As with so many amazing things in my life, I discovered Shine Candle Company in Kansas City. Each candle from Shine is hand-poured, using only natural ingredients, right down to the lead-free cotton wicks. Beyond being an environmentally-conscious maker, the founder of Shine Candle Co. is beyond sweet, and helped me find my favorite scent at an event in KC.
I have to admit, I'm probably over-the-top when it comes to candles. As I sit here and type this post, I can count 8 candles in my view - without even having to turn my head! That being said, I've worked on finding candles that are naturally made, and especially from small businesses. While I love several scents from Voluspa and Capri Blue, you can't help but feel good buying from a local maker. If you're looking for a new aroma for your home, or an awesome gift you can feel great about giving, be sure to check out Shine Candle Co.
Favorite Scent: No. #23 - Teakwood + Bay Leaf
Why I love it: it strikes the perfect balance of masculine and floral undertones, and isn't overpowering.
What's missing: parabens, dyes, and phthalate (all good things to leave out! This is where the all-natural part comes to play).