These All-Natural Candles Can Double as Massage Oil
Wick-It Cool Candles makes eco-friendly soy candles that burn cleaner, cooler and longer than candles created with other wax, said Mann, who has been making the candles for eight years.
Wick-It Cool Candles are all-natural 100 percent soy candles that can also be used as massage oil.
KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHRIES
Christine Mann and Jim Lamson show a few of the Wick-It Cool Candles which are hand-made of 100 percent soy and can be used as a warm massage oil. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHRIES)
By KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent
-- Christine Mann of Weare makes sweet-smelling candles that can also be used as a warm massage oil, because it uses 100 percent soy.
Wick-It Cool Candles makes eco-friendly soy candles that burn cleaner, cooler and longer than candles created with other wax, said Mann, who has been making the candles for eight years. Wick-It uses lead-free cotton wicks and recyclable glass jars.
Because of the ingredients used, the oil reaches a temperature only slightly above body temperature. The oil is soothing for dry skin and excellent for massage, Mann said.
Mann, a full-time nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua, started making the candles with her father, Ron Mann, in the basement of their Hollis home. Her mom Alice and two children also work in the family business.
“What I like best is spending time with my dad and family making candles,” said Mann.
Wick-It Cool Candles sells about 10,000 candles a year at craft festivals, limited stores and online. The company can do fundraisers for organizations and schools.
To date, Wick-It Cool Candles offers 88 fragrances.
“Some of my favorites are the lilac and balsam. Reindeer Poop is always fun, people get a kick out of that. Monkey Farts is one of my best-sellers, it’s fruity and smells really good. Don’t let the names fool you,” Mann said with a laugh. Her newest scent is Root Beer.
“I buy the fragrances, but sometimes I experiment and mix scents. Customers will give input,” Mann said.
Custom labels can be made for a business or event. Harley-Davidson is an example of one company that has its name on the Wick-It label.
The entire process is done by hand. The soy is melted in a warmer then they add ingredients, color and scent then pour into jars. The tops are heated to avoid craters then labels are put on by hand.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s not rocket science,” addd Mann. Just follow the recipe. The candles are all-natural. “It’s great to know I have a good product that is safe for people,” Mann said. Mann is offering a 20 percent discount through Jan. 1, using the code “christmas2014” as the code and use code “happynewyear2015” for a 15 percent discount in January. For more information, to to wickitcoolcandles.com or call 801-1853.
Wick-It Cool Candles Named February “Innovation Rocks!” Award WinnerMANCHESTER – In most areas of the country, creating a “wicked” product is viewed as a negative. In New England, it wins you an award.Yes, creating a “wick-it cool” eco-friendly soy candle that burns cleaner and longer than candles created with other types of wax has led to Wick-It Cool Candles being named the “Innovation Rocks!” award winner by the New Hampshire Business Resource Center for the month of February.Based in Manchester, Wick-It Cool Candles produces 100 percent soy, handmade massage candles. Wick-It Cool Candles are wicked with lead free cotton wicks and poured into recyclable glass jars with dye free candles available for the most eco-conscious consumers.A member of NH Made, Wick-It Cool Candles’ products are created with soy wax, a renewable resource grown in the U.S. The company uses a unique creative process, which results in candles “unsurpassed for fragrance and presentation.”“Wick-It Cool Candles is yet another example of a small local company that started as a grain of an idea and blossomed into a fully operating business,” said New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy. “By creating an innovative product that draws customers from across the U.S. and Canada while preserving the environment, Wick-It has grown and thrived in the Granite State.”For more information about Wick-It Cool Candles, visit http://www.wickitcoolcandles.com/.
“Innovation Rocks!” is an initiative sponsored by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development in coordination with Rock 101 (WGIR-FM) to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of New Hampshire innovators.