Hello all and welcome to Tasty-Candles! This is a blog and soon to be part-time business about the art of making candles that look and smell like real food.
I began making candles shortly after I started making soap. Many years ago, I owned and operated a B&B inn in rural Pennsylvania. The Inn at Elizabethville was a converted two story 7 bedroom Victorian country home that was built in 1883.
To help pass the time on days when we didn’t have many guests, I began making hand soaps to put in the guest bedrooms. My first hand soaps were of the melt and pour variety. After melting goat milk soap in a pan, I added a color dye and a skin friendly fragrance prior to pouring it into a plastic mold where it could cool and set.
On one particularly slow day, I noticed that as the soap cooled it became pliable and could be sculpted using a butter knife and my fingers. While playing with this product, I crafted this T-bone steak using different colored goat milk soaps to simulate grill marks, fat, and bone.
Since beef candle oil fragrances were not available at the time I made this product, this soap was unscented. Beef fragrances along with bacon, hickory smoke, and apple wood are now sold on Amazon and through other on-line vendors like the Candlemaker’s Store.
One year after making my first food themed soaps, I turned my hand to making candles. Candle making proved to be much more challenging. Although cooling wax can become pliable like soap, the window for sculpting wax is extremely limited. Once the wax cools and solidifies, it becomes brittle. While heating it up will make it pliable, too much heat will simply cause it to melt.
To make candles that looked like food, I had to use silicone molds. Some of them I made. Others were purchased on-line.
Eighteen years have now passed. As my candle making proficiency has grown, I have given some thought to starting a part time business. This blog is dedicated to the story of creating this possible future business.
Over the course of the next year, I plan to apply for a Nevada business license, to deduct the cost of this year’s supply of silicone molds, wax, dyes, wicks, and candle fragrances from my taxes as a business loss, and to create a viable product line complete with recipes detailing the weight of wax, amount of dye, and amount of fragrances to be used for the creation of each candle. At least one prototype of each candle will have to be test burned to confirm that the throw scent meets my expectations. I will also need to confirm that each type of candle has an even burn rate and may need to adjust the size or placement of the wicks. I will need to explore packaging, the creation and use of adhesive labels, boxing, and mailing. I will also need to set up an on-line store.
Join me on this adventure to see how the Tasty-Candle company prospers over the next year. Will this startup ever be successfully launched? Will anyone even want my candles? This journey promises to be interesting.
Edit update, July 19, 2021: Having secured my state business license, I now have access to Shop Nevada; an Etsy-like retail platform that’s free for Nevadans who are selling goods that are produced in this state.
Since I wouldn’t want to ship candles in this summer’s heat only to have customers receive melted products, Tasty-Candles will be a seasonal business. At this point I am thinking of going operational some time in October of 2021. I will post a further update as I get closer to the virtual launch of this store.