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April 20, 2017
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Mother’s Day is Almost Here!

Mother’s Day Gift Time!

My #mom is an amazing woman. She worked hard to create memories for us while we were growing, and now that we are grown, with children of our own, she still amazes us with her creativity and devotion. I could go on and on about this incredible woman, her tragedies and triumphs, but that isn’t the jist of this reminder post.

In addition to my public awe over my own mother, I want to remind us that there are many kinds of mothers in this world. Those who are like a second mom, those who are like an adoptive mom, those who are as close as a mom, those who mother other living organisms as a mom, even for those dads who have chosen to take on the role of nurturing mom… Thank you.

For all she has done, this is the time of year to purposefully show and say ‘Thank you, Mom.”

We know what moms like. Something they would love, but would not necessarily buy for themselves. Something that makes them feel special more than just one day a year. Something that makes them feel confident and attractive, as well as something that reminds them of YOU. What could possible accomplish all of these wishes?

Our thick, luxurious lotion with a matching effervescent soap!LS & Lotion

A gorgeous, eye-catching candle to remind mom of you, as well as to fill the room with alluring fragrance!recycled glass candles

Or how about our pampering, buttery, decadent bath truffles? #momlife can be quite stressful. A glass of wine and a shea & cocoa butter truffle in the tub will soak away her stress.

bath truffles

Aromatherapy Bath Truffles

We can put together a gift basket for you. Just message us and we can discuss it.

We can send the gift straight to your mom! Make sure you allow us time to make it and send it. (Order now!!!) or before Friday, May 5.

You can contact us through PrairieLightsCandles at gmail dot com, or through Etsy.

Local orders, to avoid shipping charges, use this website store and select “local pick up”.

March 15, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Why Do We Skip Sulfates in Our Products?

Why Do We Skip Sulfates in Our Products?

As you may have seen us post on our website, blog, etsy, and facebook page, we skip sulfates in our products. Our products are #paraben-free, #phthalate-free, #petroleum-free, as well as #sulfate-free! You can even select the option of #fragrance-free for all of our products.

We do a lot of shopping on Vitacost. One of our recent orders had their “Healthy Living Delivered” brochure featuring brief overviews on why going “free” is the choice many people make. We so wholeheartedly agree and appreciate the aesthetically appealing presentations, that I searched for it online in order to share it with you. I could not find a link, but I did find this article called “5 Reasons to Skip Sulfates“. Please enjoy their post!

Ready to shop for sulfate-free products? Check out our web store or our Etsy store!

 

March 12, 2017
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2017 Fragrance Line for Prairie Lights

2017 Fragrance Line

It is time to “Spring Ahead” with our 2017 Fragrance Line! We will carry many of these delicious fragrances year-round now, in order to allow you to get attached and get refills on candles, soaps, truffles, and lotions.

Apple Harvest – This fragrance makes us wish our apple trees were in full fruit! The fresh and bright scents of fresh-cut apples in a variety! The sweet of a fresh delicious, the spark of a fresh granny smith, the balance in a jazz… It combines all of the best for a fruit fragrance. Not too sweet, not too tart, not too spice. Very popular with customers!

Blue Spruce – We chose to keep this fragrance year-round because it is VIBRANT! Perfect for creating that uplifting, cool and fresh feeling any time of year. This is truly an enchanting fragrance, ergo our occasional re-name “Enchanted Forest”. Use it in our liquid soap and WOW! We are hooked! This fragrance is infused with essential oils to give it that extra kick!

Caramelized Pralines – For those of you who are vanilla-lovers, but are looking for something with a unique twist, this is it! Traditional sweet vanilla base with mouth-watering undertones of warm, nutty pecans and brown sugared buttery caramels. This fragrance makes it hard not to lick! Yum!!!

Coconut Jasmine – Our own blend of a perfect, well-balanced jasmine paired with a lovely coconut fragrance. This is a perfect combination of soft floral and sweet coconut.

Coconut Orange Cardamom – It reminds me of a tropical island – coconut and citrus with a hint of spicy cardamom. There is something unique about the combination, and yet familiar. Just gotta have it!

