Midsummer Update + Donations

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

Okay, it's been.... a while. Too long. It's been a chaotic few months, to say the least.


On top of finishing relocation to Castle Rock, Colorado, I've been working on preparing to attend art festivals, including the Avalon Arts Festival in Boulder, and the Urban Market in Lower Downtown Denver! This week I am also prepping for another Urban Market this coming weekend (August 14-15), located in Avalon Park in Denver.


In addition to all of that, I've also been working on R&D for a new line of products. These are meant for those of you who are nervous about having lit flames in your home, no matter how good it may smell! I see you, and you deserve beautifully scented spaces too!


Trevor Project Donations

As stated in their 2021 Survey of LGBTQ+ Youth, 42% of LGBTQ+ Youth seriously considered attempting suicide, and more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth. They also found that more than 80% of LGBTQ youth "stated that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful".


I am one of the queer youths who reach out to the Trevor Project for support.


As I've stated before, I donate a portion of all profits to the Trevor Project as a way to thank them for their help when I needed it most and to ensure that help is there for the next person that needs it. In response to the horrifying rate of LGBTQ suicide as a result of COVID-19, 5% of all profits will be donated from individual sales, and 100% of profits from other add-ons will be donated if you wish.

On top of accelerating your order to be out the door in 1-2 days, you're also able to donate to a good cause.


What about the tax write-off?

Being upfront with you, Aspects Candle Design will be writing off these donations made on your behalf on the company's taxes. However, the money saved on taxes will also be donated to the Trevor Project, providing them with more funding and hopefully allowing them to expand their services even further.


Product Development

Between festivals, I've been working on new patterns and designs for the Happy Candle lineup! Including blue/green stripes, and am in the process of developing a new Rainbow Happy Candle design! I'm super excited to get to unveil these in the coming months!


I've also been resuming development on multiple flame-free options to get your favorite fragrances without fire! Wax melts are in the final stages of development, while the second option is still in research and testing phase while I find a formula that works best (I can't say exactly what it is yet though!)


Quick Q&A

I've gotten a few questions since I started, and I wanted to address the big ones here real quick as I continue to work on the FAQ page for the website.


Why do you bold so many words in your updates?

Bolding words on occasion is something that some autistic, ADHD-er, and dyslexic people have found helpful, myself included, though I am not dyslexic. I do this to make my posts more accessible and to make my life proofreading much easier.


Why does it take so long for you to ship a candle?

Simply put: I can't afford to keep inventory. I can keep the supplies on hand, but with over 200 variations on products, I simply can't stock all of them. Some candles I can make in 15 minutes, others take me 6 hours, and the 5-day curing time allows me to use less fragrance and gives me (and you!) finer control over the intensity of the scent. You can always request a different curing time when you order if you like your candles stronger or fainter!


Why are the Happy candles so expensive?

The Happy Series is my pride and joy, but they take 4-6 hours each to make. I am working on speeding up that time drastically, but those measures have yet to be implemented, as little has proven effective yet. Beyond simply improving my equipment to get an industrial wax melter (which is over $1000!) that allows me to keep my wax constantly at the right temperature, most of the time to make the Happy candles is from heating and cooling time, as I can also only do a few candles at a time.


Still, the Happy Series has made major leaps and bounds in terms of time to produce, at 4-6 hours down from 8-10. Most of that is simply getting better equipment and refining my skills to get faster and faster. But at the end of the day, I have to eat, too, and I've worked hard to believe that my time is valuable.


Wrap-Up

It's been a long few months for me, to say the least. As much as I love making candles for you all, it doesn't always beat back my depression demons. To pretend that everything is fine and dandy when I'm struggling would be disingenuous, and that was one of the things I told myself I would never be to you when I started this venture.


But getting to meet you all at festivals and online has been incredible, and I wouldn't change a thing for the world, even if I may have to stop attending festivals.


Always remember to stay awesome,


The Witch


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