ABOUT US

THE BEGINNING

As with many handmade companies, Happy Little Flame was born in our kitchen. We love burning candles in our home, so our goal was to create a cleaner, healthier option after discovering how toxic regular candles can be. That’s why we source out the cleanest ingredients for our products to ensure they are non-toxic and free of things like dyes, additives, stabilizers, and phthalates.

THE PROCESS

When we first began making candles, we knew that we could easily duplicate what was already on the market – but we didn’t want to. We wanted to offer something different to our customers. Something healthier. Something honest. Something better.

The most common wax used for candles today is paraffin, which is a petroleum waste product. When burned, paraffin candles release highly toxic chemicals into the air, including benzene and toluene – both known carcinogens. That combined with synthetic fragrances and other additives can be pretty icky for our air. Over the last decade, soy wax has grown immensely in popularity as a cleaner option for candles. However, it has become increasingly difficult to source these waxes without additives or other waxes (like paraffin or palm) added in by the manufacturer. Because of this, most candles (even many labeled “all-natural”) contain things like UV inhibitors to prevent fading, and Vybar, a polyalphaolefin added to enhance color and fragrance.

Many of our customers ask why we don’t make our candles with essential oils. While this was originally our plan (and we had a very hard time letting it go), during our extensive research we found that essential oils should never be used in candles. In fact, essential oils should not be heated at all as heat and sunlight can change the chemical composition of the oils. Not only can they become toxic, but they lose their beneficial health properties (learn more about this from the Wiley online library as well as doTerra & Young Living).
So what’s the alternative? Using superior quality, phthalate free fragrance oils infused with essential oils that are designed for candles and SAFE to burn!

We spent eight long months sourcing the cleanest ingredients we could find, experimenting, testing, and refining our recipe. We knew we couldn’t rush the process – we had to get it just right. For our customers, and our own family. 
All of our products are hand poured in small batches, and then cured for a minimum of two weeks to ensure quality, consistency, and top-notch fragrance.

THE TEAM

Bex

Owner & Founder
Creator/Designer

Elisabeth

Director or Operations
& Candlemaker

MONICA

Head Candlemaker

Lauren

Shipping Manager

BEHIND THE SCENES

When Bex started making candles in 2017, her daughters were 6 & 18 months old. Working around their schedules & needs was a priority from the very beginning, and in many ways the business was built around them.

When Elisabeth & Monica joined the team, three more kids were added to the mix. With five kids under five, making room for them at our workshop was imperative! In the Spring of 2020, when we began searching for commercial space,  we knew exactly what we wanted to be able to accommodate all of our children. The spot we found in Libertyville couldn’t have been more perfect!!! With a separate bathroom, playroom, and “quiet room” (complete with a tv and sofa), bringing the kids to work with us was an absolute dream.

During the 2020/2021 schoolyear when most schools were doing virtual classes, we were so blessed to have a tutor come to the shop and teach our kids in the playroom we converted into a classroom. Fondly named “Happy Little Brains Preschool”, the kids were able to continue learning while we worked in the warehouse next door.

This fall, Pierce (6), Chase (5), Olivia (5), Eve (4), and Stella (4) will head to 1st Grade, Kindergarten, and Pre-K offsite. In preparation for a busy Fall & Winter season, our storefront has just undergone an expansion, leaving the kids with one dedicated playroom.

We can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us (and the kids), and hope you’ll follow along with us on this exciting journey!

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