One of my favorite quotes is from Gretchen Rubin, “The days are long, but the years are short.” I think it’s just a great way to sum up our intensely busy lives and the importance in finding joy in the moments. Some weeks can seem to last forever, but then suddenly you’re into a new season. While I do try to appreciate all the moments, even the ones that are crazy busy, any time I can take a moment to breathe and slow things down is a good one.
One Friday night activity that allows me to slow the pace is staying up late, snuggled under a blanket, binge watching a favorite show on Netflix. To add to this peaceful vibe, I love to turn off all the lights and light one or two candles to add to the atmosphere. Candles really help set a mood and, at least for me, help to quiet down the chaos. We use them a lot at my house.
Other than the a few fundraisers where I purchased more traditional candles, I made the switch to soy candles long ago. It was one of the easier, environmentally friendly switches to make as there are so many readily available soy candle options.
Some advantages of using soy candles over petroleum-based paraffin candles include:
- Soy candles are made from soybeans a natural, renewable resources.
- Soy candles are cleaner burning.
- Soy candles burn slower and last longer.
- Soy candles generally hold their scent better.
- Soy candles are nontoxic.
So, using soy candles has been an easy switch but I wanted to take that move even further and invest in locally made soy candles so I was excited when I found the October Fields website. They advertise themselves as a Vegan Lifestyle Brand. Not only do they make soy candles but they have other complementary goods that are “eco-friendly, non-gmo and vegan“.
The October Fields product categories include:
Organic Dried Herbs (Culinary & Medicinal)
Tinctures, Elixirs, and Oils
When I shopped the site, I had planned to buy one candle to test out but I got so caught up in all the great products that I ended up with more than originally planned including two candles, a lip balm and some room spray. All of them had wonderful sounding scents that I just had to try including a blackberry & sage candle, eastern white pine candle, tarragon & lime air mist, and citrus rose lip balm. They also included a sample of the sweetgrass & sage scented soy with my order which has a lovely mild perfume smell.
My blackberry & sage candle has a nice subtle blackberry scent and burns really nice and evenly. I’m saving my white pine candle for the holidays but this is one of my favorite all time scents so I’m sure I will love it once I light it for the first time.
After placing the order, the winter storm Stella came and left much of my state without power. Luckily, I had not lost power so didn’t think much about it. I’d been hunkered down and cozy during the storm, and after digging ourselves out was back to my routine when I got a call from October Fields. Sloane called to explain that my ordered was delayed as they’d been without power since the storm. I wasn’t even worried as not that much time had passed since I placed my order but I thought it was wonderful that she took the time to call and let me know.
My order arrived soon after and everything was perfect. It was beautifully packaged with sealing wax around the items. It was like opening a present.
I have been happy with all my items and especially love the scent of my new tarragon & lime air mist. It smells amazing and lingers nicely in the room. The next thing I’m excited to try from their site is their organic garlic. They carry 3 varieties of garlic including a Romanian Red. When I’m ready for more soy candles, I think I’ll add the garlic and some of their other organic herbs to my order. I love that they would all be grown locally.
Do you use soy candles? Do you have a favorite candle scent?
Frost, Shelley. “What Are the Benefits of Soy Candles?” LIVESTRONG.COM. Leaf Group, 17 Oct. 2015. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.
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|Company Name||October Fields|
|Location||352 South Freedom Road
Albion, ME 04910
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