Always Look On The Bright Side

Candles are the perfect way to make your home inviting and smelling delightfully. Finding the perfect scented candle is as tedious as finding the right perfume. But, when you find THE scent, it’s magic.

During the winter, the Pumpkin Chai candle by Bright Endeavors was exactly what I needed – a comforting scent during the cool Chicago days. Now that spring is officially here (YAY!), I’m loving their Lemon Tea candle that’s pleasantly invigorating.

A fresh batch of Bright Endeavor candles

But, Bright Endeavors is more than a candle maker. It’s a social enterprise that offers paid job training to young moms, so they can build the skills to land gainful employment after graduating from the program. Get this – during the 2016 fiscal year, 45 young moms were placed in permanent jobs at employers like Rivers Casino, Evanston Hospital, Loretto Hospital, Holiday Inn, and O’Hare Airport!

A participant measuring hot candle wax. Photo by Genevieve Lauren.
The candles aren’t the only things that can light up a room. Look at that smile! Photo by Genevieve Lauren.
Colorful labels for the Bright Endeavor candles
During my visit to Bight Endeavors

Do you want to smell the scented candles before buying? Visit Chicago retailers Greenheart ShopPlanet Access Co., and select Whole Foods Markets to get a whiff.

In addition to making candles, Bright Endeavors has even collaborated with The Little Market to make soaking salts. They make everything you need for a splendid self-care day!

Soaking salts made by Bright Endeavors in collaboration with The Little Market

Who knew that helping out a new young mom is as easy as purchasing a candle and smells so good!

With a lot of heart,


P.S. – Thank you so much to the wonderful employees of Bright Endeavors for taking me on a tour of the facility and teaching me about the incredible organization.


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