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My Candle Collection + A Giveaway!

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comIf you’ve been following along for even a short while now, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I love candles. I like the way they look styled throughout my house, I enjoy the ambiance they add, I appreciate the flickering glow of a tiny flame, and I’m all about the way they make my home smell. Speaking of scent, I think fragrances have the ability to transport us to a past point in time or a memory. Has that ever happened to you? Certain candles remind me of a specific moment, favorite place, people, and have a way of stirring up sweet nostalgia. Shortly after Emmett & I decided to start our shop, I began brainstorming how I could create my own line of candles for Tuesday Made, since it’s something I’m passionate about. I wanted to share the story with you, a glimpse into the process, and details behind each fragrance. Click through! This is a fun post and I’ve got a giveaway for you at the end… don’t forget to enter.

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comI started this process last March, but before diving in, I made a list of everything I wanted our candles to include and encompass- natural soy wax, cotton wicks, high-quality fragrance, a clean burn, a heavy glass jar that could be reused or repurposed, made in the USA, hand-poured in small batches, and I wanted to work with a women and minority-owned business. After searching high and low for that tall order, I finally found someone and began the fun part of the process: formulating and nailing down the fragrance profiles. I knew I wanted five unique candles to start, and I had a very specific vision for how I wanted those to look and smell. After sampling hundreds of fragrances, making notes, and adjustments, I finally landed on five fragrances I’m really proud of. I’ll talk about those in a bit.

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comThe next part of the process was almost as fun as fragrance testing… designing the jars and packaging. Some of you already know, I actually have a background in graphic design, so luckily I didn’t have to hire a production artist. Fun fact- I used to design chocolate packaging back in the day, but that’s a story for another time.

I opted for simple black, glass jars with a heavy weighted bottom. They’re sophisticated and can easily be reused or repurposed once the candle is empty, by removing the label. I could envision them as highball glasses, vessels for toiletries (cotton balls, cosmetic rounds, cotton swaps, etc), a jar for makeup brushes, pens, or pencils… or even a bud vase. I didn’t want the vessel itself to be tossed in the trash once the candle was finished burning.

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comAs for the box, I kept it equally as simplistic. The minimal typography shares more about the fragrance notes and candle care details, then once you open it- you’ll notice a tiny embossed box of matches. I’m a details person, so I wanted to include a tiny surprise. I love matches just as much as I enjoy candles! You really can’t have one without the other.

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comBack to the fragrances… they’re all so lovely! My favorite changes based on my mood and the time of year. My current favorite is Woodland, followed by Warmth and Amber. Those three are perfect for the fall and winter seasons. Clean and Grove will be incredible for spring and summer, but they all work year round- as in, none are too specific. It just depends on your preference. I spent a great deal of time figuring out what each candle reminded me of and the best way to describe them, so I’m just going to copy my notes below…

  • Woodland … is a combination of fir needles, patchouli, leather, and spices. It’s a deep, fragrant escape into the forest. This sophisticated masculine scent with cedarwood notes is perfect for the fall and winter seasons.
  • Amber … is a testament to the beauty of balance. This intoxicating scent offers the femininity of floral tones with a masculine edge of light musk and amber notes. It will fill your home with an invigorating fragrance, perfect for fall and winter.
  • Warmth …is currently the most popular member of our collection. It brings light notes of spiced tobacco and leather, complemented by ginger and vanilla. It’s a versatile fragrance, and is ideal for a cozy night at home.
  • Grove … is an incredible mélange of citrus, spices, evergreen, and fir that is light, fragrant, and romantic- like walking through a citrus grove. This crisp candle is the perfect fragrance to burn year round.
  • Clean … is an homage to one of the most beloved scents in the world: clean laundry. It smells like crisp linen and a fresh breeze on the perfect spring or summer day. It’s the perfect fragrance that fills your home with that crisp scent we all crave- the one that accompanies a tidy home.

