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Armadilla Wax Works and Sibley's West: Boosting Arizona Businesses

Posted by John Wolfe on 15th Jul 2019

This is a series of posts spotlighting Arizona businesses that share their products with Sibley's West, as part of the "Small Business Boost" award efforts of 3TV/CBS 5, BNC National Bank, the Arizona Small Business Association and Cox Business.

From the first day Sibley's West opened in 2010, we have heard this comment from guests as they entered the store: "Ooh, it smells so nice."

Thank you, Armadilla Wax Works!

The Prescott candle factory was created by Denise Jenike and Kent Buttermann in 1971. The couple shared a love of crafts, candles, scents and auras.

Armadilla quickly became known for quality paraffin candles in pillars in a wide array of fragrances and colors. Desert Rain, Lavender, Pomegranate, Orange Cinnamon, to name a few.

One of their most popular lines is fragrance-layered candles, like Copper Canyon, in which they mix three scents -- Patchouli, Orange and Sandalwood. 

Kent and Denise also came up with some fun novelty candles, like a barrel cactus and a saguaro. Their cinnamon roll candles and tart candles create temptations.

You can see many of their creations as you enter Sibley's West. Denise was instrumental in designing our Armadilla Wax Works display.

Their  candles are the result of the evolution of ideas and experimentation. The wax tanks have changed to smaller, more portable rolling tanks that can be used for smaller batches of wax for floating candles' color changes.

All of their designs are original and all of the candles are poured in molds that the company has made.

"Everybody has a philosophy about their work -- about life," Kent says. "It often seems that it just comes down to something as simple as 'focus and simplify.'

"Our job has always been to make the best candles we know how so that they can do their job well -- burn clean and burn as long as possible."

About the name ... 

"You'll notice that we misspelled armadillo by changing the 'o' to an 'a,'" Kent says. "The reason is that one of the original members lived for a time in Texas and it seemed appropriate to use the Texas pronunciation. Plus we loved the music from The Armadillo World Headquarters!"

Thanks for being a part of Sibley's West from the beginning!

(Here's a video we did with Kent and Denise the week after we opened!)