Introducing 1801 handcrafted: Candles, Soaps & Rustic Signs


If you’ve ever thought about making your own scented candles from scratch, got as far as to Google directions and gone down the rabbit hole that is DIY, you know that it takes a little more than just melting wax and placing wicks. After spending your Saturday (or Wednesday at work – we won’t tell) on Pinterest and day-dreaming of handmade, natural products, you’re probably looking for a DIY alternative.

Put down the iPad, step away from the mason jars and meet 1801 handcrafted.

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1801 handcrafted candles at the South Buffalo Farmers Market

In early 2015 Adam and Bridget Kern, owners and masterminds behind local t-shirt and printing company My Buffalo Shirt, decided to turn a hobby into a second blossoming business. The name, 1801 handcrafted, like it’s sister company has ties to it’s birthplace. 1801 refers to the year Buffalo was founded, handcrafted refers to the method used to produce of their line of products – handmade, housemade, small batch. Just the way we like it.

The line consists of soy candles, soy melts, rustic signs and soaps. Candles come in 20 different scents and two sizes, ranging in price from $10-$20. 1801 handcrafted’s candles are made with 100% natural soy.

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1801 handcrafted’s Florida Keys candle

Some of Buffalo’s favorite summer scents include “Spring Cleaning” and “Florida Keys” which smells mouth-wateringly similar to a delicious Key Lime Pie. Other scents include Backyard Campfire, City of Light, Fresh Baked, Sweet Tart and Wine & Roses. The best feature of the candles is their impressive fragrance throw. Even when a candle isn’t lit you’re able to enjoy the scent.

In addition to candles, 1801 crafts all natural 5oz bars of soap. They’re made using various oils and additives and are available in seven different scents for $6 – $7 each. My favorite is Roaming Buffalo “Bacon Jam” for obvious reasons. Other scents include Lavender Vanilla, Spent Grain Beer (!) and Lemon Hop. Clearly 1801 handcrafted’s website should be your go to stop for a thoughtful, local and smelly birthday/Christmas/Father’s Day gift in the future. Your Dad may not know he needs Spent Grain Beer scented soap, but he does.

Last but not least, 1801 offers rustic wood signs which have proven to be extremely popular at recent farmers markets and pop-up shops.

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1801 handcrafted at the South Buffalo Farmers Market

This summer 1801 handcrafted can be found at the West Seneca Farmers Market on Thursday nights at the corner of Union Rd and Main St from 4-7:30pm and the South Buffalo Farmers Market on Sunday mornings in Cazenovia Park from 9am – 1pm. They’ll be at the Erie County Fair and other craft shows throughout the summer. Products can also be found in a few local stores such as Bay-6 Buffalo Clothing Co., Park Edge Sweet Shoppe & Head Over Heels as well as online at

To learn more about 1801 handcrafted visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!



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