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comI actually need to rephotograph the candles for our website, and am really looking forward to it. Emmett photographed the current thumbnail images and while they’re great for that, I’m excited to style them and better depict their fragrance profile via photo in the coming weeks. It’s a fun creative project I’ve been itching to tackle! I’ve always envisioned them a certain way, but in an effort to launch before the end of the year, we included basic photos to start. Our shop has been such a fun learning experience for the both of us, and has allowed me to be creative and challenged in ways I never expected. Thanks again for your encouragement and support along the way!

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comReady for the giveaway info? It’s actually taking place on Instagram, but I’ll be doing more of these across other platforms as well, in the future (Facebook, Pinterest, The Blog, etc).

GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away an entire set… the full Tuesday Made candle collection: Woodland, Amber, Warmth, Grove, and Clean! One lucky reader will receive all five candles, valued at $160.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @tuesdaymade and @roomfortuesday on Instagram.
  2. Like this candle photo I shared on Instagram and tag a friend in the comment section of that IG post.

My Candle Collection + A Giveaway! - roomfortuesday.comWhich candle do you think you would like the most? I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you back here on Monday. We’ll be packing boxes again this weekend and I’m hoping to take the dogs on a little hike, as well as spend some time baking in the kitchen. How is there only three weeks left of this year?!

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  • Reply
    Peggi
    December 10, 2020 at 5:01 am

    Such a beautiful collection!! I adore their graphic simplicity, and the fragrance profiles sound divine! Of course you included an adorable box of matches. I can definitely see them becoming a perfect set of glasses once they’re empty. I’m dying to give them a sniff! From the descriptions, I bet Woodland will be my favorite, but the idea of Grove also has me intrigued. Scent memories are so powerful! Just the mention of citrus blossoms takes me back to AZ. Have you ever been there in the spring? The combination of orange blossoms and palo verde is intoxicating, and the smell of creosote bush is pure magic! A student once described it as the scent of water. Makes me long for a hike in the desert right now! But back to your candles…so exciting! I’m confident that each one is brilliant. Seeing your new styled photos of them will be a fun way to appreciate your vision.
    Have a lovely weekend! I think we’re expecting snow, so hopefully you’ll get some too. It has been dry and freezing here.❄️💜

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      Sarah
      December 10, 2020 at 11:36 am

      Thanks Peggi! I HAD to include the matches… it’s just me. Ha! I can’t wait for your to give them a sniff :) Scent memories really are powerful. I love what you’re describing in Arizona. Emmett and I visited Laure Anne last spring and I loved every second of AZ in that season. It was the perfect escape from our snow at that time. Now I’m over here wishing for snow. Hopefully we both get some. I can’t wait to see how the new pup reacts to the white fluffy stuff. Cash & Cros are alllll about snow. Our entire family is missing it right now. Ha! Have a lovely and relaxing weekend ahead! xo

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    Lynn
    December 10, 2020 at 7:41 am

    Love the packaging of the candles! Tough to choose which would be my favorite but I’m always partial to Amber and Woodland fragrances. Looking forward to the Spring to change over to Clean & Grove. Best of luck with your new venture – such beautiful things!!!

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      Sarah
      December 10, 2020 at 11:33 am

      Thank you so much, Lynn! I love those two fragrances as well- they’re always my fall and winter go-to. I’m looking forward to burning the others this spring though! Grove is great year-round. Thanks again for your support and encouragement :) I truly appreciate it! Have a great day.

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    Lauren
    December 10, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Ok!!! There’s not a single scent I wouldn’t purchase based on your description! I’m sitting here with my coffee going “yes…ohhhh I’d love that…mmmmm” 😂🤣Jeff probably thinks I’m crazy. I’m very excited about these candles and hoping to try each one at some point. The containers are stunning, the packaging is impeccable, and those matches are the perfect addition! In short…I can’t wait! You’re too sweet to do such an amazing giveaway, and I’m very excited for whomever scores this one! Cheers to Thursday, and a weekend around the corner. I’m hoping to get into the kitchen too. Have a great day Sarah!

