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Run Oregon Stocking Stuffer: Soy Wax Candles from Benevolence LA

At Run Oregon, we primarily write about running. However, we believe that a person should strive to have a holistic health profile and not limit themselves. Aromatherapy has historically just been something to stick my nose up at (pun definitely intended), but recently I have found that there may actually be something to it. As a result, I have started putting some lavender scents on my pillow before bed, and my work cube seems less stuffy and dismal with a tiny bit of calming fragrance added to the air. When I am home, I spend the most amount of time in my bedroom (for sleeping) and office (for blogging), so I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite candles I have recently come across.

Benevolence LA is not solely a candle company – they also have a variety of jewelry and blankets in their webstore. However, their Soy Wax Scented Candles definitely are top notch, both the classy matte black finish on the outside and the stuff on the inside as well. I was sent one of each of their two offerings – Rose & Sandalwood and Bergamot & Jasmine. I try to keep my own scent profiles as understated and  subdued – I don’t need an Axe Body Spray smell bomb, just something that clears the air and smells fresh. Both of these candles are ridiculously fresh smelling and do NOT get to the point of being overpowering. I LOVE the Rose & Sandlewood option and have been even more excited to sit down and blog with the candle going nearby – something I didn’t anticipate ever needing to say.

And given that this is soy wax, it’s really a clean burn. There are no toxins that shed off of the candle and apparently there are some aromatherapy principles in soy candles (or so I’m told). They are used to reduce anxiety and calm the nerves, and can be used in mediation, insomnia, or removing odors (perhaps I need to put one near the running clothes laundry bin). Given their size and construction, these are expected to see about 45 hours of burn. That’s quite a few race previews and recaps!

However, really the best part of the candle is the fact that purchases go directly to supporting a very important charity. Benevolence LA is committed to giving money to charitable organizations, and purchases of their candles support Thorn – a501c3 that works to save children suffering in sex trafficking. This is no longer just a “third world” problem, and sadly trafficking is pretty robust on not only the West Coast, but right up and down our I-5 corridor (Highway 97 from Klamath Falls to Hood River is also sadly growing in this aspect). As Benevolence LA explains that candles bring light to the darkness, they hope that their commitment to the cause will bring some brightness into the scary dark world of victims. So you can be sure that your money will be put to good use. 

Company: Benevolence LA (Facebook)

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More about Benevolence LA:

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ― Winston S. Churchill

We started Benevolence LA to make it easier for us all to be generous. We’ve connected something we are already buying with something you we want to do more — giving back.

Do you know that on average Americans give 2% of their income to charity. This means we, as a culture, are leaving a lot of happiness on the table. If Churchill is right, the simple act of giving plays a huge part in bringing meaning to our lives.

Benevolence LA is an integrated, simple, fun, fashionable, and effective way to give.  Each of our products are connected to a specific and attainable charitable cause.  

When you wear your necklace, when you tell your friends about the meaning behind it, you play a part in the Benevolence movement.  You give by buying. You give by wearing. In fact, if you want a necklace but can’t afford it right now, we’d love to hear from you. 


Thank you to Benevolence LA for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (1252 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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