This is a personal interview conducted by The WAHM Spotlight with Teri our founder and candle creator.
Friday, July 25, 2008
When this mom started making candles at home and giving them away as gifts, who knew that it was the start of a glowing business!
Meet the Mom Behind Texas Triple Scented Candles!
Who is Texas Triple Scented Candles? Where are you located?
Texas Triple Scented Candles is a company that prides itself on making the highest quality and strongest scented candles you will ever burn! Our candles are homemade, hand poured, hand mixed and custom made to order.
We are located in Porter, Texas just 15 minutes from Houston and on the web triplescented.com.
How did you come up with your business name?
Being born and raised in Texas and that fact that I knew I only wanted to offer the strongest scented candles and knowing that my candles truly have 3 to 4 times the amount of fragrance compared to most candles in todays market that triple scented candles just had to be in the name so Texas Triple Scented Candles just came to mind and it stuck.
When and why did you decide to start your own business?
I previously owned Teris Treasures a unique gift and candle shop in Porter, Texas . My candles were sold as Teris Triple Scented Candles at the time and they were the store's bestsellers. After closing the store I offered my candles to friends and family for gifts not realizing it was the start to a new business. My family would tell me Teri you really need to find a way to sell your candle again they are the best candles. I took their advice and started our (business) in baby steps in my local area and have since continued the growth including offering our online candle store TripleScented.com candles
How did you get started?
The way I got started making candles was from the support of my family. On one of my birthdays my family (husband, kids, sister, in laws) worked together and invested in just about everything I would need to start making my own candles. They knew I had always wanted to make and create candles. I started out making candles for my home, friends and family as gifts, and upon request only after tons of trial and error, I developed the strongest scented candles you will ever burn now known as Texas Triple Scented Candles.
What motivates you to keep your business going?
I love creating candles and meeting people. We offer custom made candles so we are always making something new and exciting, no 2 candles are identical because each candle is homemade & hand poured with care.
Do you have a particular product that's unique that you are promoting on your site?
We offer many unique candle products including our Exclusive Texas Shaped Triple Scented Candle with 5 wicks. We designed the candle in red, white and blue, scented it to the max and turned it into our logo as well.
How do you advertise your business? Which methods
I talk with folks locally on our local chat sites and meet people at trade shows, craft shows and candle shows. We have found the most effective method is when we have the opportunity to meet our customers in person, serve and befriend them. Many of our candle customers have also become our good friends.
How do you juggle family and work at home?
It is always a struggle some days are better than others but always a struggle. I have always believed something worth having is something you have to work hard for. I cant think of anything more important than my family and then my goals of making our Texas Triple Scented Candles a household name.
What advice would you give to moms seeking to become a WAHM?
Never give up, dont let the doubts of others cloud your dreams and never give up.
Current promotions and specials at Texas Triple
We have several specials going on right now for example our Jungle Animals Scented Wax Dipped Air Fresheners are only $7.25 each. We offer lions, tigers, monkeys, elephants all adorable and great in many ways: childs room, play room, locker, closet, bathroom and great for baby shower gifts! The fragrance from our super scented wax dipped jungle animals will more than fill the room it will likely fill the entire house. Our scented wax dipped animals including bears last 6 months and often up to a year or more. When you want to make the scent stronger just slightly run a blow dryer over it without melting the wax and you will smell an instant increase in the strength of the scent.
Anything else you'd like to add about Texas Triple Scented Candles or about being a WAHM in general?
I went beyond making candles as gifts for friends and family because of their support and because I was tired of checking out the competitions candles at such high prices for such faint scented candles I wanted to offer and let folks know there is a such thing as real triple scented candles and I am thrilled to know that so many love and admire our true and original Texas Triple Scented Candles.
Visit Texas Triple Scent Candle Co. online at: http://TripleScented.com