pitcher of melted soy wax

Is Soy Wax Safe For Skin?

Here at Scented Designs Candle Company, we've been making our hand poured soy candles for 6 or 7 years now, and we've learned a thing or two about candle wax in this time. Over the years, a common question we've heard from customers at crafts shows or online is if soy wax is skin safe, or even if soy wax is good for your skin. 

August 13, 2022 — Kate De Palma
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Can You Take Soy Candles on a Plane?

Can You Take Soy Candles on a Plane?

Scented candles are a wonderful gift to give any time of the year. And, as the holidays approach, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for your family and friends (and, hey, maybe something for yourself thrown in there, too). Kudos for considering American-handmade soy candles because they make great gifts that are eco-friendly, vegan, and can be enjoyed by pretty much anyone. Wondering why soy candles are the best candles out there? Check out our post "What are the Best Candles Made Of?" to learn more!

As you go about your holiday shopping, one important consideration is whether or not you’ll be able to travel with the soy candles or other gifts you’re planning on bringing to your family and friends. Not really a problem if you’re driving, but sometimes an issue if you’re flying home for the holidays. Not only do you want to avoid those pesky baggage fees if you’re able (no olive oil gifts, here) but there’s also nothing worse than arriving at the airport and going through security only to find that you have a prohibited item that needs to be tossed out or mailed.

 
 

So, the question is, Can you take soy candles on a plane? The short answer is, Yes. Solid candles can be taken on a plane both in a carry-on and packed up in your checked luggage. While the wax is certainly a liquid at various stages of the candle’s life, luckily for you, it’s a solid gift you can bring with you anywhere.

 

Learn more about what goes into soy candles in our post "Fragrance Oils Vs. Essential Oils: What's the Difference and What's Safe?"

 

Start shopping for scented soy candle gifts and see why they make great gifts (that you can easily travel with!)

 
June 07, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Are Soy Candles Better?

Are Soy Candles Better?

If you find yourself wondering if soy candles are better than other candles out there, the short answer is "Yes." Sure, we may be biased since we make soy wax candles, but - trust us - we did our research before learning how to make soy candles and beginning our handmade soy candle business based in San Jose, California.

 

Soy Wax Candles

An Eco Friendly Candle

Soy wax is a plant-based wax, and all wax for Scented Designs candles comes from American-grown soybeans. Soybeans are a renewable resource, leading soy candles to be a more eco-friendly option to paraffin candles. Plus, soy wax is biodegradable, so if you use soy wax tarts, you don't have to feel bad about tossing out the soy wax once the scent is gone (which lasts way longer in soy wax melts than paraffin tarts!).

 

Non Paraffin Candles

Besides the environmental aspects, soy candles are also better for your health. Paraffin wax is a petroleum byproduct, and paraffin candles produce copious amounts of petro-carbon soot when they burn. There are also several known cancer-causing compounds in paraffin candles, which end up polluting your indoor air when your burn them.

 

A Clean Burning Candle

Poured with natural soy wax, all soy wax candles made by Scented Designs can be considered to be much more natural candles than paraffin candles. They do not produce petro-soot when burned, and they do not have the "toxic air agents" identified to be present in paraffin candles.

 

Are Soy Candles Safe?

So, does that mean soy candles are safe? Yes and no - there are still other things you should look out for. Just because a candle says "soy" on the label doesn't mean it is automatically the best candle or safest candle out there. Pay attention to things like, does the label say "soy wax candle" or "soy wax blend"? A soy wax blend could still (and often does) contain paraffin because it's a cheaper candle for companies to make. If you want the best-burning candle, stay away from these parasoy blends.

 

You also want to look for a soy candle with a cotton wick or other kind of wick without lead or other harmful metals in it. For instance, Scented Designs uses ECO wicks made from cotton braided with thin paper threads. I love working with these wicks when I make candles, and they really help produce a clean burn that's long-lasting and uses up every bit of soy wax in the container.

