INSPIRED BY NATURE, ROOTED IN MINDFULNESS
Self-care is a concept becoming more familiar in recent years. It generally suggests that caring for one's own short- and long-term wellbeing is just as important as caring for others. This particularly rings true for those whose lives are inundated with social stressors, such as women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color.
Self-care ultimately isn't a product, it's a practice, asking ourselves to check-in with ourselves and our community, and adjust our lives to be more healthy and balanced accordingly. This is the ethos of Handmade Habitat, an all natural soy candle and beauty good store operated right here in the District, out of Off the Beaten Track Studios in Northeast DC.
Handmade Habitat is on a mission to nurture and inspire the soul. Rooted in mindfulness, their work is consciously hand-crafted to be healthy for the body, home and Mother Earth.
That means non-toxic materials, environmentally friendly practices, and also a community giveback this holiday season.
Handmade Habitat offers a variety of gift options, from monthly candle subscriptions to self-care gift sets to gift cards. A gift from Handmade Habitat is perfect for the people in your life who could use some loving kindness and care (so pretty much everyone). But don't just give material things this holiday: make sure to also extend your love and care!
All natural does matter.
Most mass-produced candles are made with parrafin, a manmade compound that studies have shown could be toxic with long-term exposure. HH's handmade products avoids this compound, opting for all-natural soy-based materials instead. An added bonus is that unlike the also non-toxic beeswax alternative, these soy candles are vegan friendly! Double bonus, Handmade Habitat candles' cotton wicks are lead-free.
Handmade Habitat's 100% natural, handmade candles are a smidge pricier than the cookie-cutter factory ones, but hey, you and your family's health is worth it. Plus, the soy candles have a longer burn time than ordinary paraffin wax candles -- so you get more bang for your buck!
Unlike beeswax, it's vegan friendly!
LEAD-FREE cotton wicks.
All-natural essential oils & scents
A COMMITMENT TO SPREADING THE LIGHT
Handmade Habitat runs a recycling program where customers are invited to return their empty candle containers at any in-person events in exchange for $2 off their next candle. These small steps go a long way for our environment!
Furthermore, this season, a portion of their holiday collection sales go to The Friendship Place, a DC non-profit dedicated to ending homelessness and rebuliding lives.
HOW YOUR CANDLE IS MADE
The Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) highlighted local DC women makers in their Modern Makers series.
Watch the video to hear about what inspired and continues to inspire Ahmad to create Handmade Habitat, get a quick virtual studio tour, and see how the candles are made.
A GIFT FOR EVERYONE
From Gift cards to Gift Sets to monthly candle subscriptions, Handmade Habitat has something for everyone -- whether you're a candle conneseuir or just want to have something special to celebrate the holidays.
WHERE CAN I FIND HANDMADE HABITAT?
Downtown holiday market
F St NW & 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Alternative arts and crafts show, Zoolights, National Zoo
2640 St Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218
Upshur St Arts & Craft Fair
800 Upshur St, Washington, DC, 20011
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