I am pleased to announce my interview with the owner of K's Kreations. I have been a satisfied customer of hers, so when I got the opportunity to ask her some questions I couldn't say no!
I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed writing them.
How did you discover your love for wax and scents?
|Kathy from K's Kreations!|
How did you learn to make your own candles?
Back when I started making candles, there was no Facebook and not a lot of information on the internet. Books on the subject were not always full of complete information, so much of what I learned was with on the job training. It took months of trial and error to find the best combination of wax, fragrance, and dye to be confident that I was making a quality product. It takes MONTHS of testing, testing, and more testing, before a wax product can go on the market safely.
What made you decide to start K's Kreations?
I had worked in manufacturing and inventory management for many years, but after my youngest sons got to be too old for daycare, I decided it was time to make the change to be a stay at home mom for them during the summer. I actually taught painting shortly after I quit my "real" job and was buying candles wholesale to paint on. I decided to try my own to paint, and hence, K's Kreations was born.
|Perpetual Pillar Candles|
Special time? What is that? Seriously though, this is my full time job and I take it very serioiusly. I am often reminded (by Tom) that it is the weekend or holiday. When I have orders in the house I am very committed to making sure they are complete and perfect within my short turnaround time.
What makes K's Kreations special?
My customer service. I have customers who have been with me for years. I know my product sells itself, but my special touch of keeping in touch with customers throughout the ordering process makes them feel comfortable. Ordering from the internet can be scary for people when they cannot touch or smell my product, and many times I have been asked for suggestions on fragrances. I contact the customer, find out their likes and dislikes and can recommend from there. I have had a huge success rate from that!
What type of wax do you use, and why?
Do you change your scents with the seasons?
Yes, I do have seasonal scents, but I generally bring them back a few months before the "season" begins again. Many of my holiday scents are great sellers year round.
What is your all time best selling scent?
Wow, that varies from season to season. But without a doubt, the best seller throughout the year is Cranberry Orange & Spice.
Do you have a favorite scent?
Yes, Vanilla Bean Noel was one of my first favorites, and almost 10 years later, it still is.
Is your favorite scent the same as your family's favorite?
Tom (my husband) and I generally agree on the same scents. Alex's favorites was Blueberry Cheesecake, and Nick love Chocolate Kisses.
The Alex's Rainbow's line is a beautiful tribute, will you be expanding this line even more?
|Alex's Rainbows Candle|
Any other new scents or products coming soon?
There are always new scents and products in the works. I have been working with other experienced, professional candle makers in the Veteran Candle Makers Association (VCMA) and we are coming up iwth our own exclusive blends to offer our customers. This is an exciting project and I cannot wait to add more of these blends to my line.
What types of products do you like to make the most?
|Blueberry Cheesecake Whip|
Do do have a "candle making room" or special workplace where all the magic happens?
Truthfully, my business is spread out throughout my house. I have an office on the second floor, a huge storage room in my basement, but the majority of the "magic" happens in my kitchen and dining room. I have a huge island where my pour pots, scale, dyes, ect. are all within easy reach. Oh, I almost forgot my garage where all the packaging materials are stocked. Time for a dedicated building, lol!
Is there anything you wished all wax customers would know?
Yes. I have read quite a bit lately that people don't believe that there is a science to making candles. But there is. It is not as simple as placing a wick in a jar and pouring wax on it to make a candle. You have to test, test, test, to get the perfect combination of wick, wax, fragrance, and dye. Not all fragrance and dye combinations burn the same. It takes months of testing before I will put a new jar or style in my line.
As a small business owner who (other than your customers of course!) has been your biggest supporter?
|Grubby Gingerbread Candles|
Do you do online candles parties?
I have not done online parties, but I do parties locally and offer fundraising and wholesale. It is something I am looking into for next year.
Do you have a funny or amusing "waxident" (wax accident!) to share?
Though no waxident is really funny at the time, Tom and I were working on a large wholesale order a few years back and one of us (depends on who you ask), knocked over a pticher of wax and it was all over the counter and floor. Thank goodness for my loyal heat gun in cleaning that one up.
|Melting Snowman Candles|
Thank you so much Kathy for the interview, and the sale!
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