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About Us

Hello! I  am so happy you are here to add a little (candle) light to your life!

A little Bittersweet backstory...

Bittersweet Candle Co started as a part of my 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 distracting hobby to help myself through a painful life experience by learning something new and concentrating on a useful, old fashioned, earthy, creative endeavor. I loved the process, the unlimited potential in the blending of beautiful fragrances, and creating something lovely and useful that so many people enjoy. I reset my life and began a journey of change, of being kinder to myself, of taking what was bitter 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'm hoping to share that light with you. 

I am a nurse and a mother of five daughters. We have a small, family owned and run candle business based in Saratoga County in upstate NY. 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 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. Our candles are a healthy candle option, even for those who are sensitive or have a history of allergies, asthma, or headaches, according to our appreciative customers. 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 your self care routine and for all those dear to you.

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"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."    

-   Shauna Niequist