I have been making soy candles and bath and body products for the last two years. At first it started as a hobby and slowly I started receiving requests from friends and family to offer my items for sale. My quest to learn the craft of candle making (as well as forumulating bath and body products) stemmed from my desire to provide high quality natural based products for me and my family. My daughters and I all suffer from extremly dry skin and eczema and nothing we found on the commercial market was able to help us. I later learned that this was due in part to the harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that are used in the vast majority of commercial products on the market.
My hobby eventually turned into a new career. I have been blessed in the fact that I have been able to stay home with my children and focus on my candle/b&b business since May 2005.
I love what I do and could not imagine doing anything else. I take pride in my finished product and love to see/ hear the response the first time a customer first burns (or melts) one of our candles.
I spent ALOT of time researching candle making (and I still research new techniques and test new scents). I tested many types of soy wax, countless brands of wicks and hundreds of fragrances. My intial research and testing allowed me to come up with a formula that guarantees you a highly scented, 100% Natural Wax Candle that burns even and clean.
Following is info regarding the lines I produce (Soy Candles & Bath and Body ). I have included product information and directions/ tips where applicable to each line.
To learn more about the products, as well as keep up to date on new products please visit my blog at : www.epicuriousmarket.blogspot.com
I am also on MySpace if you would like to add me as a friend: www.myspace.com/epicuriousmarket
All of my candles are made with 100% Soy Wax, paper core wicks and premium fragrances (I use the maximum scent load the wax can handle). When you purchase a soy wax you are also helping to support American Farmers! The Soy wax I use is food grade and body safe (you could use these candles as massage candles). I have chosen not to use any dyes in our wax in order to provide you with as natural as a candle as possible. Soy typically last 40% longer and burns cleaner (little to no soot) compared to parraffin candles. All candles are hand poured by me in my home studio (smoke and pet free studio).
****Bath & Body****
My bath and body line includes cold process soap , body butters & body cremes, lotion bars, lip balms and more! In order to provide the most sought after scents I use fragrance oils in my products (unless stated otherwise). Products are also available unscented upon request. All products have a shelf life of 6-12 months.
***Cold Process Soap***
My cold process soaps are made with old fashioned way (actually dates back thousands of years). They are made with good old fashioned lye (sodium hydroxide), distilled water and natural oils and butters. My soap is natural with the exception of any that are scented with fragrance oil (less than 3% of product). The soap does not conatin any harsh detergents or synthetics. I have created my soap to both cleanse and moisturize.
You may also view my feedback at Etsy.com (seller name: epicurious)