Fully funded! Thank you all for the wonderful support! Scroll down to view the stretch goals we are currently working towards. Stay awesome!!
If you missed this Kickstarter you can find these candles for sale on my Etsy shop at MellysSoyCandles.Etsy.com by September 2014! ***We will gradually be adding more fragrances and products as this business grows, so favorite the shop and check back often!
Fun gifts to give to your friends and family, there is a candle for everyone! Light up one of my candles while reading your favorite novel or playing your favorite video game and immerse yourself in an experience like no other! With many fragrances to choose from, there is a candle for "nerds" of every color.
I have been reading fiction novels and playing video games as long as I can remember. It's my childhood. It's my life. I feel like I connect to this project and I can't wait to finally be able to do something I'm passionate about. I love candlemaking and enjoy spending hours working new fragrances. I have a passion for geek-culture and I want it to show through my work.
Are you a lover of books, movies, video games, and/or comics? I know I am. In fact, I haven't met anyone who wasn't.
Whether it's involving a classic video game, a modern 'fandom', or a vintage comic, we all have at least one memory tucked away that we cherish. I want to bring out those memories with my Fictional Fantasy candles.
So ask yourself. Have you ever imagined what Hippogriff farts smell like? Pikachu's thunderbolt, Mario's signature mustache, dragon's breath, or what the inside of the Batmobile smells like?
***Goals for this Project***
Expansion - This project is aimed at the goal of expanding my product line. I am currently making and producing Aromatherapy candles, but would like to venture into a different market.
Candle of the Month Club - Along with expanding my line of products, I plan on implementing two new programs. The Candle of the Month Club is a program where the subscriber will receive one geeky fragrance in a 4oz glass jar once a month for an entire year. The Deluxe Candle of the Month Club is a program where the subscriber will receive one geeky fragrance in an 8oz glass jar once a month for an entire year. These programs are great for those who have a hard time deciding on a scent they may enjoy, or for those who like testing all sorts of new fragrances
I'm sure that everyone has had a moment at some point in their life while reading a book, or playing a game, that you just feel like you are apart of that world, and it's the most amazing experience! I wish to recreate that experience with my candles. (Along with some silly nerdy fragrances as well!)
One day I wish to see these candles on store shelves for everyone to enjoy.
$2000 - If we can make it to $2000 raised, then I will be adding TWO new fragrances to the lineup to choose from! Piranha Plant (Super Mario) and Wolfsbane (The Vampire Diaries) will go nicely with their counter parts, Mario's Stache and Vervain. Piranha Plant will be scented with Sandlewood and Wolfsbane will be scented with Patchouli.
$2250 - If we can make it to $2250 raised, then I will be adding WAX MELTS to the mix! Each container holds about 3 oz of wax and is able to be broken into 6 1" cubes. These will be available for you to add to your current pledge for just $5 as soon as we hit the $2250 mark.
***What will the money be used for?***
All funds pledged will be used towards:
Supplies - Many pounds of wax, glass jars, and fragrance oils to are needed make these wonderful candles. This project's funding will help me be able to get over the overhead "hill" that I am currently facing.
Branding - Some of the funds will be put towards product labels and designs. I want people to know my product when they see it. I want a fun and playful look for my candles, while still retaining professionalism.
A few examples of our new look!
Pokémon: Blue- Rainwater Green- Lemongrass Sage Red- Campfire
The Vampire Diaries: Coconut Lime Verbena
The Walking Dead: Cedarwood Vanilla
Breaking Bad: Blueberry Cheesecake
Testing - Every new product we try has to be tested before being sold. Every new fragrance, color, container, or wick. This can eat up a lot of funds if not fully prepared.
Upgrading - I am currently using my kitchen stove to melt my wax for these candles. I wish to purchase a professional wax melter to get my project out of the kitchen, and to be able to produce more product more efficiently. Currently we use a soy wax blend (parasoy) for our candles. With these funds I plan on upgrading to 100% soy wax to keep our candles as Eco-friendly as possible. Also to be upgraded would be our containers. We currently use Tureen jars to hold our candles. I plan on upgrading to uniform straight sided jars with side labels instead of the lid labels.
The new Jars:
See What Others are Saying about My Candles:
"My room smells so Wonderful, no issues other then I want more!"
"I have an open kitchen, dining room, living room and this candle scented the entire area."
"These candles smell so good, not over powering strong, and not reeking of waxy smells. They really fragrance the room quite nicely."
***Why Soy Wax?***
Soy is longer-lasting and cleaner-burning than paraffin; this means a longer burning candle with no carbon soot on your walls and ceilings and no toxins being thrown into the air you breathe. Soy is renewable and biodegradable (unlike petroleum-based paraffin)
Each candle is hand poured by me using only the finest of ingredients. 100% soy wax, pure fragrance oils, and cotton braided wicks make for not only an amazing smelling candle, but an ecofriendly one as well!
These are the 12 fragrances I currently have mapped out for this project. These scents may be changed, renamed, or be replaced due to unforeseen circumstances. If so, I will be sure to let everyone know what the new scents will be.
Each candle will have a unique color which will match the colored title on it's label.
Video Game Inspired:
I Choose You! (Red) - Charmander comes out to play with a burst of 'campfire' energy.
I Choose You! (Blue) - Squirtle lovers will enjoy this refreshing outdoorsy 'rainwater' fragrance.
I Chose You! (Green) -Bulbasaur anyone? Fresh 'Lemongrass Sage'.
Mario's Stache - Well, Mario's Stache after breakfast that is. Yummy 'maple pecan'! Pancakes perhaps?
Dragon Born - 'Musky and earthy' this fragrance really gives you the sense that you've been on a long journey. Was that a dragon?...
Hippogriff Farts - Did anyone tell you that Hippogriff toots smell like 'fruity bubblegum'? Well now you know.
Headmaster's Office - Remember Dumbledore's password to his office? If so, you'll know this fragrance already. 'Sherbert Lemon!'
Television series and/or Comic Inspired:
Walkers - Rotting flesh? Only if it smells like 'woodsy vanilla'.
Ponyville - Pinkie Pie must be having a party! All of Equestria smells like delicious 'cotton candy'!
Blue Meth - ah Breaking Bad. How we loved thee. If only your meth actually smelled like 'Blueberry Cheesecake'.
Batmobile - Take a ride in the Batmobile. Batman definitely splurged for the 'leather' seats.
Vervain - Vampire Diaries fans will love the smell of refreshing Coconut Lime Verbena.
***If we can make it to $2000 raised, then I will be adding TWO new fragrances to the lineup to choose from! Piranha Plant (Super Mario) and Wolfsbane (The Vampire Diaries) will go nicely with their counter parts, Mario's Stache and Vervain. Piranha Plant will be scented with Sandlewood and Wolfsbane will be scented with Patchouli.***
Risks and challenges
Problems that may arise...
Fragrance issues: I have plans for many different fragrances for this unique line, many of which require mixing fragrances that I have not experimented with yet. I am confident in my ability to properly match up fragrances, but there's always a chance one will smell not-as-planned and have to change the fragrance. Also, making the switch from parasoy to pure soy can effect the scents as well. However, I live less than 30 min from my supply company, so I can fix any issues ASAP.
Delay: Just in case there is more interest in this project than I initially expected, I posted the date as September 2014. I feel like I should be able to supply everyone with their candles by the end of August 2014 but just in case there WAS a delay, I decided to push back the date to give myself some cushion. I will be sure and keep everyone updated on my timeline and estimated shipping dates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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