Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

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When I opened up my little online shop just 18 short months ago, I never imagined what we would grow into. What began as a hobby and a dream sparked into a full-time business. With no background in business, I studied and learned from the entrepreneurs before me and combined with a will and drive to succeed, I turned Bath Body Candle Moments into a local brand.

Running a business, especially from the ground up, without any knowledge base, is incredibly challenging. I went through some major pitfalls. Yes, I lost money and time, but I gained knowledge and wisdom by listening. Instead of quitting, I chose to evolve.

 

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I could never have received the honor of Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year 2016 without these major shifts:

  • Studying from brilliant entrepreneurs who offered meaningful, insightful, invaluable feedback – Donna Marie Johnson of Indie Business Network
  • Investing in a website designer who was knowledgeable and a visionary – Dean Pagliaro of eCommerceDean.
  • Investing in product photography with a talented photographer with an eye for branding – Bryan Maes of Inspiration Studios.
  • Being coachable and learning how to blog – Donna DeRosa of Donna DeRosa Coaching

Above all, I am humbled by my customers. My customers who not only show me such love and gratitude but who go above and beyond by sharing my products and sharing our story.

The categories I was honored in are: artisan products, community engagement and customer service, inspired storytelling, and website user experience.

I chose to make the products we offer because I know the value of the little moments of living add up to a life – a life worth living. I knew I could make something that would benefit and save the lives of animals instead of testing on them or using them as experiments. I learned how blogging about our business and offering up my knowledge to the world could help make someone else’s life better. What I didn’t realize was how many of you were watching and listening.

There are no better words to show my gratitude for your vote of confidence than simply thank you.

Thank you for believing in me, in my vision, in my artwork. Thank you for sharing in my mistakes, celebrating my joys, and sticking with me through it all. Thank you for your dedication to a cruelty-free and empty-shelter world. Thank you for giving me purpose. 

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Women in Business

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This past weekend, I hosted a pop-up that included my business, Bath Body Candle Moments, as well as LuLaRoe with my friend Jenn Rivera, and Origami Owl with my friend Sandra D’Auria.  We met on the Vine Vendor Network; a group I created about a year ago to help local small businesses connect and collaborate with one another.

During this pop-up Valentine’s Shopping Social, some of my best local customers stopped by to shop with me, but they were also introduced to Jenn’s and Sandra’s businesses. We built a relationship with each other’s clientele which aided in growing our own.

I never imagined how much fun I would have doing a small show. We laughed all day long, taking photos, trying each other’s products; it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

 

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Kristen, Sandra, Jenn

What made the whole experience so much greater was how business brought us together. We’re three women, each will full-time day jobs, but each with full-time entrepreneurial ventures, as well. We each complement each other’s business because we share the same core values: Collaborate, Inspire, Empower, Achieve.

“Women in Business” means so much to me these days. It means we can and we do. It means stepping outside of the expectation that we only have the ability to emotional. It means stomping on the stereotype that we only look to cut each other down. When women support one another in business, we’re unstoppable.

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Thinning the Line: What Products Will Not Be Staying in 2017

It’s a new year and the time to take a second look at our product offerings to see what would best serve our customers and our business vision.

We have studied market trends, listened to our customers, and have decided to retire some of our products. We know we can provide much better service if we focus on fewer offerings.

We wanted to let you know that after February 14, 2017, the following products will no longer be available:

1. Confidence Face & Body Butter

2. Fresh Facial Toner

3. Room Aromatherapy Sprays (not Rest Easy)

4. Gift sets

We are thinking about possibly eliminating our scrubs, as well, but would love to hear your feedback, first.

While we are eliminating many products, we are also adding new products to our line to see how much you, our customers, love them. We will be testing out our market with Mixable Fizzing Bath Powder and Deodorant. 

Our goal is truly to  limit our line, and while we’ve been in business for a year and a half, we’re still understanding how best to serve our market. 
We would love to hear your feedback!​ 

Reducing Waste: Our Sustainable Commitment

Reducing Waste: Our Sustainable Commitment

At Bath, Body, Candle Moments, our love for Mother Earth expands far beyond animals. We spent 2016 collaborating and working with cruelty-free, humanitarian, and animal rescue organizations, and in 2017, we will expand our commitment to the environment through sustainable shipping, Million Trees NYC, and re-purposing our materials.