 

Finally, there's the issue of fragrance and what is used to make the best scented candles in the world. The question of fragrance oils vs. essential oils warrants its whole own blog post! So, for now, I'll just say that not all scented candles are created equal. If walking into a candle store gives you a headache, there's probably a reason for that!

 

Ready to give natural soy wax candles a try?

Check out all our handmade scented soy candles and find your favorite fragrance.

 
June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Introducing Our Earth Day Collection: One-Off Candle Scents

Introducing Our Earth Day Collection: One-Off Candle Scents

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and Scented Designs wants to participate - beyond making the best soy candles we possibly can! - by reducing waste and using resources responsibly. #earthday

 

How can you participate with us?

 

1) Shop our new Earth Day Collection of scented soy candles! This soy candle collection features a variety of one-off scents that we've poured from all of the free fragrance samples we've been accumulating any time we buy our soy wax and other candle supplies. We have loads of these sample bottles in our studio, and we can't use all of them in our regular collections - we already have too many scents to choose from! ;)

Well, we don't want these bottles and their oils to go to waste! So, instead of letting them accumulate or tossing them out, we've decided to turn them all into great-smelling sustainable soy candles for you to enjoy.

 

We have a very limited quantity of each candle scent, so you'll want to snag yours before that scent is gone! Here's a list of available fragrances to get you started, but they may not be available for long!

-Citrus & Basil

-Garden Mint

-Grapefruit & Mangosteen

-Fresh Linen

-Lemon Verbena

-Magnolia & Peony

-Meadow

-White Birch

-White Sage & Lavender

 

2) Keep shopping small! Supporting small businesses is a wonderful way to help the earth. Small businesses can often be more earth-friendly than large corporations because of our flexibility - it can be an easier (and faster) process for a small business like Scented Designs to make switches to being "green" than for a large company to make similar moves. Plus, since we work on a smaller level, it can sometimes be easier for us to incorporate green practices like using recycled packaging or offering candle refills for customers. Working out of my home studio, I'm not commuting to an office and keeping an office up-and-running with all of the associated environmental impacts of a large business location. #shopsmall

 

3) Make sustainable choices. It matters what goes into the candles you're burning in your home. You already know that soy candles are a better, more environmentally-friendly choice than paraffin candles. The qualities of wick and oils are equally important in making a candle safe for you and good for the air. Know what you're buying (and stay away from candles that say soy wax blend!)

 

What other ideas do you have for how Scented Designs can go green?

 

Eco friendly soy candles

Earth Day gifts

Clean burning candles

June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
5 Candles Mom Will Love for Mother's Day 2022

5 Candles Mom Will Love for Mother's Day 2022

Thanks for visiting Scented Designs Candle Co.!

 

For the latest and greatest

Mother's Day candle gifts

please check out our

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2022!

Best Mom Ever Gifts

Let's be real. Moms are the best. And having one day a year to appreciate them isn't nearly enough. But it's a start - especially if you show them some love through a unique, thoughtful gift that will bring them joy and relaxation (especially these days...). Bonus: all these candles will also make their house smell wonderful while they're staying at home. After all, the best Mother's Day gifts are gifts that are both meaningful and useful.

 

Here are 5 of our soy candles & collections that moms and mother figures are sure to love.

 

1) One-of-a-Kind Teacup Candle

 

I don't know about you, but my mom is a huge tea drinker and she loves tea parties for Mother's Day. Our teacup candles take one of the best parts of a tea party - the beautiful china! - and turns it into a memorable, one-of-a-kind gift.

They're lovely, they're elegant, and they're totally unique. Shop our ready-poured teacup candles or splurge with a custom order for a Fine English Bone China teacup from renowned English companies like Paragon, Aynsley, Foley, & Stanley. You choose the scent and how you want it packaged, and we'll make it an amazing gift for the mom who has everything.

2) Candle Gift Box

 

Can't decide on just one or two scents for Mom? We've got you covered! Fill a gift box with four tin candles for some variety. Select your own or choose from curated collections.

 

Does Mom love the beach? Our Tropical box has definite beach-y vibes.

