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The Company

His EssenceTM is inspired by Psalm 45:8 - "All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia..."  The Bible verse refers to the garments of the Messiah when He returns.  We carefully combine these fragrances and the result is a scent, which serves as a reminder of His Presence.

 

The Product

The first product using this formula was a 14-ounce jar candle.  The original candle was manufactured by Woodbridge Candle Company in Freeman, South Dakota.  Beginning in June 2006 the Acadian Candle Company of Bloomington, MN became the official developer and manufacturer for His EssencesTM candles. 


In February 2007 His EssenceTM introduced two new candle scents:
  • Resurrection, inspired by John 19:39-40 - "Nicodemus brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about 75 pounds.  Taking Jesus' body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen."
  • Servanthood, inspired by John 12:3 - "Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair.  And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume."

Then in 2009 His EssenceTM introduced three more scents:
  • Forgiven, inspired by Acts 10:43 - "Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name."
  • Adoration, inspired by Matthew 2:11 - "And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
  • The Last Supper, inspired by Matthew 26:26-28 - "Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, 'Take and eat; this is my body.' Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them saying, 'Drink from it, all of you. The is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.'"

Retailers have remarked about the high quality of the candle, noting its even burn and scent throw characteristics.  It burns for 80 to 100 hours and emits a pleasant and gentle fragrance.  All His Essence candles have non-lead wicks.

 

The People

Bob and Karen Tosterud currently live in Galena, IL.  This idea was all Karen's, and being married to a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of South Dakota, it was natural to turn the idea into a business.