We all love burning our favorite candles at home – whether it’s winter and you want to get cozy or it’s summertime and you’re enjoying your favorite scent. But did you know that the majority of your scented candles are made from synthetic fragrances which can put your health at risk?
While scented candles are great for creating a relaxing ambiance, some candles can emit hazardous chemicals when you burn them such as benzene and toluene, which can cause damage to the brain, lungs, and central nervous system as well as cause developmental difficulties in children. Frequent use of candles with synthetic fragrances can lead to allergies, asthma, and even cancer.
Introducing: Pure Soy Wax Candles
We’ve created a 100% pure soy wax candle with a wooden wick that is organic, non-toxic, eco-friendly, and sourced from FSC-certified mills. Our candles come in Solace or Unmasque Essence housed in a recyclable clear glass jar. The 11oz candles burn for 100+ hours and the 3oz candles burn for 30+ hours, all while emanating the aroma of the natural essence – we don’t ever use any synthetic fragrance in our products!
The 3oz pure soy wax candles are great for smaller rooms such as a bath or laundry area, while the 11oz pure soy wax candles work well in bedrooms or living rooms.
Burning Your Candle
For best results, trim the wooden wick to between 1/4 to 1/2 inch before lighting. On your first use, tiny sparks and crackling may occur. Our wooden wicks burn slowly with a small flame to extend the candle’s life and help keep your air clean.
To maximize your candle’s burn time, do not extinguish the flame until the entire top layer of wax is melted to the edges. Blowing out your candle too soon could cause the candle to “tunnel” or only burn down the middle. When your candle tunnels, the wick cannot get enough oxygen to burn and will make it hard to light in the future.
After your first burn, it’s best to keep the wood wick trimmed – pinch off the split part of the wooden wick before you light it again to help maintain the wick and keep your candle lit.
What People Are Saying
“I’m super sensitive to synthetic scents, especially candles, so I was so excited to see that Ambre Blends made these pure candles. They are the only ones that I like to burn and use because I’m not coughing or reacting to them like I would a typical store-bought candle. Plus the Solace scent is so unique that you can’t help but want to use it all the time.”
“This was given to me as a gift and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on another one! Perfect for mommy’s quiet time (which doesn’t happen very often) when I take a bath. Love the smell and amazed at how long the scent lingers. Love it!”
Amanda has been part of the Ambre Blends team part-time since June, and we are so lucky that she decided to come on board full-time at the end of October!
Amanda started out working in Shipping and Fulfillment and has moved into Production where she makes Ambre Blends products by hand with love. “Amanda is the perfect addition to the production department,” said Ambre. “Her playful nature and ability to work so well with everyone is appreciated by all of us here at Ambre Blends.”
Read on to find out more about Amanda in today’s Staff Spotlight!
What is a day in the life of Amanda like? But first…COFFEE! After getting our boys around for school, I’m out of the door before they catch the bus. Thankfully, my husband has a very flexible work schedule and is able to tackle that part. After work, it’s a typical evening of dinner at the dinner table followed by a bit of family roughhousing (boy mom). I always make time to squeeze in a workout. I do have the guilty pleasure of earning Survivor or The Bachelor/ette if they’re on. Nine times out of ten, I look at the clock and it’s close to midnight.
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Since none of my sweet sisters live nearby, and my house is full of boys, working at Ambre Blends is like having sisters. We all get along, work hard and play hard.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? I’m a firm believer that what you put in your body should be just as important as what you put on your body. We eat pretty clean and I try to buy locally grown produce whenever possible. About 90% of the food we buy is organic except for the occasional pack of Oreos! We use Tom’s toothpaste, Ambre Blends Natural Deodorant, Dr. Bronner’s and Mrs. Meyer’s soaps and household cleaners. We use A LOT of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I used to be a die-hard Solace girl, but Ahnu is definitely creeping up into first place. I love the Skin Tonic and so does my husband. I LOVE the Body Cream and Ambre Glow. I think the Glow is a flirty twist on the Body Cream.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I’ve had a snowball fight in shorts and a tank top on the 4th of July! (One of my brothers lives in remote Alaska and he got married on the 4th of July.)
