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Janine PredmoreBy Janine Predmore
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Janine PredmoreBy Janine Predmore
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$1,201
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13
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 9 2015 11:24 AM UTC +00:00

About

To quote my favorite Toy Story character.....To Infinity…. and Beyond is where I want to take the OhSoy! soy candle brand…. But how did I get to this point??  Here's how it all started….

Being a candle addict, it was only fitting that I received a candle kit from my husband for Christmas. Putting my candle creativity to work right away I began making my own hand poured candles. The kit came with a slab of paraffin wax, so the first candles made were paraffin ones. Not long after it was discovered that my candle burning habit had left a gross layer of soot on my living room ceiling as well as under my cabinets in the kitchen. This was very distressing and the idea of never burning candles again was not even an option ….

So we began researching other wax alternatives. This is how OhSoy! began. We discovered that soy wax is a cleaner burning alternative to paraffin. Soy wax is a lot more finicky to work with than paraffin and much testing was required in order to find the right wax, the right wicks and the best strong smelling fragrances. Now my fun little hobby could feed my candle addiction and not cover my house with nasty soot. I was having a blast making soy candles for everyone as gifts for every occasion. My chiropractor was one of the people that received some OhSoy! soy candles for Christmas and she was immediately hooked. She asked if I would consider selling some to her and that is when she became my very first customer.

Things That Make Scents Logo
Things That Make Scents Logo

With OhSoy! as the candle brand we needed to come up with a company name and that’s when we created Things That Make Scents… This spiraled into an Ebay store and then to a real website with a shopping cart. While still working my full time job, over the years we were able to grow not only our online sales but acquired many wholesale accounts… fast forward to 2006 and I had pretty much taken over the entire kitchen in my house and turned it into a soy candle factory. It was at this time that we decided that we would look around for some retail space. We figured that we can have a retail store in the front and I can move the candle factory and work in the back. I was pouring candles like crazy and still working a demanding full time job. It was time to take a leap of faith, quit the day job and bring the reality of the Things That Make Scents retail store & OhSoy! Candle factory to life.

We opened our doors on March 3, 2007… it was a great day and we were blown away with all the support from friends, family & the community. 

That's Me & the Mayor of Manasquan at the Ribbon Cutting
That's Me & the Mayor of Manasquan at the Ribbon Cutting

We continued to grow and grow over the next five years and celebrated our 5th year anniversary with a big party. It was a wonderful day that I will never forget!

5th Anniversary Sunflower Cake (it was delicious)
5th Anniversary Sunflower Cake (it was delicious)

On October 29, 2012 our dream was almost gone forever when Hurricane Sandy slammed New Jersey. We had over 3 ½ feet of water rolling though our retail store/factory causing great damage and thousands of dollars of loss. I was devastated when I walked through the store and witnessed all the damage and destruction to something that I had built from the ground up.

The retail store after "Sandy" damage.
The retail store after "Sandy" damage.
Warehouse damage after "Sandy"
Warehouse damage after "Sandy"
"Sandy" made a mess with my fragrance oils in the factory.
"Sandy" made a mess with my fragrance oils in the factory.

Without any flood insurance to help cover the losses, we were not sure that we would ever be able to get back open. After spending days with no power, dragging out all the wet, smelly, damaged stuff to the garbage, we were able to better assess the actual damage. After 2 ½ weeks we got power back and slowly started to regain hope that we could get back open and try to salvage the holiday season, which happens to be our busiest time of the year. Sadly we lost about 75% of our holiday merchandise but at least I was able to get back to the factory and start pour candles again and we were able to open up the day before thanksgiving.

The next year after Sandy still came with many challenges as pretty much our whole area was impacted by Sandy in some way or another. Business didn't pick back up as quickly as we hoped. Many of our customers lost their homes completely or suffered severe damage and they had to relocate. Then the following year came with yet another challenge for me with the quick but amicable divorce from my husband and business partner, which now left me running Things That Make Scents alone.

