Why Use Soy Candles?
Funny fact: I didn’t start loving candles until right around my thirtieth birthday…so like three months ago 😉 Haha, but what I mean is, I’m pretty picky with candles and I don’t like when they are too sweet or smell too artificial. Since starting to use Beautycounter products, I’ve been trying to introduce as many safer products as possible, without sacrificing quality. I do diffuse essential oils, but somehow they’re still not exactly the same as burning a candle. I know there are safer candle options out there, but to be honest I haven’t done that much research yet. I do know that soy candles are better than traditional wax candles due to not being made with known carcinogens, parabens, sulfates, etc (basically all the bad stuff). But where to get the best soy candle?! I don’t know about you, but I always want to smell my candles in person, so I can choose the one I like best.
Here are my top reasons why soy candles are the way to go:
- Burns longer (80+ hours for an 11 oz candle!)
- No Parabens, sulfates, metals, carcinogens, petroleum
- Wicks are 100% cotton (no metals-why would you need metals in a wick anyway?!?)
- Typically higher quality fragrances with transparent ingredients are used by makers of soy candles
Enter this charming shop, right in the nearby town of Geneva that opened over Memorial Day weekend called Scentcerely Yours. This store is dedicated to helping provide cleaner soy candles and bonus you get to make them yourself!! It’s such a great idea because everyone’s scent of smell is quite different and it can be challenging to find your perfect scent.
The store front is just as darling as the inside!
The Candle-Making Process
Once inside, you have to take on the daunting task of choosing which candle to make. If you’re indecisive you won’t like it, but I do think they have more than enough styles to suit a variety of tastes. I was personally torn between the rose gold because #rosegoldislife and the geometric grey and gold shape, but then I decided to be practical and make a fall-themed candle.
So many cute candle bases to choose from! And side note, you could totally reuse these for a plant or a second candle!
Once, you’ve chosen your candle base, you get to do the really fun part–choosing the scents!! Scentcerely Yours has over 100 scents and they all smell wonderful. Bonus, they use high quality synthetic fragrances that smell amazing. I know what your thinking–synthetic?! Here me out, synthetic fragrances are actually preferred if you have allergies because they are far less likely to irritate your nose/sinuses. Example: If you like the smell of Lavendar, but always sneeze, you might actually be okay with a synthetic, high-quality version of Lavendar. Susie, one of the owners of Scentcerely Yours shared that many individuals with allergies have come to the store and not experienced any reaction to the scents. I also appreciate that none of the scents are too overwhelming…sometimes I get headaches from smelling perfumes (hint: perfumes are usually made with lower quality synthetic fragrances), but not here. And trust me, I’m pretty sure I smelled every scent…at least twice.
I was going for a fall themed candle, so I decided on the combination of cranberry, mulled cider, and hazelnut. Not gonna lie, I kind of wanted to eat it.
Now comes the scary part, if you’re a perfectionist like me. YOU get to mix the oils for your candle’s scent. I mean obviously this is a DIY store, but I thought the candle experts would do the mixing for me. But I actually got to pour all three scents in the combination that I wanted and fill that little silver cup to the very brim. Nerve-wracking for sure. I was scared I would add too much of one of the scents and mess the candle up! The employees assured me that this is a normal reaction that most people have and so I kept pouring. Then I got to mix the scent with the hot wax and boom I was done. The candle was ready 90 minutes later! I really liked how individualized this process was, and that I could take as little or as long time as I liked
Here’s my finished candle in it’s fall element. I have already started burning it and verdict: it smells amazing! I’m quite please with how it turned out.
I’ll definitely be back to Scentcerely Yours to make a sugar scrub and lotion! They also host parties and I think it would be the perfect place for a Bachelorette Party, birthday party, or even a girl’s night out with girlfriends. If you’re near Geneva, go check them out! Your nose will thank me.