What happens when you or a loved one has just learned they have breast cancer? Get angry? Cry? Fight? Perhaps all of these things? As the owner of By the Bay Botanicals, I learned my mother Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. Both of our minds were spinning with questions of why, how, what are we going to do. One thing you do learn right away is you are not alone. So many people including nurses, doctors, survivors and friends and family are willing and able to help support the patient's journey towards a cure. Since April my mother had a very long journey towards curing cancer by having two lumpectomies, chemotherapy treatments, and a double mastectomy. Today, she is cured, but swears she couldn't have been able to do it without the help and support of family and friends. It is this idea, to want to help others who are taking the same journey of beating breast cancer, which inspired the creation of a breast cancer awareness candle. This candle is meant to be a beacon or light shining hope and love for those battling cancer. Additionally, $1.00 from the sale of each candle will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. To get your candle now or learn more, click on the photo. This candle can only be bought through By the Bay Botanicals website and future art and craft festivals where By the Bay Botanicals products will be sold.
~ Michelle Sholund, owner of By the Bay Botanicals (www.bythebaybotanicals.com)
Palm Springs Pear Berry Oasis
Each month we love to highlight a candle from our Palm wax Destination Scentations candle line that best fits that month. This June we're highlighting Palm Springs Pear Berry Oasis - a stunning soft peach/pink colored candle with a beautiful aroma of mixed berries and meaty, fresh pears. One whiff and you'll think you're transported to a breath taking desert spa complete with palm trees, tranquil pools and endless massages, just like the popular travel destination, Palm Springs. This makes a great gift for the super moms you know who never take time for herself, those who love to travel to Palm Springs or wish to go there, as well want a unique candle to burn for summer (it makes a great outdoor party candle too). Get yours now as through the month of June they're $1.00 off! Click on the photo for more info!
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
I am the owner of By the Bay Botanicals. We want to stay connected to you, and through this blog we aim to share with you tips and tricks to buying and burning candles as well as read up on what goes on behind the scenes at By the Bay Botanicals. Feel free to comment, and comment often as well as share with your friends and family.
Wish to contact me directly about questions or comments, visit our contact page.