100% soy candles and natural soaps

November 30, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Customized Soap Loaves at Wholesale Prices – Great to cut and use as gifts!

wholesale loaf of soap

Soap Loaf

Customized Soap Loaf!

Wholesale custom soap loaves are now available in any of our delicious fragrances!

Now you can save money by buying a wholesale loaf of soap, uncut, for you to use as you like!

  • Cut a chunk off as you need it for washing! Our soap is great for face, hands, or body!
  • Cut it into bars, and then in half, for custom guest-size soaps!
  • Use it as a fun party activity by allowing guests to cut off their own bar of soap!
  • Wrap each bar to your custom specifications and use as party favors or gifts!
  • Cut, wrap, and label soap for gift-giving!

(There are so many gorgeous ways to wrap soap.)

  • Cut, wrap, and label soap to sell at craft fairs and shows!

This wonderful shea butter soap is:

* Handcrafted with LOVE * Sulfate Free * Paraben Free * Propylene Glycol Free * Phthalate Free * Detergent Free * Preservative Free * Vegan *

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November 27, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Smoking Candles

Are your candles smoking?

We are at the end of our craft show season, and once again the most common question people come up to me and ask is “Why do my candles smoke so much?”

I’d love to cast blame on paraffin or on low-quality fragrances manufacturers use – but that is not the truth. All candles – anything you burn – casts off a small amount of soot (smoke). However, an excessive amount of smoke is a sign of an unhappy candle.

I cannot say it enough, and no I am not yelling at you, but…

KEEP YOUR WICKS TRIMMED!!!

As you can see from our picture, our candles burn lovely, with minimal smoking (when blown out), because we keep the wicks trimmed. We create high quality candles with premium wax and fragrances, which also reduces the amount of soot.

So why oh why do even my candles soot sometimes? I will be totally honest: I leave my candles burning for too long. I walked into our bathroom yesterday and was disgusted at the sight of a blackened votive jar. It was 9 pm. I had lit the candle that morning, at 7 am and let it burn until it burned out. The candle wasn’t to blame. It was user error.

Large burn pool in a small votive = soot.

Low quality wax or low quality fragrance, high fragrance load, drafts that you may not notice, … these can contribute to excessive smoking too.

The best cure for smoking candles is to keep your wicks trimmed. The second way to prevent any smoking when you blow out your candle is to get yourself a wick dipper and dip that sweet little wick down into the wax, then straighten it up again. Once the wax pool has hardened, trim it. CleanCut used to have a wonderful set of both trimmer & dipper, but they sold their company to someone else, and I can no longer get deals when I buy them (or I would pass that on to you).

If you are opposed to any soot whatsoever, I recommend our soy wax melts that you can find in on our Shop page or on Etsy here.

I will never give up on candles. They are incomparably lovely. But… dare I say it again… let’s keep our wicks trimmed.

November 1, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Holiday Soap Bars – Limited Edition

Our holiday soap bars are ready! Since they are each a limited edition, once they sell out, they are gone for the year! So NOW is the time to grab your favorites!

Handcrafted soap gifts are so affordable, making excellent stocking stuffers, host/hostess gifts, gift exchanges, … and don’t forget service workers! We make sure we wrap up a soap or candle for our mail carriers, trash can man, and city workers. We never fail to hear back about how much they loved the soap and/or candles!

But let us not forget self-compassion! Gather up a few bars for yourself! These are truly decadent holiday soap bars! Remember – LIMITED EDITION!

Frankincense & Myrrh Soap

“We Three Kings” Frankincense & Myrrh Soap

frankincense & myrrh soap

“We Three Kings”

Frankincense & Myrrh soap we call “We Three Kings” because it incorporates gold, frankincense, and myrrh – perfect for the holidays. Fragrance oil and essential oil blended together into an organic oil base make this a luxuriously royal bar of soap. Soft and supple lather, grounding fragrance, and detergent-free cleansing so that you can treat your skin with the gentleness it deserves. Excellent as a gift or stocking stuffer too!

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Castor Oil, Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils, Organic Sugar, Kaolin Clay, Sodium Lactate, Micas as colorant

You can buy them on Etsy, here.


 

Blue Spruce Holiday Soap Bar

“Oh Christmas Tree” Blue Spruce Soap

Holiday Soap Bar Blue Spruce

“Oh Christmas Tree”

Blue Spruce soap that we call “Oh Christmas Tree” because of the zesty, invigorating fragrance of fresh blue spruce on a cool winter’s day! We love the crackle look we were able to achieve! Can you see it? Truly a unique look and magnificent fragrance blended into conditioning oils for a soft and supple lather without detergents, so your skin is treated kindly during the busy holidays. Excellent as a gift or stocking stuffer too!

Ingredients: Distilled Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Castor Oil, Fragrance Oil, Essential Oils, Organic Sugar, Kaolin Clay, Sodium Lactate, Micas as colorant

You can buy these on Etsy, here.

