Love In A New Light: Valentine’s Day Picks!

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“Never be afraid to start over, it’s a chance to rebuild the life the way you wanted all along.” – Rae Smith

Without a doubt we are living an era of profound change. Positive from some perspectives, negative from others. Mostly there is a sense of uncertainty. The question we ask ourselves is, how can all of us continue to contribute to a better world?

Back i
n 2009, we embarked on a path to promote positive change by empowering women in places like Iraq through artisan-entrepreneurship. Eight years later we are still at it, now working alongside with women refugees here in the U.S. as well. Our message is one of unity, helping those in need, and creating opportunities for everyone to build a brighter future.

With the help of many wonderful partners who embrace fair trade and value the good that handmade products can do, Prosperity Candle has had a positive impact on many lives. But mostly it is you who has made this happen. Whether you call it giving back, shopping for change, or simply being a conscious consumer, you have made a difference.

We also imagine that you love candlelight as much as we so here. Beyond the good our candles do, we strive to create designs and scents that make people happy. Whether purchasing for yourself or as a gift, we want people to enjoy them as much for ambiance they create as the beautiful story behind each candle.

With that in mind, and despite all the change that is going on, we recognize that Valentine’s Day right around the corner and should be celebrated… plus maybe, just maybe, love really can love can conquer all. 

So here we go… our Valentine’s Day favorites, handpoured for you by women refugees here in our little studio.

Our Valentine’s Day Top Picks
1. Time to Unwind

Give the gift of Time to Unwind, perfect recipe to a stress-free moment:

Mullein & Sparrow’s Floral Facial Steam: handcrafted by holistic herbalist Anit Hora, this purifying blend of organic herbs helps detoxify, cleanse and rejuvenate your skin.

Formulary 55’s Milk & Honey Sparkling Bath Tablet

√ The light of our Washi Tea Tin candle burning for up to 18 hours, customizable in 5 fragrance options.
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2. Aleppo Cuisine Gift Set

Give the gift to cook with love:

√ The Aleppo Cookbook: Voted Best Cookbook 2016 by The Washington Post, this book unlocks the secrets of Syrian cuisine through the recipes of renowned Chef Marlene Matar.

√ Custom blended Middle Eastern Spices.

√  The light of our hand-poured, soy blend candle burning for up to 28 hours, available in Chamomile & Sage or Unscented.

3. Simple Delight

Give the gift to enjoy the simple things.

√ The Little Korboose Tea Towel: unbleached organic cotton towel, designed with love by artist April Nemeth.

Formulary 55’s Balsam & Fir Shea Butter Moisturizing Soap.

√ The light of our Washi Tea Tin candle burning for up to 18 hours, customizable in 5 fragrance options.

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4. Replenish Yourself

Give someone the gift to replenish themselves.

Mullein & Sparrow’s Lavender Blossom Body Oil: Handcrafted by holistic herbalist Anit Hora, lavender blossom body oil is formulated with the meditative and healing attributes of pure lavender oil from France. Skin-firming, hydrating and antioxidant-rich.

Formulary 55’s Sea Salt & Lavender Sparkling Bath Tablet.

√ The light of our Washi Tea Tin candle burning for up to 18 hours, customizable in 5 fragrance options.

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5. Washi Tea Tins

Our Washi Tea Tin candles, hand-picked by BuzzFeed and JetSet Times, are a customer favorite! We’ve had a hard time keeping them in stock as they went so fast, but the good news is that they are back, so catch them while they last. Made from Japanese washi paper, they’re customizable in 11 fragrances and 5 colors, and they burn up to 15 hours.

Supporting our women artisans – in style.

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Browse our full selection of Top Picks for Valentine’s Day here!

Don’t forget to send us some love on Instagram!

Do you have one of our candles at home? Share your best shots and tag @prosperitycandle to be featured. Let’s be consciously good, together.

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Light up her Heart on Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day

“There’s a reason some people think they can do anything, they listened to their mothers”.  – a Mother’s Day quote

Mothers are incredible. It goes without saying that we wouldn’t be here without them. But so many are unsung heroes who lend a hand to people in need, bringing them in from the cold to a bright and loving environment. With Mother’s Day approaching on May 8th, we are celebrating these women – and everyone who helps and nurtures those in need.

