We were making candles in early 2002, designing
aromatherapy blends when a wonderful life changing event took place. The birth of our first child, a son. We wanted the very best of products and care
for him. We looked for holistic and
naturopathic choices and always addressed these with our primary care doctor. Our doctor suggested switching from paraffin
wax candles, which are petroleum based, to a plant based candle such as
Soy. He explained the burning paraffin
released many dangerous chemicals and soot into the air. Our adult lugs can manage the toxins, but
they could be dangerous for our newborn son.
A plant derived wax however, like Soy burns clean and without soot. At that time, Soy candles were hard to find,
so we started making them ourselves. We
have burned nothing but Soy ever since.
It wasn’t too long after this that our son developed
Eczema and skin allergies to soap, we searched high and low for a solution. Through a mother’s love and persistence,
relief was found. It came in 2
folds. First, from a Scottish
grandmother’s advice and the help of a Naturopath at the Bastyr University
Clinic, we were introduced to the wonders of the Calendula flower and we made a
salve for our son. Widely used in Scotland
and Europe, Calendula extract collected from the flower’s petals, has a great
skin soothing and anti-inflammatory property.
While applying the salve to our son helped, it didn’t solve the soap
allergy problem. The second part of the
solution was in developing a natural soap bar that easily rinsed off the body
as well as having a mild PH. Soaps and
lotions based on Soybean oil are not only great moisturizers; they are also
non-allergenic to most people. Armed
with a beautiful combination of Calendula and Soy, we were able to bring relief
to our son.
Soon, we started making vegan, Kosher, and cruelty free
soy-based soaps and candles at our home and offering them in local farmers’
markets. We expanded our aroma selection
and started growing some of our own Calendula.
We traveled to the Mexican Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands to research
tropical fragrances. Most of the
essential oils we use are organically grown and distilled in small
batches. We hand blend many of our
scents striving hard to capture the true nature of their being. Our goal through scent is to create a memory
and a whole scope of mood in every aroma design. The response has been amazing and we have
grown! Over the years, many people have
shared with us their similar experiences and skin problems with animal- and
petroleum-based products. With hundreds of feedbacks shared by you, we have
worked to ever improve our products while holding fast to our initial
dedication of creating something safe and satisfying.
Many of you are already regular customers. Thank
you! For those who are trying The
Trimmed Wick products for the first time, we hope you find the same joy and relief
that soy-based products have provided to many of our family and friends.
We look forward to your comments and questions. Please
reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.