Friday, September 16, 2011

Giveaway: JenSan Candles

I told you I'd surprise you, right?  I totally didn't spoil it by telling you the giveaway at the end of Wednesday's post, did I?  I did.  But you're still happy, yes?  Yes.  Yes, you are.

Have you heard of JenSan Candles?  If you haven't, you're missing out on some major pampering opportunities.  I have the 16oz tub of dead sea salt scrub from their shop that I got a while back.  I use it when I want to smell of lemongrass (all the time).

Today the lovely ladies of JenSan are offering a very generous giveaway to one of my readers (lucky you!):
1 8oz soy candle
1 8oz scrub
2 organic soap bars

You choose the scents!

Tell us about yourself! 

Hi, I’m Sandra and together with my big sister Jennifer we make and sell handmade candles, soaps, body scrubs and reed diffusers.   By day, Jennifer works in the legal field and I work in the book publishing industry, but most evenings we can be found in our kitchen creating and testing new products or packaging orders up for shipment.

We are originally from the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados but have lived in the US since we were kids.  As kids and young adults, we lived in Queens, NY but have now lived in NJ since 1991 when we bought our first house together.   We are now in our 2nd home—a 1920’s colonial that like most old houses needs constant upkeep.  Our elderly mother, two nieces, a nephew, our dog Happy and cat Nibbles live with us.  We love living in the NYC tri-state area and can’t imagine ever living too far away but we have been thinking recently of relocating so we shall see what the future holds.

Both Jennifer and I are voracious readers.  We are fans of all types of books from commercial romances to literary novels and will usually recommend books to each other.  Some of our favorite authors are Zadie Smith (White Teeth is the perfect novel), Elizabeth George, Phillip Pullman, Ken Follet, Glenville Lovell, John Steinbeck (East of Eden is probably my favorite book), and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Although I read all types of books, my two favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy.  I am also a serious Star Trek fan.

How did you get started?

It is actually because of Jennifer that JenSan Candles was started.  And as you may have realized, we came up with JenSan by using the first part of our first names.

We both love the fragrance, mood, and ambiance created by burning a candle.  Over the years we have spent a lot on candles but we were often disappointed with candles that smelled great in the store but had little or no fragrance throw when lit at home.  So one day Jennifer decided to try making her own.  She bought books about the subject and spent a lot of time in the kitchen making some samples and testing out different scent combinations.  I saw her at it but didn’t think too much about it until I started smelling the amazing scents that she was coming up with.  When she felt truly comfortable, she shared some samples with friends and other family members to garner their opinions.  Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.  Word got around and people started to ask if the candles were for sale.  It was then that we discussed the idea and made the decision to invest some money together and offer candles for sale.  Thus, JenSan Candles was born.

How does your lifestyle cater to your craft?

Jennifer and I have very hectic daytime jobs.  We also have two active teenagers in the house who are always demanding our attention.  On top of that, we both work in NYC so we have to commute to and from work every day.  As a result, most of our work with JenSan is done in the evenings and on the weekends.  This means that we have to be very careful with how we schedule our time.  Most of our products are made to order but we try to keep a small inventory of the more popular items on hand to keep things running smoothly.

Since we commute together, sitting on the train in the morning and evening gives us time to discuss things related to JenSan.  It is then, along with the weekend that we discuss possible new product ideas.  Because we are from the Caribbean, we tend to love bold colors and lively scents.  We have tried to bring this love to JenSan and if you visit our online store, you will see lots of color because that is all we saw around us in Barbados.  You will also find products filled with lots of the bold floral and fruit scents of the tropics.  We have carried these scents across our product lines—including candles, soaps, body scrubs and reed diffusers.  And soon we will be launching our body cream line of similar fragrances.

Jennifer and I never thought that at this point in our life we would be in the bath and beauty/home fragrance business.  Her degree is in business administration and mine is in marketing.  However, you never know where life will take you and although it is a lot of hard work, we love it!

Enter the Giveaway

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Come back and fill out this form. Winner will be chosen based on answers.

Giveaway is closed.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenny,

    Thanks for featuring JenSan Candles in your blog giveaway. Jennifer and I can wait to read the comments and see why everyone needs a little pampering. Good luck to everyone!