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      Sarah
      December 10, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Awww yay! Thank you! I love hearing that, Lauren :) Haha!! I’m laughing at you talking out loud and Jeff wondering what you’re doing. I do that all the time. Emmett always asks, “are you talking to you again? or me?” Lol! You should have seen us narrowing down fragrances. Haha! There were samples ALL over our house. It was actually really fun. Happy Thursday and cheers to the weekend ahead!! xo

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    Amanda
    December 10, 2020 at 7:56 am

    An entire set?! Wow that is so generous! They all sound so lovely. I love the styling of ‘warmth’ in the white dish. Is that also available at TM?

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      Sarah
      December 10, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Thank you, Amanda! The white candle pedestal is from a local artist- we carry her pieces in our shop, but they’re currently all sold out (they went fast). I’ve placed another order with her, so as soon as they come out of her kiln, I’ll be listing more :)

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        Amanda
        December 10, 2020 at 6:55 pm

        I’ll be patiently waiting!

        This is a random side note, but I just have to say I think it is so amazing that you take the time to comment and respond to your readers here on the blog and on insta. I know how busy you are, but you still take the time to do that (even as your reader count and followers continue to grow!). I think you’ve commented back every time I have written something – even if it’s a small comment – and I just appreciate that so much. I always look forward to your posts (on all platforms!) – a bright spot in my day! :)

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          Sarah
          December 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

          Thank you, Amanda! This is really the fun part for me- chatting, making friends, and talking about fun things we’re all interested in :) It’s truly my pleasure to connect and comment. Sleep is overrated anyway ;) Haha! Joking! I truly appreciate you taking the time to read, like, comment, and do all of those things that mean so much to me. Your support keeps me doing the job I love! So thank you. Happy holidays! xox

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    Colleen
    December 10, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Candles make the best gift! Your candles are beautiful Sarah. I gift candles every year and my family always look forward to getting a new one each year ❤️ I saw your candles when Tuesday made launched and I already had candles purchased and shipped to family. Darn it! Next year, they look beautiful and I bet all the scents are amazing. So cool they have matches included too Totally genius idea! As I always gift them every year I’m always on the lookout for something unique. I’m not on Instagram but it’s going to make some lucky winner very happy. Totally awesome and generous 🎄❤️ Have a super day!

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      Colleen
      December 10, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Also, I’d like to mention I love whom you partnered with in the creation of your gorgeous candle collection. Those kind of details are important to me personally in making purchasing decisions. Bravo Sarah!

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        Sarah
        December 10, 2020 at 11:26 am

        Thank you! That was really important to me for our shop. I’m proud we have so many products from amazing women, minorities, independent artists, and small business owners. I’m planning to share more about some of my shop favorites soon and feature the people behind them :)

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      Sarah
      December 10, 2020 at 11:24 am

      They really do… that’s my go-to gift anyway. Yes- keep us in mind next year, Colleen :) I’d be so appreciative! I’ll do a blog giveaway soon, for those who don’t have or use Instagram. Sorry about that! I hope you also have an wonderful day and good weekend ahead! xo

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    Brittany
    December 11, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    I had to laugh with this post because when I won your Instagram giveaway this year-thank you again BTW :)- I nearly tore through the box you sent because when I opened it I immediately recognized the smell from my childhood! I can’t place from where, but it was so familiar and so good. I thought maybe it was one of the candles you sent-though I loved them and have already burned through both-ha!-but it must have been one you had burning in your home when you packed the box. If you remember what it was please let me know!

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      Sarah
      December 14, 2020 at 5:41 pm

      That makes me so happy!! I love how candles and fragrances have the ability to do that. It’s so special! I wish I remembered what that particular candle was. I feel like I burn SO many. Haha! Happy holidays, Brittany :) Really glad you enjoyed the box!

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