Hi there! My name is Tasha! I'm the owner, founder, and candlemaker of Little Town Soy Candle Co. I'm a born and raised Alaskan girl that settled into the beautiful Peace Garden State (North Dakota), and we couldn't be happier to call the little town of Gladstone our home. My husband Josh and I started the candle company in July of 2020. In the beginning we started candle making as a hobby during the covid pandemic, to keep our hands and minds busy. We had no idea within a few months we would be expanding into a full-time business, due to the overwhelming and humbling support of our community! We feel so blessed! We enjoy traveling around the state participating in vendor shows and meeting other local creators and crafters. When we're not making candles, you can usually find us outdoors. We love hunting, hiking, camping, traveling, visiting coffee shops, or just sitting on our deck with a good cup of coffee and conversation. You're probably wondering "why candles, and why call it little town?" We chose candles because candles are universal. They can be used as a sign of hope, remembrance, celebration, or simply bring some light and joy into people's lives. When it came to choosing a name to represent the company, we wanted something from the heart. Yes, we live in a little town, but to us it's more than that. Our name represents the people that make up our communities, we look out for one another and can count on each other when it truly matters. That's just how it is in little towns, just like waving at every person you drive by! Being raised or living in a little town means you genuinely care for others around you, you offer a helping hand, you're respectful, you show appreciation and humbleness, but most importantly you're kind and you never forget your roots. Being raised and living in a little town means everything to us. It shaped us into who we are today, and we are so grateful for our little towns full of people with BIG hearts.
-Tasha + Josh
Our candles and melts are hand poured in small batches in Gladstone, North Dakota. Why is small batch important to us? By pouring small quantities at a time, this allows us to melt wax to the perfect temperature, blend, and produce the highest quality candles. Just think of it as each and every product getting a little extra tender love and care. It can take longer to produce candles, but it's one of those steps that is well worth it.
Our wax is 100% natural soy wax from the Midwest. We only use the finest and high quality fragrances. Our wicks are a blend of cotton and paper fibers and 100% lead FREE and zinc FREE. You may notice the candles and melts are all white. The reasoning behind this is simple, we don't add any modifiers, harsh chemicals, and dyes to our wax. By keeping our candles au naturel, it can also result in bumpy tops, especially after burning the candle, which is completely normal for soy wax. Let us briefly explain... Since soy wax has a lower melting point than other waxes, it also solidifies at a more rapid and inconsistent rate. By wax cooling too quickly it can cause the wax to harden where it sits instead of evenly cooling to create that smooth surface. Sure there's additives to mix with your wax to help prevent this from occurring. But we like to keep things as simple and natural as we can. Some of our candles might not look as pretty after being burned, but we promise it will not effect the candle for future burning.
Our room + linen spray...There's THREE ingredients in our room + linen sprays. Fragrance, natural wild crafted witch hazel, and alcohol (derived from corn). When searching for a good base we came across many options but very few with ingredients we could pronounce. So again, we chose simple, healthy, nontoxic. Those are ingredients we love! It contains ZERO sulfates, ZERO parabens, and ZERO harsh/harmful chemicals.