Chris and Claire started making candles when they had to hunker down within their home during 2020 in Ridgewood, Queens, NY. Their candle business has been new inspiration for them ever since; a fun, creative way to experiment with new scents, brainstorm different marketing ideas, meet unique people, and at the end of the day, hand-make some basic ass candles. 

Chris had previously been in the candle business and has a background in advertising and design. Claire has been making art for years and has affinity for the hands-on experience and anything unique. It was a perfect combo for the two of them to start something of their own, and especially for any person to enjoy. A basic candle full of spirit, simpicilty, and pizazz. 

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Email them any time with order questions and even candle ideas at chrisdacs@gmail.com and clairebreidenbach@gmail.com.


Soy candles are made from soybeans, a natural, renewable source grown in many regions by local farmers. Paraffin candles are made from petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source that contains carcinogenic substances. These substances may be released into the air while burning. Using candles made from soy supports local agriculture and farmers, allowing them to make money and grow their operations.


A candle made from soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released as the candle burns. Paraffin candles often create a significant amount of black soot that collects on the jar, as well as on your walls and other surfaces of the home. The soy candle may accumulate some black soot on the jar, but the amount is much less than paraffin candles. Soy candles are also non-toxic, so they won't release toxins into the air as they burn.


Soy candles typically last longer than a paraffin candle of the same size. The reason behind the longevity of soy candles is the slower burning time and cooler burning temperature of the soybean-based wax. You may pay more for a soy candle initially, but the longer-lasting burn means you won't have to buy new candles as often. Soy wax is also biodegradable, making it an investment that benefits the environment.


A soy candle works well for holding onto the scent from essential oils, which are often used to scent candles. Because they burn more slowly, the scent is gradually released; there won't be an immediate wave of strong scent. This creates a more pleasant atmosphere for most people. The natural wax also holds onto color well, which makes it look more attractive.


We believe a tin can has basic built right into it! It doesn't become dark around the edges like a glass candle does. It's multifunctional for another life to live, recyclable and also does not break or shatter.