Counting Down to Christmas with a Candle Advent Calendar

Counting Down to Christmas with a Candle Advent Calendar

There's something so magical about the countdown to Christmas Day! Thinking back on my childhood, I would argue that there wasn't a level of excitement that could compare to opening your grocery store advent calendar to a sweet treat every day in December!

Imagine that, but each day you're opening a delicious scented candle 😍 That's right - we have the perfect 24 days of Christmas gift idea for the candle lovers in your life!

Count down the days until Christmas with our NEW 2022 Candles Advent Calendar!

November 18, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Thank You Candle Gift Box for Clients

Thank You Gifts to Send for the Holidays

Sharing The Gift of Thanksgiving With Those We Love

'Tis the Season for Thanksgiving!

One of my favorite things about Scented Designs is the community surrounding it. You all are unmatched in your generosity and support, and I can't thank you enough for your kind words, reviews, and purchases. Honestly, I'm so thankful for you.

In the spirit of the season, we have some fun ideas for thank-you gifts, to show the special people in your life how much you appreciate them!

November 14, 2022 — Kate De Palma
branded candles for company with books and metal wick trimmer

Branded Candles: Merch that Matters

If you're anything like me, I know you put a lot of thought and effort into designing your logo and branding for your company.

Once you have that branding, what do you do with it? Where does it go? Where are you putting that carefully designed logo? Are you thinking as carefully about the places it goes and the products it goes on as you did about the logo itself? 

In other words, when it comes to branded merch and swag for your company, are you still thinking about the values and aesthetic your brand represents? Or are you putting your logo on the easiest, most cost effective solution you can find? 

You're proud of your logo and your business. Now make sure you're putting your logo on something you're proud of, too. 

November 03, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Scented Designs candle website on laptop

5 Ways Branded Candles Can Help Grow Your Business

Company swag, promotional products, and branded merch aren't new ideas...they've been around for a while

In fact, did you know that according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the company with the oldest branding is Tate and Lyle's Golden Syrup, dating back to the 1880s?

I'm no branding expert (Hi! I'm Kate, owner of Scented Designs Candle Co. in San Jose, California), but I have worked with many businesses, large and small, by creating custom branded candles for them.

I'm here today to share with you 5 Ways You Can Use Custom Label Candles to Grow Your Business. 

October 20, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Diwali Gifts

Diwali Gifts

Diwali, a festival of lights celebrated worldwide by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains, falls on October 24, 2022 this year. 

Throughout this 5-day festival, the triumph of light over darkness is celebrated in a variety of ways: candles are lit, sparklers and fireworks are set off, sweets are enjoyed, and gifts are exchanged among family and friends. 

Here at Scented Designs, we just wrapped up 100 custom branded candles for Diwali gifts for employees - check out what we made + make an inquiry for what we can make for your company (for Diwali and other holidays!)! 

October 09, 2022 — Kate De Palma
black woman blowing out birthday candles on a cake

Why Do We Blow Out Birthday Candles?

When I was turning 11, my birthday cake was comprised of 11 chocolate eclairs, laid end to end across the dining room table in the shape of an 11. One birthday candle was placed in each eclair. 

When I went to blow out the candles at the end of 'Happy Birthday,' I failed to blow out a single candle. And my family still won't let me live it down, 20 years later. 

As a candlemaker and the owner of Scented Designs, a candle company in San  Jose, California, I spend a lot of time thinking about candles, so at one point I started wondering, 

Why do we put candles on a cake to blow out anyway?

October 06, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Fall Candles 2022

Fall Candles 2022

Happy Fall, Y'all!

I just switched over my tiered tray decor from my summer themed decor to my fall decor, and that makes it feel real. 

Does anyone else not feel like it's Fall until the pumpkin decor (and pumpkin everything else) comes out?

So, here we are. Fall 2022.

And here at Scented Designs, we've got a few new fall goodies for you, all requested by you, our fabulous customers! 

Get excited! Here are our 3 New Candles and Candle Sets for Fall.

September 25, 2022 — Kate De Palma
How to Keep Candles from Tunneling

How to Keep Candles from Tunneling

Have you ever been really excited about a brand new candle you bought from [fill in your favorite candle shop here]?

Only to find a couple of days later that the candle has tunneled down around the wick and isn't burning all that wax around the edges? 

So frustrating, right? A brand new candle ruined.

Let's talk about this phenomenon called tunneling, why it happens, and more importantly, the quick and easy fix to prevent tunneling in candles

September 22, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Wholesale Fall Scented Candles

Wholesale Fall Scented Candles

Here in California, I'm told, we don't get the true 'four seasons' experience, but that doesn't mean we don't love sweater weather and cozy fall vibes as much as everyone else. 

I realized recently that while I'd written several blog posts on all my favorite fall candles, including 3 Best Smelling Fall Candles Not on Amazon and 7 Best Fall Scents: Your Guide to Candles, I hadn't yet written about fall scents for my retailers and those looking to buy fall candles wholesale for resale in their shops, boutiques, and gift boxes. 

So, retailers, gift box companies, and any one else who needs fall candles in bulk, this one's for you: our 3 best-selling fall candles you have to get for your store!

September 14, 2022 — Kate De Palma
3 Best-Smelling Fall Candles Not on Amazon

3 Best-Smelling Fall Candles Not on Amazon

Best Fall Candles...not for sale on Amazon.

As a small business owner, I find myself often competing with big-name brands, chain retailers, and of course, Amazon. 

I get it. Amazon is convenient. They have everything, and it's hard to beat Prime free shipping. Impossible, really (seriously, like many things, shipping is getting out of control expensive!). 

While a lot of best candle round-ups are featuring candles on Amazon because that's where the affiliate marketing money is, let's take a moment to shine the light on some amazing fall scented candles not found on Amazon.



September 13, 2022 — Kate De Palma
Make a Wish! It's a Birthday Cake Candle You Can Blow Out Again and Again

Make a Wish! It's a Birthday Cake Candle You Can Blow Out Again and Again

Make a Wish! Every time you blow out this adorable Birthday Cake Candle with Sprinkles, you can continue to celebrate the birthday girl or birthday boy. 

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Scented Designs Candle Co.! We are a woman-owned candle company in California and we can't wait to tell you about one of our most popular candle scents, our Celebrate Birthday Candle. 

In fact, because this Birthday Cake Candle is one of our best candle scents (and because we love celebrating birthdays!), we thought it was high time to devote an entire blog post to this celebratory candle. I mean, who wouldn't want a Birthday Cake smelling soy candle? 

September 10, 2022 — Kate De Palma
3 Perfect Candles for Grandparents Day Gifts

3 Perfect Candles for Grandparents Day Gifts

Every year, on the Sunday after Labor Day, Grandparents Day is celebrated in the United States. As the story goes, the holiday was first suggested to President Nixon in 1969 in a 

letter written by a 9-year child advocating for a day to celebrate Grandparents. 

Officially, Grandparents Day was proclaimed to be a national holiday by President Carter in 1978. 

For Grandparents Day 2022, celebrated this year on Sunday, September 11th, we've put together this list of 3 candles that would make perfect gifts for Grandparents Day. 

September 07, 2022 — Kate De Palma