By Christina Rylan
Brand: Madison Valley Candles
Introduction to my Madison Valley Candles review:
I love it when I have the opportunity to explore new candle companies completely new to me. And that’s one of the beauties of Candlefind… trying companies I never would have found on my own otherwise. Reviewing also gives me (and you) a different perspective outside of just being a consumer… I don’t just critique the candles, I also learn about the company behind them – their roots and background and how they began… and Madison Valley has a great entrepreneurial and unique story.
Madison Valley began in 2004 when the founder, Sean Wheeler started mixing and pouring candles out of his garage. Isn’t that how the greatest companies start… from a garage? I think so! And Sean’s story is not your typical “I hated store bought candles and decided to make my own.” Nope. He bought a candle making kit so he and his daughter could do something fun together… a father and daughter project that ended up turning into a passion. 5 years later, he perfected his recipe and went with 100% pure soy wax and fragrance oils that are certified organic, kosher and vegan. In fact, I think they take “all natural” a step further. Madison Valley is part of a co-op that produces non-gmo soybeans. From there, they build their own wax so it’s literally produced to their specs with their own ingredients. Who does that?!! You hear that natural candle lovers? Here is a brand that has your name written all over it. LOL! Their fragrances are also custom made to their specs and not your standard oils other candle companies’ use which gives them a more unique edge to their competition. As of today, you can purchase their candles online through their website or locally at many Hallmark stores across the country. Not bad for a guy who bought a candle kit to simply have some fun with his daughter. I love these stories!! This brand has also been featured on The Today Show, QVC and The Oprah has even contacted them for samples as part of her Favorite Things List. How cool is that??
Another added bonus…. you can customize your candles when you place your order. What does that mean? It means you get to choose your size, style, scent, color and wick options from cotton wicks to crackling wood wicks. It’s all up to you.
Browsing their site more, they also offer many different choices from pillars, tea-lights, votives, tart and block melts as well as gift baskets which – by the way – we will be giving one away valued at $95.00 in honor of the next review we’ll be doing. WOOHOO!!!!! Details on that coming up soon!
Oh! They even have an all “Guy” line with scents called Bacon, Pot Roast, Pale Ale and Kentucky Bourbon. Those don’t really sound very appealing to me personally but for a special guy in your life… who knows? What man wouldn’t want their house to smell like pot roast or bacon? So if you do bite the bullet on a man candle… just make sure he burns that bacon or pot roast scent when you’re not home. 🙂
For my first experience, I chose 3 scents I thought would be fun to review.
Honey Ham –This will be a first for me. I seriously had no idea what to expect but thought it was too unique to not review.
Spicy Pears – YUM! What a perfect scent to burn during cold weather. Sweet and spicy all rolled up into one.
And last but not least…. Sweet Sugar. Need I say more? I have a serious sweet tooth and this one sounded perfect.
Up first… Honey Ham. I had to pick this one first with the holidays here and all……