The gentle aroma of spiced cranberry wafts through the home of Jennifer Deckard. She is a candle maker and that is her favorite scent.
"James gave me a candle making kit for Christmas a couple years ago. I've always enjoyed crafts. You look for the one thing you'd thoroughly enjoy and candle making is it," said Deckard.
After sharing her candle creations with family and friends, they encouraged her to create a business. The Pour Candle Company became a business in March 2003.
The company name is not a play on words; all the candles are hand poured.
Deckard heats 100 percent soy wax on her kitchen stove, adds color as the wax begins to melt, then as the wax cools to 100 degrees, adds fragrant oil.
Pure cotton wicks are situated in glass jars and she carefully pours the warm wax. "Everything we use is American made. We decided on soy wax for several reasons: soy is a renewable resource unlike petroleum based paraffin, it burns slower and cooler and holds more scent than paraffin," she said.
While burning, the candle wax gets no hotter than a typical shower. As the mother of four children Deckard said she likes that safety aspect. The wicks, being pure cotton, emit less soot and do not contain zinc or lead like most commercial wicks.
Deckard's husband, James, makes scented body lotions and is developing a lip balm. The lotions contain a variety of ingredients including cocoa butter, Shea butter, jojoba, aloe and vitamin E. "Our lotion is non-greasy, thick and fast absorbing," he said.
Their operation will soon move from the kitchen to a shop they are in process of building. "We want to keep growing," Deckard said. At present the candles and lotions are available in four area retail outlets, her mother and stepfather distribute their product to several retailers in Georgia, and Deckard welcomes custom orders. They also like to provide their products for non-profit organizations fund -raising. Deckard can be reached at 417-778-7024 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.