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    Celebrate Earth Day by Repurposing

    Celebrate Earth Day by Repurposing

    Northern Lights recognizes our duty to contribute to the efforts of protecting our earth. We strive to take steps towards ecology saving processes while sourcing elevated and quality ingredients. We begin our creative process with repurposing in mind. Our packaging is sourced from recycled materials with the environmental impact at the forefront of our development. The smallest actions of each person add up to create a larger impact. Together, we brighten the world.
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    In celebration of Earth day, we've come up with a few fun ways to reuse your candle vessels. The ultimate way to repurpose your candle is to turn it into another candle!
    When you've removed all of your wax, follow these steps to make your own Sill.
    

    For our DIY Sill, we used fragrance oils Plum Orchid + Dahlia and Water, Natural Soy Wax Blend Bulk Wax and Small Jar Wicks. The two fragrances burn and blend to create one unique new fragrance! Make it your own by mixing different fragrance oils in the two tiers. We recommend these other great combinations:

    Chamomile + Avocado and Clover + Honey

    Vanilla Oud and Lavender

    View more candle making tips here.

    Shop all DIY Products here.

     

    All of our candles are designed with after-use in mind. We'd love to see the creative ideas that you come up with for repurposing your NL candles!

    Connect and share a photo with us:

    Use the hashtag #nlrepurpose

    A Message From Our New COO; Amy Bennett

    Northern Lights is excited to celebrate National Women's History Month with a special message from our Chief Operating Officer, Amy Bennett. Amy has been Head of Product Development at Northern Lights Candles for the past six years, having been responsible for product design and development, tradeshow design, sales presentations, manufacturing operations overseas, quality initiatives, and import purchasing.

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    There is a moment from my upbringing that I now consider to be an important lesson during my personal journey to becoming a woman. I was sitting in the passenger seat of my mother’s car, watching her apply make-up in the overhead mirror.  The unzipping of her make-up bag released a poof with a floral, perfumy aroma.

     

    Like an Indian Spice Rack, a harmony formed from the small variety of bargain store products.  The engine was off, the wet hot Arkansas heat was penetrating, and beads of sweat were forming over fresh powder. I watched a woman at record speed, armor up. 

    When it comes to make-up, she invested little time or money. After all, this routine application happened in the car (sometimes while in motion.) It was quick, distracted, we always talked through it, and then she was off.  The message I received was show up to play, but keep in mind that there are more important things on which to focus your time, talent, and money.” 

    Sometime in late middle school, my mom took me to the mall to buy make-up. She never shopped for mall-quality make-up, so it was a treat to stop at Clinique and get powder. 

    Fast forward to summer 2020, when I found the free with purchase’ Clinique bag from that trip with my mother.  Over the years, I had been storing graphite and charcoal from art classes. The old perfume smell was now sharing a home with pencil shavings and old erasers.  Created from the combo was a rich, sophisticated, earthy base with light floralsIt was not at all a traditional fragrance combination but it struck me as being strong feminine.    

    The reason I share this personal story, is because fragrance is personal.  It embodies culture and fashion, time, and memory.  It encapsulates its environment and overtakes the air.  When wax is imbued with fragrance a whole new purpose emerges.   With the marriage of these ingredients, we immortalize moments of personal experience.   

    Bringing something so magical together from rather humble ingredients, like soy wax or cotton wicks, is remarkable considering the role candles and home fragrance can play in our daily routines.  I burn a candle at my desk every day.  I use room spray to freshen up linens and rid me of garage smells.  You can change a mood in an instant, create intimacy and companionship, you can reminisce about your 2020 beach vacay that got canceledfocus and re-center, pamper, and bring light to a friend in need.   

    Light and flame are also powerful elements.  Light can be reassuring, positive, clarifying. Flame is active, hypnotic, warm.  A good friend of mine (and mommy) started lighting a taper candle with every dinner when she was training her toddler to eat solid foods. She describes the experience as creating a moment for rebalancing her reality: she is a woman She is a teacher. She is a wife. She is not just a food shoveling, clothes washing, diaper checking machine.  With a candle, she created a singularly quiet space during dinner, and a moment of breath and joy.    

    I don’t write these words to simply speak about how meaningful candles and home fragrance can be in your life.  I also wanted to commemorate Women’s Month and acknowledge the power of role models and their influence.  I would also like to share some exciting news:  It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you from a new position in the company.  In October of 2020, I became the Chief Operating Officer of Northern Lights.   

    You might not know this, but you and I have been working together for many years.  You have seen my influence in the design of many of the products you purchase.  I have helped bring to life products like Windward, Spirits, Sill, and many more.    

