Let's Talk About the Happy Candles

So, I know a lot of people have been asking about the price of my candles... specifically, the Happy Candle Series.

Ah, my pride and joy. By far my favorite candles to make, with second place being the marbled Jewel Series candles. So... why are they so expensive?

I cover the basics on my FAQ page, but for a more in-depth answer, keep reading.

The short answer: they take a long time to make. Each layer can only be done once the one below it cools completely, and for smooth tops and beautiful sides, cooling can take 20 minutes alone. That doesn't include the time to gather supplies, measure the wax (both steps take about 5 minutes total), heat the wax (10 minutes at the fastest, usually between 15-20 minutes), color and scent it (where applicable), and for the wax to cool to optimal pouring temperature (usually another 5-10 minutes), as well as setting and centering the wick (which I usually do while the wax is warming).

So before the first layer is even poured, it takes roughly 20-40 minutes. Then, once that layer is poured, it takes another 20 minutes for the wax to cool and harden so I can pour the next layer.

One Hour for just the first layer. Now consider the rainbow candle: 6 layers. The fastest I have ever accomplished that candle was in 4 hours, and I have been unable to recreate those conditions (candles are remarkably picky!).

I also make them individually. I haven't found a method yet that allows me to make larger batches without sacrificing quality. I have a few tricks I'm trying, but I'm not there yet. When I can make them in bulk... I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I don't want to screw over anyone who buys a candle now, but I want them to be more accessible to people.

My price for a Happy Candle is the bare minimum I am legally allowed to pay myself for each hour of work. My second-most technically advanced (Jewels are the first) candle and I pay myself $7.25 per hour. Technically, I'm supposed to pay myself $12.32 per hour. Except that is $70 for one candle before supplies. I just... I can't justify that. I'm not Gucci charging $300 for a single candle. I don't want to be Gucci.

I use a loophole that allows me to pay myself a little over half the state minimum wage, and this loophole only works for me. If I ever hire employees, I can't use this loophole, nor would I want to. Just because I don't pay myself a living wage doesn't mean I'm willing to screw over someone else like that.

So, yeah, $40 for a pride candle is really the lowest I can reasonably (and legally) charge to cover my supplies and time. And if that's too much for you, but you really, really want a pride candle, either for yourself or as a gift, reach out to me. Use my contact form at the bottom of the "About" page, slide into my social media DMs, or email me at support@aspectscandles.com. I'm happy to work something out, and don't worry, I don't bite!

If you made it this far, thank you for reading. I wish you all a wonderful day. If that's not feasible, then I hope the pain eases soon.

Thank you again for reading, and remember that I love you all.

The Witch

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