We are in the midst of wedding season. When friends and relatives get married, we’re thrilled for them, but it usually means giving a substantial gift. Remember when ABC News reported that if every American spent $64 on American-made goods, it would create 200,000 jobs? One wedding gift would do it.
On the hunt for THE perfect Eco-friendly bridal shower or wedding gift? Looking for a gift with meaning that will be used AND remembered? I’ve got you covered.
Giveaway: Vance Family Soy Candles – Enter to win one of every candle in their collection, a luxurious $380 value
Scent is a powerful trigger of memory. Amy Vance, owner of Vance Family Soy Candles knows this and has developed a line of candles around her love for each one of the United States. The American Scent Trip candles celebrate the uniqueness and beauty of each state through fragrance, based on Amy’s memories of time spent there. I have had the pleasure of discovering countless American made products, all lovingly made, and this one stands out as one of the most special.
Smell is a wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived. -Helen Keller
This quote graces each candle, poured into heavy glass then cleverly packaged in a cardboard cylinder resembling a native American drum. The package art features the shape of the state and its’ major interstate highway. On the backside is a passage written by Amy of her fragrance inspirations.
Pennsylvania is mellow and sweet with honeysuckle, Hershey’s chocolate, and the spicy cinnamon molasses of Shoo Fly Pie.
Oregon is crisp and intoxicating with coffee, hazelnuts, sage, marionberries, and Douglas fir.
California is light and verdant, full of bright fruit and citrus notes balanced with earthy Redwood and eucalyptus.
Appreciating each scent is as satisfying as tasting fine wines. As a bonus, each one includes a local recipe or fun facts about the state. Reasonably priced at just $16, I can’t think of a more delightful American made item to have on hand for gifts or simply for personal enjoyment.
There are currently five states in the American Scent trips line: Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, & South Dakota. Eventually all 50 states will be depicted and you are invited to share your state along with your favorite scent memories in the comments below. Vance Family Soy Candles also makes a wide variety of other candles including ones inspired by holiday drinks and cocktails, travel candles poured in tins, long-lasting spa candles, massage candles, and specific flower scents such as gardenia or rose.
All of Vance Family Soy Candles’ products are made in Washington from renewable, non-GMO, biodegradable soy and organic essential oils and flavors. This means no dyes, no petroleum products, and no phthalates. They burn with low smoke, from cotton or paper wicks, packaged in heavy recycled glass. All of the packaging and products used in these candles are American-made and they donate at least 10% of profits to charity.
Vance Family Soy Candles wants a USA Love List reader to win one of every candle in their collection. This includes all of the states currently available in their American Scent Trips line: Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, & South Dakota plus 18 more candles, with a value over $380.
Click the +1 button for further instructions on each entry. This giveaway will close at midnight on Thursday May 30. The winner will be randomly selected, verified for correct entry participation, and notified by email.
Disclosure: USA Love List received some products in this post unconditionally for review purposes. Our opinions are always our own, and we aim to write fair and balanced reviews to promote only the very best of American-made products.
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Bath and body products designed especially for men are on the rise. To our delight we find that some of the best lines for men are made in the USA so I jumped at the opportunity to review this body wash for men. While there is plenty of stuff made for the masses that appeal to the male population, it’s the more exclusive things we have our sights set on here at USA Love List. We look for products that set themselves apart from the rest and are of the highest quality.
A natural, clean body wash specifically for men.
Wash for Men is safely in this category. It is a natural, clean wash for men. It comes simply packaged with a minimalist design to represent its essential ingredients. Wash for Men describes the wash best: ”A body wash just for men with a few natural ingredients, sustainably produced.” They boost this wash as being designed for the regular man, not just the crunchy granola type and, for what its worth, I agree. The smell is not drenched in hippie patchouli but rather light with a pine clean scent. It is very different from the artificially scented wash on store shelves. It cleanses and moisturizes with little lather. That is a tough one for many American men to swallow (women too) because much of our products are stuffed with surfactants. Surfactants give us all those suds which we associate with cleanliness. Rest assured the suds are not what gets you clean. They are just a filler and not needed at all. In fact they are one of the main culprits in stripping our skin.
What I like about Wash for Men as a company is their commitment to a great attitude and the environment.
The company only offers the body wash at this time, I hope their line expands because they are fun and quirky, giving them a little edge. They are proud to manufacture right in the USA as well. They have a great little post card tucked in their shipments saying just that. In addition to keeping the toxins off bodies and out of their wash they also use a 100% recycled bottle for their body wash.
Wash for Men has a great product but their philosophy is truly what endears me to the brand. They have health, wellness and the environment in mind but without all the seriousness. Grab this for the man in your life. Their 16 ounce bottle will last months!
[Disclosure: USA Love List received this product unconditionally for review purposes. Our opinions are always our own, and we aim to write fair and balanced reviews to promote only the very best of American-made products.]