 

Is she more of a gardener? Our Florals box brings her favorite flowers inside.

 

Whichever candle scents you choose, these handmade gift boxes are perfect for sending love from afar to the hard-to-buy-for mom.

3) Stationery Candles

We love all of our candles, but we admit that our Stationery Line of Soy Candles is a cut above the rest, at least as far as sending a gift to mom.

 

Featuring an attractive hexagonal jar, a patterned paper wrap, and a real wax seal, these soy candles make a lovely gift for mom. Shop by pattern or scent! May we recommend Sea Salt & Orchid and Gardenia for a unique take on sending mom flowers?

4) Wine Bottle Candle

Does your mom love relaxing with a glass of wine in the evening? Help her relax in style with an upcycled wine bottle candle. Made out of a real wine bottle these large candles are hand-cut before being poured with your favorite fragrance and decorated with jute twine and a cork. A unique gift for the mom who has everything.

5) Fine Fragrance Oil Reed Diffuser

Okay, technically not a candle, but we love our Reed Diffusers so much that we don't want to miss the opportunity to share them with you!

 

These lovely reed diffusers feature a stylish square glass container and 6 fl oz of fine fragrance oils that will enhance any room in your home with minimal effort on your part! Long-lasting fragrance will fill your room for ~6 months, depending on number of reeds.   Choose from 6 popular fragrances, or, order a custom diffuser in your favorite candle scent! Most candle scents are also available in these reed diffusers.

*Note: Reed diffusers, currently available for local pick-up only.

Thanks for visiting our woman-owned business in San Jose, California.

We appreciate each and every purchase, like, and share.

To see more of our candle creations, check us out on Facebook and Instagram.

June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
7 Best Fall Scents - Your Guide to Candles: Autumn 2022

7 Best Fall Scents - Your Guide to Candles: Autumn 2022

Fall Scented Candles

The weather is cooling off, it's getting dark earlier, and Starbucks has released their Pumpkin Spice Latte. That only means one thing: it's time for fall candle scents to take center stage! With so many different fall scented candles out there, it can be hard to make up your mind. Let us help.

June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
5 Romantic Candles for Valentine's Day

5 Romantic Candles for Valentine's Day

Romantic Candles

Have you been looking for ways to add a little romance to your quarantine life at home? Have you been wondering what candles are the best valentines day gift for your wife or hubby? Are you looking for romantic candles for your bedroom? Look no further: here is our hand-picked list of 5 romantic candle scents perfect for Valentine’s Day - available separately or as part of our lovely new Valentine Gift Boxes!

1. A Dozen Roses

The name says it all: A Dozen Roses is a romantic candle that can be lit any time you want to add some romance to your next date night at home. A strong smelling candle scented with a realistic roses fragrance, this is a unique take on the bouquet of flowers - a perfect Valentines Day Gift for your girlfriend. Scent Notes: Rose, Lily, Sandalwood

 

2. Amber Vanilla

 

Smooth and creamy, Amber Vanilla is a luxury scent that is a sweet and sultry blend of amber, sandalwood, jasmine, and musk. Slightly earthy, it’s a sexy candle that makes it a seasonal scent perfect for Valentine’s Day. A unisex scent that you can enjoy together!

Scent Notes: Amber, Mandarin, Cedar, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Musk

 

3. Be Mine, Valentine

 

This specially-designed Valentine candle is all about the packaging: Be Mine, Valentine. Let your Valentine know you’re thinking of them by selecting the perfect scent for the two of you. Raspberry Vanilla is a sweet choice for your sweetie while Love Spell is a Victoria’s Secret dupe featuring fresh hydrangea, cherry blossom, peach, and grapefruit.

