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Review & Give-Away: Silk Spa Creations Candles (CLOSED)

By Cathy Watters on Jul 16 2011 • Filed under Reviews

(Give-Away ends: August 14, 2011)

Required Entry:

You only have to do this one to be entered into the giveaway.

Visit Trista’s Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/silkspacreations first, then return here and tell us (1) one thing you learned about Silk Spa Creations or its products.

If you'd like some Bonus Entries, you can find them near the end of the review. Thank you! :)


I recently had the chance to try out Silk Candles by Silk Spa Creations and I found them quite fun! These unique candles do double-duty; in addition to being scented candles, you can use the melted wax as a massage oil.

Silk Spa Creations owner Trista Laborn started her business to help people enjoy handmade bath and body products that don't contain chemicals harmful to people or the environment.

Because these candles are made with all-natural ingredients, including 100% pure soy wax, organic olive oil, shea and coco butters, they have a low melting point. This means the freshly-melted massage lotion is cooler than regular melted wax.If you like it hot, you can use it right away without worrying about getting burned.It stays in liquid form for several minutes, so if you like it warm, you have the option of waiting for it to cool down.

Some of the candles I tried out include Lavender Vanilla which has an absolutely heavenly scent; Relaxation Blend (imbued with lavender and rose essential oils), Sore Muscle Blend (eucalyptus, orange, rosemary and peppermint essential oils) and Hazelnut (it smells like flavoured coffee!)

The Sore Muscle Blend plays a neat trick on my nose. Sometimes I smell the eucalyptus. Other times, I smell the rosemary. I love the fact that both the Relaxation Blend and the Lavender Vanilla contain lavender essential oil. In addition to being one of my favourite scents, lavender is reputed to enhance relaxation, aid sleep, and remedy headaches.

Okay, so how do they work?

First, a little goes a long way. It really does! The massage lotion spreads easily. It leaves your skin shiny for a little while but feels less greasy than regular massage oil. I tried it on my hands and used it to massage my feet; I like the light scent and found that when I used it right out of the shower, the lotion absorbed immediately, leaving no shine.

One of our writers, Matt Mayer, tried out Hazelnut and Mental Clarity. He liked Mental Clarity best because it of the peppermint scent. He didn't find it greasy, but noticed it left a waxy feeling on his hands. He was impressed that such a tiny amount went such a long way and expects the candle to last awhile because of it. He also noticed the scent disappeared after just a few hours. This can be a good thing: you don’t necessarily want to go to a client meeting smelling like hazelnut coffee or eucalyptus.

He gave it a thumbs down for every day use as a hand lotion because it isn't as effective as regular moisturizing creams and he feels the process of lighting the candle and waiting for it to melt takes too long. However, he gives it two thumbs up for use as both a massage oil and a scented candle. He loves that it’s made of natural ingredients, pointing out that most of the massage oils and candles he’s used in the past have been full of chemicals. And he likes the price, noting that even if you just use it as a candle, it's comparable to what you'd pay at retail stores with the added benefit of it being an all natural product.

After talking to Matt, I wondered if there were a faster way to use the candles as a hand lotion. I took an unlit candle and rubbed my thumb back-and-forth along the top. In just a few seconds, the wax was soft enough to rub onto my hands and the result was virtually shine-free. I've used the short-cut several times now, and I love how the candles leave my hands smelling so nice. But in the end, I actually prefer taking the time to pamper myself by lighting it and waiting for the massage candle to melt. Not only does it fill the air with a light scent, but I find it calming to watch and fun to use.

Prize Give-Away, Entrepreneurial Woman (Photo: Chris Meier)

About Trista's Store

When you visit Trista’s store, Silk Spa Creations, on Etsy.com, you'll see that she lists 4 oz candles and a body scrub. She also sells 8 oz candles (which may not be listed yet) and she creates custom orders — for example, if you want party favours for birthdays or bridal events, she can do up something for you. So, if you don’t see the scent you want or you prefer the larger candle, just send her a message via her store.

The Give-Away

Trista is giving away two Silk Spa Creations prize packages to Entrepreneurial Woman readers (anywhere in the world) consisting of 4 oz and 1 oz candles. The winners get to choose the fragrance of the 4 oz candles, and Trista will choose the fragrance of the 1 oz candles.

