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Make your house smell like a mermaid's tail

Kitty candle
Do you like scented candles and wax melts? Author Lindsey R. Loucks has joined her love of story-telling with creative, eco-friendly candles, wax melts, lip balms, and other products with her company “turtledinosaur.” Her candles and wax melts are made with renewable, American grown soy, and include such whimsical names as Make Friends With Vampires, My Mermaid Tail Is Better Than Yours, and Book Boyfriend. Each candle and wax melt comes with a short story to explain the name.

When asked what tips she'd give to other aspiring candlemakers, Lindsey answered:

"I collect as many free or cheap samples as I can from different companies. (My favorites are The Flaming Candle Company, Rustic Escentuals, and Indigo.) Then I experiment by combining scents for a totally unique smell.

"For example, Book Boyfriend is a mix of oud wood, leather, musk, and a scent called Fierce. It took a while to get the proportions right, but once I did, BAM! Book Boyfriend was created! I knew ahead of time kind of how I wanted it to smell, and I got it!"

One lucky reader is going to get it too! Comment below with your favorite candle scent and you'll be put in a drawing for a free sample of Make Friends With Vampires wax melts.

Don't want to wait for luck to smile on you? Then check out Lindsey's Etsy shop and Kickstarter campaign today. Because who wouldn't want their house to smell like a mermaid's tail?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Comment by kayla Sun Mar 20 20:47:49 2016
My favorites have always been complicated but subtle scents, like lilac or this one I got as a kid called "midnight"
Comment by Jamie Wetzel Sun Mar 20 23:21:48 2016

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