The Power of Person-to-Person Networking

These days, few people would deny the power of networking. There are numerous technologies that offer people a way to network online, and they are invaluable in helping build an online presence, develop authority and become known among a much broader circle of individuals. Yet, the importance of in-person networking should never be overlooked, especially in these challenging economic times. People like to do business with people they know.  They are more likely to recommend someone for a job who they’ve worked with or with whom they’ve had a business relationship.  They trust people with whom they’ve had prior positive experience. Person-to-person connections can be invaluable and the best way to make them is through attending networking events  or to be introduced through connections you already have.   Many successful business people we know try to go to a minimum of one networking event per week. Think of networking as dropping a pebble into a pool of water.   The concentric circles from the pebble get larger and larger.  Networking, done well, works the same way.  As you meet one person, your circle grows because you suddenly have the possibility of meeting their pool of friends. Just as someone you know might connect you with people in their network,  you will also be able make connections for those you meet.  While this may not be immediately helpful to you, it will enhance your reputation as an influential, you’ll be seen as someone who helps others and as a “go to” person.  People will want to help you, and will begin putting you in touch with others who could ultimately help you grow your business, help you find a job, or...

The History of Aromatherapy

One of our specialties at Wickedly Sent is Aromatherapy.  Although the name is a 20th century term, this art dates back thousands of years.  It is suspected that the Chinese, through their burning of incense, were the first to use plants for well-being. Later, the Egyptians developed a machine that would distill cedarwood oil which was mixed with clove, cinnamon, nutmet and myrrh for enbalming purposes.  They also mixed oils and herbs for spiritual, medicinal and cosmetic purposes and are credited with coining the word “perfume.” Aromatherapy soon became popular with the Greeks and the Romans as well.  The Greeks believed it to be a gift from the Gods and a Roman named Discordides added to the knowledge base by studying and writing about the properties of some 500 plants. In the 13th Century, an early pharmaceutical industry developed relying on the distallation of essential oils and by the 14th Century, people used preparations made from plants and herbs, attempting to fight off the deadly Black Plague. Apothecaries sprang up during the 16th Century and oils incorporating plant essence became available for purchase in shops.  Over the 16th and 17th century, perfume became an art form, and by the 19th Century, it was a booming industry. By the 20th Century, aromatherapists had discovered how to separate the constituents of essential oils and create synthetic chemicals and drugs leading to the development of the fields of modern medicine and synthetically-created perfumes.  As a result, the field of aromatherapy eroded in popularity.  Fortunately, during the late 20th and 21st Century, there has been a growing resurgence of interest in the field of aromatherapy and how essential oils can be used for...

Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company Goes Social with Facebook

Recently, we’ve been spending a lot of time social networking.  Friends, business associates, and relatives are now just a click away with Facebook.  It’s never been so easy to contact someone before. Questions about Facebook Why not just pick up the phone to say hi? With time being as short and so much to do, actually picking up the phone and remembering to call someone can be tricky.  Social networking sites, such as Facebook, has to ability to keep you updated with several or hundreds of friends at once. How does it work? Pretty easy, you sign up with a Facebook account, and start searching for friends, family, or people you know.  You’ll see, just like email did, that contacting takes on a whole new level.  It’s different from instant messaging, comments, writing to someone, gets shown to everyone in your friends list, you can comment on what they’re doing at the moment, or comment on something else.  With Facebook, you can create events and invite friends; you can also use applications, such as Friend finder to find other friends. Live Feed: You can keep updated on what you’re friends are doing instantaneously, or keep updated on what’s going on.  Your live feed will show you a list of what your network sharing. What about Privacy? You don’t have to post comments, or on the live feed, and if you want to contact someone independently, you can.  Just private message them and no one will see. Media: This is where it gets fun.  You can post pictures, video, and links that you want to share so others can see.  Create...

New Year, New Scented Candles and Bath Products

In the year 2009, we are bringing exciting new products to Wick-edly Sent Soap and Candle Company.  New scented candles such as Moon Lake Musk, Medittearean Fig, Ocean Rain, to name a few.  This also will come in two new soy candle sizes, 4oz, and 12 oz.  The upscale new design will fit any decor, and since each one will be wrapped in dragonfly paper, and gift boxed, it will be easy gift giving. Join our mailing list to be updated, the new line will be on our website soon. Also coming up: besides scented candles, we have new bath and body scents, along with a new body scrub! Thanks and Happy New...

Join Us for Our Holiday Open House!

The snow has fallen and never too soon, for it marks the beginning of the winter season. And with this wintry weather comes the Holiday’s. Join us this weekend here at Wick-edly Sent, starting Friday Nov 21 – Sunday Nov 23rd, and celebrate the beginning of this Holiday season. Downtown Canandaigua is having a GIANT open house, and Wick-edly Sent opens its arms and its doors for you and your family to join in the festivities. There will be HOT buttered rum to warm any soul from the inside out. There will also be free stocking stuffer giveaways while supplies last, and a jolly elf roaming the streets from 2-4 p.m on Friday and Saturday to give away Canandaigua “Downtown Dollars” for you to redeem here at Wick-edly Sent, if you so choose. Don’t forget to enter the drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree! Come down and enjoy the decorated downtown Canandaigua, and stop in to Wick-edly Sent for some Holiday fun. For a list of the participating stores visit: Holiday Open House Happy Holiday from all of us here at Wick-edly...

Ditch the Winter Itch – Dry Skin Blues

Winter is coming, and we all know what it’s like to wrap up in our winter coats or to snuggle up next to a fire in our favorite blankets. We do our best to try to shield ourselves from the bitter winter bite. But, no matter how good you are at layering up, the wintry weather still finds its way to your skin to strip away its natural moisture. A combination of the harsh elements outside, and the dry air indoors has dramatic effects on our skin. This is the time we need to pay extra attention to our skin, and we need to make sure it doesn’t lack the essential moisture it needs. Don’t spend your winter scratching at your elbows, ankles or knees, and don’t hide those cracked, red hands. Wick-edly Sent offers a line of moisturizing products to quiet your skins cries for moisture. We’ve got you covered from head to toe, and have a few tips to ditch the winter itch. Our Culinary Line of hand wash and hand lotions are perfect and safe for moisturizing your hands every day. Made with canola oil and cocoa butter, it has a lighter feel to it and won’t dry out your hands like most soaps. These come in Lavender Basil and famed Orange and Clove fragrances.  Since all of our products here at Wick-edly Sent are made with no harsh ingredients, unhappy hands will be impossible to find. Keep these near the bathroom or kitchen sink at all times and use when needed as the first step to skin hydration. Next we have our all over body...