I love Purbliss Soy Candles and for those of you lucky enough to get a Vegan Presence October package, I bet you are enjoying your purbliss soy candle as well! These candles, with their sleek packaging and design, create a cozy ambiance in our loft and keep our home smelling wonderful. For autumn and in preparation for the holidays, these are the scents on my rotation:
pumpkin pie bliss (my favorite purbliss candle and it smells good enough to eat)
pumpkin spice (another fabulous fall scent, but different from pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is more gourmand and pumpkin spice has cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice notes to it )
cranberry spice (to be honest I was never really fond of cranberry scents until I tried this. Wow, now I would love to find a perfume like this! It smells good enough to wear! FYI, I’m burning my Purbliss cranberry spice candle as I write this.)
citrus herb (another fabulous scent that would make a great unisex perfume)
fresh plumeria (really pretty scent)
christmas tree (if pine could smell sexy, it would smell like this!).
gingerbread bliss (smells so delicious, again smells tempting enough to eat!)
peppermint (perfect holiday winter scent, cool and refreshing).
Purbliss- I can’t think of a better name for these candles as their scents are seriously blissful and they are VEGAN, cruelty-free, better for the environment and safe for burning in your home! A win-win!
Speaking of win, do you want to win 2 sets of Purbliss limited edition, holiday 4-pack soy candles?! Purbliss is generously giving away two holiday 4-packs to 1 lucky winner. The recipient will get to choose the scents for one of the 4-packs. You can make them all the same or choose 4 different scents. Purbliss has hundreds of scents to choose from! For the second set, Purbliss will surprise you with four Holiday Scents of their choosing. These gift sets are a $40 value and contain a total of eight, 2 oz candles. Each gift pack is made of four 2oz tins individually decorated for the season and then packaged as a set in cello wrap with ribbon and tag. Each tin burns for 10 hours. All Purbliss candles are made of 100% pure soy grown here in the USA.
The details of how to win will be explained after our interview with one of the Purbliss owners. So let’s learn more about this awesome, American owned, family business.
Frank: Hi, My Name is Frank Bence and I am a co-owner of Purbliss Candle Co. along with my wife Bernie, son Chris and his wife Mary.
Andrea: Why did you start PURBLISS and how did you get into candle making?
Frank: Purbliss was an idea that my oldest son Chris and his wife Mary came up with. They are wedding photographers and noticed that the typical candles being sold and used in venues like weddings and restaurants were rather smokey and not only left a trail (black soot) on the container or surfaces nearby but also marred the photos they were taking. They did a lot of photo shopping per the request of their clients to clean up great photos that had blemishes that detracted from the photo, one of which was smoke. Long story short they heard about “smokeless” or “natural” candles, researched these alternatives and found that there were natural candles being made out there in the Artisan marketplace. They were thinking about adding candles to their wedding package offering and so Purbliss the concept of a Blissful Candle made of pure ingredients was born in summer-fall time-frame of 2008. At the end of 2008 I was laid off from work. I had this job for two years after being laid off of a previous job of 30 years back in 2006. So 3 months passed and with still no prospect of work, when my son and his wife approached me and my wife about the candle business. We accepted and in March of 2009 Purbliss Candle Co was a reality. We started making candles in the kitchen and had our first venue in April.
Andrea: Please educate us on why soy candles are better and safer for us (not to mention vegan!)
Frank: When Chris and Mary selected Soy as an ingredient it was after researching other types of candle materials out there. Most other candles today are Paraffin based, which is a petroleum by-product. The petroleum is the source of several known toxins that are harmful over long term exposure. They soot and typically leave a residue, emit toxins, burn hotter and can cause damage to surfaces that the wax may come in contact with. In contrast Purbliss Soy Candles burn clean, they are virtually sootless. Wick maintenance is required to maintain a sootless burn. Only source of soot is the wick, and we use quality pure cotton wicks. Purbliss Soy Candles are toxin free. When burning they emit no toxic chemicals, just a wonderful scent. In many cases people with respiratory problems can safely burn a Purbliss Soy Candle, since the candle does not emit any smoke, particulates or toxins. Purbliss Soy Candles burn cooler. The candle pools into an oil that is safe to the touch. (The flame on the wick is still hot, so don’t touch that!). Purbliss Soy Candles are water soluble. Spill our candle and you can just wash it out with soap and warm water. Purbliss candles use ingredients that are grown and made in the USA.
Andrea: You have a lot of delicious smelling and unique candles, what inspires you to come up with the plethora of scents?
Frank: Purbliss Soy Candles scents are derived of high quality oils that are infused with essential oils. We are currently testing Pure Essential Oils and will be introducing a new line of candles sometime next year. One fact about Soy is that it doesn’t have a scent of its own so when it burns you only smell the scent that is blended into the soy.As far as our selection of scents, it’s all subjective on our part. There are literally thousands of scent oils available to choose from. We also do a little experimenting of our own to come up with some unique combinations. And we are also customer driven. There are several scents we have today that were introduced to us by our customers.
Andrea: What is your favorite scented candle you carry?
Frank: My favorites… Cranberry Spice, Grapefruit, Holiday Sparkle, Lemon pound cake to name a few…. It may be easier to tell you which ones I don’t like, but then it’s all really subjective.
Andrea: What makes your soy candle different from others on the market?
Frank: What sets us apart from others is the fact that we use an unblended pure Soy. There are many varieties of Soy blends that provide for certain characteristics. For instance Soy tarts use a blend that prevents the tarts from crumbling. The blend makes for a harder product and raises the melting point, which means they burn hotter. Our Soy is very soft with a low melting point and when we make tarts, they are to order. They don’t travel well. There are blends to ensure smooth tops, total adhesion to the container, eliminate frosting and so on. At Purbliss we just take more time and care to make a quality product.
Andrea: Any future scents or new candles we should be on the lookout for this holiday?
Frank: As far as new scents we have several on the drawing board. We’ve just recently released a Hot Buttered Rum, and we plan to add Frankincense, Mulberry, Winter garden and Mistletoe to the list.
Andrea: What plans does Purbliss have in store for the future?
Frank: Right now it’s business as usual. We don’t do a whole lot of marketing. Most of our business is referral and repeat. In the beginning when this was a fulltime operation and had we pursued this as a means of living, we would have ventured into accreditation or certifications to set us apart. But today we’ll keep it simple, and keep this more of a hobby than a business.
Andrea: Thanks so much Frank for taking the time to participate in the interview and giveaway!
Want to experience purbliss candles? 1 lucky winner will be randomly selected to win two exclusive sets of PURBLISS travel sized, holiday soy candle set described above. TO ENTER YOU MUST LIKE PURBLISS on FaceBook. To increase your chances of winning, you can have 4 more additional entries by: following Purbliss on Twitter, following Vegan Presence on Twitter, liking Vegan Presence on FaceBook, and subscribing to this blog Sprouting Random Thoughts. That’s a total of 5 entries to increase your chances of winning these delightful candles. Make sure to detail what you did to enter by either: posting a comment on this blog, or on Vegan Presence’s Facebook page, or send a tweet to Vegan Presence. If you’re not feeling social, you can always just send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org detailing what you did to enter. I will announce the winner on December 5, 2013. This giveaway is open to US residents only. Best of Luck!
Andrea, Co-Founder of Vegan Presence
You can also use coupon code vegansoy20 to receive 20% off ANY candle purchase. Candles make awesome gifts!