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Prim and Sassy Soy, eco-friendly soy wax candles (that smell good too!)

Prim and Sassy Soy, eco-friendly soy wax candles (that smell good too!)

By Allie Alexander-Ridlon

HTF Contributor

 Allie Alexander-Ridlon is shown at her Prim and Sassy Soy table at the craft show held at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm on March 12. Submitted photo. Allie Alexander-Ridlon is shown at her Prim and Sassy Soy table at the craft show held at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm on March 12. Submitted photo. BRIMSON – Prim and Sassy Soy is a modest, home based business in Brimson, Minnesota (located about 50 southeast of Virginia). I own and operate the business with my mother, Paulette Alexander. The business was created for anyone who desires a candle product that is affordable and clean burning.

Our candles are made with 100 percent soy wax, fragrance oils and coreless wicks. Every Prim and Sassy Soy candle and wax melt is hand-poured, packaged and sold to you by one or both of this mother-daughter team.

Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soy beans. We chose soy wax over traditional paraf fin waxes because it is a completely sustainable, eco-friendly product that is clean burning. It is also grown and manufactured in the United States.

Along with jar candles, we also hand-pour heavily scented votives, tea lights and wax melts. Our soy wax melts can be used in a variety of warmers. Warmers are a great alternative to candles because there is no open flame. Instead the wax is melted by the heat of small light bulb.

I was taught candle making in 2011 by the former owner of Prim and Sassy Soy. I’ve always loved working with wax, but having a great instructor definitely helped refine my art. And my mother has nearly 40 years of sales experience. We work well together and we each bring something to the business.

For the past five years we have been traveling all over northern Minnesota selling our hand-poured candles at flea markets, craft shows and farmers markets (with the exception of a brief period in 2014 where we took time off when I gave birth to my son, Waylon Jack). My son now accompanies us on the road. I was nervous going back to work after he was born, but was thrilled to see many of our customers return. They remembered us and our product.

With the launch of the Prim and Sassy Soy website scheduled for April 1 (www.primandsassysoy.com), we are looking forward to being able to work from home more. “Traveling with a soon to be-toddler isn’t always an easy task,” Paulette said. “We will continue to setup at local craft shows, but our website will help us reach a larger audience without having to haul around a diaper bag.”

Our goal is to eventually expand our workspace, purchase a building and start a little candle factory here on the Iron Range. It’s our dream, but for now I’ll keep pouring candles in my kitchen from my little home in the woods.

For more information, contact us at primandsassysoy@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/primandsassysoy) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/ primandsassysoy).

Allie Alexander-Ridlon lives in Brimson, MN.