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Music plays a big role in our lives. We see a lot of concerts. My parents have a several hundred-acre farm in northern Indiana that we love to spend time at. My in-laws also have a lake house in northern Indiana, right down the road from my parents. The long and short of it…when we aren’t at a concert, we are in northern Indiana riding dirt bikes, snowmobiles and boating!
Why do you think people should be using Ambre Blends products? Every single item in our product line has been hand-made, hand-labeled and inspected with the consumer’s best interest in mind. I wish people knew the amount of LOVE that radiates inside the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, it’s truly a magical place.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? It’s been a pipe dream of mine for YEARS to be part of the Ambre Blends team. I was literally over the moon when I was offered a job with the company. I’m so proud to tell people “I WORK THERE” When the opportunity presents itself. I think that everyone deserves a job that they love and also where they are valued. Ambre treats every single one of us exceptionally well.
What was your first job? My first real job was at an ice cream shop called The Creamery. I rode my Honda Spree to work!
Meet the newest member of the Ambre Blends team, Leslie Agan! Leslie has taken the role of Production Manager for two months now, and you might be surprised to know that she is Ambre’s mom (along with being a mom to four others)! While we’re in the middle of expanding our building and gearing up to launch our fifth scent, Leslie is keeping the production team right on track.
“The most important things to me in life are my relationship with Christ, my family (and six grandchildren), my love for what I do for a living and accomplishing goals I set for myself.” Find out more about Leslie in her Staff Spotlight!
What is a day in the life of Leslie like? Blessed and busy!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? Creating all the different products and working with fun and wonderful people.
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Ambre Blends, of course! My daughter has been waking me up to the world of natural products and organic foods over the years. Now I am paying attention and looking forward to exploring more as I now understand the importance of a healthy clean lifestyle.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? My go-to is Solace Essence. I wear the Oil Essence, Skin Tonic, Deodorant, Body Cream and I love burning the Soy Wax Candles. I mix Solace with all the other scents sometimes to change it up. So I guess you could say that I wear them all! I am very much looking forward to the new scent as I believe it will get people out of their comfort zone of just wearing Ambre Essence (original). We are actually making all the products now in the new scent to prepare for our launch in May.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I enjoy horseback riding.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? Landscaping my yard. It’s mentally clearing and relieves the stress of my busy lifestyle.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? The love and passion that goes into the process. From the very beginning to fulfillment (shipping). Its a joyful process!
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? Working with my daughter.
What was your first job? From 15 to 18 years of age, I worked at Laughners Cafeteria. To support my family which started at the ripe age of 21, I went into the dentistry field. Once my kids were in middle school, I started my own business sewing for designers in the greater Indianapolis area. I did that for 28 years and am now running the business while I can also step away and work with the growing company as Production Manager.
Do you ever wonder who makes all the Ambre Blends products that you order? When you step into the Ambre Blends Disco Hut, you’ll find Alison Agan, our Production and Fulfillment Assistant, making your products by hand with love! Since starting with Ambre Blends in August of 2016, Alison not only works in production but helps with shipping.
What is a day in the life of Alison like? During the week, you can find me cranking out product at Ambre Blends and coming home to some Netflix and ping pong. Friday and Saturday, I’m working at The Compass. Sunday is for pajamas and organized sports. Or unorganized…it’s Sunday so who cares!
What is your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The team I have the privilege of working with every day. We get to come together and provide people with their favorite products not only nationally but internationally, which is mind-blowing considering the humble beginnings of Ambre Blends. We can get goofy and we can certainly get down to business. Did I mention it’s the best smelling work place on the planet? That’s another bonus!
What are some of your favorite organic products that you use? Organic food is my favorite. I love all food but organic is my favorite!
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I’m an all-out oil junkie. Solace and Invoke mixed together is my magical potion of choice. The Skin Tonic has also completely simplified my skincare routine.