Moo Kho, one of our candle-makers, is an inspiring example. Having endured years in a refugee camp and being separated from her parents and siblings, she has dedicated her life to helping other families who have also lost everything. And to her daughters for whom she is providing a childhood that is brighter than the one she had.

Time with loved ones is such a precious gift. And being able to spend hours with your mom to share your dreams is in itself a dream. On Mother’s Day weekend, we’ll be closing shop here and heading to Weesie’s house with her favorite candle in hand. Weesie is another unsung hero who has helped many in need over her 78 years, never letting obstacles get in the way, always seeing the best in people. She is our co-founder Ted’s mom, a woman cherished by all.

We wish we could likewise give a candle to every mother in the world. We can’t, of course. But this year we would like to give away 5 of our unique Mother’s Day designs, hand-poured by a woman artisan for your mother, daughter, sister or friend. It’s our small way of helping to celebrate the moms in other people’s lives.

For a chance to win, simply share on facebook which of the candle moments below best reflects how you would spend time with your mom. We wish you good luck!

Tea time

Mother's DayTea and candles are a perfect match… we’ve been combining them in gifts since 2011. Plan your own mother-daughter tea party with these Tika pot candles. You’ll have a chance to finally catch up and she’ll enjoy every minute of it.

Meditation

Mother's DayMothers manage a myriad of tasks all day, every day. She deserves some time to relax. Our Liberte Pot candles come in soothing fragrances and are ideal to create a zen moment in her busy day. To be fair, fathers manage a lot, too… but we’re talking about moms here!

Sweet Tooth

Mother's Day“A mother is a person who seeing there are only three cookies for four people, promptly announces she never did care for cookies” (from a quote by Tenneva Jordan). We say no way, get more cookies! Available in all our springtime fragrances, this pink pot candle is an absolute favorite.

Flower gardening

Mother's DayA bouquet of flowers goes a long way, but why not start with a candle that repurposes as a flower pot? This earth-friendly gift will make any mom happy. It even comes with a set of wildflower seeds from our good friends at Garden Collage.

So there you have it… which one is your favorite?  Light up your Mother’s heart by clicking here to win and give her a Prosperity Candle

#MothersDay #ProsperityCandle #LightUpHerHeart

Earth Hour – flick off, power up!

Earth_Hour_PostWhat are you doing Saturday night? Here’s an awesome idea.

Turn off the lights for 60 minutes.

Across the world on March 28th, millions of people will be doing the same at precisely 8:30pm local time. The reason? To celebrate earth and raise awareness about climate change.

Earth Hour was created in 2007 by the World Wildlife Fund in Sydney, Australia and has since grown into a global lights-off event in more than 162 countries and territories. Check out photos online… you’ll be amazed at the beauty of people everywhere gathering, lighting candles, and gazing at starry skies.

So join in! Here’s how:

1. Find an event near you

Near Northampton, MA? We’re co-hosting @ Dobra Tea (186 Main Street). Join us for music, food & amazing artisan teas on March 28th. Lights out, candles lit at 8:30pm!

2. Create your own Earth Hour event

3. Join Prosperity Candle’s “9 fun things to do during Earth Hour” on social media and win one of 9 candles

4. Most importantly, turn off all your non-essential lights at 8:30pm on March 28thEarth Hour candles

Whether you’ll be stargazing, striking a yoga pose, connecting with someone you love, or taking part in a local event… do it by candlelight. And tell the world!

Simply head to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and share one thing you’ll do while the lights are off for a chance to win. We’ll be announcing 9 winners on March 31st. See rules below.

We all recognize that individually, it’s hard to make a significant difference when it comes to climate change. But together, we can. Global problems require global solutions, and Earth Hour shows us how simple it can be unite people across time zones for a worthy cause.

Your power to make change happen is unlimited when you connect and join forces with others. And have a bit of fun along the way.

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Eligibility

No purchase is necessary to enter or win this contest. Only one (1) contest entry per person. Entrants must be over 18 years of age and a legal resident of the United States. Void where prohibited. Entries must have a current e-mail address to be eligible (winners will be contacted for shipping information to send your prize). Prosperity Candle employees are not eligible to enter the contest. Prosperity Candle will not sell your address or personal information.