So that's how it all started and here is why I  need your help....

All of our soy candles are hand poured using a 150 lb wax melter and 4 lb pouring pots. Aside from keeping the retail store well stocked with OhSoy! Soy candles, we sell them online at our website and as of this year I have 3 outside sales reps out on the road. The busier we get the more difficult it gets pouring small batches to keep up with all the orders. I want to continue to grow the OhSoy! brand but given the current state of the equipment I have to work with it's really hindering that growth.

4 lbs pouring pots
4 lbs pouring pots

After researching many options, I realized that a machine called the Mark VIII is the best solution and just what I need to move forward, full speed ahead. I will be able to pour thousands of candles per day instead of barely 100.

The Mark VIII
The Mark VIII

You can check out the video of how this machine works. The video is for the Mark VII which was the last version but the Mark VIII does the same thing.

Thanks to Kickstarter, here’s where you come in… this machine is approx. $21,000 so with your generosity and much appreciated support I can purchase this time & cost saving machine and pour our OhSoy! Soy candles faster and more efficiently which will allow me to keep up with the demand of our growing brand. I have only 1 part time employee now but can’t wait to hire more as we continue to get bigger & bigger.

The goal of $25,000 will allow me to cover.......

Purchase of MarkVIII including shipping ($20,884.36)
Purchase of soy wax & jars to make 1000's of candles per day
Backer rewards and shipping costs
Kickstarter and credit card processing fees

We have set up some great rewards for your support. And since OhSoy! soy candles have been in production for many, many years now, filling the rewards will be no problem! 

If we should happen to go over our goal amount that would be amazing and the extra would come in handy to purchase additional supplies and materials to allow us to pour 1000’s and 1000's of candles a day and keep our operation running smoothly.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

You can checkout our websites.
http://www.thingsthatmakescents.com/
http://www.ohsoy.com/

And to keep up with all the things going on around here, you can following me on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter
https://www.facebook.com/ThingsThatMakeScents
https://twitter.com/soylady
https://instagram.com/soylady

Thanks in advance for your time & support!

Risks and challenges

There are really no risks or challenges for us if we are able to successfully complete our Kickstarter project. Our risks and challenges are there if we do not reach our goal and are unable to upgrade our equipment. Keeping up with the growing demand and making sure the OhSoy! soy candle factory is running smoothly is crucial to the continued success of the OhSoy! brand.

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    Contribute $15 an you will receive a handy dandy wick dipper to extinguish your candles quickly & safely. Free Shipping within the USA!

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    Contribute $25 and you will receive a 12 pack of our OhSoy! soy tealights in your scent choice. Free Shipping within the USA

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    Contribute $50 and receive a 7oz jar OhSoy! soy candle in your scent choice. Free Shipping within the USA

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    Contribute $75 and receive a 16oz. jar OhSoy! soy candle in your scent choice. Free Shipping within the USA

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    Contribute $100 and receive a 26oz jar OhSoy! soy candle in your scent choice. Free Shipping within the USA

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    The BIG KAHUNA!
    Contribute $500 and receive 1 of every OhSoy! soy candle product in your scent choice. (You can select multiple scents)

    1- soy wax melt
    1- 12 pack soy tealights
    1- 6 pack soy votives
    1- 7oz soy jar candle
    1- 16oz soy jar candle
    1 - 26oz soy jar candle

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    The NAMESAKE
    Contribute $1000 and receive bragging rights with your own OhSoy! Soy Candle Scent Name.

    You will be able to select the scent you like from one of our original tested fragrance oils and you get to name it. (Please note: inappropriate names will not be accepted). We will create your scent in 16oz jars and they will be available for sale in our retail store as well as our online store for 3 months.

    You will receive a case of 16oz jars in your scent shipped free to share with your family & friends!

    Who knows if your scent is a big hit, it could become part of our regular scent line!

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