The Vintage Pantry Company also carries a large selection of scents from my collections. Be sure to check out their shop!
This scent was created especially for my dear friends at The Vintage Pantry Company, a mother-daughter business in Wilmington, Delaware. Their love of vintage pieces and the appreciation of how unique finds not only style a home but tell a story, is what connected us from the start. Their shop is beautifully curated, and perfectly cozy.
I love visiting their shop, not just for the fun finds but also to see how much they support fellow small businesses and artisans. In addition to carrying my candles, they also offer a variety of items handcrafted with love by local and regional artists.
For both the Vintage Pantry gals and myself, this scent captures the comfort of heirlooms, the thrill and the magic of new discoveries, and the softness felt from sharing stories.
These scents were created especially for my dear friends at Bodhi Counseling and Healing, a mental health practice in North East, Maryland. As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I know first-hand the value of therapy and the importance of taking the journey to healing. At Bodhi, an open environment is created to exchange ideas, help alleviate stress, and promote personal growth.
There are four scents in this custom collection: AWAKENING, BALANCE, CLARITY, and SACRED SPACES - the first three embodying what Bodhi founder Jesse Fairchild and Bodhi Clinician Nicole Nimmons describe as the “ABC’s of healing.”
“The name Bodhi is a Sanskrit word which has no direct English translation, but is often associated with Enlightenment. More accurately it means to awaken to what already existed. In my mind [these scents] smell like that…like something you already knew, but forgot about. Like a remembering of sorts.”
- Jesse Fairchild, LCPC, founder of Bodhi
The journey of healing has its challenges but is incredibly rewarding. Fairchild describes the goals of this journey, as seen in the work of her practice:
“It is within this compassionate and caring alliance that clients are able to begin healing. Healing not only addresses the current issue, but serves to apply knowledge gained to new situations as they arise. The goal is not curing illness, but healing emotional pain. Healing can transform pain into something great, something life-changing in a positive way. We often perceive situations as painful or difficult without appreciating that it is these very situations that lead to compassion and strength. Only by confronting and reflecting on the challenges inherent in moments of pain can we truly grow and become something better than we were before the challenge.”
These scents encompass the pivotal points in a person’s journey of healing:
AWAKENING - transition from the darkness of pain to the light of hope
BALANCE - self-discovery and (re)establishing one’s footing
CLARITY - healthy outlook
SACRED SPACES is a compliment to the scents of this journey and something of a capstone to this custom collection, capturing the strength and comfort found in the meditative moments of healing.
Visiting the family founded and operated shop in Havre de Grace, Maryland, is like walking into a space suspended in time. The synchronous tick-tock and chiming of antique pieces in the foyer are in harmonious melodic measure with the careful and precise tinkering of the workshop, which is located just beyond a partial partition allowing visitors a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes magic.
The experience, and privilege, of visiting is made complete when you take in the distinct smells around you - wood, amber varnish, lacquer, leather, and steel. When visiting, you can’t help but feel nostalgic, for those memories and moments that have transcended the unconscious mind to appear before you and bring a smile to your face.
The shop is located just off the main streets of historic Havre de Grace, Maryland. Founder and owner John Stephens and his crew of craftsmen focus on the repair and restoration of antique timepieces, building thoughtful and meaningful relationships through their work. Their customers are more like family - sharing appreciation for the artistry of these pieces, and sharing joy in the stories that these pieces hold.