Life is Brighter Bridge Nine Lifestyle Blog

  • Buds Soon to Burst

    The spring collection from Bridge Nine Candle Co.


    With spring comes inspiration stoked by the awakening aromas filling the air. Grass looks greener in March and April, doesn’t it? The first leaves begin to appear, and the shade of green is so bright and young I can feel it in my heart. Of course, as the first buds open, the air is suddenly full of scents we have missed dearly through the cold months. Lilac, mint, citrus. Can you smell the color green?

    The spring collection, which is currently available, is a gathering aromas inspired by the feelings of the season. They are fresh. Alive. Vibrant and youthful. The cold and leafless days are behind us. It’s time to rejoice in the refreshment of the wild world around us. In the subsequent post, we’ll explore the limited edition offerings, but today, it’s time to welcome spring with open arms and noses trained to the wafting air.


    Lilac

    The name says it all. This candle smells like the freshly bloomed lilacs from which it is made.


    Mint Verbena

    You may know lemon verbena by its other name, lemon beebrush. “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” right? Add the bright, herbaceous notes of garden mint, and you have Mint Verbena.


    Pineapple Sage

    It’s a season of contrast. Mud puddles and fresh petals. Sage’s unexpected pineapple companion is another contrast that creates a beautiful harmony. Earthy meets bright.


    Wild Honey

    Soft honey. Fresh jasmine. Bright tangerine. Need I say more?


    Coconut Lime

    “Put the lime in the coconut, she drank ‘em both…” just kidding. But this pairing of zesty lime with tropical coconut has a subtle hint of cilantro to really set it off. It’s a must try.


    Limited Edition: Peach and Ginger

    With spring comes those first thoughts of summer. We try to stay present, but there is so much sun and time outside headed our way, it’s hard not to look forward. Sappy summer peaches fresh off the tree need nothing more than a pinch of ginger to really sing.

    So, are you going to try them all? Which one is grabbing your attention? You might try a different aroma in every room. Let your home become a gallery of spring inspired scents.

    What is inspiring you this spring? I’d love to hear about it on Facebook or Instagram. The season has new sparks of inspiration waiting around every corner. Even on the rainiest of March days, at least it feels like the water is contributing to something good. Instead of muddy front yards and leaf filled gutters, we get blooming snowdrops, California poppies, and trillium.

    Since spring is a time of rejoicing and rising hopes, we are feeling especially grateful for all of you, our customers. Use the coupon code HELLOSPRING for 20% off.



  • The Making of a Bridge Nine Candle

    When I first began making candles, before Bridge Nine Candle Co. was formally created, I scoured the Internet to find the absolute best soy candle-making process. I don’t remember how many different methods I tested. Each one promised to be the ideal way, but there were flaws and flourishes in each process. I knew I wanted to work with organic, natural, sustainable ingredients, but I didn’t know exactly how I would employ them.

    Whenever you start to make something, you’re initiating a process of researching, testing, failing, and learning. Sometimes the results of a particular method were comically off. Other times, I recognized important aspects of the process that I would lock away for later. Still other items, things went just plain wrong. You learn. You adjust. You try again.

    Eventually I created the proprietary process that has made Bridge Nine Candles what they are today. We still use the best organic, natural, and environmentally friendly ingredients, and all our unique containers are reusable in myriad ways. As it turns out, there is a way to make sustainable soy candles from quality ingredients, and now that we have our process dialed-in, I get to be even more creative and inventive as I try new aromas, working with an ever expanding set of ingredients.

    I wanted to document some vital parts of the Bridge Nine Candle Co. candle-making process, and what better way to do that than through a photo essay?

    Want to know how far things have come? When I first started, I used a small double boiler system to create each candle. Now, I utilize a wax melter that holds 350 pounds at a time. It has increased production tenfold!


    The Making of a Bridge Nine Candle Co. Soy Candle

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    The wax must be melted to the "ideal" temperature, which is where our large wax melter comes into play.
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    Each container is prepped and wicked before the wax is portioned and weighed.
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    Always pour hot wax very carefully! Our candles are all white, but color could be added at this stage.
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    The aromas are poured and weighed. The more you add, the stronger the scent. Consistency is key so that each candle smells the same.
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    The aromas and the wax are thoroughly mixed to ensure a uniform burn and aroma. As the wax is poured, I try to keep the bubbles out by pouring it the way I would pour a beer, with a slight tilt to the container. 
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    The wick is set and centered, and then we let our candles cure for at least 24 hours before cleaning up the containers and fixing any imperfections.
    I hope you'll follow Bridge Nine Candle Co. on Instagram and Facebook. Here's to a great finish to your winter and a colorful, warm start to spring!
  • Will You Be My Valentine?