Our first commitment will be towards sustainable shipping methods. We currently only use recycled and re-purposed boxes, but we’re ready to take it a step further. We plan on re-purposing all bubble wrap and air-bubble packaging, and moving towards biodegradable packing peanuts.  We love the idea of these packing peanuts because they will actually disintegrate naturally instead of taking up landfill space!

As a company born-and-bred in New York City, we have a special love for our town and want to give back to it through urban arbor development, which is why we have decided to run special promotions throughout 2017 to support Million Trees NYC. To off-set our carbon footprint, we will pick several days throughout the year to donate 50% of sales from that day to planting new trees in New York City! We’re so excited about this project, we’re making our first Million Trees day on Friday, December 16, 2016! So half of every purchase will be donated to planting trees in New York! (Shop now to save trees.)

Re-purposing our materials will take a little bit of work from us, and a little bit of work from our eco-conscious customers. The first re-purposing are our candle jars. Our candle jars are actually American-made Libbey 11oz glasses, so when you’re candle is finished, all you need to do is clean out the wax, scrape out the wick, run it through the dishwasher, and it becomes a drinking glass! (Just make sure you really clean it out well.) These glasses also make the perfect pot for lucky bamboo plants! The current bottles and jars we use for our scrubs, butters, and sprays are all recyclable, so when you’ve finished your product, you can feel good about putting it in the recycling bin, or you can find a fun way to re-purpose the jar. For example, our scrub jars, once you clean them out, can be used to store small materials like paper-clips, pins, or change. You can take a couple of seeds with a paper towel soaked in water and turn it into a small plant pot!

The little steps we all take

Our commitment to our natural environment is real and personal. We are all citizens of Earth and we all have a responsibility to give back. With our company, you’re not just spoiling yourself, you’re making a difference: Making the world a little better and more beautiful – one step at a time.

Our Company in the Press and Media

Our Company in the Press and Media

We’ve been incredibly busy lately, and we’re so thankful for it! We would love to share how our business has been featured, especially with a focus on shopping small and shopping locally. Here are just a few articles that not only highlight Bath, Body, Candle Moments, but some other amazing small businesses!

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SHOPPERS SUPPORTING SMALL LOCAL BUSINESS, FEATURED ON SILIVE.COM AND THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE

 

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TEN UNIQUE GIFTS TO FIND ON STATEN ISLAND, AS FEATURED ON SILIVE AND THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE
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THE OFFICIAL 2016 STOCKING STUFFER GIFT GUIDE AS FEATURED ON EYE-OPENER TV
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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND HOW IT IMPACTS YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY AS FEATURED ON QUICKENLOANS.COM

Thank you so much for making our business such a success! If you ever find us in the press, Instagram it with hashtag #scentsthemoment and tag us @bathbodycandlemoments and you could win a prize!

 

 

 

 

Shop Small Saturday 2016 – Our Favorite Indie Brands!

Shop Small Saturday 2016 - Our Favorite Indie Brands!

Shop Small Saturday is a huge initiative started by American Express back in 2010. With over 65% of jobs in America derived from small businesses, and over 220,000 small business in New York City alone, you can see why it’s so important to keep your local economy supported.

As a small business, we work hard to purchase all of our supplies from other small businesses as well as support other indie brands and makers. After you fill up your cart on our website for Shop Small Saturday (and earn a free gift with your $100 purchase), we want you to check out some of our other favorite brands!  (In no particular order…)

 

Evanescence Supreme Luxury Facial Serum
Evanescence Supreme Luxury Facial Serum
Butter Angels Lip Moisturizer

 

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Scrubz Body Oilz Shea Butter & Botanical Oil Lotion

 

Hazel Daze Boutique Lock & Key Necklace
Jackie’s Origami Owl Large Silver Locket
Create Energy: Caffeine Molecule Mug
Handcrafted Honeybee Create Energy Caffeine Molecule Mug
Beansie Cakes Bakery
Noelle’s Touchstone Jewelry Black Ice Bracelet
Fast-Track Action Coaching Package
Donna DeRosa Fast Trak Coaching Package
heleka natural artisan solid perfume
Heleka Solid Perfume
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Ritual Waters Herbal Salve

 

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Le Pampered Pig Pigtails Conditioner Bar
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Alegna Goat Milk Soap

 

 

Interview with Rolande Sumner of Butter Angels

Interview with Rolande Sumner of Butter Angels

Rolande Sumner and I became fast friends through the Indie Business Network. She opened her business, Butter Angels, LLC., a bit over a year ago, and I just fell in love with her enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge. We started with speaking to each other through the IBN forum, but quickly began messaging and calling one another. Our professional relationship morphed into a true friendship, and I am ever grateful to have met such an intelligent, ambitious, compassionate, giving woman and fellow entrepreneur.

