Friday, June 12, 2009

Ah, The Joy of Candles (Review and Giveaway!)

I have been thinking lately of the simple pleasures in life. Those little things that just make us smile. What is a simple pleasure for you these days? (It could be a bath or a walk....music or lighting a candle!)

Ah ha. Let's think about candles for a minute, shall we?

When I think of candles, I think about a wonderful smell and soothing candle light! And lately I have been indulging myself in candle light while writing on the computer at night....and it really makes a difference in not only how I feel but my house just smells fantastic!!!
I have used many many candles, but just in the last month I think I found one of my favorites. It's Great Lakes Soybean Candles and they are fabulous!!!

I had the pleasure of meeting (through email) Cheri, the owner of Great Lakes Soybean Candles and she is such a wonderful person...so full of information and has such a passion for her candle making business. It's a rarity that you find someone who not only works alone, but also puts everything she has into what she does. Cheri says, "MY GOAL IN 9 YEARS OF CANDLE MAKING HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO PRODUCE A HIGH QUALITY PRODUCT AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE." And she does just that!

Cheri makes ALL of her candles with premium pure kosher soy wax, scent, and cotton wicks. And in this day, it's so refreshing to hear that her products are good for you, your children and your household.
Not only that...but everything she uses to make her candles comes from the USA!! Awesome!

Cheri was nice enough to send me a sample of her products! (And when I say sample, I mean candles, tea lights, burners and soap!)
My absolute favorite item was the 8oz. Jar Candle. I mean, check out the pictures above and below...how cute is this candle? It comes in a mason jar and looks so friendly and comforting. (I have memories of my grandma's peaches and homemade jam in these kinds of jars.)

When you visit Great Lakes Soybean Candles, you will see that Cheri has almost 150 different scents to choose from. (Yes, you heard me right....almost 150! WOW!)
Some of my favorites are Banana Nut, Blackberry Sage, Champagne, Green Tea, and the one I'm sampling now... Lavender and Eucalyptus! (Lucky Me!) This one has burned for hours and hours and is still full. And the scent...well, let's just say that when I opened the box to take the products out, it was pure heaven!
Cheri sells her candles through her store, direct phone orders for fund raisers, (yes, she is nice enough to work with schools, colleges, daycare centers and churches so that they can make a profit from her candles as well!) but mainly on her etsy page. Click HERE to check out her amazing products.

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Now on to the goodies my dear friends. Cheri and Great Lakes Soybean Candles was nice enough to offer one of my readers an 8 oz. Apple Blossom Jar Candle. Yay! How nice is that?

(So, What are the rules you say?)

Well, to enter this wonderful giveaway you first have to visit Great Lakes Soybean Candles and tell me which product and scent is your favorite. Voila, how easy right?

Now for additional entries....(Please leave a separate comment for each entry)

*You can follow me. (And current followers count as well!)
*You can subscribe to this blog.
*You can follow me on Twitter, BrnEyedGal... and Tweet this giveaway. (Please include your Twitter ID and URL of your post too!)
*Post about this giveaway for two additional entries. (Please leave two comments that you did this as well as the URL of your post! Thanks.)

Leave me an email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. US entries only. This contest will run until June 21, 2009 and picked with random generator. I will notify the winner the next day.... GOOD LUCK!

Till Next Time,
Danielle

54 comments:

Tami said...

WOW, I'm a candle junkie LOL. I'm envious of the Lavander a total fav of mine too. YUM. I have tons of candles around my house, always burning always relaxing!

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

OMG candles? Did you say candles? I have like candles burning all the time... and they have creamsicle... and cotton candy. omg...

totally in love
tracy

THE PARIS HOUSE said...

I can put out delicious food, put on great music, get all dressed up, but if I don't light candles it just doesn't feel complete. Some of favorites are fig, lavender vanilla, and venetian. great post!!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

Okay, I'm starving after visiting her shop and reading about all her amazing scents!

