Why You Should Choose Candle Moments

Candles are a 2 billion dollar industry, with over 400 commercial candle sellers available in the United States. With 70% of American homes burning candles, and all of the choices available, it’s hard to discern which company is the right one. Let us explain why the competition can’t “hold-a-candle” to us.

  • Our candles are made with 100% American-grown, Kosher and FDA certified soy (a renewable resource). They are GRAS under the FDA, and support American Soy Farmers.
  • We use cotton wicks, never lead or zinc. Our wicks do not emit metal pollutants when snuffed.
  • Our candles are phthalate-free. The oils we choose are so safe, you could use them on your skin.
  • We believe that all life has value, and so we sought PETA validation to be vegan and cruelty-free.
  • Our candles are long-lasting. When burned properly, a 4oz candle can last about 15 hours, an 8oz candle can last about 40 hours, and a 16oz candle can last between 80-100 hours.
  • We offer full customization, and welcome large orders for party favors.
  • Our jars are 100% recyclable and made in the United States.
  • We offer a flat-rate shipping fee of $6 to anywhere in the United States. We offer free hand delivery to our hometown of Staten Island, New York (with purchases of $30+), and we offer free shipping to anywhere with purchases of $100 or more.
  • We offer the option of hosting a Candle Party, so you can bring the fun right into your own home!
  • We offer lotion and massage candles, which you really can’t find anywhere else. We use natural shea butter, plant-based oils, and an extra dash of 100% pure grade vitamin e oil to create a natural emollient.
  • We also create body scrubs, made of shea butter, dead sea salt/sugar, and plant-based oils. For the scrubs, we only use therapeutic grade essential oils as fragrance.
  • We dedicate ourselves to the education of burning candles in a way that allows you to both get the most use from your soy candle, and keep everyone safe.
  • We support other artists and craftsman, which is why we use Inspiration Studios for photographs, and we are members of the Indie Business Network.
  • We are a small business, family owned and operated. Our commitment to you is sincere and personal.
  • We believe in the importance of family and friends, which is why we hand-pour each candle, and hand-craft each scrub, understanding that this is a gift – to yourself, or someone you care about.
  • We believe in birthdays, which is why have created the Om Charity Candle and Mustachio Charity Candle, where a portion of the proceeds are donated to the ASPCA and the American Cancer Society – ensuring more birthdays for people and pets.
  • We stand behind our business and our craft, which is why we offer a return and exchange policy.
  • We believe in you. We offer the best customer service in town and will not stop until we get it right.

Inspiration is Everywhere

When we first approached our families about turning our hobby of making candles and body products into a business, we faced a stampede of naysayers. “That’s ridiculous,” “You’re not quitting your REAL job, are you!?”, “Nobody’s going to pay money for that.” Scoured with incredulous reactions, we were left with nothing but the idea that we were disillusioned dreamers, until Disney. While digging through some old childhood items, I found my grammar-school diary that had the quote, “All your dreams can come true, if you have the courage to pursue them” from Walt Disney. We took it as our sign; it didn’t matter what anyone else believed, we believed in ourselves and our products.

So, to anyone, and everyone (because we could all use a little bit of inspiration), here’s a list of quotes that will drive you towards your successful moment; whatever that may be:

  1. “No! Try not! Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda
  2. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” – Audrey Hepburn
  3. “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William Shakespeare
  4. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle
  5. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  6. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams
  7. “Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreased by being shared.” – Buddha
  8. “How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world.” – William Shakespeare
  9. “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  10. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison

What True Leadership Isn’t

I don’t walk around flouting my knowledge of leadership because Greek mythology has taught me far too much about hubris. With that said, before I offer you advice on leadership, let me establish my experience. I have taught for 9 years, and any teacher who has made it beyond year 5 is a leader, without any other qualifications necessary. I spent four years as a Coordinator of Student Activities, leading student government and forming them into future leaders. I also have a second masters degree in Educational Leadership. While most of my experience is in education, true leadership is universal; the skills can be applied anywhere.

1. Leadership isn’t passive aggressive. If you have an issue with someone, speak to them directly. If you have a criticism of someone’s work, speak to them directly. Writing a Facebook post, or hanging a note in the break room, criticizing the work/comments/etc. of another is not the way to address an issue. If there seems to be a problem, speak to a person one-on-one; don’t embarrass someone by airing your qualms on a public forum.

2. Leadership isn’t touting your leadership. Yes, maybe you’re the boss, maybe you’re in charge of this project, or maybe you’re a CEO with devotees who fan you with giant grape leaves – If you can only thrive by sucking the life out of others, you are not a leader; leaching power from crushing others is acting more like a vampire. To lead, you must first follow.