Lavender Mint – We love lavender neat, and we use mint all summer long, so when we saw this fragrance, we thought we’d give it a try. We are not disappointed, and neither will you be! It smells like lavender blooming next to our bright green mint leaves! Relaxing and refreshing.

Lemon Verbena – Always a favorite of ours any time of year – this dazzling, zesty fragrance brightens up the room and seems to clear out unwanted scents. (I love the fragrance of cooking – but not lingering smells!) Better than just a lemon, this captures the freshness of the bloom and combines it with fresh-cut lemon.

Lemongrass – A favorite of one of the PLC family, we decided it was time to share. The tang of lemon and the outdoor freshness of cut grass! Just like that wonderful herb used in cooking! Clean, fresh, uplifting.

Pineapple Zest – Our own blend of bright lemon verbena and sweet, mouth-watering pineapple fresh from the plant and cut on the spot! Juicy, and invigorating!

Red Ginger Saffron – We LOVE this fragrance with its zest and vigor of fresh-cut ginger root and the underlying tones of saffron, cardamom, and lemongrass. It is so uplifting and different! “Wow!” is the normal response – as the eyes widen and a smile overtakes. This fragrance is infused with essential oils for an added kick.

Ruby Red Grapefruit – What can match the fragrance of a fresh-cut grapefruit? The succulent pulp and the sharp juice glistening in the morning light. Good morning!!! We do love the uplifting fragrance of grapefruit, and this meets our every desire!

Saffron & Cedar – We have added this because it surprised us in such a healthy way. Perhaps it is the base of vetiver and musk that causes it to take on a depth and breadth that lured us in. It is hard to not keep picking it up and breathing in deeply, cradling “my precious”. Hahaha. Well, breathing deeply is encouraged, so we bought a larger bottle and are eager to share this fragrance of cedar surrounded by the soft background players of saffron, violet, & geranium.

Vanilla & Pears – Another twist on the traditional vanilla (see caramelized pralines fragrance for the other). Warm and soft vanilla balanced perfectly with fresh pears make this fragrance alluring and calming, centering. Not too sweet, not too fruity. Juuuusstt right. Very popular.

Our fragrances will be fully available within the next 24 hours. Thank you for your patience while we change Etsy, our website, and our store.

February 18, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Why do we use organic oils in our organic handcrafted soap?

Organic Handcrafted Soap – Why are organic oils important to us?

Organic Handcrafted Soap

Mythical Mermaid – Organic Handcrafted Soap

Do you dismiss “organic” as frivolous?

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. It makes sense to try to refrain from slathering onto our major organ some chemically-laden product. (And regarding candles & melts, we refuse to suck in petroleum by-products like paraffin into our noses or mouths. Disgusting!)

Organic soap matches our values of being ecologically-friendly. Unfortunately, certified organic means the farmers have to pay the government-approved agencies to inspect and “certify”, which mean more cost to us. This is not necessarily economically-friendly up front. In the long run, it is economical to our health and environment to grow food organically.

(By the way, becoming familiar with your local growers allows you to save money by finding like-minded people who do grow “organically”, but do not embrace the added cost of becoming certified. Visit your local outdoor markets!)

Family owned and operated, economics are important to us. Our family grows our own herbs in order to offset costs. These herbs are incorporated into our organically-grown ingredients by infusing oils and creating floral & herbal waters (hydrosols). We love to hand craft these into our organic soaps!

Here is the USDA definition of organic:

Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled “organic,” a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.”

Organic handcrafted soap can reduce the toxic load to our bodies by using ingredients which are both ecologically-friendly and economically-friendly (in the long run). We follow suit with our bath truffle and lotions. Why allow your skin to soak up and accumulate toxins if you have a legitimate option to that? Do you know that your liver cannot clean out most of those toxins? It just builds up and builds up…

Think about that the next time you shower or bathe.

Customers can buy organic handcrafted body products in our Etsy store or in our Shop

January 27, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Heart Soap and Other Valentine’s Day Gifts

Heart Soap with sea salt and pink clay

We heart soap!

Valentine’s Day gift shopping time is here!

