My Story

Having spent over 36 years in the corporate world and wondering if this is what life’s really about, I finally had enough of the twelve hour work days and pointless rounds of meetings. It was time to make a break, escape the rat race and do something better. I retired and my husband and I sold our condo, packed our bags and literally ran from the big city to the beautiful small Ozark town of Heber Springs, AR. The slow pace took a bit of getting used to but I finally found my own way and started doing something I love - making natural soy candles and scented bath blasts (mini bath bombs).

I’ve always been a huge candle lover but it was after reading an article on the dangers of burning traditional paraffin wax candles that I started to investigate the soy wax alternative. During that research I had a bit of a ‘Eureka’ moment and thought I’d make my own using natural soy wax produced from American grown soybeans. The soy wax candles were a huge hit and before long I was making them for family and friends. That’s when I decided to make a business of it and (drum roll) ... PONDEROSA BLISS was born!  This name came about because my parents called the homestead where my sisters and I grew up "The Ponderosa". The Ponderosa was such a comforting "blissful" place for my family and me sooo ... you get the picture.   : )

It is important to me that the ingredients used in our luxury soy wax candles and scented fizzy bath blasts are of top quality and I take pride in the fact that our products are carefully produced by hand in small batches in my home workshop and not mass produced.


The feedback I get from customers is amazing!  I love talking to people about the process and I think that is what makes being an artisan producer so special as people get to meet the actual person who is making the product. There has been a noticeable return recently towards purchasing products from small makers and creators who are able to showcase their own products.  I’ve found that now days a lot more people care about where products are made, what they are made of and who makes them.

I’m convinced that you’ll enjoy our products as much as my family and I have!

With Warm Regards,

Muffett Pirani

Ponderosa Bliss