    I make pottery (and collect it,) cook (sometimes its breakfast for dinner,) and read (sometimes trashy novels--I am not going to lie,) and wear make-up I raise a red-headed daughter with my artist husband in the small town of Wellsville, NY.  Candles and home fragrance are an integral part of my personal life, where I aspire to be a positive force. 

    Thank you for your support.  We greatly appreciate your business.   

    Together, We Brighten the World. 

    Sincerely,  

    Amy  

    Farmhouse Feels

    Farmhouse Feels

    Alicia is a decorator, mother, and nurse who has a passion for modern farmhouse design.
    Her work is inspired by the beautiful contrast between old and new. When she purchased her home in
    Rochester, WA, she began documenting the decorating experience on her Instagram. 

     
    "I currently call my style Modern Farmhouse.
    I absolutely LOVE vintage finds and antiquing, and I have several antique pieces in my home.
    I live about 10 miles away from the town of Centralia, which has an excellent antique district in its historic
    downtown, and I shop there often. I enjoy new pieces as well, and prefer that chairs and sofas are little more modern/traditional. IKEA is my favorite store to find new pieces.

    Now, I believe the blending of old and new makes for a beautiful home and allows those vintage pieces to
    really shine. If you feel your home with only old, it can start to feel and look like a museum! And a home with only
    new pieces to me, can feel a little cold because it lacks that cozy factor that only vintage pieces can add.
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    "I started my Instagram account, Fresh Farmhouse Feels, a little over a year ago as a creative outlet and to inspire and receive inspiration from others. I absolutely LOVE being a part of the IG home decor community. I have learned so much and of course, my style has evolved with the daily inspiration that I find on this platform. I would be lying if I said I never felt a little discouraged when scrolling through all the eye candy. I have to remind myself though, that my goal as a decorator is really to inspire others in whatever “home phase” they are in in their lives". 

    "Whether it be a simple apartment, a run down ranch home, or just that ordinary cookie cutter home in an ordinary neighborhood, you can choose to make your home beautiful."

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    Follow her on Instagram @freshfarmhousefeels

     

     

    Careless Threads

    Careless Threads

    Rachel G. is a self-taught fiber artist, founder and owner of Careless Threads specializing in macrame and free-style weaving. She values the unique qualities related to handmade textiles and the community of creatives she has created through the growth of her business. 

    "My name is Rachel and I’m the owner and creator behind Careless Threads.
    What started out as a fiber art business, where I created ready-made wall hangings,
    has now expanded to include fiber materials. I cater to macrame artists and weavers.
    Natural fibers are not easy to find. It’s my mission to curate
    all-natural unique fiber goods for my fellow artists."

    "A beautiful piece starts with well-sourced materials."

    "After 4 years of creating my own work I’ve come to develop a love, and passion for textiles.
    I’ve also come to appreciate the creative community around me more than ever,
    so I love being able to provide creative apparel in the shop. Countless artists,
    and friends have inspired me to become a better creator and person. 
    I simply want to pass that love along through my business." 

     

    Shop Canyon Dune

    Read about Canyon Dune

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    Interested in her Online Store?
    Visit her website here: carelessthreads.com
    Or follow her on social media @careless_threads

      Made By Hand: Canyon Dune

      Made By Hand: Canyon Dune

      Here at Northern Lights, we love to make things by hand.
      Our deep handmade roots remain prominent in our exploration for new products and techniques.
      That's why it is particularly exciting to announce the launch of our Canyon Dune candles. The creation of this line references our company's handmade history, but is brought to life with modern touches.
      And we're about to let you in on the secret of how it's made...

      Humble Beginnings

      The creation of a Canyon Dune candle starts with a large box full of individual grains of sand (some might call this a sandbox). The vessel begins when sand is carved out by the wax artist to form the shape and filled with hot wax. Once cooled, the excess sand is brushed away to reveal the candle and sealed to protect the textured exterior. This handmade process guarantees that no two candles are exactly alike! Each vessel is filled with a white, specially formulated coconut-blend wax and features two 100% cotton braided wicks.

       


      What does Canyon Dune smell like?

      During the development of Canyon Dune, we were searching for a fragrance that would embody the many elements
      that contribute to the formation of canyons. Their majestic shapes, each formed by a unique
      path and process, mimics the creation of each Canyon Dune candle. So what does it smell like?
       Top notes of sparkling lemon, hints of melon, eucalyptus & ocean air. 
      Middle notes of lily of the valley, jasmine & geranium. Bottom notes of sandalwood, musk & oakmoss. 
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      The best way to experience the fragrance and the NL exclusive, handmade vessel is to give it a try!
      Choose from three sand colors: Alabaster, Basalt & Granite.