candelles

Hand-poured Soy Candles

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · 58 Sales

candelles

Hand-poured Soy Candles

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 58 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Announcement   We're a soy candle company in the northeast mountains of Pennsylvania. We focus on small batch production, eco-friendly products, and providing a quality, hand-poured candle each and every time.

We believe in the simplicity of life while still keeping it full of fun and beauty. You will find the same ideals in our candles as well -- an all natural soy wax blended with only natural, phthalate-free fragrance oils, no additives at all. Leaving the fun and beauty part to our labels, our designs have bursts of colors that vary from scent to scent.

We're also an approved Etsy Wholesale Seller, so please ask us for our linesheet!
You can find our full line of candles at: http://www.candelles.com.

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 3, 2016

We're a soy candle company in the northeast mountains of Pennsylvania. We focus on small batch production, eco-friendly products, and providing a quality, hand-poured candle each and every time.

We believe in the simplicity of life while still keeping it full of fun and beauty. You will find the same ideals in our candles as well -- an all natural soy wax blended with only natural, phthalate-free fragrance oils, no additives at all. Leaving the fun and beauty part to our labels, our designs have bursts of colors that vary from scent to scent.

We're also an approved Etsy Wholesale Seller, so please ask us for our linesheet!
You can find our full line of candles at: http://www.candelles.com.

Kelley Major

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About

Light The Way

Growing up, I was destined to be an entrepreneur. As a young kid, there was just constant creating, constant marketing, without any logic and actual knowledge as to why, but something just clicked. After high school, I had attended University of Pittsburgh to double major in Marketing and Graphic Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Due to some family struggles, I left Pittsburgh within the first year to come home.

Determined to keep moving forward, I decided to hold off on school, but rather jump right into the business world and strive for years of experience instead. Only one problem: I wasn't happy. Ferrah Gray explained this perfectly, "Build your own dreams or someone else will hire you to build their's.", and while I cherish the years of experience and chances I was given within the companies I had gotten work with, I could never be content without building my own dreams.

Skip ahead five years to February 2013. A candle addict at it's finest, I was not pleased with buying candles upon candles, only to be lit and see them melt away within hours and constantly causing a dirty soot around the jar or area of my house it was burning. So, I began researching the cause of this and testing better types of wax, only to find that the average candle bought in stores is made from paraffin wax, which has one of the worst average burn times against most wax. Not to mention, it's made with petro-chemicals, which has potentially toxic fumes released into the air and is what causes that black soot to stain your walls or cover your candle jar.

After deciding the best method would be soy wax, I decided to invest in some supply and begin making eco-friendly, GMO-free, all natural soy wax candles. They smelled delicious and looked beautiful, but we began having terrible issues with the wooden wicks we had made them with, which weren't burning strong enough and would drown in the wax causing the candles not to light properly.

Saying I was devastated would be an understatement. Cutting off sales, refunding all complaints regarding them, and having to dispose of over 100 prepared candles was not my plan. But, what being hired by an already established business never gave me experience with, was to expect the unexpected and keep moving forward. However, I didn't learn this until a little later.

We scraped the candles and shut down our shop, pushing it to the side for a few months and getting back to helping someone else follow their dreams. Again, not something I wanted to do, but there were bills to pay, and after being so disappointed with how the first round went, I was extremely hesitant to begin again.

In July 2013, my family was hit with devastating news. My grandmother, the heart of our family, was diagnosed with stage four cancer. We immediately wanted to jump in and help, and without thinking twice, I decided it was time to make candles and fundraise them to pay for her chemo. Instead of using wooden wicks, we researched and found eco-friendly cotton wicks that still allowed our candles to be all natural and vegan friendly. We raised well over $3,000 in a matter of weeks. My grandmother was smitten, and to see how she lit up over it, is something I will never forget.

She was only given 6-8 weeks to live, but with chemo, maybe an extra couple of months. She began getting so fragile and weak so quickly, and I'd spend nights over her place to keep an eye on her in case anything were to go wrong. Needless to say, many of these nights were spent talking about life, what it could be, what it should be, and those our conversations I will never forget for the rest of my life.

My grandmother was my rock, the one I ran to when things went bad as kid, the person I confided in, and the person who I know would never give up on me or let me down. She was self-less and a care taker in every aspect of her life. She was a nurse her entire life, she welcomed anyone in need a dinner and a place to stay, and she took in countless rescue animals and gave them the most wonderful lives.

She had told me that if I dedicate my time and my heart into something, I am bound to do great things, that I should never give up on myself and never ignore the "what if's".

She had passed away August 30, 2013. Less than one month from being diagnosed. It was extremely hard and emotional, and I needed to find peace and happiness again.

I couldn't think of a better way than to continue on selling our candles, something that she had put a spark back into for me, something that she had adored, and something that put a smile on her face in the hardest days of her life. She is our entire inspiration, and we will forever dedicate all of our success to the woman who taught me everything about being strong-willed, dedicated, and passionate about life at all times.

She is what lights our way.

Shop members

  • Kelley Major

    Owner, Customer Service, Designer

    An adventurous twenty-something, Kelley is the founder, co-owner, and lead designer/curator for Candelles. She is a sucker for dogs, great packaging, numbers, hair dye, and fonts.

  • CJ Graaf

    Creator, Shipper, Muscle

    The main muscle of Candelles is CJ -- who also happens to be a co-owner. He is the one who hand pours each and every candle with love. When he's not making candles, he's making music.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 5, 2015
Candelles is a soy candle company in the northeast mountains of Pennsylvania. We focus on small batch production, eco-friendly products, and providing a quality, hand-poured candle each and every time.

We believe in the simplicity of life while still keeping it full of fun and beauty. You will find the same ideals in our candles as well -- an all natural soy wax blended with only essential oils, no additives at all. Leaving the fun and beauty part to our labels, our designs have bursts of colors that vary from scent to scent.

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
We accept payments via PayPal, all major credit cards, and Etsy gift cards.
Shipping
All items will be shipped within 3-5 business days from time of purchase. Candelles ships all items through USPS or FedEx and have them securely packaged to keep your items safe!

Packages are not guaranteed to come with shipping insurance. Our orders shipped with USPS Priority Mail have $50 insurance, but our First Class packages do not have any.

If you'd like to make sure your package has insurance, you can always include a note that you'd like to add insurance to your shipping and we will be in contact with you within 24 business hours to arrange this.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please be aware that your items' colors may not look exactly as shown online. Monitors/screens may off set the color of your purchase slightly from it's original color.

We do not provide refunds. We will attempt to make any situation better by any other means. If you have any questions or concerns, you can e-mail us at hello [!at] candelles.com.