Her Personality, Her Fragrance

Our bespoke fragrance collection is uniquely designed to appeal to everyone, from fans of rich musky scents to those who prefer something light, crisp, and fresh. Below, our guide to picking a candle in her fragrance, something she’ll absolutely love . . . without giving yourself away before it’s unwrapped!

For the romantic

Amber&Orchid_JennyPennywood She loves a good romantic comedy and the sight of fresh flowers on her bedside table. Our Amber & Orchid fragrance is perfect for the hopeful romantic in your life. It’s lushly floral yet complex, with notes of bergamot and clary sage, and the addition of amber takes it to a new level of sophistication.

Perfect for: an indulgent evening in with her closest girlfriends, catching up on each other’s lives and dreams for the future.

For the minimalist

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She abhors clutter and distractions. She’s the only person you know who has her email inbox entirely under control. Her motto is ‘buy less, choose well’. For your most organized friend, the one who extols of virtues of simple living, a clean and nature-infused scent. Reminiscent of her favorite beachside moments, it’s a fresh and joyous fragrance . . . never excessive.

Perfect for: adding a bit of peaceful, seaside atmosphere to her weekly electronic-free night, when she turns off her phone and computer in favor of good old fashioned time with the family.

For the gourmand

VanillaBean&Peppercorn_jeanalexanderfraterShe lives for new culinary experiences — everywhere she travels, she’s got a wishlist of restaurants to try. Her kitchen overflows with cookbooks. She’s the consummate hostess, and while everyone else will try to wow her with kitchen gadgets and specialty spices, she’ll really love the potent combination of classic vanilla bean and sharp, spicy black peppercorn. Her fragrance compliments her refined palette.

Perfect for: a fragrant addition to her morning ritual of artisanal coffee, sipped slowly while reading the daily paper (or the latest recipes on Epicurious).

For the explorer

PR&P_janetlittleShe wants to go coast to coast, from the rocky beaches of Maine to the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest. She’s wild about travel, all the adventure the big wide world holds. Inspire her wanderlust with a rich blend of redwood and exotic patchouli. No matter where she’s come from or where she’s headed, the fragrance will bring her back to center.

Perfect for: a long relaxing bath after a week of backpacking with friends in the Catskills.

 

Little Known Methods for Reducing Holiday Stress

At Prosperity Candle, we are constantly searching for new ways to help our friends and customers (okay, and ourselves!) to relax and unwind. With the holiday season approaching, there’s a whole lot of joy and merriment around the corner . . . but additional stresses, too! Our to-do lists seem never ending and the season always has a surprise or two in store (an newly-instituted end of year report at work, an unexpected holiday guest at home . . .).

Sometimes we all need to take a breath and remember to celebrate what the holidays are all about: joy, genuine connections with family and friends, beautiful moments to cherish (if only we could unwind a bit).

If you’re feeling stressed this fall and need to get your mind back on track, here are 5 often overlooked ways to keep focused, disconnect from stress, and unwind during the holiday season.

Keep a journal

Keeping a journal is an excellent way to take a step back from your life, get your thoughts in order and clear your mind for a moment. A cluttered and hectic life will suddenly seem much more manageable once you’ve got it all down on paper.

5x7_OwlBlueWhile it’s easy to keep a journal on your laptop, or even on your phone or tablet, we really recommend buying a notebook and writing out your thoughts by hand. It doesn’t have to be fancy (although there are plenty of fun options out there). Maybe it’s because we so often associate typing with working, but letting your feelings flow through a pen and onto paper will often relax you in a way that typing doesn’t.

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Playing to Win with Event Appreciation Gifts that Shine

This past week I was thrilled to be able to attend the annual Center for Women & Enterprise’s Business Leaders Conference, with a theme this year of Play to Win.   Not only did I get a chance to listen to some great workshops (like sales guru Frank Belzer’s presentation on having a winning sales strategy) and connect with some inspirational women business owners, but I also was able to promote and celebrate our fantastic partnership with CWE and one of their conference sponsors, United Technologies.

Center for Women & Enterprise conference custom candle sponsored by United TechnologiesEvery one of the 300 attendees received a custom designed Prosperity candle tin in their conference tote bag. 

