welcome to soft shadow co!

Hi there! I'm Katie, a flight attendant who was temporarily furloughed during the 2020 pandemic. Lighting a candle every morning became a part of my daily quarantine routine, and a couple weeks into my extended ground delay from flying I began to tinker around in the kitchen with all things chandlery. I figured if I had to be stuck at home, I might as well create new things that would make my surroundings as enjoyable as possible. Hand pouring candles was literally the little glimmer that helped me get through the COVID-19 stay-at-home summer.

Do you live in Saint Louis? Here's a list of Soft Shadow stockists around the city:
Black Rabbit Vintage (Benton Park)
Winslow's Cellar Shop (Clayton)
Rolling Ridge Nursery (Webster)
Garden Heights Nursery (Richmond Heights)
Urban Matter (South City) 

UPDATE 10/14/21:
and I’m baaaack! After a strange summer slip I’m back in the saddle making all natural soy candles. Since this is my second season, it doesn’t feel like much of a “prototype” of candle company anymore-- so I’ve changed the name. Say hello to Soft Shadow Co! A balance of light in the dark. Lighting a candle is a reminder to slow down and take in the subtleties of the current moment. To set the tone for the day or night. It's a reminder to notice the noticing, and to use scent as a cue to experience your state of being. 

Thank you for following along and for supporting this obsession that gives me so much joy. It’s a labor of love, and I’m honored to share a little light with you.    - Katie

We hope you love what we make as much as we love making it! For maximum enjoyment, it’s very important that you burn candles responsibly to ensure their safe use. Please follow these guidelines: 
• Keep wick trimmed to 1/4” at all times. 
• The first burn is the most important! To avoid tunneling, make sure the initial burn time is longer than an hour, but no longer than 4 hours. This will ensure an even burn and extend the life of your candle. 
• Place on a protected, heat-resistant, dry surface, away from anything that can catch fire, and out of reach of children and pets. 
• If smoking occurs, blow candle out. Trim wick(s), remove trimmings, and relight.
• Do not burn for longer than 4 hours at a time. 
• Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches, or any combustible material. 
• Keep the wick centered.
• Avoid burning candles in drafts.
• Never leave burning candles unattended. Keep them within sight at all times.
• Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Teach everyone in the family the rules of safe candle use.
• Handle with care; glass containers are fragile.
• Do not use if the jar is cracked, chipped or scratched. 
• Do not allow the flame to touch the side of the jar. The jar may become hot. Handle carefully.
• If smoking occurs, check for drafts or high traffic areas, which may cause flame to flicker and smoke. Also, be sure that the wick is no longer than 1/4". If it is, extinguish, trim to 1/4", and relight.
• Prevent possible heat damage to the counter/surface by discontinuing use when 1/4" of wax remains. 
• Only burn in a suitable holder, or on a plate or other fire and heat resistant surface.
• Extinguish carefully.

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