 

holiday soap bar

Almond Latte Holiday Soap Bar

Almond Latte Soap! As the weather cools, I find myself reminiscing about a tiny coffee and tea house that had the most delicious Almond Lattes drizzled with honey! Every winter I try to replicate that experience, but it just isn’t the same. Perhaps it was the location, or the time, …or perhaps they had really awesome lattes!

This year I decided to forgo replication of the drink and instead try to make a soap using sweet almond oil and almond & honey fragrances. I added a little coffee grounds for the gentle exfoliation as well as for the caffeine “lift” for my aging skin! I think it is adorable in its little round shape, like a coffee cup, with the (faux) whipped milk, honey drizzle, and real coffee bean! The fragrance is so delicious! It is a whole new delightful experience!

Ingredients: Sweet Almond Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Almond Milk, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance Oil, Coffee Grounds, Sodium Lactate

You can buy our Almond Latte soap on Etsy, here. 


 

 

Holiday Soap Bar Organic Soap

“Winter in the Smoky Valley”

Garden Mint soap inspired by Winter in the Smokey Valley! Rolling hills in sepia, remnants of foliage in charcoal grays, blinding white of ice-covered 

holiday soap bar

“Winter in the Smoky Valley”

trees, all lying quietly in stark contrast to the vast, vivid blue sky. This is not your typical peppermint soap! It is so much more! It smells like winter – fresh, icy, outdoor”green”, that wakes you up and greets you – like a live peppermint plant freshly picked. Perfect for those winters when we are longing for the Spring to arrive and just need that pick-me-up. Excellent as a gift or stocking stuffer too!

Ingredients:

Glycerin, Water, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Sodium Hydroxide, Palm Acid, Palm Kernel Acid, Sodium Citrate, Titanium Dioxide, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Fragrance & Essential Oils, Mica as Colorant

You can buy “Winter in the Smoky Valley” on Etsy, here.

 


For longer lasting soap: Between uses, keep bar soap in a well-ventilated area, allowing it to dry out between uses. This will prolong the life of your soap. We recommend using a cedar soap deck. (Which we sell, and which can be found in various stores here on Etsy.)

* Handmade with LOVE * Sulfate Free * Paraben Free * Propylene Glycol Free * Phthalate Free * Detergent Free * Preservative Free * Vegan *

 

 

October 29, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Buttercup’s Boutique – Bath & Body Products for Kids

Buttercup' Boutique Bath and Body for Kids Soap for kids

Buttercup’ Boutique Bath and Body for Kids

Bath and Body Products for Kids

Finally! Bath and body products designed by a kid FOR kids!

Our Princess Buttercup has launched her own line of soap for kids, “kiss lips” lip balm for kids, and hand lotion in kid-friendly size!

The cute animal soaps are * Handmade with LOVE * Sulfate Free * Paraben Free * Propylene Glycol Free * Phthalate Free * Preservative Free * Vegan *. You can see them here!

They can be ordered in kid-favorite colors and kid-loving fragrances! Choose from a fox, frog, squirrel, owl, hedgehog, or turtle! Adorable!

Her bath and body for kids continues with 2-ounce lotion made with organic oils and butters that are safe for little ones. The shape and size is perfect for little hands!

lotion for kids

Kids Lotion made with organic oils and butters!

That’s not all! Instead of chemicals and petroleum products on the lips of little ones, Buttercup has made what she calls “kiss lips” for kids! They come in her 2 favorites – Peppermint and Strawberry. Since the organic cocoa butter has retained some of its own natural fragrance, we call them “Peppermint Cocoa” and “Strawberry Cocoa”. No worries about licking lips now!

organic lip balm for kids

Organic “Kiss Lips”

These kid-friendly bath and body products make perfect everyday incentives, essentials, gifts, and stocking stuffers! Visit her Etsy Shop here!

“Come and play and bring new friends!” – Princess Buttercup

September 21, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Kansas Sunset Fall Soap in Blood Orange Fragrance

Kansas Sunset Fall Soap

Kansas Sunset

Kansas Sunset Fall soap

Kansas Sunset Fall soap is the first for partner K. He calls this ‘Kansas Sunset’. One thing about this state – the sunrises and sunsets never disappoint! Breathtaking! So he designed a soap to replicate the pinks, reds, oranges, burgundy, that surround the glowing yellow sun setting in the eve of a long day’s work on the prairie. The fragrance is Blood Orange with a hint of Teak wood to anchor it.

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September 18, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Fall Soap – ‘Fall Flurry’ – ORGANIC Soap in Autumn Colors and Fragrances

Fall Soap Fall Flurry

Fall Soap: “Fall Flurry”

Our second Fall soap we call ‘Fall Flurry’. For us, Autumn brings howling breezes that swirl colorful leaves around in little twisters. Decorations in purples, greens, and blacks, – starry nights lit up with jack’o’lanterns – a flurry of colors! I tried to mimic the fragrance of Absinthe – anise essential oils, cassia cinnamon essential oil, a little orange, some herbal greens, and anchored in amber and wood. It is a fun, perhaps eerie, perhaps frolicking, design.