It was a perfect opportunity for United Technologies to affirm their commitment to women-focused enterprises, since every candle supports a woman entrepreneur rebuilding her life!

And it is also exactly the kind of visionary corporate partnership we are looking to build upon, as we continue to grow the movement to shift the gift and transform communities through business and event appreciation gifts that are designed to do good.

A huge thanks to our friends at the Center for Women & Enterprise and United Technologies for being so forward thinking in their commitment to changing the playing field for women, both locally and across the globe!

Center for Women & Enterprise, United Technologies, and Prosperity Candle partnership on custom candle for event gift

From L-R: Jodi Baier of Center for Women & Enterprise; Aprile Ricardi of United Technologies; and Kaitlin Hasseler of Prosperity Candle, showing how a non-profit, for-profit and social enterprise can play together to win!

Planning a Party? Give Party Favors That Give Back

Hosting a bridal or baby shower can be a major responsibility. Not only does the day need to be memorable for the bride or mom-to-be, but for her family, friends and coworkers as well.

While it may be impossible to plan an event that will fit every guest’s taste, one party favor that is always well received is a candle from Prosperity Candle Scent Sampler Sets. Each sample set comes with four sample size candles in a variety of scents which can be given out as party favors or in goodie bags to each of your guests. Be sure to include a note or one of our story cards to let her know exactly where her candle came from.

Many of our customers have been raving about how their guests have enjoyed our sample candles at their recent events. Robin C. wrote,

“These candles are perfect for giving as hostess gifts! My mission is to share them with all of my friends, knowing that they too will love them enough to visit your website and order products to share with their friends and family! I think this is a great way to spread the word of the hard work and determination of the amazing women working at Prosperity!”

Another customer, Jeanne C., was charged with planning a wedding shower for dozens of guests. She wrote to us about her experience giving our sample candles:

“I am so happy I saw the story about your endeavors in the Boston Globe that Saturday morning. The candles made for perfect small gifts and the plan is we will burn each candle where ever we may be on the day our co-worker is married, Thanks for being part of our beautiful Wedding Shower!”

Whether you decide to include Prosperity Candle Scent Sampler Candles as take home gifts or hand them out early in the event to allow for scent swapping and sharing, the candles and the mission behind them will bring an extra special meaning to the day.

What better way is there to celebrate a bridal or maternal event than by giving a gift that helps to support strong women making a difference around the world?

Saying goodbye to over half of our candles & gifts

It’s been a summer of change at Prosperity Candle. We’ve been asking for your feedback as we have a series of conversations about the candles and gifts we sell. About bigger things involving the messaging and the best way to make an impact in the world.

Change is ahead, and we’re excited. We hope you are, too!

Which is why our summer sale is bigger than ever: 60% off over 60 gifts.

There’s a lot to see, so I’ve picked out six personal favorites to get you started.

A Good Long Soak A Good Long Soak
was $48
now $19.20
Franjipani Tea Tin Franjipani Tea Tin
was $27
now $10.80
Colors of Change Votive Set Colors of Change Votive Set
was $38
now $15.20
Global Girlfriend State of Mind Global Girlfriend State of Mind
was $38
now $15.20
Haitian Beeswax Pinecone Duo Haitian Beeswax Pinecone Duo
was $10
now $4
Soothing Bath Soothing Bath Gift Set
was $28
now $11.20

Why We’re Much More Than a Candle

To tell you a little more about what Prosperity Candle is all about, we’ve put together a list of 7 things that make a Prosperity Candle a unique gift.

1) Each candle helps a woman rebuild her life.

We work with women who are from distressed parts of the world who have survived conflict or natural disaster. They are now getting their feet on their ground and rebuilding their lives.

The women we work with come from (or work in) Burma, Haiti, and Iraq. Beyond the candle makers we work with, we also source vessels and gifts from women around the world, including Morocco, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Vietnam, Rwanda, and more.

Each candle we sell helps give them more security and income. The money they earn through Prosperity Candle helps them invest in education, health care and food for their children. No matter which country the women come from, they have a universal dream of giving their children a better future.

Truly a gift that gives back, to you, to the women who make them, and to the future of our world.

 
 
2) You can connect directly with the woman who made it.
 

