Sweet Surrender Candles

Joanne of Sweet Surrender makes and sells several sizes of scented candles, tarts, melts, tea lights and reed diffusers in over 500 different scents. Also available are some bath and body items such as lotions, salts, and lip balms.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Joanne.
I have always been a candle person - my daughter used to make me look the other way when we were out shopping and got near the candle section. But even when I did buy candles, I wasn't happy with their scent throw or the way they burned.
I looked up a yahoo list on candlemaking and begain studying and taking notes. Who knew there were so many different kinds of waxes and wicks!

Several months later I made my first candle - then I made more - and tested to get my procedures just right. Then I decided I would try to sell them!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Sit with friends in front of the fireplace with candles burning and talk.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
The number of scents I carry! It's tough to list every one of them with over 500 on my current list. And if I only list some - or give a choice listing - I know they don't always come up in a search. So many times I list - and list - and list!

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
For a gift I think one of my bath and body sets would be a fantastic gift - like a set with a body wash and bath salts - or one with bath confetti and lotion.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I remember I first wanted to be a hair dresser - then a teacher!

What other shops out there do you love?
I love pottery and ceramics - and there is so much beautiful stuff out there!

What does your future hold?
I hope to keep my business going and pick up some wholesale accounts

Visit Sweet Surrender Candles at Etsy or stop by Joanne's blog at sweetsurrendercandles.blogspot.com. Be sure to check out her special line of Kama Sutra and other romantic items. Valentine's is coming up you know, and Joanne is offering a free lip balm with any $20 order to anyone mentions this article!