19 Acres Candles, Bath & Body is a husband and wife adventure that started with a love for candles that expanded to making them in the warmth of our kitchen in 2016. We are a dual veteran-owned business focused on faith, family and making a difference in this world. Julian retired from the United States Army in 2009 and Stacey retired in 2018. Besides candles, we enjoy outdoor activities, working out, spending time with our family, baseball, music, antiques and so much more. Built on a strong foundation of honor, integrity and selflessness, we believe our actions serve as a source of inspiration, reflect God’s love for us and light up the world.
How It All Began
Who doesn’t love a scent-filled house? Like many of you, we enjoy a scent filled house but also feel there is warmth associated with the warm glow of a candle’s flame. Our original intent was not to start a candle business. Learning to make candles was really a way to save money for the things the matter most in life, our family. What we did not enjoy about burning candles were the headaches my husband would get as well as the black soot that would cover the candle jars. Concerned about my husband’s headaches and what our family was breathing in, we began extensively researching the contents used to manufacture many candles on the market today. The results of our research were troubling. We discovered that most candles are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product generated when refining oil into gasoline. Additionally, many research papers from reputable agencies and educational institutions indicated paraffin wax contains several toxins, two of which are considered cancer causing.
Besides being unhealthy, we found candles that were not 100% soy wax did not burn evenly, leaving a hole in the center or residue on the jar. We loved burning candles but were not ready to give up a simple pleasure that brings joy. Needless to say, from that point on, our goal became making a healthy alternative for our family utilizing high quality ingredients that reduce the amount of toxins released in our home.
Less than two months after pouring our first candles, we participated in Heart of Sumter Neighborhood Association’s Art in the Park. Today, our business crafts high quality bath and beauty products that complement our line of hand poured 100% soy wax candles. We continue to expand the 19 Acres Candles, Bath & Body experience to include a line of antique, vintage and eclectic décor.
After a lot of research, along with some trial and error, we learned the differences between candle waxes. Unlike most candles you find in stores, our candles are hand poured using 100% soy wax; natural, renewable, non-toxic and biodegradable wax that offers a better alternative. We do not use colors in our candles to make them as pure as possible. Plus there is a beauty to the natural color of soy wax. A benefit to no color is our candles can match with any room in your home. Quality is important to us along with providing a memorable and pleasant shopping experience. It is our genuine desire to provide 100% soy wax candles that are safe not only for our family but yours.
We believe our primary mission is so much more than solely selling products for profit. Our true purpose as people and a company is to be an inspiration, to reflect His love for us and be the light. Life is built on relationships. We hope your interactions with us touch your life in a positive way that inspires you to do the same.