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Vance Family Soy Candles

Vance Family Soy Candles

Inspired by the need to provide for her family and her desire to care for the planet and her community, Amy Vance launched Vance Family Soy Candles in 2010. At the time, Amy was seeking scented candles that she could enjoy without having an allergic reaction to the synthetic fragrances commonly found in store-bought candles. Amy thought, "If I can bake an apple pie and eat it, then why can't I make a candle that smells like apple pie without adding harmful chemicals?" She set out to create candles that she'd feel comfortable burning in her own home and sharing with her friends and neighbors. Every Vance Family Soy Candle is made with soy wax, a cotton wick and essential oils. The essential oils and flavor extracts used are purchased locally, are certified organic, and/or are made from an actual fruit or plant. Scents like Hiking Trail and the American Scent Trips series were developed from good memories and adventures in different places. Other examples of scents include Basil Herb, Pacific Wildflowers, Mt. Hood Forest, and Lilac. Dyes, synthetic fragrances, and petroleum-based ingredients are never used. In addition, environmentally-conscious consumers will be happy to know that attention to environmental impact was placed on the packaging too. A primary consideration for Amy is to purchase as local as possible. The jars have some recycled content and are made of glass produced in the United States, and labels are made from unbleached, recycled paper from Eugene, OR. Local customers have the opportunity to return jars to Amy, and they will be used for new candles. Vance Family Soy Candles can be purchased in Vancouver at New Seasons Market and Most Everything Vintage, and in Hazel Dell at Natural Grocers. They are sold in a number of boutiques in Portland too. Vance Family Soy Candles also offers custom candles, including a scent of your choice and a custom label, for weddings and special occasions.

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