A Little History, and an Expensive Lesson
Soap Bucket Skincare and Candles was the first incarnation of their business. When Nicki and Rudy started, like many small candle businesses, they had two kinds of products -- all natural and standard paraffin wax based products. It seemed like the right way to go, offering standard paraffin wax candles as well as the “trendier” all-natural goods for a bit more money to those that wanted them.
That is until they found out that paraffin wax, like other petroleum products, wasn’t the “safe” product they thought it was. A study had found that burning paraffin wax contributes to indoor air pollution, and releases dangerous toxins into the air, like benzene and toluene, which are also in diesel exhaust fumes. Unlike some shadier business people out there, they didn’t quietly change their own lifestyle and keep selling that product to their customers.
In fact, they discarded all of their stock that contained petroleum products.
An expensive lesson and a rough restart to go all natural, but for the Allens, nothing matters more than knowing that they are caring for their children the best they can. And, they could do no less in regards to the community around them and their customers -- even offering products they knew could be toxic was not something they could do.