    Saint Valentine’s Day has always been a little extra special for me, since it’s also my birthday. It’s a wonderful experience to have so many people thinking about love, friendship, and togetherness on my special day each year. And I’d much rather share this holiday than any other.

    Every Valentine’s Day scene has some of the same essential elements. There are rose petals, heart shaped boxes of tiny little chocolates, and, of course, flickering candles. The romance of candlelight is undeniable. That’s why I think a candle makes for a great Valentine. Who wants a box of mystery chocolates with odd gooey fillings anyway, right?

    Below, we’ll get into three special gift opportunities you can take advantage of right now, including a sale item if this Valentine’s Day requires careful spending. They say that financial issues are the number one reason couples separate, right? Well, no one ever went broke overspending on a candle. In fact, a well placed candle can take your average and affordable Valentine’s Day setup up a notch, leaving you luxuriating in the glow of your new Bridge Nine tumbler or jar set.

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    Before we get into all that, let’s talk a little about ambiance. When we conjure up images of Valentine’s Day, we see low lighting and the warm glow of flame. The aroma? Rich and inviting. The sound? Perhaps something classical, or a collection of romantic songs you and your partner enjoy.

    The weather is usual cold and biting, but it only makes the warmth of the holiday that much more appealing. Those cold February gusts are the best reason to cuddle up under a blanket with the one you love. This year, consider imbuing your whole home with the ambiance of Valentine’s Day. Light candles, play music, and plan something special to share with your partner, even if it’s just a movie or a TV show you both enjoy. Just remember never to leave a candle unattended. Sure, you can follow dinner with a warm bath and your newest Bridge Nine candle, but don’t light it until you’re in the bathroom, and remember to extinguish the dinner candles.


    A Few Gift Ideas

    The Bridge Nine signature jelly jar set might be the best of our Valentine’s Day suggestions. You get variety, with all four signature winter scents, but you also get the nicely packaged look of a gift, and it’s all on sale while supplies last.

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    The Black and White ceramic tumbler, like so many of our candles, is two gifts in one. Long after you’re done enjoying the Portland Mist or Black Amber scent, you will still be enjoying this beautiful ceramic tumbler. Fill it with short stemmed flowers, potpourri, or your favorite drink.

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    The Gold Faceted tumbler is also a gift that keeps on giving. First, you get to enjoy the rich, romantic aroma of Vanilla Cognac, then, once you’ve thoroughly cleaned the tumbler out, you have the best rocks glass for your favorite winter cocktail.

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    Happy Saint Valentine’s Day from Bridge Nine Candle Co. If you’re not one of our Facebook VIPs, check out the group. And remember to follow us on Instagram!



  • #MakeItBrighter for Forward Stride

    Four times a year I get to write a blog post like this one, and it’s by far my favorite series. The Bridge Nine Candle Co. Make it Brighter campaign has helped several local charities already, and over the course of 2019, four more organizations will benefit from the sales of one of our scents.

    For the first quarter of 2019, Forward Stride will receive $5 for each online purchase of our limited edition Sea Salt + Rosemary candle (available 1/25/19). I’ll get into the candle itself in more detail below, but first, we should learn a little something about Forward Stride, shouldn’t we?

    In 2017, Forward Stride was recognized by Oregon Business as a Top 100 Nonprofit in the state. They work with horses in a number of ways to make people’s lives better. The first time you ride a horse, there’s a lot of fear and adrenaline involved. They are large, majestic, powerful animals. As you get to know them, you see the therapeutic qualities they embody. And working with horses helps people of all ages and abilities live better, healthier lives.

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    The folks at Forward Stride put it better than I can:

    For more than 15 years, using the healing power of horses, Forward Stride has been building lasting relationships, confidence, and new skills. Our programs work together to provide exceptional care, therapy, and support to all participants, human and equine. Everyone has challenges in life. We encourage each person to face them head on with the support of our herd and fellow humans. Along the way, emotional, cognitive, and physical milestones are reached and lifelong friendships are forged.”


    If you want to learn more about Forward Stride, you can find their site here. And if you’d like to volunteer, you can sign up on their site.


    All you have to do to contribute to the success of our Make it Brighter recipient organization is purchase a Sea Salt + Rosemary candle before we run out! The limited edition scent will be released tomorrow, January 25, 2019.


    Sea Salt + Rosemary

    Our winter scents are headlined by this unique, limited time offering. Like all of our scents, Sea Salt + Rosemary comes in a reusable, stylish container that will bring back memories long after your candle is done burning.

    The aromas of salt and rosemary beautifully compliment each other, and together they bring a sense of warmth, calm, peace, and richness. Are you a bath time candle user? Then this one is absolutely ideal for you.

     

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     Remember, never leave a candle burning unattended!


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