1st Place: will receive a Prize Package that contains two (2) 4oz candles and two (2) 1 oz sample candles

2nd Place: will receive a Prize Package that contains one (1) 4oz candle and two (2) 1 oz sample candles

(See the photo for sizes: the round tins are 1 oz and the square tins are 4 oz and 8 oz .)

DEADLINE: Midnight (PST) August 14, 2011

ENTRY RULES:

  • Only one person per household is allowed to enter.
  • Open to anyone in the world who is 16 or older.
  • Leave a separate comment for each entry. (Think of it like putting tickets into a raffle; if you want to enter three times, you put three different tickets into the box.)
  • We'll use a randomizer computer program to pick a winner.
  • We'll be drawing the winners on Monday, August 15. If we have not been able to contact a winner by email within that week, we'll draw for a new winner.
  • You must do the required entry first, then you can do as many of the bonus entries as you like (there's 11!)
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to hold EWM and Silk Spa Creations harmless of anything and everything. For example, let's say you win the candles and you light one as soon as you get it, and you have a very curious cat, and someone knocks on your door and you go to answer it…did I mention the cat? I'm just sayin'…

 


Required Entry:

You only have to do this one to be entered into the giveaway.

Visit Trista’s Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/silkspacreations first, then return here and tell us (1) one thing you learned about Silk Spa Creations or its products.

 


Everything from here on in is a BONUS. If you did the required entry above, you are entered and don't need to do any more unless you want to. :)

Bonus Entries:

Do you want more chances to win the giveaway? You can enter any, or all, of the bonus entries below after you've done the "required" entry. Remember to leave a comment below for each completed entry. Thank you!
 

(One of our readers alerted me to the fact the original blog link was no longer working. This is the UPDATED blog link – so if you tried to join and couldn't, you can try again.)

  • 3 entries – Subscribe to Entrepreneurial Womans newsletter (subscribe only once and place your 3 entries below in the comment section) Just FYI: Our newsletter comes out sporadically, but will soon be monthly.
  • 3 entries – Tweet this up to three times for a total of three entries. Please tweet on different days.

I entered @ewoman_magazine & @sikcandles #giveaway! You can enter too: http://bit.ly/q3GvgS #ewmpr2

There are so many ways to enter! Have fun, and Good Luck!


If you are ALREADY subscribed to any of the above, YOU CAN STILL ENTER THIS GIVE-AWAY. Here's how you do it:


Tell us what you already belong to. For example: If you're already following @silkcandles on twitter, tell us "I'm following @silkcandles. My twitter name is…"

Or, if you already joined EWM's Facebook page, say "I follow EWM on Facebook. My facebook name is…" then visit EWM's Facebook page and leave a comment there, like "I just entered the SilkCandle give-away!" OR pingback by writing it on your own FB page and then tagging @EntrepreneurialWoman and/or @SilkCandles, whichever one(s) you are already following. (Just make sure to leave a comment below, as well, so we have you in our 'raffle box.')

Disclosure:

Anytime I do a give-away, I receive the products to be reviewed directly from the featured company. If you have a product you'd like me to review, please contact me at: cathy@entrepreneurialwoman.ca

I am really, really hoping someone would like me to review a car! Or a scooter (they are so cute! ) Or a tablet computer! New cellphone? :) But, if not, ask yourself: "will my product be of interest to woman, entrepreneurs, mom-preneurs, people who work from home, people who go away on business, etc?" If yes to any of these, go ahead and send me an email. Keep your eyes open for upcoming reviews that will include a children's book, and some glamourous accessories.


WINNERS:

1st place winner: Jennifer Shelton

Entry is on page 6. She is entry # 56.

Giveaway - free - freebie (photo of Random.org result)

2nd place winner: Laurie Brown

Entry is on page 110. She is entry # 102.

Giveaway - winner - freebie - free (photo of Random.org result)


138 Comments

  1. AND THE WINNERS ARE…

    I’ve drawn the winners using Random.Org and will be emailing them today. Once I get confirmation (they reply back) I’ll post their names here. :) Be sure to check your email (and spam filters). Thanks everyone!

    • CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS:
      Jennifer Shelton (1st place) and Laurie Brown (2nd place).

      THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR:
      Trista Laborn, Silk Spa Creations.

      And a huge “thank you” to everyone who entered our giveaway.

      We have two new giveaways starting this week, so come back and check them out. The two new giveaways are
      (1) a children’s book, and
      (2) fashion accessories.

  2. I Follow Entrepreneurial Woman on Twitter (JessicaADavis)
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