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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

About Us and Scent from Nature

Linda holding candle
Linda Newman; Owner and Chief Chandler

Life is too short; why not do what you're passionate about? We feel so lucky to be doing just that!

I started handcrafting beeswax candles in 2005. I met Neil in 2008 and he is now a big part of our family business.

Our love of nature and the outdoors has always been a driving force in the direction of our lives. Our current lifestyle is moving us towards our ultimate goal of abandoning the hustle and bustle of a semi suburban yet, by all appearances, rural lifestyle, just 30 miles west of the Twin Cities metro area in beautiful central Minnesota and replacing it with the peacefulness of living in Minnesota's northwoods. Here, we plan to live a more simple life that includes crafting our beeswax candles off grid and by using solar power.

The current home of our beeswax candle workshop is on the shores of Oake Lake, a 500 acre wildlife lake, in Watertown, Minnesota. In addition to being the "corporate head" of our candles business, we have a small hobby farm with a medium-size orchard. Not to forget, we've got fifteen sled dogs that are our fuzzy family members. They help us teach women and girls how to dog mush in the various programs we offer through our educational dog mushing adventure trip business. Last but not least, we have two little house dog mascots, Copper and Blueberry. To learn more about our sled dogs please click here: Points Unknown: Dog-Based Adventures.

We value our lifestyle and our vision for the future, and we value helping the people around us and our planet.  One of the ways we're helping right here at home is by purchasing all of our beeswax from local beekeepers to support our local economy.

Beeswax candles are non toxic, non allergenic and virtually soot-free. They emit negative ions when they burn to actually help purify the air! We don't believe in tampering with perfection and therefore our beeswax candles have no additives. To that end, our candles are 100% natural, renewable, and sustainable, with no added color or scent. Our packaging is made of Neenah Environment PC100 which is a 100% Post Consumer recycled paper that is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified(#BV-COC-080721 and BV-COC-061203). The printer we chose is also FSC certified, and the ink uses vegetable dyes. The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world's forests. For the love of our planet, how could there have been any other choice for packaging?

We also believe in the simple and practical function of our candles. This is why we don't make candle figurines in various shapes. They may be nice to look at but we don't believe they function well as candles.

Aster Bee
Making our beeswax candles brings us great joy and peace. We hope these feelings flow through you as you burn our pure beeswax candles. The scent of molten beeswax does indeed calm your senses! Please spend some time in our website to learn more about our candles and don't hesitate to send us an email if you like what we're doing, or have a comment.

Calm. Clean. Green.  

What more could you ask for in a candle when it comes to the advocacy of a clean, healthy and sustainable environment? And you can expect that we, at Scent from Nature, are seated strongly in our values of eco consciousness and are striving as a company to meet the green expectations of our customers.

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