ABOUT "SOY IS JOY"
Infusing Your Life With Joy, One Wick at a Time!
Family owned, 100% natural candle company, handmade and hand-poured, focusing on the health and safety of what you and your loved ones are breathing in, with a dedication to every single ingredient being non-toxic, vegan, natural, organic, plant-derived and cruelty free. Above all else, our goal is to create for you that fabulous scent you desire, that is strong enough to fill your house with joy, and summon all the beautiful memories and feelings that fragrances stimulate.
Shauna (The “S” in Soy Is Joy)
I’ve always wanted to be a business owner but only if it was something I was truly passionate about. I have spent years looking for good quality soy candles in numerous states and places around the world. I have come across less than a handful that I became a repeat customer (2 to be exact). Therefore I decided to go with the old saying “if you want something done ya gotta do it yourself”. So I did and here we are. An idea was turned into research and that research quickly turned into testing and creation, and finally production. The only thing left, is to share it with you!
So here’s the deal, I know you can find candles everywhere, and for the most part they all smell pretty good, but there’s so much more to it, and I believe it comes down to the education of what you’re actually buying. This is how I want to help others. This is where my passion comes in. I became a mom in 2013. I have one son and he is my whole world. I quickly fell into that “crunchy” era that began around that time and haven’t looked back since. Ya know, the one where everything has to be “natural” and “organic” and “toxin-free”. You would have thought that all these years later more would be on board, but thats just not true. I still mostly see paraffin, or soy "blend" (spoiler alert, this just means they put a dab of soy in it to add it to the name). Is it because the consumer doesn't know better? That's where we come in.
My Personal Background
I've been a creative for 18 years. My background is web design and development and I am currently a creative and marketing director for a healthcare company. I am married to an amazing man, have the coolest 7 year old son, and we call Prosper, TX our home. We love to travel (mostly cruise) and are crazy cat people. I have a very modern and colorful style, love to attend art shows, musicals, festivals and concerts. We're not home bodies, and are very adventurous and down for anything. Fast forward to the recent days, and now I'm in the business of making candles, which is something I've been considering for years and finally decided NOW is the time! Who better to partner with than my aunt who is just as passionate about this as I am!
Jeanine Kirk (The “J” in Soy Is Joy)
I’ve always had a passion for fragrance and find pure joy and relaxation when my home smells fabulous. Perhaps you can relate… I have invested thousands of dollars throughout the years on candles, only to be disappointed because the scents fell flat when I got them home and burned them. This is one of the main reasons why we started and are so passionate about our new company, Soy Is Joy. We believe that you can have fabulous smelling candles that fill your home or office space with amazing fragrance, that are also safe for your environment.
We’ve spent countless hours researching and identifying ingredients that are fragrant, safe and non-toxic, along with how to balance the perfect blends to ensure a rich and pleasing aroma. We believe when you purchase a candle from us you are also purchasing an experience. Our goal is to provide you with an amazing fragrance get away while sprinkling in some education along the way, as to the numerous benefits of purchasing only 100%, non-toxic candles. We hope you are as excited about our candles as we are, and we look forward to filling your home with amazing scents that brighten up your day and that your friends and family will rave about throughout the years.
My Personal Background
I've been in the healthcare industry for over 30 years selling medical software and services. In my professional life, my main priority has always been to excel in customer support and service and foster happy, satisfied customers. I am happily married, have 3 amazing adult sons, 2 beautiful daughter-in-law’s, 3 grandchildren with another grandson on the way. We proudly call Prosper, TX our home and love playing games with our family and spending time on or near the water. I am very excited about this new business venture with my niece and we look forward to providing you with an infusion of fragrance, for many years to come!
We believe in transparency, so before you ask, here are the answers to your questions:
What about your wax?
We are currently offering 100% soy candles, and are in the process of adding coconut and bees wax in the future.
What about your wick?
We only use 100% organic cotton wicks that are lead-free.
What about your scents?
We research, try and only use 100% essential oils.
What about your color?
If we use any color at all, we only use 100% soy, plant-derived colored chips. No artificial dyes.
See how many times we used the term "100%"... that's where we differ!
But why not Paraffin?
Crude oil is the origin of paraffin wax. Paraffin releases carcinogens and dangerous soot into the air, adding to pollution. Petroleum-based paraffin doesn’t come from a renewable resource, where as soybeans do. Paraffin releases toxic fumes when burnt and has the harmful fumes "toluene" and "benzene" which are linked to asthma and lung cancer. Soy, on the other hand, does not emit toxic chemicals. Paraffin has also been linked to irritation of the skin and respiratory tract. There have been levels of potentially carcinogenic polycyclic hydrocarbons, presumably due to the burning of low-quality paraffin wax candles over long periods of time, that alarmingly, the level of pollutants detected exceed that of high-traffic roads. Paraffin can also cause heat rash, minor swelling or breakouts, and should not be used if you have poor blood circulation, numbness in your hands or feet, diabetes, or any rashes or open sores, due to the petroleum (which is a by-product of gasoline). Burning paraffin wax candles that contain lead wicks also gives you low-level lead exposure. Ultimately, Paraffin is toxic, and it's poisoning you every time you light up your candle.
SHOP OUR SCENTSATIONS
With over 100 scents, there is something for everyone! From tropical and fruity to seasonal and fresh, we have tried to cover as many grounds as possible. If there is something you're looking for that you do not see, please reach out and let us know! We have 3 different sizes, so packaging may vary from white black and silver in each. If you order a scent we are out of stock, we'll let you know once we receive your order. Special orders welcome as well. Enjoy looking through our scentsations!
Pour Joy Into Others
So now for the biggest reason WHY we launched “Soy Is Joy”.
For the most part, who of us can’t relate to relaxing to a scent that quite simply…. takes us away. Takes us away to a place where we feel free, uninhibited, and limitless. Have you ever noticed that fragrance is a lot like music, in that when you hear a familiar song, you seem to transport back in time? With fragrance, when you smell certain scents, we are often reminded of special memories, events and people.
Our senses play such an important role in our everyday life. That’s why we believe filling your environment with fragrances and aromas that will lift your mood, and foster emotions such as joy, relaxation, and happiness, is so important. However, for those of us who suffer from any type of mental illness, life can be a little trickier!!
Mental Illness, in and of itself use to be a taboo word that none of us ever wanted to be labeled with, a stigma you didn't want anyone knowing, something we would never have or want to deal with. However, mental illness affects nearly 1 in every 5 adults in any given year and unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, these numbers are rapidly increasing. Which brings us to our WHY we wanted to start “Soy Is Joy”. To HELP others.
46% of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life, and half of those people will develop those conditions by the age of 14.
We are here to tell you that we were separated for over a decade due to the trauma and conflict that infected our family for as long as we can remember. However, as most of you can relate, there are always those “relationship” driven people in our families and circle of friends, that will somehow try and keep it all together. We were and are “those girls”. We both suffer from the trauma that life has dealt us, but honestly, who of us out there has not suffered from (pardon the language) some major “shit” in our lives.
Which leads to the question… Does that make us victims? We say, “hell no”! Does that make us “survivors”, well, maybe a little… but what we can say is that our challenging experiences has made us both more determined and driven to be the best that we can be and help where and when we were able.
Unfortunately, so many people feel isolated and alone when they struggle, hurt and feel down. However, if the truth be told, if a thousand people were gathered in an auditorium today, filled with all walks of life, and the following questions were to be asked, I am quite confident every hand in the auditorium would go up at least once.
Who has suffered from abuse of any kind?
Who has suffered from rape?
Who has suffered from bullying?
Who has suffered from struggles with self-worth or self-identification?
Who has suffered from feelings of insecurity or self-doubt?
Who has suffered from addiction?
Who has suffered so much they wanted to take their own life?
As you can see, we all have a common ground, and are never alone in our struggles. Yet, we often feel ashamed and even embarrassed to express what’s really going on inside and how we really feel. We certainly understand these feeling and we can definitely relate. That’s why we want to do our part to help raise awareness for those who struggle like us and create products that through scent, will help to bring some measure of peace, calm and tranquility to your daily lives.
We feel so blessed to be able to do what we love and want to share in our joy. Thus, we will be donating a portion of our proceeds to the Mental Health of Greater Dallas Association for every candle we sell.
We thank you all for supporting us on this journey and we most certainly pray that our products will fill your homes and hearts with joy!
I bought a candle at Oktoberfest, the Black Cherry, and I absolutely love it! It makes the whole house smell amazing instantly! I know you guys put a lot of time and effort in put in good quality materials that I was happy to help support your business!
Lit my candle today in my bedroom, smelled fantastic! Love!
Hi Shauna & Jeanine! I bought your Holiday Spice and Harmony candles yesterday at the fall festival and I was the person who mentioned "I wanted a candle that would smell throughout the house". I wanted to tell you both that I LOVE your candles!!! Well Done!!!
These are amazing candles! I have so many already!
Didn't think it was possible to smell up the entire house until I used your candles. I won't be going to BBW anymore now that I have discovered yours!
They all smell amazing!!! Love mine!!!
I want to give a huge thank you to Soy is Joy candles. Shauna and Jeanine took the time to explain to me the benefits of soy versus the other candle types I have purchased in the past. After learning about these benefits, I will never buy any other candle, only Soy is Joy candles from now on. The fragrances are amazing and quickly fill up the room. I highly recommend these candles!!!
These are the best smelling candles and they are long lasting!
Soy is Joy candles are the most fragrant candles, and throws the scent all throughout your room. I have bought many expensive candles from other companies in the past but they all leave at least 1/4th of the candle left over on the side. These candles do not, and burn full liquid all the way from the sides and down. I enjoy Soy Is Joy and will keep coming back!
Hello pretty ladies! My daughter and I bought two candles from you yesterday at Trade Days. I just want you to know how much we love them. They smell amazing!! We will definitely be ordering more. The cinnamon pine cone is now my very favorite candle. Thank you so much and I hope you have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving. God bless you both!