Hello! I am so happy you are here to add a little (candle) light to your life!
A little Bittersweet history...
Bittersweet Candle Co started as a part of a quest to live a more creative, intentional, and healthy life, where respecting and nurturing the best in myself would provide me the clarity and energy to be truly present for myself and those I love. I started making candles as a way to get more in touch with a simple, wholesome past, to endeavor to learn a useful, old fashioned, earthy, self sustaining process with unlimited potential in creativity that so many enjoy for the peace, fragrance, warmth, and light candles provide. Immersing myself in the learning process helped me to heal from a painful loss and was personally transformative, beginning a journey of change, of simplicity, of being kinder to myself, of taking whatever bitter I may have needed to leave behind me and transforming it into something sweet. People have used candles for hundreds of years to light their way. Making candles was my way of lighting mine, and I hope to share that light with you.
Our small, family owned candle business is based in Saratoga County in upstate New York. Our home and studio, Bittersweet Ranch, sits on 4.75 acres of certified wildlife habitat, with woods, gardens, and a small pond. We are inspired by the nature that surrounds us in the handcrafted creation of our pure soy wax candles that have now become a beloved part of our self care and home serenity, and that of so many of our customers.
Our soy candles are individually hand poured in small batches of 12 to ensure excellence in every detail. We've been told by appreciative customers that our candles are the only candles they are able to burn due to sensitivities, allergies, asthma, or headaches. This is due to our careful selection of the cleanest burning fragrance oils. We even make an unscented candle for especially sensitive souls. Whichever candles you choose, you can be sure that they have been created for you with the utmost care, using only the highest quality ingredients. They make a perfect gift for yourself and for all those dear to you. Light and warmth, what wonderful gifts!
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My favorite excerpt of the book Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist:
"The idea of bittersweet is changing the way I live, unraveling and re-weaving the way I understand life. Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness.
It's the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. Bittersweet is courageous, gutsy, audacious, earthy.
This is what I've come to believe about change: it's good, in the way that childbirth is good, and heartbreak is good, and failure is good. By that I mean that it's incredibly painful, exponentially more so if you fight it, and also that it has the potential to open you up, to open life up, to deliver you right into the palm of God's hand, which is where you wanted to be all along, except that you were too busy pushing and pulling your life into exactly what you thought it should be.
I've learned the hard way that change is one of God's greatest gifts, and most useful tools. Change can push us, pull us, rebuke and remake us. It can show us who we've become, in the worst ways, and also in the best ways. I've learned that it's not something to run away from, as though we could, and that in many cases, change is a function of God's graciousness, not life's cruelty.
This is the work I'm doing now, and the work I invite you into:
When life is sweet, say thank you, and celebrate. And when life is bitter, say thank you, and grow."
We hope you enjoy Bittersweet candles in your home as much as we enjoy creating them and infusing them with light, soul, and warmth for you, from our hearts to your hands.
Jennifer Jane Caruso
Bittersweet Candle Co