Marylou Spoon| Taking Nature into your hands Honoree

Marylou Spoon| Taking Nature into your hands Honoree

November 8, 20162060Views


Mystique Moments | Soy Candles and Wax Bars


What inspired you to make a lifestyle change, start a movement or create a business?

My entrepreneur spirit came from my dad, who built a successful coat hanger business after WWII in Kansas City, Missouri. I’ve tried other small business endeavors, but none has given me more satisfaction than making soy candles.


Tell us what gives you the most joy working with nature?

Paraffin candles release a petro-carbon soot that stains your walls, furniture and is circulated through your air ducts. This soot, according to the American Lung Association, contains 11 documented toxins, 2 of which are known carcinogens — toluene and benzene. Soy is definitely the way to go! Since soybeans are vegetables, soy wax (basically made from hydrogenated soybean oil) is naturally biodegradable. Soy wax is also easier to remove from materials and other surfaces than paraffin wax.


How has your change impacted you and/or others?

Making candles relaxes me. It makes me very happy when my customers rave about my candles.


How did you come up with the name for your business/products?

I love the word “Mystique” and I think the definition fits my candles: “a fascinating aura of mystery, awe, and power surrounding someone or something.”


What does your product represent about you?

It represents love for great smelling, clean burning candles and a dedication to perfection.


What was your background before starting your natural hobby or business? Tell us about you!

I have a full time job as a paralegal and a side business filing trademark and copyright applications for small businesses and individuals. I stay busy!


Tell us where we can find your products?

I make my candles in my home. My website should be live in a few weeks, but you can reach out to me by phone or email.


Have the lifestyle changes that you made include your family? If so, tell us about them!

I am an empty nester, but my family loves my candles!


What is your favorite quote that reflects you or how you live your life?

From Maya Angelou: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Is there anything else that you want to add?

I learned to make soy candles three years ago. It was a very basic candle making class, so when I started making them, it was very much a learn as you go process. I experimented with different wicks and waxes, and what works and what doesn’t. The end result? Aromatic, beautiful, clean burning candles.



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