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to remind us to show love to others as well as to ourselves. Even though we are a health-conscious family, we occasionally have to remind each other that love starts with an appreciation and care for our own bodies and minds. So while you are shopping for your beloved friends, family, and sweetie, grab a Valentine’s Day gift that is good for you too!

This year we have concocted a few new products that naturally lend themselves to this season of love.

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January 24, 2017
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Recycled Colored Glass Candles with cork lids!

Recycled Colored Glass Candles

Recycled Colored Glass Candles

Colored Recycled Glass Containers with cork lids!

We get so excited when we are able to find candle-worthy colored glass! However, unless we are willing to pay a small fortune for one single container, those finds come far and few between. We have been on the hunt for a consistent supply of affordable colored glass for quite awhile. How exciting it was to discover an American company providing not only colored glass, but partially recycled colored glass! It fits right in with our #Recycle * Reuse * #Repurpose * Reclaim philosophy.

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November 24, 2016
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Black Friday 2016 Sale 40% off storewide

Black Friday 2016

BLACK FRIDAY 2016 SALE

40% OFF STOREWIDE

Stressed out over holiday shopping?

Simplify & save time and money by shopping at Prairie Lights Candles & Soaps

Made with our own hands and hearts!

Search no further. We have gifts for every level of giving.

An organic, artisan SOAP is affordable, thoughtful, and a luxurious gift for anyone. Use it as a “Thank You” and “Merry Christmas” gift. Don’t forget those who uncomplicate your life, such as the trash collector, postal worker, babysitter, and so on!

Build a gift set by matching a handcrafted soap with a hand-poured 100% soy CANDLE. Candles evoke warmth and convey warm-hearted wishes during these cool winter months. The soft glow and seasonal fragrance kindle memories of past and present. For youth thru mature, candles make perfect gifts this time of year.

Follow this link to our Etsy store

40% off code for Etsy: BLACKFRIDAY2016

Limited to stock on hand. Offer expires at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, November 26, 2016.

Local orders: To avoid shipping costs, write “to arrange pick up” in the note section of your order, and shipping costs will be refunded back to your account. Once your order is ready, you will be notified of available pick up times here in Riley.

Find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PrairieLightsCandlesAndSoaps/

For more information about what we create, visit our website at PrairieLightsCandles.com

PrairieLightsCandles@gmail.com

September 29, 2016
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Spiced Amber Ale Organic Handcrafted ‘Beer & Guac’ Soap

spiced amber ale

Spiced Amber Ale Beer & Avocado Soap

Spiced Amber Ale – Autumn at its best.

Organic ‘Sunflower State’ soap recipe, blended with rich, creamy #avocado (so good for the skin!) and a rich amber ale (what suds!), this soap stands out. Try it!

This year, while planning our Fall line, we decided to share our family’s fun ‘Beer & Avocado’ soap using the spectacular Spiced Amber Ale fragrance! We make it for the men and boys, but the women and girls love it too! It is truly irresistable!

It is that time of year when we open up for “scratch and sniff” season!

No, not literally. Please do not scratch our soaps or candles. But sniff? We wholeheartedly encourage that!

The best way to get an idea of our products is to come and experience them for yourselves!

October 1 is the Riley Fall Festival in downtown, and we invite YOU!#RileyFallFestival

Come visit us! We will have our organic soaps there, along with a cutting booth! Do you want to cut your own slab of soap? Each cut reveals a different nuance in design! Fun!

We will have our new Fall-Winter line of candles and fragrances available, perfect for decorating your home for the holidays.

Add that focal point of beauty to your home!

*Choose from our unique and limited-edition candles.

*Our customers love to use our soaps as a fragrant focal point in their guest bathrooms. (Once your entertaining is over, sink into suds of luxurious, skin-loving, organic soapiness.)

*Use our eco-friendly candles as part of your own holiday displays.

Let us save you time and money!

Our candles and soaps make personal, practical gifts!

Spiced Amber Ale #beer soap is perfect for

*boys

*men

* beer lovers

*beer makers

*guacamole lovers 😉

Pair it with our Spiced Amber Ale shave soap or a MANdle, – click, pay, and you are finished! Shopping for the men and boys (and ale officionadas) is complete! Check it off of your list! Easy peasy!

