and tarts plus a dozen tart warmers to Cedar Key for our first public apperance. I think we are all nervous and excited to get some face to face feedback from people that are new to our candles. I will post some updates and hopefully some pics this weekend. Go getm Bobbie we know your gonna do awesome!!!!!

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Alicia Vilas's Candle Blog


One of the best reasons to buy scented candles is the benefits due to their aromatherapy properties. Aromatherapy is an alternative approach for helping the mind, body, and spirit through the use of essential oils and fragrances to create an atmosphere and stimulate the senses. Science and research has shown that many moods and negative emotions can be lifted due to the fragrances or scents that are introduced into the environment. According to Dr. Solomon H. Snyder, a professor and director of the department of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the parts of the brain that are the olfactory regions are also known to be major parts of the brain that regulate emotions. “Dr. Gary E. Schwartz, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, has found that certain scents produce changes in blood pressure and other physiological responses comparable to those achieved through meditation…

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We just got in our first shipment of candle/tart warmers. In the name of research I handed out a few of these warmers to friends so that we could tey them out, compare notes and prepare a strategy on selling these based on our feedback. Everyone likes them thus far and they do work great as a tart warmer. The wafner has a large bowl so it can easily hold and melt very large tarts, and this seems to be the most popular use, as a tart warmer. With this in mind I decided to try one as a candle warmer, being that I am a maverick and all. I used a 4 oz jar candle scented with lemon, which quickly scents a room. After about 5 min you could see that the candle was starting to melt, but I didnt notice much scent in the room. Another 5 min into the test you can see that nearly 1/3 of the candle has melted but still very little scent. The problem as I see it is that the candle is melting from the bottom and the scent is being trapped by the unmelted wax. I think to have an effective CANDLE warmer you must have the heat ob the side of the jar candle so that the scent can get out. Would love ro hear some thoughts on this.

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How scents can effect our moods

  • From Ancient Times to Modern Day

    Scent has been well documented as having a significant effect on emotion, memory and task performance. Aromatherapy is rooted in ancient Egypt, India, Greece and Rome. Modern aromatherapy was developed in the 1920’s by the French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, who did many experiments in aromatherapy on soldiers during WWI.

    A study by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago showed aromas to have a measurable impact on erotic response. Certain scents increased arousal levels in men. Mostly, a mixed lavender and pumpkin pie smell, which proved more stimulation than traditionally sensuous scents such as musk or oriental spice. These findings could possibly lead to impotence treatments.

    I found this study extremely interesting since I have always heard the old cliche, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. This makes me wonder if there may have been more truth to this statement than anyone ever realized at the time.

  • Chamomile: Calming and soothing. Eases anger and anxiety.
  • Clary Sage: Relaxing, euphoric. Eases anxiety, tension and stress.
  • Eucalyptus: Fresh, cooling and invigorating. Promotes alertness.
  • Jasmine: Alleviates anxiety and depression.
  • Lavender: Calming. Helps relieve some forms of pain.
  • Lemon: Refreshing and energizing. Eases tension. Heightens mental clarity.
  • Madarin: Relaxing and calming. Relieves insomnia.
  • Neroli/Orange Blossom: Relieves stress, anxiety and insomnia.
  • Peppermint: Refreshing and stimulating. Increases alertness, relieves pain, indigestion, nausea and headaches.
  • Rosemary: A stimulant that promotes mental clarity and alertness.
  • Sandalwood: Warm, sensual aroma. Euphoric and seductive.
  • Ylang-yland: Alleviates anger, anxiety and stress.

Hope you enjoyed this little bit of info provided. As soon as I can I will add some more scents to the list.

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To color or not to color

Which do you prefer the colored candle or the non colored candle? During our research process we have noticed that colored candles seem to have a much stronger and longer scent throw than do the non colored types of candles or tarts. Have you ever experienced this? So with this thought in mind we would like to recommend that the non colored candles or tarts would probably work best in small areas such as the bathroom or maybe a small kitchen. And to fill the larger room try using a colored candle or tarts, rooms such as the living room or maybe the foyer. We would love to get some feedback on your experiences with this type of thing. Have a great day!!

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Newest item added

We just added the clamshell mini tart packs to our list of goodies. These packs allow you to break the tart into 6 mini tarts and they go great with the wall plug in tart warmer that doubles as a nite light. By breaking the tarts apart you can choose how much or how strong the scent is. I think these will be a nice add on, they are not very common from what I have seen so far and thus far the feedback has been all positive.

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Still Molding the Company

Here is just a little info about us. Believe it or not I just started this whole candle thing about 3 months ago, well at least the physcial making of the candles, the idea has been in my head for at least 4 years and thanks to a bunch of friends who have pushed and pulled and tugged me along the way, we are actually up and running. So a big THANKS goes out to them all for all the great ideas and suggestions and sometimes the real truth about what they think of the operation…….lol. So we now have a Web site, a twitter account, a blog and a facebook site. All things that I once swore to never participate in. Well never say never right. With all that being said I hope that all who read my post will maybe have a laugh from time to time and maybe just learn something about starting a business from scratch, with just an idea and a little help from good friends, and maybe a thing or two about candles. Our goal is to put out great smelling, long lasting made in America soy candles. One other note is that we started out debt free and will run that way as long as I am at the helm of this ship, so things may go a bit slower but we dont have to worry about the bank or poor economy shutting the doors. So welcome aboard all you candle lovers, friends and fellow bloggers.

Keep smiling, as long as you have HOPE, you have everything you need!!!

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What are Mandles you ask? Great question, I recently uncoverd the facts about these “Mandles”. A Mandle can be best described by a scent that has a perfume or cologne type smell to it. Although this is probalby not a technical term for this type of candle I found it interesting and thought I would share.


Have a wonderful day!!!!

Smile, it makes people wonder what your ou to

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Join us weekly as we post interesting facts and articles about soy candles. We will be anwsering questions and offering advice on candles. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoy writing it. To learn more about us, please visit us at http://www.sumtercountyscents.com

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