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What's the big deal on soy?

Cool & Clean Burn

Soy wax burns cooler than petroleum wax, allowing it to burn cleaner, with less soot.

Longer Burn

Soy wax burns longer than other sources. Our candles burn up to 70 hours.

Better Scent Throw

Because soy wax burns cooler, fragrance included in the wax provides a better scent throw.

Supports Farmers

Using soy wax means purchasing products grown by farmers. 

Our candles are made with:

  • 100% Soy wax

  • 100% Lead-free cotton wicks

All of our products:

  • Produced in the United States

  • Handpoured, stickered and shipped

100% Soy Logo

The Chandlers

It’s 1999, in an old country mudroom in rural Illinois. Joyce and Brad Riskedal were a young, farm family working hard to continue on the family business. With two small kids at home and looking at opportunities to bring in another stream of income, Joyce started experimenting with candle making. As her and Brad experimented, she started with wax using an industry standard petroleum/soy mix. Being grain farmers, it was important to reach 100% soy wax, which they did eventually accomplish.


Several years, a move from a kitchen to a farm shop later, the business was run on the Riskedal family’s Centennial Farm in north Central Illinois. Joyce and Brad ran the business until August of 2023 when their son and his wife, Darren and Kendall Riskedal, took over the business.

In early 2024, the operation moved to Southern Wisconsin, where Darren and Kendall live. Keep up with the latest happenings of Country Lights via our Facebook page.

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