Handcrafted Charitable Candles

San Francisco, California · 31 Sales


Handcrafted Charitable Candles

San Francisco, California 31 Sales On Etsy since 2013

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Anonymous on Jul 10, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous candles with a nice scent. It's subtle enough not to be irritating and yet not so subtle that you can't smell them <3 My friend's mom will love them.

Anonymous on Apr 15, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Scent is light and not overwhelming, which being somewhat chemically sensitive I don't tolerate but wanted to try this scent I've never smelled.

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Transforming a Hobby into Charitable Giving

I first developed an interest in candlemaking when I was a toddler. My dad had a successful candle business in the 70s and we had many of his large unique creations decorating our home. He was also a talented leathersmith. Those nifty leather purses in the 60s and 70s... that was him. His creativity must have really rubbed off on me. My mom's as well. She was a successful oil painter, having numerous exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art in the 70s and 80s. But it wasn't until I was a teenager when I fell in love with creating art myself.

It began with jewelry, my favorite piece was a bracelet made from an old dried out piece of bamboo that I broke into different sized pieces, painted them different colors, and tied together with fishing line. Painting was next. I was obsessed with Led Zeppelin as a teenager so I painted the iconic Swan Song label. Once I found an old shoddy wood bench and fixed it up, painted a large rainbow on it and glued beads on it calling it the "Love Bench." I also loved to make hemp necklaces, I was pretty good at it too. A 14 string was my largest.

I think I was around 13 when I made my first candle. It was so fun and pretty easy to do. Plus I had a way of recycling Pringles cans! Over the last 25 years I've used various waxes, additives, colors, scents, and wicks to make beautiful candles for my family and friends. In that time I've come to learn there's a science to candlemaking and the results when done properly Palm candles are absolutely stunning and the best quality candle on the market.

About 5 years ago, after much encouraging by my customers I decided to start this business. I had the idea that consumers would want to buy a candle if part of the proceeds go to charity. Initially I was only going to send the donations to an Environmental charity that plants trees for 10 cents per tree. But life sort of got in the way and this business was put on the back burner. Then last year a very sweet little boy I know developed brain cancer. Through all of his radiation and chemo treatments, he always had a smile on his face and was very optimistic about his future. He spent his time encouraging other children living with cancer to keep fighting and to keep smiling. I am happy to report that through the talent of his doctors and this little boy's own tenacious personality, he is beating cancer. His last chemo round was today (1/17/2013). Through his experience, I was on a mission to restart this business. But instead of donating to only one environmental charity, I wanted to have the consumer choose where they wanted that donation to go, including cancer research charities.

* Donations will be calculated per sale and given to the appropriate charities in $20.00 increments or on a monthly basis if greater than $20.00. Please don't forget to select the charity of your choice when purchasing your candle.

1. Cancer Research and Support. 25% of the profits made from the sale of this candle will go to the American Cancer Society, http://www.cancer.org/ and the American Childhood Cancer Organization, http://www.acco.org/

2. Environment Research and Support. 25% of the profits made from the sale of this candle will go to World Resources Institute, http://www.wri.org/, Friends of the Earth, http://www.foe.org/ and The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, http://www.nfwf.org/.

3. Wounded Warrior Support. 25% of the profits made from the sale of this candle will go to Fisher House Foundation, http://www.fisherhouse.org/, Homes for Our Troops, http://www.homesforourtroops.org/ and Fallen Heros Fund, http://www.fallenheroesfund.org/.

4. Natural Disaster Support. 25% of all profits made from the sale of this candle will go to The American Red Cross, http://www.redcross.org/ and Direct Relief International, http://www.directrelief.org/

*** Charity Donations Update 4/29/2013: We are excited to announce our first TWO official donations to charities that our customers support! $20 was donated to the American Childhood Cancer Organization http://www.acco.org/ for Targeted Therapeutic Research, and $25 was donated to the Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/ for Natural Disaster Aid. Our other two charity categories (Environment and Warrior Support) have not yet collected a minimum of $20 to make a donation, but they're getting close.

We'd like to thank you for your continued support, together we can make a difference.

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    2nd Generation Candle Maker

Shop policies

Last updated on April 23, 2013
Welcome to Minerva, it's the giving candle company! We will donate 25% of the profits made from the sale of every candle to the charity category of your choice.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
We prefer pay pal - If you would like to pay for a larger order by other means please contact us for arrangements.

Please pay at the time of purchase. If orders are not paid for within 24 hours, and there is no communication on your part, I reserve the right to cancel the sale and relist the item where it will be available for re-purchase.
We ship all of our orders via Priority Mail with the USPS, generally by the next business day. You will receive an email with the tracking information.

In the event that the Post Office has delayed delivery or has lost the item I will attempt to correct the situation, please allow 30 days for the post office to locate the lost parcel. If it cannot be located, I will send out a replacement.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items are sold in great condition and as is. However the candles sold containing imperfections will be noted in detail on the listing. Those candles will be sold at a discount. The types of imperfections are: Slightly uncentered wicks, air bubble or "re-melted" or "recycled wax" which results in a duller looking candles. If the listing of the item you are purchasing does not contain the above imperfections, you are purchasing a "mint" candle.

I try to package my items as securely as possible, however If an item arrives damaged please contact me within 1 week from receipt of the package. Please note that I will ask for a picture of the damage & the Item will need to be returned prior to a refund being issued.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each candle is handmade in small batches and are all unique.

Please note when purchasing a large custom order (>5 medium sized candles), there may be slight differences in the color you receive from candle to candle.

Custom orders are highly considered! Please contact me with any large order you may have. I am able to accommodate a variety of custom orders, such as color, scent, and size, so please feel free to contact us with any requests!

1. Email the size, color, and scent (or unscented) and Qty you wish, and I will provide you:
- Quoted price of the items
- Shipping prices from USPS, UPS, and FedEx
- Estimated ship date

2. If you would like to proceed with the order, I will produce a sample votive and email photos for your approval.

3. If you approve and wish to complete the order, email me your preferred shipping carrier, and I will create a "RESERVED" listing of your order and email you the link.

4. ** Custom orders must be paid for in full prior to fulfilling the order. **

5. Absolutely no refunds on custom orders. ** Exceptions: Only if the package is lost in transit, or if the items arrive severely damaged. ** I have never had a lost package, nor has any candle arrived damaged in any way.

Please allow 3 weeks for delivery on all custom orders that I do not have the appropriate stock. For most non scented custom orders, I will be able to ship within 3-5 days.

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Copyright does not transfer with the sale of any merchandise and purchaser is not entitled to reproduction rights. All photos are property of Minerva Candle Company.