What is Applewood Candle Co.?
Applewood Candle Co. is a home fragrance collection, handcrafted in small batches using thoughtfully-curated, pure ingredients for a clean, luxurious candle burning experience!
Why did you start Applewood Candle Co.?
In the spring of 2017, I picked up my pup, Magnolia. She was only 7 weeks old, and right from the start she had some major health issues! After months and months of vet visits that provided many meds but few answers to what was actually causing all of Mags’ problems, I decided to dive head-first into research. One of the first things I found is that candles are a major danger to our pets. Most candles use a large amount of paraffin (even if labeled as a “soy blend,” “coconut blend,” or “natural blend… the paraffin is the “blend”) which produces tons of harmful chemicals when it comes in contact with a flame. Next I learned that wicks could contain materials such as lead, and fragrances contain chemicals on the Prop 65 list, as well as other well-known cancer-causing ingredients. Next thing you know, I was throwing away all of my store-bought candles! Anything for Magnolia, right?! But, a few months passed and I began to miss candles. They truly are so relaxing and became a part of my daily routine. So I was back to doing more research. There had to be another alternative, right? I found out that there was! Pure, 100% vegetable waxes have been proven to produce zero chemicals when burnt, making for a safe alternative to traditional candle wax. I then came across some of these super “fancy” wooden wicks and fragrances free of harmful phthalates and parabens (aka, the “bad” ingredients in about 95% of the candles available in stores today). I quickly ordered tons of ingredients and got to work! After months and months (and a few more months) of testing, I came across what I would consider “the perfect blend” of raw materials!
In the Fall of 2019, Applewood Candle Co. was born! All of our candles are made from...
- 100% sustainable, non-GMO, soy wax (with soy harvested from farms right here in the USA)
- Crackling wooden wicks purchased from a company that manufacturers their wicks with FSA-certified mills within the United States (meaning the wood is harvested sustainably). This company also plants a tree for every pack of wicks purchased (and let me tell you, there have been quite a few trees planted because of Applewood’s wick purchases!)
- Fragrances free of phthalates and parabens. All fragrances are free of ingredients on California’s Prop 65 list, as well.
What is Glambitious?
We are a 100% all-natural, vegan skincare company. But, unlike any other skincare brand, Glambitious prides ourselves on our beautiful and glamorous packaging. Why not be healthy and glamorous?
Glambitious is now the foundation for our other two brands, Shower Brew Soap and Natural Gentleman.
When did Glambitious begin?
It all started in July of 2005... I, Allison, was 12 years old and was a typical "bored tween" during the summer months. My Mom had found a recipe for bathing salts in one of her magazines and saved it for me to make one afternoon. I enjoyed baking, and this seemed to be pretty similar, so by the time my Mom got home in the evening, I had made a lifetime's supply of bathing salts. In order to get rid of some product, I was instructed to give some to my friends and some of our family's friends. A few weeks later some of my Mom's coworkers and friends asked when I would be making more products. I figured since I seemed to have all the time in the world (up until school started up again, that is), why not make more products?
I went to the library and checked out every single book that they had about natural beauty. Through these books, I learned what ingredients are needed in order to create lotions, soaps, glosses and scrubs. I continued to make products throughout the years, but instead listened to my clientele. If someone wanted a product to heal their rosacea, I knew to use grapeseed oil and lavender. If someone needed a super healing lotion, I added aloe vera oil.
From this I found my passion. My passion to learn. My passion as an entrepreneur. And my passion to help others, one Glambitious product at a time.
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