Sponsor Saturdays: Win a Soy Candle from Maddison Avenue!
Sponsor Saturdays is a new feature on The Mom Crowd. Each Saturday we will be highlighting one of our six sponsors.
*Keep reading all the way to the end to find out how you can win a free soy candle!
Maddison Avenue Soy Candles is owned by Jeanette Combs. I first got to know Jeanette through my husband when he built her website. She is one of the nicest and most generous people I have ever met on the web, so I wanted to do a Q & A with her about who she is and her company. I have several Maddison Avenue candles in my home and I love the way they smell and look.
Amanda: Why did you choose to sell soy candles and how long have you been selling candles?
Jeanette: It started as a hobby in 2003. My husband has bad allergies and asthma which never allowed me to burn candles. Because paraffin candles contained toxins and carcinogens, it affected his breathing. I had come across some research telling that soy candles were clean burning and if you previously had breathing difficulties with paraffin candles, to give soy a try. I wanted to do just that but found they were very hard to find. So, I bought all of the ingredients and made them myself. After my friends and family found out the benefits of soy wax, they were hooked and started buying from me. And the business grew from there! Maddison Avenue soy candles can now be found in every state and abroad.
A: I know your company is based in Illinois where there is a lot of farm land. Does your company grow your own soy beans?
J: No, but our factory is surrounded by soybean fields. We are thrilled to watch them grow each year knowing we are helping to support the American farmers.
A: What are the benefits of burning soy candles, instead of other candles you can find at the store?
J: Most of this was answered in the first question. The benefits of soy wax is unbelievable!
- made from 100% soybean wax
- does not emit toxins while burning
- emits an incredibly small amount of soot
- burns cooler and slower
- renewable resource
- supports US farmers and our own economic growth
A: How do you choose the fragrances?
J: Most are from requests from customers, but some we put together by trial and error. It’s a fun process.
A: What is your favorite scent?
J: It changes with the season. Right now I love summer scents (beach house, pomegranate passion, and meadow), in the fall it changes (spiced cranberry, pumpkin crunch, and orange clove). I always burn one of these in my bathroom (que, tuxedo, or lavender fields).
A: Have you ever sold a scent that you thought would be popular, but it didn’t do well? Is there a scent that you thought would make a good candle, but it ended up smelling horribly?
J: I was certain that Chocolate Kisses would rock, but in fact it barely sells. As for a horrible fragrance – that is the funny thing with our noses. What smells wonderful to one is aweful to another. For example, I took Gardenia Blossoms off the site because I thought it was horrible and didn’t like being in the factory on the days they poured that aroma. Then I was contacted by a client wanting to know why she couldn’t buy it any more as all of hers had been bought by Richard Gere’s publicist. She said it was his favorite candle and he used it while meditating. Obviously, we brought it back and it has remained a great seller!! Just a note… I still don’t like it, yuck
A: If your business didn’t sell soy candles, what else would you like to do for a living?
J: I used to want to write. I wrote and published our church newsletter for years. Writing is a lot of work though. I would like to learn how to use Adobe Illistrator like a pro and then do some designing for cards, and such. I love creative people and love learning to be more creative myself.
A: I know you are a mom and a grandma. What advice would you give a new mom?
J: Easy. Relax and keep it simple. Enjoy the small things. I was always told that my kids would grow up fast, and that was such an understatement! I am much more relaxed with my grand daughters, and I have finally learned how to enjoy even the small things, like being there to kiss a skinned knee. I wish I had worried less and enjoyed more with my own kids.
A: What is your favorite quote?
J: Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
***WIN A FREE CANDLE!***
Jeanette has generously offered to giveaway a soy candle to 2 winners! All you have to do to enter is go to Maddison Avenue’s website, pick your favorite fragrance, and come back here and write in the comments of this post which is your favorite fragrance! Winners will be chosen at random and announced next Saturday morning on the 25th. Good luck!
This giveaway is now closed and we have 2 winners, Erika and Denise! The winners were chosen by random.org. Thank you so much to everyone who entered.