Life is Brighter Bridge Nine Lifestyle Blog

  • Retailer Feature | Sweet Jayne

    It was our second year in business and to get our name out there we quite literally took to the streets. Introduction after introduction, handing off sample packs of Bridge Nine candles, hoping people believed in us as much as we believed in ourselves.

    We had walked three different neighborhoods and ended up on NE Broadway. In we walk to Sweet Jayne and find Katie, the sweetest most welcoming shop owner! It was an immediate match. After chatting about the product, we left her with a small cube of Portland Mist to test out. While we no longer sell the small cube, Portland Mist is still one of our top sellers. 

    Our partnership started at a time when Katie just took over Sweet Jayne & we were still in our infant stages of growing the business. Our businesses have grown together and our partnership has turned into a friendship. 

    Sweet Jayne carries every scent we make in both the tumbler and jelly jar sizes. We also stock her with some of our limited edition candles. Currently, you can find our Turquoise Sea Glass tumbler & our Pendleton Wool tumblers there. Something unique about Sweet Jayne is that she brings in new product twice a week! Her trends are on-point and style is flawless. A big supporter of the community and small business, all of her jewelry, hand bags, candles (< that's us), and other accessories are hand made by local artists. Next time you're on NE Broadway, make sure to stop in, a friendly face awaits you. 

    Store details:

    Location: 

    1914 NE Broadway St
    Portland, OR 97232

    Hours:

    Mon- Sat: 10 am- 6 pm
    Sun: Closed

    Phone:

    (503) 281-1366

  • Bridge Nine + Lines for Life

    Each quarter, we partner with a non-profit that promotes positive change in our community. We help raise awareness and funds for that nonprofit through our #makeitbrighter program. For the second quarter of 2018, our featured non-profit is the Portland based organization, Lines for Life

    Lines for Life is dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. They offer crisis-intervention through 24-hour help lines and follow up support through their army of volunteers. In addition, they also offer prevention services that include prescription drug abuse prevention as well as awareness, education and training to promote mental health and wellness. 

    Wondering how you can help? With each purchase of our featured #makeitbrighter scent, Mint Verbena, we will donate $5 to Lines for Life! You can also donate directly to the organization here

    #Makeitbrighter featured scent, Mint Verbena, is a fresh combination of garden mint and lemon verbena. 

  • Five Simple & Sustainable Home Swaps

    We're excited to welcome our first guest blogger, Kelly Ross from Thunder & Lace! In conjunction with our launch of eco-friendly home goods to our online Market, Kelly has found five simple and sustainable home swaps, some of them you can now find in our Market. Keep reading to find out what they are...

    Functional additions, seasonal accents, an inviting atmosphere when you walk in the door – I make my home goods purchases with things like these as my inspiration. However, the most convenient and sensory-indulgent picks often lack a focus on sustainability. When I first started thinking about the wastefulness and unhealthy nature of many home products, I worried that would have to toss my home goals aside in favor of my lifestyle health. Would I be able to find products that were as effective and aesthetically pleasing as some of my not-so-sustainable favorites? If you’re worried about the same, look no further; below are 5 eco-minded products that can help you make the swap sacrifice-free! Many of which you can now grab directly through the online store!

    1. Bridge Nine Candle Co. Soy Wax Candles & Aromatic Spray

    Up until a few years ago, what the home fragrance products I purchased were made of didn’t cross my mind once. My focus was exclusively on whether or not they smelled good! It’s no secret that Bridge Nine has a keen nose for well-balanced scents, but they also address the question of ingredient sustainability. The wax used in their candles is made from non-GMO soy that is grown right here in the US, and is gently poured around a 100% cotton wick. Did you know that many candles use wicks with lead or other heavy metal-based cores? In addition to the petroleum-based wax used in conventional candles, these elements support industries that are rapidly degrading our planet and are some of the largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions. Not to mention that they increase air toxicity in our homes. It’s also the little touches – their gorgeous glass containers can all be cleaned and re-used or recycled. Their aromatic sprays are also a fantastic swap for conventional air fresheners or room sprays!

     2. Abeego Beeswax Food Wrap

    Gone are the days of plastic wrap being the only option to keep food fresh! Learning that around 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean each year was inspiration for me to cut plastics out whenever possible. Abeego is a zero waste, compostable, all natural wrap made from hemp and cotton fabric coated in beeswax, tree resin, and jojoba oil. It is washable, re-usable, allows food to breath (and stay fresh longer as a result), and naturally clings and molds to any container or food. Because it allows food to retain freshness longer, it also helps prevent food waste. That’s a win!

     3. Stasher Non-Plastic Bags

    Sometimes plastic wrap isn’t the go-to for food storage. Sometimes it’s plastic bags! Stasher Bag is an amazing waste-free alternative. These reusable, 100% food grade silicone bags can do everything from storing snacks and leftovers to expertly boiling veggies on the stovetop. Stasher can be used in the freezer, microwave, in boiling water, and in the oven for virtually endless uses. While these bags can be used over and over, if you do need to retire one, Stasher has created a program where used bags can be recycled into safe playground pebbles. They’re saving resources and embodying sustainability throughout, which I love.

     4.Marley’s Monsters Un-Paper Towels & Sponges

    This family business is making it a breeze to cut down or eliminate paper products and disposables at home! I personally love their bamboo facial rounds, but two other great offerings are their flannel un-paper towels and their washable sponges. Both of which are now available on the Bridge Nine market! Marley’s Monsters uses a soft, absorbent flannel for their un-paper towels which can be easily tossed in the washing machine! Meaning that any paper towel task can easily be tackled without adding unnecessary paper to our landfills. What’s even more awesome is that you can suit any décor with their array of fun patterns, solid colors, and classic neutrals. The same can be said for their sponges; any typical sponge task can be taken on and then it can be machine washed. With a mildew-resistant, recycled center, 100% cotton terrycloth backing, and polyester mesh, these sponges have all the scrubbing capability as conventional plastic ones.

    5. Green + Lovely All Purpose Cleaner

    Conventional home cleaning products add to the toxicity of our homes and our environment as a result of formulating with volatile organic compounds. Household cleaners regularly contain compounds like Ammonia, which end up entering and contaminating our water sources too. When I began researching this it became critical for me to find alternative and non-pollutant cleaning products. Bridge Nine is now stocking the All Purpose Cleaner form Green + Lovely – a nontoxic cleaner free of VOC’s and numerous common toxins found in home cleaning products. I have to say, using cleaning products that don’t leave me worrying about pollution or exposing my family to anything harmful makes me feel like my house is even cleaner!

    Check out the expanding Bridge Nine Candle Co. Market for some of these sustainable picks! Hopefully this post got your wheels turning about how to make your everyday products a bit more eco-friendly.

  • Ready for Spring!

    With less than a month less until the first day of Spring (March 20th!), I'm starting to get excited about gardening, outdoor activities and freshening up my decor. With the release of the Spring and Summer collection, I thought it would be fun to give you a little insight into the inspiration for each of the scents found in the collection.