Image used with permission of The Chesapeake Bay Trust
This past September By the Bay Botanicals ran a promotion, for the whole month, where 10% of the sales of our Maryland themed palm wax candles was donated to The Chesapeake Bay Trust. This consisted of retail sales from both our website as well as at art and craft shows during the month of September. On behalf of both businesses, we thank you all for your contributions!
The results? Of those candles that sold, $10 was made as a donation to The Chesapeake Bay Trust and with an added boost, By the Bay Botanicals added an additional $10 to help in the effort. The total may not seem like a lot, but every little bit helps. In addition to raising money, By the Bay Botanicals handed out pamphlets which has more info about The Trust as well as information on how to get a Bay License Plate at art fairs to those who have never heard about The Chesapeake Bay Trust. We also shared links to The Trusts website as well as sharing articles via our social media outlets from The Trust's social media sources - it is a start in the right direction. While we are still retweeting information from The Chesapeake Bay Trust, we currently, through this partnership, are working on finding more ways to help raise funds and awareness for the Trust as it is detrimental to help the Chesapeake Bay's fragile ecosystem which so many people in over 5 US states depend on for their livelihood.
To learn more about The Chesapeake Bay Trust, please click on the photo! Please share your thoughts, via the comment section about ideas you have or would like to see done with regard to this partnership for future promotions! We'd love to hear them and you never know, we might use your idea too! Thanks again for your support!
~ Michelle Sholund, owner and craft artist of By the Bay Botanicals
Starting this past August, By the Bay Botanicals became a partner with The Chesapeake Bay Trust. We both share a common goal - helping improve the environment - and teaming up only seemed to be the next logical step for By the Bay Botanicals to help work within our community and give back. Our small company is doing so through several different projects and our current project is our September Promotion: Save the Bay. During the month of September we're donating 10% of the proceeds of all of our Maryland themed palm wax candles to The Chesapeake Bay Trust. This money is goes toward supporting educational and restoration projects, such as the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, as well as grants ranging from small schoolyard habitat plantings to large scale restoration projects.
Here at By the Bay Botanicals we have initiated Go Green business practices such as:
Our business is making it even easier for our fans and candle lovers alike to help the environment by choosing to buy any size of our Maryland themed candles: Annapolis Sail Away, Baltimore Berry Blush, Chesapeake Bay Mist, Cambridge Classic Lavender, Cumberland Christmas Tree, St. Michael's Fresh Strawberry. For each one these candles bought either via this website or at our September art fairs, we will donate 10% of the sales of those candles to the Trust. As a sign of thanks, below check out a few of the photos from our property highlighting our pro-active environmental efforts.
~ Michelle Sholund , owner and craft artist behind By the Bay Botanicals
There is always something new going on with By the Bay Botanicals. Today, and this week for that matter, we're ordering new oils, trying some new blended fragrances and testing these oil mixes in our candles. There is a bit of a process with this. While some candle companies can list "so what haven't we done yet, that we should do when it comes to different and unique fragrances". With By the Bay Botanicals we start with what destinations haven't we covered and then ask, what does that destination smell like? For instance, you just fly to a destination, get off the plane and breathe in the air - what does it smell like? This is how we first go about creating our candles. The destination is first, then the aroma. For those who don't know our candle line, Destination Scenstations is all about the destination - capturing the memories, put it in scent form so you can enjoy the "vacation" any time you want. This is why many people say, its like taking a vacation in a jar. Currently we offer over 25 varieties of destination inspired fragrant palm wax candles, but we aren't stopping there. As we brainstorm different ideas for future scents, we write down those ideas then work with our oil suppliers to come up with possible matches with the scents to the destinations. Our current goal is to work on 3-4 different sets of aromas for a Hawaiian, an Old West, and a Caribbean candle collection. With Hawaii alone there are dozens of unique fragrances - from pineapple to plumeria. Considering all the possible combinations with the goals we have for each type of collection, we have a lot of testing to do. Testing current oil samples rating their potency when burned and working up some fun names for these destination inspired aromas can be fun - the creative process always seems to be, but there is a lot of work to it too. By the end of January we should have our list narrowed and in February we'll announce those results.
Just for fun, Care to take a stab at what fragrances you think we'll be using in the Hawaiian, Old West, and Caribbean collections? It would be neat to see if bright minds think alike. Use the comment button below and feel free to share on twitter and facebook, ok? - Michelle, By the Bay Botanicals
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