 

4. Black Sea

 

This fragrance is a bit mysterious with its hints of salty and sweet. It’s a high-end scent that has been described as “seductive.” A masculine scent that women love too. Scent Notes: Plum, Citrus, Amber, Cardamom, Ozone

 
 

5. Sexy Man

 

Sexy Man is the best Valentine gift for your girlfriend. Whether it’s a Galentine’s Gift (who wouldn’t want a sexy man for Valentine’s Day?) or a gift for your S.O., this jar candle is a great gift idea. Its delectable blend of oakmoss and amber has wide appeal to both men and women. Fresh and sexy, this sensual candle is a top selling scent. Scent Notes: Sage, Oakmoss, Amber, Lavender, Orange

 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Sexy Man Candle

Valentine's Day Candles

June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Support 3 Women-Owned Businesses in 1 Lovely Gift Box

Support 3 Women-Owned Businesses in 1 Lovely Gift Box

Supporting small business is more important now than ever. With all the struggles COVID has created for small business owners, it's important for us all to come together to shop local and support small businesses in our communities. This is why we've teamed up with two other amazing local makers to bring you this lovely Valentine's Day Gift Set. Gifting these handmade Valentines Day boxes to your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, friends, daughters (anyone!) is one easy way you can support small business during this season of love.

 

What's in our customizable Gift Box perfect for Valentine’s Day?

What's Included: -(1) 7oz. Scented Soy Candle in our Signature Jar. Select the perfect scented candle for your Valentine, whether it's Sexy Man (an oakmoss amber blend), Bee Mine (a fresh honey fragrance), or Love Spell, a Victoria’s Secret dupe featuring fresh hydrangea, cherry blossom, peach, and grapefruit.

 

You can further customize this gift box by choosing which label you want on your candle. Choose from romantic options like 'Love You,' "You're Sweet,' and "Be Mine, Valentine.'

-(1) "The Perfect Match" Match Box: 20 white-tip wooden matches OR (1) Mini Apothecary Glass Bottle of 20 wooden matches with a striker on bottle bottom.

-(1) .7oz Handcrafted Macaron Soap by local artist Body Delice (made with shea butter, coconut, avocado, and castor oils in a light floral fragrance; features plastic-free, biodegradable packaging) OR (1) stuffed felt heart w/ border stitching

-(1) Hand-painted Watercolor Hearts Flat Card by local artist Kaya Jewelry with a Heart to personalize your gift with a sweet, handwritten message.

 

What's there not to love? Shop the best Valentine Gift for girlfriends, pick up something sweet for your boyfriend, and maybe treat your friends to something nice too, all while supporting small business.

 

Shop our entire Valentine's Day Candle Collection for more romantic gift ideas!

June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
What are the Best Candles Made Of?

What are the Best Candles Made Of?

Scented Soy Candles

 

Not all candles are created equal.

And if you're a candle lover, you may have already discovered that for yourself! Whether your candle doesn't smell after the first burn, or if it never burns to the edge and wastes tons of wax, you've probably seen plenty of candles that are a bit sub-par. And then when you get that scented candle that is just glorious, it's such a feeling of ahhhh.

 

Here's how we create the best candles possible, what we put in our hand-poured soy candles, and why.

 

Soy Wax Candles

 
 

1) Soy Wax - Looking for the best candles to burn? Start by paying attention to what type of wax the candle is made of. Soy wax is a biodegradable, plant-based wax made from soybeans, making for an eco-friendly candle.

 

While paraffin candles like Yankee candles are still popular candles, paraffin wax is a petroleum byproduct that creates petri-carbon soot when burned. Soy wax is a much cleaner-burning alternative...and it lasts up to 50% longer too...paraffin-free! Read more about the benefits of soy wax candles in our post, Are Soy Candles Better?

 

2) Cotton Wick - The wick is also an important factor when considering best candles brands. We choose cotton wicks that are lead-free and zinc-free because they create a clean & consistent burn.

 

The best soy candles need a good wick: the right wick helps a candle burn properly without tunneling, so that no wax is wasted and your candle burns for many, many hours.

3) Fragrance Oils - High-quality fragrance oils are an important component to our high-performing scented candles. The fragrance oils we use are all phthalate-free and body-safe, meaning that in the right concentration (a much lower concentration than we use in our candles!), they could be used in bath & body products (e.g. soap). The safety standard for body products is one that we feel good about because it is even stricter than for scented products like soy wax candles.

