Friday, October 17, 2008
"E-tailer Spotlight" - Just Right Candles
The “e-tailer spotlight” this week features Amanda of Just Right Candles. She doesn’t make your traditional wicked candles. Her expertise is in flameless, sootless, wickless candles filled with wonderful scents! When the candles are melted in an electric warmer to release the fragrant aroma throughout your house or office, there are no dangers from flame or any messy soot to contend with. Just Right Candles offers quality products and great customer service.
Some of the wickless options listed on Just Right Candles are: wickless jar candles, jumbo melts, mini melts, and air fresheners. Amanda offers warmers and gift sets. The product by scent category on the website is most helpful. You can go here to see which products are available in each scent. Just Right Candles sells wholesale, has an affiliate program and a gift registry.
Be sure to visit Amanda at Just Right Candles. Browse around and come back to our blog to leave a comment about one of her products or her website. One lucky person who comments will win a holiday sampler pack of wonderful, fragrant tarts. I happen to know for a fact that Amanda makes tarts with a great scent throw – she sent me a Country Berry Hotcakes – Yummy! My house smelled soooo good! The drawing will be Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2:00 pm (central time). Be sure and leave a comment at the end of this post to be entered.
Tell me a little about yourself and/or your business.
My name is Amanda Kennerly and I am the owner of Just Right Candles. My company makes handmade wickless candles. I love wickless because you can use them in places that you can not use a traditional candle. And the scent is must stronger and lasts longer.
How or why did you start your business?
I have always had a love of candles. Even when I was little and my mom would buy candles I would always be there poking at the wax or just watching the flame. As I got older, I still loved candles, but could ever find one strong enough. I would always say that I wished I could make my own candles. One day after saying this for the 50th time my husband said, “Why don’t you start your own business making candles”? That thought had never occurred to me. Once I started I was in love. BUT, shortly after starting our landlord told me that I would have to stop. No open flames allowed where we lived. I was crushed. I just started and already I have to stop. I didn't know what to do. I was on some candle making message boards and heard about wickless candles on there. Then it hit me. I can have a whole new market with just selling wickless candles. And Just Right Candles was born.
Do you carry handmade products? Do you make them yourself?
All of my wickless candles are handmade by me.
What’s your favorite product to make or create?
My favorite product would be making the tarts that are in shapes. Right now I have molds for cherries, strawberries, mulberries, blueberries, raspberries, roses, hearts, and a little birdy. I love to see how realistic they come out and how great they smell.
Do you have a storefront, sell strictly on-line or both?
I sell online and at craft fairs.
Website and email address.
My home website is www.justrightcandles.com.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have more than one website?
I have a blog www.justrightcandles.blogspot.com and my space at www.myspace.com/justrightcandles.
Do you work at another job?
I have a 'day job' as a Children Services Coordinator at a group home here in Tucson, AZ. I work with kids that have been removed from their home by Child Protective Services due to neglect or abuse.
What or who inspires you?
My children always inspire me to keep going and to stay a kid a heart.
When I first starting researching candles, I came across Becky Howard of bizzysbcandles.com and I just love her work. She is also a graphic designer and her site always looks great. She has done all the graphics on my website.
Do you have a favorite quote or saying?
I would say that one of my favorite is "With God All is Possible" and of course "No Flame. No Soot. Just Scent."
What advice would you offer to someone starting their own business?
I would say to make sure you are organized. I do not know what I would do without my husband. Also to make sure you absolutely need it BEFORE you buy it. Starting any business is very expensive in the beginning. Always be prudent with your finances.
Just Right Candles provides your wickless no flame, no soot, safe alternative to traditional candles.