We have some very talented Missouri crafters that create amazing pieces for our showroom floor! Unfortunately, our crafters cannot be in the store each week to meet our customers and demonstrate their individual talents. However, we would still like you to meet them and see the unique talents and creative processes they use to build their crafts. Join us here each month as we highlight one of our crafters and tell his or her story!
Meet Brenda Rehagen of Giddy-Up Soy Candles
As customers walk through the door here at Winding Road, we are often asked, “What is that wonderful smell?” We answer with pride that they are likely smelling our wax tarts from Giddy-Up Soy Candles!
Brenda Rehagen was born in St. Joseph, Missouri but has lived in Westphalia, Missouri for the past 22 years. She began as a wholesale distributer for Giddy-Up Girls Inc. after finding the candles in a hospital gift shop and falling in love with them. Three years later, Brenda was able to purchase the company, which was founded by 2 ladies in Nixa, Missouri, and move business to her farm. Brenda changed the company name to Giddy-Up Soy Candles. Her family was able to convert a downstairs garage into a factory by extending the building and adding a door and window.
“I get my inspiration from doing something that I enjoy and sharing my joy with others.” Says Brenda. “I feel like my business is a blessing from God, and I owe it all to Him to do it joyfully.” Brenda loves to see people happy with Giddy-Up candles. Brenda says, “An aroma can take you back to your childhood, remind you of someone, or just make your house smell amazing.” Brenda also takes great pride in supporting the soybean farmers of America!
A lot of the beautiful fragrances we smell in Giddy-Up Soy Candles are inspired by personal experiences that are special to Brenda. She has also added fragrances in the past that are taken from customer requests. Her aromatherapy candles are merely for health benefits and her love for essential oils.
Brenda begins her candle making process by filling a 40 quart vat with soy wax flakes. After heating to the perfect temperature, she measures out just the right fragrance by the pitcher that holds 80 ounces of melted wax. This will make five 16oz apothecary jar candles or eleven 8oz mason jar candles. Brenda then adds the color to the mixture and lets it cool just a bit to the right temperature. Once that temperature is achieved, she pours the wax into the jars and sets the wicks. The filled jars are set aside to cool and ready for the wicks to be trimmed after 24 hours.
Brenda lives with her husband, Mike, of 21 years. She has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. Her oldest grandson is proudly serving in the Marine Corps. Brenda and Mike also have 2 daughters, Haley, who is a junior at Missouri S&T and Madison, who is will be a senior this year at Osage R3 in Fatima.
As a member of AgriMissouri, Missouri Soybean Association, and Naturally Meramec, Brenda tries to be a vendor at Women in Ag conferences. She is also does fundraisers to support schools and clubs like FFA, art clubs, dance teams, etc or donates baskets to benefits such as Relay for Life.
Make time to stop by our candle display on your next visit to Winding Road and smell all the lovely scents from Giddy-Up Soy Candles!