West Knoxville couple launches a line of soy candles

West Knoxville couple launches a line of soy candles

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Trent and Sara Warren's business is a family operation, located in the basement of Sara's parents. When the couple gets big orders, they, their in-laws and anyone else who may be around pitch in and complete the order. Trent and Sara Warren's business is a family operation, located in the basement of Sara's parents. When the couple gets big orders, they, their in-laws and anyone else who may be around pitch in and complete the order.
The product is soy based and offers hundreds of fragrances. The residue even makes a good hand lotion. The product is soy based and offers hundreds of fragrances. The residue even makes a good hand lotion.
It was Sara's idea to make candles because she was disappointed with the ones she was buying on the market. It was Sara's idea to make candles because she was disappointed with the ones she was buying on the market.
They sell their candles at crafts fairs, on the Internet and through church and school fundraisers. They sell their candles at crafts fairs, on the Internet and through church and school fundraisers.
By GENE PATTERSON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A West Knoxville couple, not satisfied with the candles they were buying, decided to make their own. Through trial and error, they've developed what they think is a pretty good candle. It's so good, they decided to go into business.

Trent and Sara Warren's business is a family operation, located in the basement of Sara's parents. When the couple gets big orders, they, their in-laws and anyone else who may be around pitch in and complete the order.

The product is soy based and offers hundreds of fragrances. The residue even makes a good hand lotion.

They sell their candles at crafts fairs, on the Internet and through church and school fundraisers.

It was Sara's idea to make candles because she was disappointed with the ones she was buying on the market.

"My wife kept buying candles and she would always say that after they burn one time, they didn't smell anymore," said Trent.

Sara then went to work to make a more fragrant candle. The product is a combination of Internet research and trial and error.

"I just expected to just be making candles for me, for us," she said.

"We happened to go to a rummage sale at church, and we took them to church to see how they'd go. It went over pretty good and we looked at each other and said, 'Hey, we might having something here,'" said Trent.

"It was kind of like a light went off, and that's what we've done. We love it. We love going to the crafts fairs and meeting people, and that's the biggest part of the enjoyment, is meeting the people," said Sara.

Both Sara and Trent have regular jobs. He works in food sales and she's a registered nurse. Increasingly, their attention is being devoted to candle making.

"Once she built us a website, it really took off on the Internet. It really took off ,and I guess we've seen the fruit of our labor," said Trent.

More online: Home Scents Candle Company

After a decade in business, the West Knoxville couple says their candle company is performing better than they originally expected.

"When we get tired of working full time, we plan on going to arts and crafts fairs across the country and make candles," said Sara.
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