Starting something new can be a little scary. You don’t know what will happen, you don’t know if you will be successful. But you will never know the answers if you don’t try. You don’t know what a major success you could possibly be. These are the same thoughts that I recently had. For a while now I have been wanting to create my own small business; and this past weekend, I finally buckled down and began it.

I started my Etsy shop called The Bibliophile’s Emporium. I wanted to take my love for literature and great stories, and turn it into something tangible. For my first round of products, I decided to make candles inspired by The Lord of the Rings. This is one of my all time favorite series, and I was really excited to make these. I decided to start off with four different scents inspired from different locations in the story: Fangorn Forest, Grey Havens, Rivendell, and Lothlorien.

All of my candles are made from 100% soy wax, a hemp wick, essential and fragrance oils, and candle dye chips. Each candle is hand stirred and hand poured, so the color may be slightly off than what is pictured.

I chose the scents for each of these candles based off of what I imagine these places are like. For Fangorn Forest I chose the scents forest pine, fresh cut grass, patchouli, and sandalwood. For Grey Havens I chose the scents ocean breeze, vanilla, and sandalwood. For Rivendell I chose lavender, jasmine, and sandalwood. For Lothlorien I chose plumeria, magnolia, and forest pine.

I didn’t realize just how much FUN candle making could be! I can’t wait to expand this collection onto more great stories 🙂

What are your favorite stories that you would love to see turn to candles?




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2 thoughts on “My Small Business Adventure

  1. I really like your idea Sarah! It’s wicked and does not lack ingenuity. Being a Tolkien fan myself, these soy wax candles can definitely help us further to visualize what would it be like living in forest of Lorien. Look forward to more updates from you 🙂


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