Foxblossom Co. - Safe, Natural, Pure Soy Candles
Foxblossom Co. - Safe, Natural, Pure Soy Candles
Premium hand-poured, natural 100% soy candles, in 6 amazing fragrances. Safe for your family and free of toxins!
Premium hand-poured, natural 100% soy candles, in 6 amazing fragrances. Safe for your family and free of toxins! Read more
We are a business for women, by women that offers unique and curated gift sets and personalized items. This campaign is our chance to create a candle line which is truly natural and safe, as well as hand-crafted, and this is your chance to contribute a personal touch to these new offerings.
WHO WE ARE
Hi, I'm Amanda Deighan, founder and creative director of Foxblossom Co., originally known as Deighan Design. In 2012, I began an Etsy shop designing personalized, handmade wedding dress hangers. I had made one for my wedding, and it turned out so well that I decided to test it out on Etsy! It was definitely a struggle to keep up with a full-time job, part-time grad school at Carnegie Mellon, and planning my own wedding, on top of managing the Etsy orders. The demand was so high that within one year, I actually quit my full-time job as an accountant (despite protests by my family), to devote more time to my Etsy business. Two years in, I hired my first employee, and it's been a roller coaster ever since! We now have five full-time employees, and two part-time employees, as well as many product lines in addition to the original wedding dress hangers. Through ingenuity and perseverance, we have created a brand for women who want items that are both delightful and heartfelt, whether they are for themselves, friends, or family. Now primarily a personalized gifting company, our products are handmade and hand-packed in our Pittsburgh studio.
Over the past two years, I've adopted a paleo lifestyle and have put a great deal of time and effort into ensuring that my family eats only natural, whole foods with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Along with the changes in food, I began paying much closer attention to the ingredients in our household products, and it is really quite alarming how hazardous so many common items are. It was discouraging to work so hard to eat healthy, stay fit, and rid our bodies of toxins, only to find that the pretty, innocent candle burning on our coffee table was actually waging a war against our health. Who would have thought that burning some of the most popular brands of store-bought candles all these years was aggravating my husband's asthma, or worse, potentially causing cancer in myself, my family, or even our pets?!
Did you know that paraffin wax, which is found in many of the most popular candles on the market, is a waste product from the petroleum industry that releases toxins when burned, and has even been found in some studies to be as harmful as second-hand smoke from cigarettes? Benzene and toluene are also very common carcinogenic toxins found in candles, among at least a dozen other hazardous chemicals. I vowed to never buy another toxic candle again, and searched for a better alternative. Over the past year, I have taught myself the art of pouring candles, and now we are so excited to launch our line of safe, all-natural, phthalate-free soy wax candles!
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Our candles are hand poured in small batches right in our Pittsburgh studio. We individually trim the wicks and label each jar by hand. We use only eco-friendly 100% soy wax, made from soy beans that are grown in the US, and premium-grade essential oil blends that are completely phthalate-free. Soy wax is a safe alternative to the toxic paraffin and vegetable waxes that dominate the candle industry. Our candles are free from toxins, and use natural cotton wicks that are lead-free. Finally, you can still enjoy amazing candle fragrances without having to worry about negative side effects!
Our pure soy wax gives our candles a cleaner burn, but also a longer burn time - up to 70 hours! Most importantly, they are safe for you and your family. You do not need to worry about inhaling unsafe additives, or chemicals that can cause headaches, allergies, asthma, and long-term illnesses. You can also feel good about your purchase, knowing that you are helping to directly support a small business and our families.
While I feel that quality ingredients are most important, I also have a passion for gorgeous packaging. We have sourced beautiful, reusable, matte white ceramic jars, as well as pretty brushed gold travel tins. We’ve also designed top-quality gift boxes to package them in, that will make our candles fully ready for gifting. The new packaging is exactly what you would expect from the Foxblossom Co. brand – minimal yet feminine, clean and modern. I am completely in love with these white ceramic jars, and I know you will be, too! They are nice and heavy, with a perfect matte texture. And when you're done burning the candle, they are great for storing makeup brushes, pens, or even fresh flowers.
In addition to the new containers, we have crafted several incredible fragrance blends:
- Bride's Bouquet (a perfect English garden)
- Vetiver & Bergamot
- Earl Grey Tea
- Rose & Honey
- Eucalyptus & Spearmint
WE NEED YOU
Foxblossom is dedicated to staying a designer brand, for women, by women. We are on a mission to make our candle line not only a reality, but also the best it can possibly be, while still maintaining our small batch production and top-quality ingredients. More importantly, we believe in crafting items that are charming and unique, and curated to our customers’ style. Therefore, this Kickstarter campaign offers our supporters the chance to be part of the process and part of the finished product.
Backers at every level will leave their personal touch on our candles, whether it's through an individualized scent, a custom-designed holder, or by becoming the namesake of a product line. We have the ingredients, we have the materials – the only thing that is missing is you.
When choosing a gift for a caring friend or something to perfectly complete your style, we know you want it to be unique and special. With your help, Foxblossom is providing the opportunity to do just that.
Why Kickstarter? There are high minimum order requirements for the new jars as well as the custom boxes and labels, and also high upfront costs for the quantity of wax, wicks, fragrance oils, etc. required to prepare enough inventory. Being a small business, we are unable to fund these large upfront costs without your support!
If we hit our reach goal of $7500, we will add one additional fragrance to the line! One of the following five fragrances will be selected by our backers: Brown Sugar & Fig, Pomelo & Lemongrass, Saffron Ginger, Coconut Milk or Cedarwood Vanilla.
If our stretch goal is reached, all backers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite fragrance choice at the end of the campaign. The winning fragrance will be added to our candle line, along with its own hand-lettered packaging, and will become an additional option to choose from for your candle rewards.
Risks and challenges
We expect minimal risks and challenges with this project. We have already designed and sampled all of our packaging choices, and we feel very comfortable with the manufacturer’s ability to produce our boxes in a timely manner. We have been hand pouring our candles for nearly a year already, so we have perfected the production process. The biggest hurdle may be fulfilling orders on time should the demand be higher than anticipated. However, being female entrepreneurs, we are no strangers to 16+ hour workdays and are confident in our ability to figure out whatever gets thrown at us!
There is also always a chance that our manufacturers will take longer than expected to produce the candle jars and gift boxes. Knowing this, we have allowed for an extra cushion in our time frame. We would rather under-promise and over-deliver, so we do hope to fulfill our rewards a bit earlier than July, but we do not expect to be any later than July, even if we run into a few unexpected hurdles along the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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