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.
I first met Nicole Palmer, owner of Nicole J Boutique in Middletown, Delaware, at an artisan market in Newark, Delaware. I was a vendor and she was there with her daughter Ellie. We had an instant connection. Nicole, also a mother and entrepreneur who has overcome a difficult past, demonstrates every single day to her family and friends that dreams are possible - because she hustles hard and she hustles with heart. She has an eye for beautiful clothes and accessories that are also comfortable - and affordable! - which makes her a real force in the fashion business. Not just the fashion business, but the people business - she’s incredibly down to earth and approaches the juggling of motherhood and running a successful small business with humor, honesty, lots of love, and effortless grace.
Creating a collection with her that encompasses the cornerstones of nearly every woman’s journey, and story, is something I’ll always be grateful for. We hope you enjoy these scents as much as we do!
Being a survivor of trauma, I understand and appreciate the value of guided healing.
HOPE is a custom scent that resulted from a serendipitous meeting I had with Christina Taylor, founder of Hope Rising Health Services, LLC (HRHS). Both of us knowing the critical role that hope plays in the journey of healing, we wanted to create a scent that captured the subtle force this sentiment holds in the face of everyday struggle and adversity.
At her practice, Christina and her clinicians aim is to help clients uncover their true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating—not an easy feat, especially when faced with the residual and lingering effects of trauma. Knowing that they cannot change difficult situations of the past, clinicians work with clients to better understand and resolve challenges. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, they unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding a client back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. They help clients discover, and hold fast to, hope.
Ever since meeting Diana Marvel, one of the owners of Farmhouse 302 in Milford, Delaware, we’ve had such a meaningful - and fun! - friendship. Like-minded and sharing similar southern sensibilities we can often understand and connect with each other without having to say all that much.
That was exactly the case when creating this custom scent. Homemade sweet tea was always something in our kitchens growing up, and something we continue with our families. It’s a staple of any southern table and an extension of southern hospitality—sharing kindness, love, and generosity of spirit.
During my time living in Washington, D.C., I made a lifelong friend named Amy Wike.
Her beautiful spirit, kind heart, and strength of character are matched by her incredible talent for capturing the simplicity and wonder in narrative illustration. Her work that appears on my site helps tell my story by capturing “chapters” or narrative headings. My story—the people, places, and experiences—is what inspires my collections. Some of her illustrations also appear on custom collaboration candles, helping to tell the story behind these scents.
Amy’s thoughtful and thought-provoking oeuvre extends past the page into the realm of fiber and site-specific art. She’s had solo shows and installations throughout the D.C. metro area, and still today she continues her love of knitting.