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Non Toxic Candles

Who doesn't love a good candle and the power of a single (or multiple!) flame?Candles have been a staple of homes for centuries, providing warmth, light, and ambiance. Today, candles can bring all of those into your home while also transforming your space through aroma.

However, it's important to note that not all candles are created equal and some are even toxic to your health.


So, what are some of the toxins that you should avoid in candles? Some of the most common culprits are paraffin wax, fragrances with phthalates, and lead wicks.

March 20, 2023 — Kate De Palma
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Best Scents for Spring 2023

Happy Spring!

The days are getting longer and there's a warmth to the air that wasn't there a week or two ago. Spring must be here! 

If you thought scented candles were only for winter or cold weather, think again!

Spring is a season of renewal and growth, and the scents that best represent it are fresh, floral, and light. Here are some of the best scents for spring and why they make the perfect candles for the season:

March 16, 2023 — Kate De Palma
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9 Ways for Women to Empower Women

Women supporting other women is a powerful force that has the potential to create positive change in the world. Here at Scented Designs, I can say with 100% certainty that we would not be where we are as a small business if not for the way we've been empowered by other women.

This Women's History Month, we wanted to pause for a moment and consider this phenomenon of female empowerment and why it matters so much. 

While there are many ways to support other women, here are 9 Ways that Women Can Empower Other Women and really make a difference:

March 06, 2023 — Kate De Palma
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7 Gift Ideas for Womens Month

Have you ever thought about Women's History Month as a time for gift-giving? Giving gifts during Women's Month can be a way to celebrate and honor the contributions and achievements of women throughout history. It can also be a way to show support and solidarity with the ongoing fight for gender equality.

While giving gifts during March certainly isn't expected, it can certainly be a powerful gesture, whether you're an individual or a business owner.

 Not sure what kind of gifts will make an impact during Women's Month?

To help you out, we've compiled a list of 8 Gift Ideas to Celebrate Women's History Month and honor the women in your life:

March 03, 2023 — Kate De Palma
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Why Should You Trim Candle Wicks

I know, I know...does it really make a difference if you trim your candle wick? And what happens if you don't trim your candle wick? Would it really be the end of the world? 

As a candlemaker and owner of Scented Designs Candle Company, I've heard all of the questions around trimming candle wicks and whether or not it's necessary or makes a difference. (And how about those fancy wick trimmers - why would you even need one of those?)

I thought it was time to share the hows and whys of wick trimming with all of your, our past, present, and hopefully future customers of Scented Designs!

In this blog post, we will guide you on how to properly trim the wick of a candle and why it actually matters.

February 27, 2023 — Kate De Palma
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7 Reasons to Support Woman Owned Businesses

Welcome to Scented Designs, a woman owned business in California, proudly operating since 2016 and continuing to grow every year!

I am Kate and I'm a former educator-turned-entrepreneur, the founder and owner of Scented Designs. I'm so excited you're here!

It's the end of February as I write this, which means International Women's Day and Women's Month are just around the corner! With that in mind, today's topic female owned businesses, specifically 7 Reasons Why You Should Support Women Owned Businesses every day (not just Women's Day!).

February 22, 2023 — Kate De Palma
Selling Candles in Your Store

Selling Candles in Your Store

Do you own a brick and mortar shop like a gift shop, stationery store, or clothing boutique? Or even a service-based business like a salon or spa that has a little bit of extra shelving available? 

If so, do you stock candles as one of the products you sell? 

Even if you don't think candles are in line with what your business currently does or sell, think again! You may be missing out on a great opportunity to generate some extra income through a product that is proven to sell. 

Candles have been a beloved source of light and warmth for centuries, but they are also a popular product in today's retail market. If you own a retail store, there are many benefits to stocking candles that you may not have considered. In this blog post, we'll explore 4 of the top benefits of selling candles in your store.

February 14, 2023 — Kate De Palma
Valentines Day Gift Guide

Valentines Day Gift Guide

Valentines Day can be a tricky holiday...who are you supposed to buy gifts for? are they going to buy you something back? Or, what unique gift can you buy for Valentines Day that doesn't seem last-minute? 

The good news is, you're not 'supposed' to buy gifts for anyone. Valentines Day is an opportunity to spread love to anyone special in your life and make them feel appreciated, but only if you're into that kind of thing. 

If you are looking for ideas, though, on what gifts to get different people in your life to help them feel loved and appreciated, then I've got the list for you. 

It's Your One-Stop Shop Valentine's Day Gift Guide for everyone in your life.

February 10, 2023 — Kate De Palma
7 Reasons Men Love Candles Too

7 Reasons Men Love Candles Too

Candles have long been associated with women, especially when it comes to gifting and self-care.

This stereotype is based on the idea that women are more likely to appreciate the aesthetic and therapeutic benefits of candles, while men are seen as more interested in practical and functional items.

However, this assumption is far from the truth. In fact, there are many reasons why candles are also great gifts for men.

Here are 7 Reasons Why Men Love Candle Too, and why you should consider giving a candle as a gift to the men in your life.

February 08, 2023 — Kate De Palma
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Corporate Branded Candles for Your Next Company Event

Corporate Event Favors Candles

Custom branded candles are a great addition to any corporate event. They not only provide a functional and high-quality item for guests to take home, but also serve as a valuable branding opportunity for your business.

Here are 5 reasons why your company should consider custom branded candles for your next corporate event:

January 24, 2023 — Kate De Palma
Romantic Valentines Gifts for Her

Romantic Valentines Gifts for Her

Best Valentines Gifts for Her 2023

Wondering what gift to get your wife, girlfriend, or special someone this year for Valentine's Day? Look no further than our hand-poured scented soy candles in a romantic scent she'll love. 

Here are 7 Reasons Why a Scented Candle is the best, non cheesy Valentine's Day Gift for Her.

January 21, 2023 — Kate De Palma
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5 Reasons to Support Small Business

Welcome to Scented Designs, a woman-owned candle company in San Jose, California since 2016 and a proud, ever-growing small business. 

Perhaps you found us on Google or perhaps someone referred you to us. Either way, we're so glad you're here! And if you are here, we assume that you probably care about some of the same things we do, such as high-quality handmade products and supporting small businesses in the community. 

But have you ever wondered what makes a business a small business anyway, or why it's so important to support them? Here are 5 Reasons to Support Small Business. 

January 16, 2023 — Kate De Palma