Introducing: The Give Back Shop

From our founder, Sam:

I spend an unthinkable number of hours wondering if what I do makes a difference. I tell myself that I'm making people happy, bringing beauty into the world, or making art more accessible. But I've always wanted to find a way to make an impact in areas I'm passionate about, and projects like this always seem to get pushed back to free up bandwidth for candle-related emergencies (yes, they exist).

Now more than ever, we need people that are willing to change their plans a little, rearrange their priorities a little more quickly, and turn their focus at a moment's notice. This little burning nugget of a far off idea has been buried under more urgent day-to-day projects for so long, and yesterday I felt compelled to get it out immediately. 

The Give Back Shop will launch today, and it will be a place where I can be open, honest and excited about things I'm passionate about and things I want Standard Wax to be known for. Every product in this collection will be tied to an organization, and for each item sold we'll donate $5 to their fund. 

The collection will start small (with a single item, actually) and grow over time. My plan was always to create a large selection of items with a grand launch and press, fabulous images and a lot of wow factor. I realized yesterday, though, that what really matters is getting it out there. I hope as the collection grows, you'll find ways to support things you're passionate about, too.

The first product is live now and will benefit The Nature Conservancy. Check it out here, and if its something you're passionate about too, please share.



Lovers vs. Haters

Lovers vs. Haters

Let’s talk about Valentine’s Day. There are two camps of people when it comes to this subject: lovers and haters. And the weird thing is, you can be someone’s lover and still be a hater. Or be a happily single person who simply LOVES Valentine’s Day. So for starters, there’s really no rhyme or reason to explain what camp you wind up in.

No, this is not a nature versus nurture discussion.

But it’s interesting, right? How some people can literally despise something while others are busy making cards for everyone in the office and decorating their house in every tone of red visible by the naked eye.

Say you’re one of the lovers. I bet you have friends who are haters. Do you hate them for hating a day based around the idea of showing the people in your life a little extra love? Probably not (but if you do, you should probably stop reading now).

The point I’m tying to make here is that we all disagree on so many things. Whether its what to eat for dinner, who should be the president, or whether or not certain holidays are stupid, there’s someone out there that disagrees with you with a passion you’ve never seen. And in most cases, that person still deserves love.

So how do we turn everyone into a lover of this Hallmark Holiday? We make them lovers of love. How do we do that? It’s the easiest thing in the world.

Smile at someone during that awkward sitting-in-traffic-and-accidentally-made-eye-contact moment. Buy someone lunch. Send your best friend a card. Call your mom. Hold the door open. Just say “hi” to people you pass. Showing a little love is so, so easy. My favorite part: you could fundamentally disagree with these people and not even know it.

I’d like for you to email us with people you think could use a little love right now. Let us know why and the best address to send a little care package to them. I hope you’ll think outside the box and maybe even recognize someone you disagree with. I can’t promise we’ll be able to send gifts to everyone, but we’ll sure try.

You never know, you could turn a hater into a lover.

From Standard Wax to you, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Looking for gifts for the lovers in your life? Check out our Valentine’s Shop, stocked with our favorite candle selections plus gifts from our favorite brands.

A few of our favorite things...

A few of our favorite things...

During this season of shopping and gifting, we thought it only appropriate to share some of our favorite things! Everyone represented on this list has touched our brand in one way or another, and we couldn't be more thankful for their support and overall badass-ness. Tis the season to support brands you love, right?
Happy shopping!
And of course, no gift is complete without the gift of letting them choose. The brand new Standard Wax Scent Kit is the perfect gift for the ones with picky taste. The Scent Kit includes small samples of every scent we offer, along with a gift card for them to purchase their favorite with.