What is a fun fact about you that people don’t know? I was born in a truck on Highway 101 in California. Literally born Ford tough.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I’m a true night owl and like any late night social scene revolving around food. I love to paint so if I’m feeling creative I can go to town on a canvas. Also, I like to get out in nature with my two pit bulls and my husband.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What makes Ambre Blends so special is how intimate yet powerful it is. It is so memorable but not invasive. When I first met my husband he wore Ambre Essence. I was wearing one of his shirts and could not get over how addictive yet light the scent was. So yeah, Ambre Blends is great for starting relationships.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? Being able to use our platform to spread information about the benefits of not only wearing more natural products but the impact of supporting local businesses and companies that support a greener lifestyle.
What was your first job? Working for my family’s tree service. Hauling brush, driving a dump truck, roping down trees…you know…the normal job for a 13-year old girl!
You might not realize all the work that goes on behind the scenes at Ambre Blends, but all of our products are handmade with love, including the sample packs. That’s where product specialist Sara Harris comes in. This rockstar pours, caps and labels over 1,500 sample vials per week every week! Sara has been on the Ambre Blends team for six years and we can’t imagine life without her.
What’s a day in the life of Sara like? I wake up, wash my face and get a coffee. I take my dog, Molson, outside and come back to wake up my four year-old daughter Maggie (she likes to sleep). I get her ready for school, pack up and head out the door. I drop her off at school and take Molson to puppy daycare. Then I’m off to work at Greek Tony’s until I go pick up Maggie from school. On busy days, we’ll go back to Greek Tony’s, if not we head to a park. Later on we pick up Molson and go home. After Maggie goes to bed I work on the samples.
What’s your favorite part about working for Ambre Blends? The best part about Ambre Blends is being able to work for a company that is all-natural, organic and local to Indiana.
What are some of your favorite organic products to use? Up until I had my daughter, I wasn’t too conscious of the products that I used for myself. Once she came into my life, I noticed how important organic products are for cleaning and eating. I buy the Annie’s brand of mac n cheese, crackers and fruit snacks. I love Shea Moisture and Seventh Generation; they get the job done without the harmful deposits left behind like the non-organic products on the market.
What is your favorite Ambre Blends product/essence? I love Solace. I also love to mix the Ambre with Solace. I’ll use the Ambre Spritzer and the Solace Roll-On. The one thing that I love about Ambre Blends products is that you can mix and match any of them to create something unique. In the summer, I love LOVE the Ambre Glow. When I put it on I feel like it enhances my natural skin tone…and it smells good too.
What’s a fun fact about you that people don’t know? My favorite sport is hockey, I was raised on it. My dad played professional hockey for the Buffalo Sabres in 1972. My dad coached my brother in travel hockey and people would ask me, “Oh, have you been here?” I would say, “Yeah, I’ve been to the ice rink, the Holiday Inn and the Perkins in town.”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work? I love to travel and see live music. The best is when I can do both of those at the same time. I’ve gone to a lot of places, toured the city and when it gets closer to the evening some friends and I would make our way to the venue to catch the show we were there for. But nothing beats taking an evening walk with Maggie and Molson while listening to Maggie jab away.
Why should people be using Ambre Blends? What’s the number one thing you wish people knew about Ambre Blends? People should use Ambre Blends because it’s an all-natural product that is not overpowering to people around you. It is a natural oil that becomes part of your body chemistry. It’s not a perfume. Just because you can’t smell it on yourself all the time doesn’t mean people around you aren’t smelling it. It becomes part of you.
What has been one of the most rewarding experiences about working at Ambre Blends? I’ve been able to watch a small company grow to where they are today. I used to fill twenty samples a week of three scents and sometimes beg to do more. Now, I fill four scents and not only just the oil but the Skin Tonic and Face and Beard Tonic samples as well. It has been cool to see a company that started in Ambre’s basement blossom all across the United States.
What was your first job? Working for my parents at their restaurant, Greek Tony’s Pizza and Sub Shop (Carmel, Indiana). I used to sit in the office at 10 or 11 years old and when someone ordered a soup they would yell back, “Soup lady!” I would hop out of the chair and gladly grab a soup to help out my parents’ employees.
Anything else we should know? I try to remind myself every day that life is way too short, explore and take no regrets.