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Vendor Feature: Soy Cowboys Candles

I had finished watching “Love Hard” and was moved by the male protagonist’s candle making business. So, when I was two cowboys with their unique scented soy candles, I was intrigued!

Who is Soy Cowboys Candles?

1)Why and when did you start your business?

Jason and Brad started Soy Cowboys in early 2021. Neither is a cowboy, except maybe in spirit or the values that they hold.

Jason has been looking to start a business for awhile as he just completed a business management program at BCIT and was looking to put his education to work. Brad suggested candle making while over visiting having a barbecue in the fall of 2020. Immediately, Jason was thrilled with the idea and proposed to start a partnership with Brad, who agreed it was a good plan.

Over the following 6 months the boys worked hard to research and develop their own candle making methods and recipes. The goal quickly came clear: To create a brand that combined atmosphere, scent and aesthetic in a rustic and attractive candle product. With 6 custom scent recipes under their belt, they set about developing their name… turns out every candle company name is already taken. Brad got a little creative by suggesting Soy Cowboys. We make soy candles and we like cowboys, so it seemed like a great fit.

In October of 2021, twelve months later, they launched their website and started signing up to participate at local business popup events. Overwhelming support and interest came from all who stopped by our booths commenting on our branding, scents and costumes. Now it’s the new year and we’re signing up to more markets while trying to sharpen our online game. Every day we get a little bit better.

Our backgrounds don’t really lend themselves to becoming a professional chandler but it’s a very old trade with lots of info about how to master it. Brad is a full-time welder and has a love for measurement, recipes, and science. Jason is a full-time logistics manager with a Passion for ideas, art and expressing them. We took our crossover and soft skills and aim to apply our expertise to makin some bangin’ candles.

We hope you enjoy them and look forward to seeing you at the markets!

2)What was your background?

Brad is a welder by trade, owns a cat, works a lot of overtime. Real good at cooking.

Jason is a warehouse manager, recent business school graduate. Not so good at cooking.

3) Interesting facts about our products?

Long burn times – small ones burn 35+ hours and large ones burn 70+ hours

Sustainably curated – pure soy wax, local suppliers, eco friendly print and packaging, upcoming essential oils line, constantly striving to minimize environmental impact

Natural, rustic branding

Backlit images on jar design – the large candle has a sunset behind the cowboy when burned halfway down

Scents designed to remind you of positive personal experiences and environments

Currently have 6 scents: Country Clotheslineo Black Cherryo Eucalyptuso Kitchen Window – grass – lilac – appleo Morning Meadow – pine – water – eartho Cabin Vibes – spice – pine – stone• Upcoming essential oils line of scents – you received lavender made with “Suprerblue”

4) Anything else you would like to share?

Looking to launch 3 essential oil scents in the spring:o Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint

All essential scents focused on helping you align in your element: work, play or relaxation

Will be looking to collab or add products in line with the brand offering soon

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Free shipping in Canada over $50

Free local delivery in the Vancouver area

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Vendor Feature: Witch’s Key Candle Company

Thank you, Dawn for your generosity!! I was lucky to win this lovely candle and bath bomb from Witch’s Key Candle Company.

Who Is Witch’s Key Candle Company?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started my business 3 years ago, I love making candles and my husband said why not sell them! I was very sick and needed something to keep busy. That’s how it all started.

2) What is your background story?
I love antique keys and I was reading about keys and read that receiving a key from a Witch is considered good luck!

3) Anything special that you want to share?

Monthly; a percentage of my sales are donated to Boundary Helping Hands, Animal rescue service and/or SPCA.

All ingredients I use are sourced from Canadian companies, ethically sourced and never tested on animals.

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Vendor Feature: Amie Aromas

The instant I opened the box, I could smell the lychee scent already!! Thank you, Amie Aromas, for the lovely candles!

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Our names are Kim and Theresa. We started this business venture right when the pandemic struck – March 2020. Although it was a daunting time, we wanted to find a silver lining in the madness we were living through and decided what better way to make use of our time than to start a candle business.

To back trace a bit, we’re best friends and have been for the last 10 years. We wanted to start a business venture that was driven by a common passion, which happens to be all things luxury and beauty. Of course, we wouldn’t be able to venture into everything within that realm and so we decided on our own candle line.

Through our brand we ultimately want to provide our customers with a luxury experience from the point of purchase to the first time they light the candle.

Fun fact, one of the most common ways we greet each other is “chao ban” which is “hello friend” in Vietnamese. We originally thought of the brand name “ban”, but figured it may get lost in translation.

2) Next, what was your background?

Kim and Theresa are both Canadian born Vietnamese raised in Toronto, Ontario. Kim recently graduated with a degree in Chemistry while Theresa’s background is in HR. We are both currently working the typical 9-5 lifestyle. It wouldn’t be the first time for anyone to say the 9-5 can be stale, however to compensate we thrive when it comes to our main passion, amie aromas. Fun random facts about us:
We are big animal lovers and hope to give back to the community one day through amie aromas
We are big on travelling and,
Exploring the city to discover to restaurants to eating

3) Any interesting facts about your product?

All of our scents are custom made by a certified fragrance chemist from the American Society of Perfumers. We work with the chemist to help develop scents we feel are both unique and that we love. Through this partnership, we are able to experience the fun, unique process while building our knowledge of complex fragrances. Ultimately we have the opportunity and flexibility to set a vision for our fragrance line, which they help bring to life.

We also care about sustainability and want to aim for our product to be as environmentally conscious as possible. From the candle container, the labels, and the packaging, all of the aspects are thought out to be supportive of the environment.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share:)

Additional facts about our candles are that they are hand poured soy wax candles that are non-GMO, phthalate-free with a lead-free cotton wick. We are currently working on our upcoming Fall line and are very excited

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Vendor Feature: Kandl Artistique Virtual Candle Lab

Thank you, Kandl Artistique for gifting me this lovely virtual lab!

Who Is Kandl Artistique?

As per their website:

Our family-owned business has been one of the world’s top candle makers for almost 50 years. From wick selection to the type of wax we use – we know what it takes to create a candle and ensure it’s a luxurious experience from the moment it’s first lit.

At KANDL, we see ourselves as educators and facilitators, with the ultimate goal of bringing people together through the emotional connection of scent and warmth. KANDL’s one-of-a-kind labs take participants through every aspect of candle creation, from wick and fragrance selection to wax education and vessel selection. Choose from over 100 combinations of fragrance notes to make your customized creation that can be taken home within 90 minutes or less. Our labs are fun, intimate and uniquely yours.

First, I received a parcel with the special oils of base, middle and top notes, along with charts. Then, on the time of the virtual lab, our instructor would teach us about the different oils, wax, and candle knowledge. I had a lot of fun smelling and picking out the different notes that could go into my personalized candle. After deciding on which three scents, Kandl Artistique would send me a form to choose the vessel and label design.

After about two weeks, my large personalized candle arrived at my doorstep!

Click below for the candle virtual lab!

Note: Mention CHOCOVIV on your orders of lab or candles and received a special complimentary candle along with your purchase!



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