Rolande has had an interesting journey into entrepreneurship, including beginning her career in the military. One of Rolande’s, and Butter Angels’, main goals is to support fellow women veterans. Much of Rolande’s work is based in charity, including the KEY P.E.A.R.L.S. Youth Mentorship Program of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Inc; this program supports and mentors little girls so they grow to become intelligent and strong women. Butter Angels, like Bath, Body, Candle Moments, is certified by Leaping Bunny Cruelty-Free International, and they donate a portion of sales to the Leaping Bunny program, as well. There is no shortage of charity involved in Butter Angels, which is just one of the reasons why I personally love Rolande’s business.

I purchase from Butter Angels, and I am a huge fan of their lip moisturizers and lotion bars, which are completely natural, moisturizing, and totally fabulous. I encourage you to listen to Rolande’s interview because she is a true American dream and inspiration. Of course, you absolutely need to try Butter Angels’ products!

 

Bath, Body, Candle Moments is proud and honored to support other small businesses, especially those businesses we patron and believe in – Butter Angels is at the top of our list!

Shop ‘Till You Drop November – Specials and Discounts

Shop 'Till You Drop November - Specials and Discounts

The air is chilly, the days are shortening, the costumes are stashed away for next year, all we have now is election banter and the holidays – and online shopping! Just a few clicks of a button and you have safe and secure online shopping with Bath, Body, Candle Moments! Just wait a couple of days, and the shipment is at your fingertips – and no matter where you are in the United States, there’s free shipping on orders of $49 or more! (We ship to Canada, too!).

This year we’re offering several specials and perks just for shopping with our certified cruelty-free and vegan store! First perk, but you have to be a Facebook VIP (it’s free to join, just click the link), are the “8 Weeks of Cheer Holiday Contests.”  Each week during the 2016 season, we will run a special contest for our VIPs only! The contests, prizes, and number of winners will vary each week. Contests will run every Tuesday from November 1, 2016 – December 20, 2016. All VIPs are eligible to participate in every contest, and are eligible to win as many that apply. Why not join in on the fun and win some cool stuff?

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Stay up to date!

For Black Friday, 11/25/16, we’re offering TRIPLE rewards points on all eligible online purchases! It’s as simple as creating an account on our website – as soon as you do, all of your purchases are eligible to earn points for some awesome rewards (click the Earn Rewards tab at the bottom of our site).

Celebrating Shop Small Saturday, 11/26/16, all online purchases of $100 or more are eligible for a free gift! Free gifts are while supplies last and will automatically be added to your shipment, no extra codes required.

To close off our shopping craze is our biggest (and only) sale of the year – Cyber Monday, 11/28/16! With code CYBERMONDAY2016, all eligible in-stock merchandise is 25% off! The exclusions are gift cards, gift sets, and the Soap-of-the-Month Club. This coupon cannot be combined with any other rewards or codes, and is not eligible on previous purchases.

Want a reason to shop BEFORE Black Friday?

Our GIFT SETS are on sale through November 18th, no coupon required! We only have limited quantities of gift sets, so you definitely want to grab them, especially before we start making rounds at shows or before they go up in price!

We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season! If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at customerservice@scentsthemoment.com – Enjoy every moment!

VIP Customer Spotlight – Fall Edition 2016

VIP Customer Spotlight - Fall Edition 2016

We are incredibly lucky and grateful to have the most wonderful people on Earth as customers! All of our customers are beautifully unique and uniquely beautiful, but they share the common thread of being ethically-conscious animal-lovers who support small business. This season, we are featuring a few of our VIP customers to showcase these incredible people and find out what draws them to our company.


Stephanie Partnow
Staten Island, New York

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Stephanie Partnow for Bath Body Candle Moments
What is your favorite product from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
Excellent customer service. Bath, Body, Candle Moments created a custom candle for me after my gender reveal. That candle was the first thing I had that said “it’s a girl” , and it smelled great. More. Recently I was unsure about which product would be the best for. My skin. I asked a question and received a response within minutes.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
They have high quality products at fair prices. The customer service is excellent. They are a local company that really understands its clientele.

