This month, our family and friends hosted two showers for us- a kitchen shower and a couple’s shower. Both the events were lovely –filled with good food, great company and perfect weather. We had a fantastic time and received some wonderful gifts.
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As thanks to our wonderful hosts and hostesses, we gave them small gifts – wine, candles and such- to show our appreciation. Admittedly, our gifts, while bought from a local boutique and were not “all-benefit” or charitable products. The candles were such a big hit among our fabulous hostesses that it made me wonder if there were "candles with a cause." So, I decided to do some research and I found lots of great companies- more than I can include in one post in fact, but here are a few of my favorites.
The Maine based Castine Candle Company dedicates 30% of its online sales to its Candles for a Cause project. Each quarter, they choose a different non-profit to receive the proceeds from their sales. This quarter Castine Candle Company has partnered with the Patrick Dempsey Center for Hope & Healing, which provides support, education and health promotion for those affected by cancer. For every candle purchased from the Hope Collection, a donation will be made to the Center. The Hope Collection features a large variety of New England inspired candle scents, ranging from Spiced Pumpkin to Frosted Cranberry. To see the full line of candles, check out the shop.
Castine Candle has also joined forces with The New England Society, which funds a scholarship program for underprivileged students from New York City to give them access to higher education. Every Lighthouse line candle purchased, benefits the New England Society's scholarship program.
The second fantastic organization, Archipelago, has a line of products called Candles for a Cause as well. Their version of Candles for a Cause donates 50% of its proceeds from its Ribbons of Love, Angels at Risk and Erase MS (Orange) soy candles to three wonderful causes.
Conceived and created by the women of Archipelago to raise awareness and funds for research and treatment of breast cancer, the pink Ribbons of Love soy candle has a fragrant blend of Grapefruit, Clementine and Pomelo and contains nearly 70% natural soy wax and burns for about 90 hours.
The Angels at Risk soy candle is a limited edition product and it was especially created to raise monies for Angels at Risk, which provides much needed outreach and support to families that have been affected by the devastating effects of teenage drug and alcohol abuse. The candle is Pomegranate Citrus scented and features the artwork of the famed artist Mr. Cartoon.
Throughout the month of May 50% of the proceeds from the purchase of The Orange Small Soy Candle’s sales will be donated to the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis, which supports efforts to find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for MS. The orange candle has a crisp, citrusy blend of Orange, Tangerine and Grapefruit, and it burns longer and cleaner than regular candles - approximately 50 hours.
The final organization in today’s post is the cleverly titled, A Scent of Scandal candle company. Far from being scandalous, the Los Angeles-based candle line is a family affair, created by a brother and sister team. With naughty names like "Sleep Around" and "Down Under" these candles make a suitable gift idea for the hostesses of your lingerie shower or bachelorette party.
All their candles come in 8 oz. tins and are hand-poured from 100% soy wax with metal-free, all-cotton wicks. Their burn time is 30-35 hours. They're not only long-lasting, but they are also good for the environment. The products are all vegan and cruelty-free and 15% of their "candles for a cause" benefits one of three featured causes.
The saucy "A Roll in the Hay" grass scented candle benefits Farm Sanctuary, whose mission is to end cruelty to farm animals and promote compassionate living through rescue, education advocacy efforts. The "Green Queen Candle" benefits Kind Green Planet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people about healthy, humane and eco-friendly living. Finally, sales from the ocean scented "Rock the Boat Candle" benefit Sea Sheperd Conservation Society (SSCS), an international non-profit for marine wildlife conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Clearly there are other gift options besides candles that can be given as hostess gifts. I'd love to feature more of them here at Engaged With A Cause. Send me your favorite ideas for charitable or green hostess and bridesmaid gifts at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here.