 

Fragrance oils are infused with natural essential oils to create true-to-life fragrances that smell like the real deal! For more info on the difference between fragrance oils and essential oils in a candle, check out our post, Fragrance Oils vs. Essential Oils: What's the Difference and What's Safe?

 
 

4) Glass Jar - Our signature glass jar candle is a great container to reuse for storage or upcycled crafts. Store small office items like rubber bands or binder clips, or plant a succulent and watch it grow. Better yet - if you're local to San Jose, let us refill the jar for you at a $1 discount per jar! Email us for details ;)

5) Love & Pride - Maybe it's cheesy to say, but our candles are hand-poured with love and we are proud of the quality product we're creating for you and your loved ones. Not all soy candle brands can say this, and we are proud to be able to.

 

We think that part of what makes the best soy candles are the ones that are always made with you, the customer, in mind. From our smallest soy candles to our large soy candles, they are all wicked, poured, and labeled one by one. For you.

 

Soy Candles

 

Thank you for your support of our small business. If you are new to Scented Designs, we are a small, woman-owned business in San Jose, California, and we appreciate each and every purchase, like, and share. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Give our scented candles a try for 15% OFF with code LOVE only at www.scenteddesigns.com

 

June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
5 Mother's Day Gifts Mom Will Actually Use

5 Mother's Day Gifts Mom Will Actually Use

Welcome to our Mother's Day Gift Guide! If you are new to Scented Designs, we are a proudly woman-owned candle company in San Jose, California.

 

Give our scented candles a try for 15% OFF with code LOVE only at www.scenteddesigns.com

 

Candle Gifts for Mom

Best Candles for Mom

I don't know about you, but my mom is hard to shop for. There's only so many 'Mother's Day gifts from daughter' out there. And while I love sentimental gifts that are meaningful for mom, at this point, my mom already has too much stuff and doesn't need more lying around. That means I'm always looking for Mother's Day ideas that are useful gifts for mom. So, I'm here to give you Mother's Day gift ideas for hard to buy moms....gifts that she'll be able to enjoy for days.

 

Candles for Mother's Day

Without further ado, here are 5 awesome Mother's Day Ideas for moms and all mother figures.

 

1) Birth Month Flower Candles

 

Meet our brand new candle collection - Birth Month Flower Candles!

 

We are sooooo excited to introduce you to this collection, which has been a while in the making.

Each of these hand-poured soy candles features a gorgeous floral scent matching a given month's Birth Flower. (Did you know Birth Month Flowers was a thing? They are!)

A Unique Mother's Day Gift from Kids

When I was growing up, my mom had a birthstone necklace representing the months in which I and my siblings were born. In that spirit, we created the Birth Flower Candle Collection for Mother's Day so that moms could be gifted the candles representing her child's/children's birth months.

 

This collection is also versatile for Grandmas, Aunts, mother figures, and hopeful moms who may not have children - simply gift them their own birth month flower candle for a beautiful & thoughtful present that lasts much longer than a bouquet of flowers!

 

Intrigued? Read more about our Birth Month Flower Collection in our blog post devoted exclusively to these gorgeous new candles.

2) Love You, Mom & Best Mom Ever Candles

Our best-selling Mother's Day Candle Collection features two personalized labels just for mom.

 

Our Best Mom Ever + Love You, Mom candles come in your choice of scent so you can create a thoughtful gift for mom based on her favorite fragrances.

 

Available in two different sizes - our signature jar candle and our double-wicked apothecary jar candle.

 

Easily make these candles the perfect gift with our gift box options.

 
 
 

3) One-of-a-Kind Teacup Candle

 

I don't know about you, but my mom is a huge tea drinker and she loves tea parties for Mother's Day. Our teacup candles take one of the best parts of a tea party - the beautiful china! - and turns it into a memorable, one-of-a-kind gift.

They're lovely, they're elegant, and they're totally unique. Shop our ready-poured teacup candles or splurge with a custom order for a Fine English Bone China teacup from renowned English companies like Paragon, Aynsley, Foley, & Stanley. You choose the scent and how you want it packaged, and we'll make it an amazing gift for the mom who has everything.