Key Lime Pie might be my favorite!

Carey-Life in the Carpool Lane said...

I just realized that I'm not following you! So I'm fixing that now!

Jenjen @GottaLoveMom said...

I love candles -just "zen-ful!"
Have a great weekend!

Connie White said...

I also have met Cheri online through our Etsy Conversations, and she is indeed one great lady! She takes great pride in her candles, as well she should.

Reeni♥ said...

Rain is my favorite scent!

Reeni♥ said...

I'm a follower!

PIFS said...

Hello Friends,

My name is Levi and I currently run a well known shop on etsy called PIFS that supports mental awareness. I would like to let everyone know about this beautiful person named Cheri from www.GreatLakesCandles.etsy.com whom has donated a case of fragrant candles to support our cause and Pay It Forward. We highly recommend visiting www.GreatLakesCandles.etsy.com for some of the best candles we have ever seen or smelled. The aromas are so soothing and we just can't think of a better place to purchase a little happy. So once again, please visit www.GreatLakesCandles.etsy.com and buy one today!

Sincerely,
Levi & DeAnna

Jennifer said...

They sound wonderful! I'm curious about the 'ice cube tray' ones, thought! ;-)

HODGEPODGESPV said...

RAIN GREAT LAKES SOYBEAN CANDLES 8 OZ SOY JAR GREAT FOR THE BATHROOM

as soon as i saw the word rain...i love the smell of rain. i once had a cologne that smell like it...i don't know which is better...rain or tea smells.

Kim said...

LOVE: GREAT LAKES SOYBEAN CANDLES 8 OZ JAR SOY CANDLE DA YOOPER CHRISTMAS EARTHY WOODSY PINE

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JC said...

I love the soybean candle jar in honey!

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Kristin said...

I loooooooove candles!! Her mango butter soap looks awfully fabulous as well!

carma said...

the STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI 8 oz. candle probably smells fab!

carma said...

I am a subscriber

mimi said...

Hey girl! I did your tag and gave you a shout out :)Didn't want you to miss it. Have a great Weekend!!

Julie said...

oh my what a variety of scents Cheri has..one of my all time favorite scents is lavender..Cheri lives in the same great state that I do ;)

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Anonymous said...

cittin candy-yum!!
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PitaGirl said...

Strawberry daiquiri is my favorite!


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HODGEPODGESPV said...

coffee jar candle....i can't stand the taste but i love the smell

Shannon said...

I'd like the CTIRUS AND SAGE 8 OZ JAR SOY CANDLE.

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sibabe64 said...

8oz pumpkin candle

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Tiffani said...

I like the Rain scent.

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Andrea said...

I like the Pomegranate 8oz. soy candle.

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Suzanne said...

I think I'll have the coconut cream pie...thank you very much! I might really order some of these candles.

Suzanne said...

I follow and subscribe:-)

Tamara B. said...

I like the 8oz jar in the scent of PEONY PINK and love the sound of their Mango bar soaps.
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Krystyn said...

I think the mango papaya sounds yummy!

KK said...

mmmm- I think cinnamon bun and maple syrup both sound delish!! what a fun giveaway!

The Nice One said...

WOW...a maple syrup candle??? I am in Yankee heaven! Thanks for the heads up, I may have to order some of those!

TuTu's Bliss said...

hmmm a toss up between almond/vanilla and coconut so I can I chose..almond/vanilla/ cocunut ;) and the mango butter soaps sound wonderful!!!

justicecw said...

I think Cotton Candy sounds like a good one! Thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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janetfaye said...

I like GREAT LAKES SOYBEAN CANDLES LAVENDER.

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Debbie said...

I have had some candles in those jars and I love them. But, I've never seen a key lime pie one! I'd love to try it.
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meandtheblueskies said...

I love soy candles. They are the best. If I had to pick a favorite, I would go with an 8 oz Lily of the Valley cause that is such a nice scent and you never see it in stores. mrblueskies@gmail.com

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