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I started James River Candle Company in the Spring of 2010, several months after returning from my last deployment to Iraq. I made my first candle almost two decades ago and decided to return to candlemaking once again. After many months of testing (and WAY too much money spent), I finally had candles I was pleased with. After many people told me how much they loved my candles, I decided to start selling again.

I believe that making a good, dependable product is what every merchant should strive towards. I also believe that they should be priced fairly. I know I do not like wasting my money on low quality products, and I do not want any of my customers to feel that way. The first step towards that goal is making sure my products are tested, tested and tested some more. Every different fragrance, container and even color is constantly tested to make sure they meet…

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  • Joined April 24, 2011

Favorite materials

Palm wax, Soy wax, beeswax

About

I started James River Candle Company in the Spring of 2010, several months after returning from my last deployment to Iraq. I made my first candle almost two decades ago and decided to return to candlemaking once again. After many months of testing (and WAY too much money spent), I finally had candles I was pleased with. After many people told me how much they loved my candles, I decided to start selling again.

I believe that making a good, dependable product is what every merchant should strive towards. I also believe that they should be priced fairly. I know I do not like wasting my money on low quality products, and I do not want any of my customers to feel that way. The first step towards that goal is making sure my products are tested, tested and tested some more. Every different fragrance, container and even color is constantly tested to make sure they meet my standards. Making a candle is not just "sticking a wick in some wax"!

All candles are initially tested to determine the correct size wick and amount of fragrance oil is correct to ensure a premium candle. One thing I want to stress is that EVERY single fragrance is tested to ensure it behaves as it should. That is why some scents may not be available in all candle sizes, if I can not get it to burn correctly, I DO NOT offer it for sale. The same is true with tarts/melts and scented oils. Each fragrance is tested to ensure it works properly. That is why I do not have a list of 300 fragrances offered. If I have not tested it, or it was of substandard quality, I do not offer it. But I am constantly testing new scents, and list them when and if they are ready. I also randomly pull products that are ready for sale and test them to make sure nothing has changed.

I do not want to dwell too long on the need for constant testing of my products, but a candle is an open flame in your home. It needs to be high quality and it needs to be SAFE. I hope you get the idea...I am proud of my products, do not take short cuts, and stand behind them 100%.

I prefer to work with Palm wax for my candles and Soy wax for my tarts and clamshells. My decisions were based on the sustainability of Palm and Soy waxes, as well as the beautiful appearance that Palm wax offers. I source my wax only from companies that participate in the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Organization. This insures that all the wax is produced using best practices for the sustainability of the wax and a minimum amount of ecological impact. I also find that Palm wax gives excellent scent throw in candles, and soy wax gives excellent scent throw in tarts. I do not believe all the misinformation about the "evils" of paraffin wax. It is a good, safe wax and makes a good candle. I just prefer the look and benefits of Palm and Soy waxes.

I also work with beeswax, and am in the process of perfecting my line of beeswax tapers. I buy my beeswax from selected small suppliers and co-op's from different areas of the United States. Beeswax from different parts of the country has slightly different scents, depending on the flowers the bees feed on. It is quite interesting!

If you have any special request or questions, please feel free to contact us.

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