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Mrs B's Wax sharing love of candles through home business

The Chatfield News of Chatfield, Minnesota

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Karla Bucknell is a seasonal burner.

Her cinnamon buns and love spell are certainly not an old flame, however.

No matter what, it's her "B'sWax" to share.

"I burn a lot of candles-I will burn eight to 10 at a time throughout the house because I love the fragrance and ambiance from the flame, "Bucknell said." I'm more of a seasonal burner, though - I burn scents that would be for the season we're in."

Chatfield's "Mrs. B's Wax" soy candle maker Bucknell admits she has an addiction to burning scented candles at home.

Bucknell did daycare for 15 years, and that meant that once she closed her daycare, she had a spare kitchen available in her walk-in finished basement that needed a purpose.

Given her affection for flame and scents of all kinds - from cinnamon buns to "lovespell," she felt it was the perfect time to open a home business featuring soy candles. These types of candles burn more cleanly - with less smoke than paraffin candles - and with longer-lasting scents.

"I already had it pretty rnuch set and I had wanted to make candles for the last five years, and I just decided I was going to do it," she explained. "I started doing this about a month ago and I enjoy every part of it. It was hard to pick out which scents I wanted to do, so I did them all."

And not to wax poetic, but she chose the name for her business because it had linguistic charm. "I did have a hard time coming up with a name. I've always had little nicknames for the kids in our family, but it was really tough to think of something for my business," Bucknell explained. "My niece came up with Mrs. B's Wax. and 1 Googled it, found out nobody had it, went through the state of Minnesota, and still nobody had it. so I went with it."

She now has 59 different soy-based scents to pour into jars for candles and molds for wax melts and she's excited to try more.

"The hardest thing about it is being organized enough for making and pouring, and waiting for the candles to cool, because you have to wait 24 hours," Bucknell said. "I'm running out of space, but every time I put in an order. I try a new scent for myself to see if I like it. and for December and Christmas, I'm making Santa's Cookies. It will be neat to see how it turns out. I even have a baby powder scented candle."

Presently, her scents-ibilities are leaning toward fall and winter, with Apple Maple Bourbon. Mcintosh Apple, Pumpkin Pie, Blueberry Cobbler, Banana Nut Bread and Very Vanilla on the menu.

"As the seasons change. I'll probably incorporate more floral and fruity scents, like as spring comes...I'll not have so much fall and winter on the shelves," she stated. "I have to keep in mind that I'm not the only one who's going to like these. There isn't one I can say I don't like, but if I don't like it. I won't make it. I try to keep a good variety of things made, because variety is what makes us all unique. My candles smell so good because they're made with love."

Bucknell admitted she has a difficult time keeping her appetite in check when she's mixing scents with soy to create candles. "I've got Cranberry Marmalade. Pineapple Sage...1 enjoy every part of making candles, pouring them, the smells. It's a good thing I can't eat them, because there wouldn't be anything there to share, and I'd never leave the house." she admitted

Her fellow "burners'" are invited to stop in at her home to share their kindred interests and sample the scents, be it a standard floral lilac or lavender or a candle named for a beachside cocktail.

"I wanted people to be able to come in. sit down, have some coffee and relax as they check out the scents. I want everybody to enjoy them as much as I do." Bucknell said. "That warms my heart - I know how much I enjoy them and I want someone else to be as satisfied with them as I am. They bring a joy to me. especially when someone makes a remark about how good they smell. It's a very satisfying feeling...my corner of heaven."

"Mrs. B" and her soy have a busy holiday schedule coming up. but she's proud to be able to meet new friends through the aromatic venture. "I'm available when I'm home - people can call anytime-or I'm on Facebook. Probably within the next month. I'd like to have a webpage." she said. "My prices are reasonable because I want people to be able to afford to enjoy what I enjoy - my candles are $6.75. and my melts are $2. They'd be a perfect gift if you're Christmas shopping."

Bucknell's candles are available at Mrs. B's Wax in her home store at 230 Winona St., NE, Chatfield. She requests that visitors call her at (507) 259-6632 before stopping in, and she's certainly happy to share her B'sWax on Facebook all the time.



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Original Publication Date: November 6, 2013



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