3. Leadership isn’t your way or the highway. There are other opinions besides your own, and decisions usually affect others. You must consider the unintended consequences of the decisions you make. To do this, you have to view leadership as stewardship; you are guiding others, not demanding from them. One of the most important jobs of a leader is empowering others.

4. Leadership isn’t favoritism. Of course, there are those who are shining stars who deserve tons of accolades, but those people started somewhere. Favoring only the same people over and over again may make you rise in their perspective, but you are limiting the potential of others, but especially yourself. Leaders know that there is potential for greatness in everyone, and supporting each individual’s strengths is what makes everyone grow.

5. Leadership isn’t directive. As a leader, of course you have to make decisions and give directions, but you need to have experienced it first. As a leader, you are a teacher; you must not tell, you must show. Think of it this way – I can explain to you that gravity is Earth’s pull toward the center, or I can show you a book dropping to the floor. Teaching someone how is leadership.

6. Leadership isn’t easy. If it’s easy, then you’re doing something wrong. There are days when you will make mistakes, there are days when you will feel exhausted. Leadership is self-awareness with the humility to recognize your faults and apologize if necessary.

There are so many aspects to being a fantastic leader; that’s why not everyone makes the cut, BUT, that doesn’t mean everyone doesn’t have the potential to lead. A successful leader in both the publishing world and business world, and a friend of mine, Kayla Fioravanti, recently published a blog post with a Big List of Inspiring Business Books. If you are in a position of leadership, or want to be, I suggest starting with the aforementioned points, and continuing your education through these books. I wish you all luck in leading, and invite comments and questions below.

A Candle By Any Other Name: A Blog Story of How We Name Our Candles

A Candle By Any Other Name…would not be nearly as much fun as naming them after moments!  Here’s a brief list of our most questioned candles’ names and the inspiration behind them!

  1. Quiet Kids – This delicious candy-cane/peppermint candle was inspired by the history of Candy Canes! Did you know that the reason Candy Canes were invented was because in the 17th century, children would talk too much during the long holiday sermons, so parents would give their kids mint-sticks (which later evolved into the hook shape cane), so they would be quiet? Pretty cool (and smart moves from Mom & Dad!)
  2. Road Rage – We have a theory that half of the morning driving rage comes from a lack of caffeine, so we decided to name our coffee-inspired candle Road Rage…to ease the rage.
  3. Reindeer Farts – Yet another one of our theories…we imagined that if we happened to run into Santa, and perhaps he was sharing too many cookies with his reindeer, then their farts would smell like…well, holiday cookies, of course!
  4. Oh Fudge! – One of our favorite holiday movies of all time is A Christmas Story. And we especially love the part where Ralphie accidentally spews out the wrong “F” word, but it comes through in the movie as “OH FUDGE!” So, this candle is our homage to chocolate fudge brownies and Ralphie’s indiscretions.
  5. Sophisticated Indulgence – We were thinking about what wonderful moments we appreciate as adults, and we couldn’t help but think of curling up with a book, a delicious glass of red wine, and a perfect piece of chocolate. And so, combining the scents of raspberry jam, patchouli, and chocolate, we’ve embodied a “sophisticated” indulgence.
  6. It’s 5:00 Somewhere – Really funny story to this one. As a teacher (as well as candle-master), I try to get into school no matter how sick I’m feeling. Well, one day, I was really sick and just took a swig out of my cold medicine bottle. One of my high school senior students made the comment, as he saw me take the swig from my anti-flu-relief-in-a-bottle and said, “Well, it’s 5:00 somewhere!” I thought it was hilarious, and it inspired both of us to make this pina-colada flavored candle! (Which we agreed smells much more like 5:00 than cold medicine does!)
  7. Unstressed – Both Chamomile and Lavender have proven properties to create a calming effect, and we thought the best time to feel calm is when we’re completely stressed. So we named the candle “Unstressed,” because that’s exactly how you’ll feel after you take a long, deep whiff.
  8. Life’s a Beach – Let’s face it, sometimes Life really is a ….Beach! So, combining the idea of life being tough, and the best way to combat it, with the scent of sunscreen and ocean, we came up with Life’s a Beach.
  9. Clean Drawers – Smelling like a fresh dryer sheet, we thought the only way we could get this message across was by showing how much we love it when our drawers are clean through the power of pun.
  10. Got Wood? – Being completely honest here, we couldn’t help but appreciate the perfectly whimsical, albeit mildly outlandish, pun associated with a candle that smells exactly like burning fire wood.

That’s our top ten!  If you would like to know how we came up with the names of any of our other “moments,” please comment below. For sure, we’ll have some chuckles to share with you.