This candle gift for mom pulls double-duty: Not only will she be able to burn the candle, but she can also use the teacup afterwards!

4) Candle Gift Box

 

Can't decide on just one or two scents for Mom? We've got you covered! Fill a gift box with 1, 2, or 3 candles to curate a special gift for mom.

 

Does Mom love the beach? Pick summery scents like Coconut Lime and Tropical Mango for definite beach-y vibes.

 

Is she more of a gardener? Our collection of florals will bring the scents of her favorite flowers inside.

 

Whichever candle scents you choose, these handmade gift boxes are perfect for sending love from afar to the hard-to-buy-for mom.

 

5) Wine Bottle Candle

Does your mom love relaxing with a glass of wine in the evening? Help her relax in style with one of our upcycled wine bottle candles, as seen in Sunset Magazine.

 

Handmade out of a real wine bottle these large candles are hand-cut before being poured with your favorite fragrance and decorated with jute twine and a cork.

 

A unique gift for the mom who has everything. Complimentary gift box with ribbon, paper roses, and a Happy Mothers Day tag makes gifting easy and lovely!

 
Mom deserves to unwine-d!

Bonus Gift for Mom: Fine Fragrance Oil Reed Diffuser

Not a candle, but we love our reed diffusers as a gift option especially for our customers in the San Francisco Bay Area (currently available for pick-up only)

 

These lovely reed diffusers feature a stylish square glass container and 6 fl oz of fine fragrance oils that will enhance any room in your home with minimal effort on your part! Long-lasting fragrance will fill your room for up to a year, depending on number of reeds.   Choose from 6 popular fragrances, or, order a custom diffuser in your favorite candle scent! Most candle scents are also available in these reed diffusers.

*Note: Reed diffusers, currently available for local pick-up in San Jose, California only.

 
 
 
 

Thanks for checking us out!

 

We appreciate each and every purchase, like, and share. You can see more of our handmade soy candles on Facebook and Instagram.

 
 

#giftsformom #candlesformom #customcandles #customcandlegiftboxes #shopformom

These oil diffusers are soooo low maintenance

 

June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Foul Odors Be Gone! 13 Expert Tips to Freshen Up Your Home

Foul Odors Be Gone! 13 Expert Tips to Freshen Up Your Home

Home Fragrance

Full article originally published on Redfin.com

 

Do you have lingering smells wreaking havoc throughout your home? Are you struggling to figure out how to get rid of them? Foul odors are a pain to locate and can even make your home an unpleasant and unwelcoming place to live. If this sounds like a problem you are facing, but don’t know where to begin, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. From installing an electric wax melter to trying an aroma lamp, Redfin reached out to pros across North America, from Indianapolis, IN to Surrey, BC, including Scented Designs(!), to get our best tips on how to freshen up your home.

 

Here's what this small San Jose candle company had to say...lucky number 13!

13) Harness the power of scent

The best types of smells for your home are the ones that help each space achieve its purpose. Harness the power of scent to create distinct spaces in your home: focus-enhancing rosemary in your workspace, energizing grapefruit in the entryway, and calming lavender in the bedroom. – Scented Designs

 
 

For full article and other great tips, check out Foul Odors Be Gone! 13 Expert Tips to Freshen Up Your Home.

 
 

Thank you, Redfin, for seeking our advice on how to freshen up your space! Needless to say, we're delighted to be considered an expert in our field, and we were thrilled to be consulted for this piece.

 
 

Best Candles for Aromatherapy

P.S. Need an energy boost? Check out our best-selling Grapefruit Mint candle to energize your new WFH space.

 
June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Which Apple Scented Candle Would You Pick?

Which Apple Scented Candle Would You Pick?

With our fall scented candle collection recently launched for Fall 2022, we thought it was time to delve into some of our falls scents, old and new. Let's start here with our apple scented candles to help you figure out what is the best apple scented candle for your home!
June 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma