Primitive Pansies two product lines were originally established by the owner under two different business names, Primitive Lights Candles and Antique Pansies Soap Company. The home-based sole proprietorship started up in 1999 in Cascade Locks and later moved to Rainer, Oregon with a business plan to create and sell handmade scented candles and soaps using traditional and old-fashioned methods with the highest quality ingredients. Over the past twenty-four years, the demand for Primitive Lights Candles and Antique Pansies Soaps has grown to supply regional retailers such as Made in Oregon and has seen such success with event sales at the Pendleton Round-up that a private label was specially created. With the creation of a website and a Facebook page for online sales, the two lines have come together under the business name Primitive Pansies.
The current candle line consists of 16 scents available in the beeswax that come as a single votive, a set of three votives, small pillars, large pillars, and beeswax melts. There are also 16 scents available as soy jar candles.
The soap line offers 15 scents that are different from the candle line. The products in this line include handmade soap, body and room spray, bathing sea salts, foamy soaps, bath, body, and massage oil, and tub-side delight candles that match the bodyline scents.
With the original owner’s retirement, the business was sold to the company’s long-time assistant who resides in Hood River County. Because production has relocated to Hood River County with a first-time owner, MCEDD’s assistance was sought to finance the purchase of the business (including the name), products with recipes, client lists, plus all of the equipment and supplies on hand. Shopping online at primitive pansies.com offers folks who want to support local small business a terrific option for the holidays!