You can purchase your soap and candle together, here, in our Etsy shop.

September 22, 2016
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Apple Harvest Soap in Purple and White Swirl

apple harvest soapApple Harvest Soap! Purple and white soap never smelled so good!

Mmmmmmm!!!! I love the smell of apples and spice this time of year!

In this part of Kansas, you will see purple everywhere you look. #KState fans are loyal to the end! So to honor that loyalty, we created a purple and white soap design from our luxurious ‘Sunflower State’ organic soap recipe. #EMAW

Living near the #LittleApple, we thought it appropriate to fragrance this cool swirl of a soap with Apple Harvest. It definitely is NOT disappointing us! I can smell it as I write this! Delicious!

Let us save you time and money! Looking for a personal, but practical, gift? Try this soap!

For a few dollars more, you can pair it with an Apple Harvest candle!

Perfect for:

*teachers

*hosts/hostesses

*raffles

* K-State fans, athletes, coaches

#GoWildcats

– click, pay, and you are finished! Shopping for the purple-lovers is complete! Check it off of your list! Easy peasy!

You can purchase your soap and candle together, here, in our Etsy shop.

September 14, 2016
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2016 Fall-Winter Fragrances

2016 Fall-Winter Fragrances

Autumn

Individually hand-poured candles, customized to reflect your personal choice in fragrance and style…

We at Prairie Lights care about health and the environment. We use #nonGMO, made in the USA, 100% pure soy wax without any additives. Our fragrances are phthalate-free. (Pthalates are a common allergen and are in many fragrances!) Our essential oils are tested for purity and likeness. Our containers are chosen because they fit one or more of our “go” words:

Recycle * Repurpose * Reuse * Reclaim

We are passionate about our #soycandles! We #lighttheway with only the best for our family – and for our customers!

For an added bonus, check out our luxurious, organic, handcrafted soap! Several are available in our seasonal fragrances, allowing you to pair your candle with a matching or coordinating soap.

This Fall-Winter 2016 season we offer the following fragrances (and here are their descriptions from our wonderful supplier, Candlescience):

Apple Harvest – Our Apple Harvest is a true, ripe apple fragrance combined with bright fruit notes and just a touch of spice. It has year-round appeal but is especially nice around apple picking time. Apple Harvest may be the apple scent you didn’t know you needed, but can’t live without. This fragrance oil is infused with natural cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange, and cedarwood essential oils.

Blue Spruce – Ever hike out and cut your own Christmas Tree? With our Blue Spruce, you’ll feel like you did just that. More complex than a typical Frasier or Douglas Fir, it’s got a punchy, bright citrus note that is really pleasing. Capture the spirit of the holidays with this strong, true, and enchanting scent. We love this fragrance and think you will too. This fragrance oil is infused with natural cedarwood and pine essential oils.

Caramelized Pralines – An irresistible blend of sweet warm vanilla caramel, dark brown sugar and rich, toasted butter-drenched pecans.

Frankincense & Myrrh – A valuable commodity of the ancient world for its religious and medicinal value, this fragrance embodies the classic and enchanting aromatic blend of frankincense and myrrh, with bergamot, patchouli and sandalwood. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils including Bergamot, Coriander, Lemon, Orange, and Patchouli.

Pumpkin Pie – A true-to-life fragrance with notes of pumpkin, spices, and a touch of vanilla whipped cream. It throws great hot and cold, in paraffin and soy. Pumpkin Pie isn’t as sweet as our Pumpkin Soufflé, but it is incredibly strong and true. This fragrance oil is infused with natural cinnamon, clove, and ginger essential oils.

Red Ginger Saffron – This zesty, aromatic fragrance fuses the uniqueness of ginger, freshness of saffron and resinous cardamom and lemongrass to deliver a remarkably crisp and fresh scent. This fresh scent is sure to lift the mood of any room. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including ginger, cedarwood, geranium and patchouli.

We also create handcrafted #organicsoap , nourishing and free of harsh chemicals! Check them out on Etsy!