Diane Nacinovich
Brooklyn, New York
What is(are) your favorite product(s) from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
The candles, Evanescence, Aromatherapy, and, of course, the soap!
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
Wonderful and personal customer service. I find the customer service easily accessible and attentive to detail. Bath, Body and Candle Moments is a feel-good enterprise.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
If someone wanted high quality, all natural products, excellent customer service and personal touches, they should give Bath, Body and Candle Moments a chance.

Rolande Sumner
Powdersville, South Carolina
Rolande Sumner for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
Rolande Sumner for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
What is your favorite product from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
The customer service is reliable and considerate. Its nice to get an email after I’ve placed an order asking for details that enhance my experience. All of soaps have arrived on time and beautifully packaged. Plus Kristen is a sweetheart and a joy to work with.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
Kristen and Frank provide luxurious products and great customer service. To work with professionals who truly enjoy their craft and take the time to make to feel like family is rare. The entire experience is worth every penny.

Francine DiGregorio
Staten Island, New York
Francine DiGregorio for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
Francine DiGregorio for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
What is(are) your favorite product(s) from Bath, Body, Candle Moments?
I am enjoying the Shower Steamers and the Face the Day Sugar Face Scrub. I have Rosacea* and am hesitant to try new products as my face doesn’t take to kindly to change. I was pleasantly surprised that I did not have a reaction to the scrub.
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments?
Excellent customer service. I received my order so quickly. Love the free samples so I get to try other products.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance?
First of all it’s a local small business and we should support them. The products are natural and they smell great.

Tallahassee, Florida
Ryan Drucker for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
Ryan Drucker for Bath, Body, Candle Moments
What is your favorite product from Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
What is your experience with the customer service offered at Bath, Body, Candle Moments? 
I haven’t had any issues with the products but product delivery has always been quick and efficient.
Why should someone who has never tried Bath, Body, Candle Moments give our company a chance? 
My favorite part is without a doubt the scents; they are unlike any other company.


These responses are completely unaltered (with the exception of product name capitalization and accuracy). We LOVE our customers and are so appreciative of their feedback! We would be nothing without you. We hope you will be part of our next seasonal feature!

*Bath, Body, Candle Moments makes no claims to cure, prevent, or treat any disease or disorder.

 

Holiday Fairs for the 2016 Season

Holiday Fairs for the 2016 Season

It’s fair season! This is an amazing time of year for shoppers – new products, new scents, new gifts, and best of all – holiday fairs. With 75% of Americans visiting a shopping mall at least once per month, it’s incredibly difficult to find unique and special gifts for people. Unless you visit a local holiday fair!

Holiday Fairs offer numerous hard-to-find, handcrafted, and artisan goods. Many of these products you can’t purchase every day, making gift shopping at a fair a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

As a shopper, holiday fairs allow you to personally meet the makers of the products you’re buying. Each product comes with its own story, its own legend, and the special meaning behind the gift, along with the details of the process, make purchasing from local vendors at holiday fairs a true chance to connect.

We love working at holiday fairs because we love meeting you. We want to hear your stories, about your life, and give you a chance to tell us what you need. We hope to see you at one of the Staten Island fairs this coming season:

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Staten Island Technical H.S. Holiday Fair
Time: 9am-3pm, Indoors, Free
485 Clawson St., Staten Island, NY 10306
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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Holy Family Christmas Fair
Time: 9am-3pm, Indoors, Free
366 Watchogue Road, Staten Island, NY 10314

Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27, 2016
Alice Austen House Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair
Time: 11am-5pm, Indoors, Free
2 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10305
Join Event

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Art Lab Handcrafted Holiday Fair
Time: 11am-4pm, Indoors, Free
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301

Sunday, December 4, 2016
Winter Holistic Expo
Time: 11am-6pm, Indoors, $5 Admission
Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 South Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314
Join Event

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Moore Catholic High School Holiday Fair
Time: 10am-5pm, Indoors, Free
100 Merrill Ave., Staten Island, NY 10314

You can always find out what we’re up to and where we’re going by visiting our website, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and clicking on “News & Events.” We look forward to meeting you!