Every one of our candles includes the name of the woman who made it so you can connect directly with her on our website. Under our “Connect” page you can read her bio, see her picture and send her a message directly.

We’re talking about a global connection here. And the knowledge that you are playing a part in helping a woman rebuild her life!
 
 
 
3) We partner with amazing organizations to bring you unique gifts that do good.
 

We could focus only on candles and stop there. But why do that when there are so many good causes in the world to team up with? We collaborate with fair trade and socially conscious organizations like Equal Exchange, Numi Tea, Beeline, Divine Chocolate, SERRV International and Arghand to bring you chocolate, coffee, tea, baskets and beauty products. These products are paired with our candles for gifts that are unique and give back two, three or more times!

Why stop with a gift that give back only once, when it can give back to several organizations, making a difference for people all around the world?
 
 
4) We donate to good causes.
 

We have partnered with respected organizations like Women for Women International, World Pulse, UMCOR, and Oxfam America to offer charitable gifts to support their causes. We believe deeply in their work and want to support it, so we have created unique gift sets that include messaging about their mission or products from the countries where they work.

Shopping for a cause has never looked better!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5) We are committed to crafting high quality gifts.
 

We test our products and those of our partners like crazy. Candles get packed up in boxes and rattled to ensure that they will ensure shipping. We do temperature and burn tests to make sure that they will be long-lasting and clean burning. We invest in all-cotton wicks and clean-burning wax.

We know a lot of people think that buying a gift that does good is not going to result in a high quality gift. We would like to prove that belief wrong!

Our candles are long-lasting and burn beautifully.
 
 
6) We keep bringing you fresh products!
 

Our gifts are all handmade and come from the far reaches of the globe. We want our products to reflect this, so we are always thinking outside the box about what we can do. What can we pour a candle into? An old coffee can? A repurposed glass soda bottle? An ethically sourced soapstone bowl? A Moroccan glass with bold patterns? You bet!

Stay with us. We’ll keep surprising and delighting you!
 
 
 
 
7) Your gifts will stand out from the crowd.
 

Looking for something new and exciting for a loved one in your life? A unique social mission and story of impact?

Honor a loved one with a gift with a great story that gives back many times. Your Mom, girlfriend, sister, college friend or colleague will love you for it. Just check out our product reviews!

Prosperity Gifts for Every Mom: A Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Need a little help with a Mother’s Day gift this year? We’ve got some great suggestions that will bring a smile to her face in more ways than one! Below are some gifts to suit any mother in your life. She’ll also love that they are all handmade and fair trade!

Want to see some more great gift ideas? Check out our Mothers Day gift Guide board on Pinterest or our Gift Guide for Socially Conscious Moms!

FOR THE MEDITATIVE MOM
Meditative Moment Singing Bowl & Candle Set
, $58

Enjoy deep relaxation and stress reduction with this Tibetan singing bowl and lemongrass sage tin candle. While embracing the signature tones of the singing bowl, enjoy a sweet smelling candle handpoured by Burmese refugee women. A great way to uplift your self and women around the world!

FOR THE MOTHER IN NEED OF PAMPERING
Peace of Mind at Bath Time
, $60

Complete with everything mom could want to shed the burdens of the day and relax, rejuvenate, and renew her spirit — from the meditative light of a candle to a sip of soothing tea to the silky feel of your own skin after a bath rich with mineral salts!

FOR THE MOTHER WHO GARDENS
Random Acts of Wildflowers
, $16

Perfect for the garden, home, and mother! Set includes easy-to-grow wildflowers, soften & restore body lotion, and a pretty little candle in a flowerpot-style votive, handpoured and freshly-scented.

FOR THE FASHIONABLE MOM
Gem of a Woman Scarf & Candle Set
, $54

The perfect accent to any outfit or room in need of color! Mom will love the handmade cotton scarf from India and the distinctive recycled glass bowl candle handpoured by Burmese refugee women.

FOR THE MOM WHO PREFERS DARK TO MILK CHOCOLATE
Dark Chocolate, Bright Candle
, $24

Sure to be a tasty hit! Delicious fair trade, Equal Exchange chocolate paired with a frosted white votive candle handpoured by Burmese refugee women.