Sweet Smell of Success

LCR photo/Chris Roden

Candle maker Melissa Cleland holds Pumpkin Pecan  Waffles, one of her over 200 scented candles and wax melts that she designed for her and husband Brad’s Lebanon Candle Company.

Chris Roden

By working a day job at the Route 66 Auto Plaza and working at her own business with her husband, Brad, of an evening, Melissa Cleland burns her candle at both ends.

However, the scented, all-natural ones she sells at her Lebanon Candle Company booth and other venues are only burned at one end by her growing clientele. 

Cleland said she has always loved candles. However, burning traditional candles ended out of medical necessity.

After her husband developed allergies that several specialists could not resolve, someone suggested she stop burning candles in her home.

“I did not realize they were full of toxins, over 100 different toxins. After researching it and realizing I could make my own using soy wax, I started making and creating,” Cleland said.

The paraffin wax used in most other candles today is a product of petroleum refining. 

For the complete story, see Wednesday's edition of the Laclede County Record.


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