Although the colors are dark, the lathering suds are not.

In fact, our soaps made with ORGANIC oils known to condition the skin work up quite a copious lather!

Our soaps are sudsy!

You can find this limited edition Fall soap, along with our ghost soap “Phantasm”, and our gorgeous “Kansas Sunset” soap, in our Etsy store here. 

September 12, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Phantasm Fall Soap

Phantasm fall soap

Phantasm Fall Soap

Fall soaps are here!

Our first Fall soap we call ‘Phantasm’. It is phantasmic! (Pardon the pun; I could not resist.) The fragrance of Neroli (Orange Blossoms) is alluring and seductive, just like the design. The design was inspired by Auntie Clara Soaps. (Shout out!) Using 2 different water concentrations to make the design leaves the soap pure and without colorants.

On my second batch I allowed myself to go a little more phantastical with the design – or perhaps I was inebriated by the intoxicating fragrance. 😉

Phantasm fall soap

I cannot find the words to fully describe how amazing this soap smells! I want to fragrance all of my personal products with it! Time to order a gallon .

In full disclosure, I did make lotion using this fragrance and I find myself stopping in my steps and looking around to figure out what that incredibly wonderful smell is… And then I realize it is ME! Hahahaha! Truth. Hey, it helps me to be mindful, so – bonus.

Our Fall soaps are all made using organic oils. They lather with abundant bubbles and a creamy conditioning texture, leaving clean skin in its wake. The fragrances we have chosen will help to usher in the awareness and embrace of Autumn! However, these are offered for a

LIMITED TIME – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Get them here at our Etsy Store!

#ghostsoap

#fallsoap

#orangeblossom

#PrairieLightsKS

#HandcraftedSoap

#mindfulsoap

#HandmadeSoap

#ArtisanSoap

July 25, 2017
by PrairieLights
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Kansas-Inspired MANdle Candles and Soaps

Kansas-inspired soap

The Rancher

Kansas-inspired, Kansas made.

Inspired by the men (and women) of Kansas, we reinvented our MANdles line to reflect and honor the hardworking men (and women) of the Midwest.

With an increase in a desire to be self-sufficient, it is common that one person or family performs all or many of the following roles successfully. We do not see these inspirations as mutually exclusive, in other words. Nor do we ignore the strong women of this state who inspire us as well. However, MANdles is a line of candles and soaps with masculine appeal. And so we introduce…

Kansas-inspired soap

The Beekeeper

The Beekeeper – Rich, succulent, golden honey fragrance with local honey added for a deeply sensual experience. The vast rolling plains are decorated with multi-colored wild flowers from Spring until Fall. This is the perfect environment for both bees and beekeepers to thrive in. Our honeycomb-shaped soap with a hardworking honey bee reminds us of the sweet fruits of labor. You can find it here.

Kansas-inspired soap

The Businessman

The Businessman – Neat and clean, high-end cologne fragrance that lingers just enough to give a noticeable “mmm!” as he walks by. The soap shape reflects our vision of a crisp, white shirt fresh from the dry-cleaner, ready and waiting for today’s choice of tie. You can find it here.

Kansas-inspired soap

The Farmer

The Farmer – Fresh outdoor fragrance of uplifting lemongrass. The recognizable green and yellow of the JD tractor plowing through lush fields of wheat, soy, sorghum, and corn, leaving behind tread marks in the soil was our vision for the shape of this soap. You can find it here.

Kansas-inspired soap

The Rancher

The Rancher – Earthy blend of teakwood with a touch of leather that is as alluring as the proverbial cowboy. Driving along Kansas roads, one can still see the wooden fence posts and barbed wire from long ago. Inspired by our imaginations, we created our own soap mold to reflect and honor this history. You can find it here.

Kansas-inspired soap

The Soldier

The Soldier – Clean and freshly showered soldiers reporting for duty! “Double Tap” soap is inspired by the sounds commonly heard around this area as soldiers train to defend our great country. Having soldiers in the family, we know that lingering fragrance is frowned upon, so this soap keeps it invigorating in the shower, but non-lingering once in the uniform. We not only thought of soldiers, but those security, investigators, police officers, and others who actively lay their life on the line to protect and serve our country and community. Nevertheless…. “Hooah!” You can find this soap here.

Kansas-inspired Candles

MANdle candles in 100% soy wax

Want to extend these awesome fragrances? MANdle candles in the sleek and elegant silver travel tins are available in the above scents. Made from 100% soy wax grown here in the Midwest! You can find our MANdle candles here.

Kansas-inspired, Kansas-made, and Kansas-grown (Midwest).

We welcome you to visit our Etsy store.

April 20, 2017
by PrairieLights
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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!