BrownFox enjoys the power of scents and the way it creates a feeling of love. Candle shopping has become our new obsession and we’ve discovered a brand (Love Notes) that produces each candle with a whole lot of lovin’ that’ll capture you through every sensual blend. We chatted it up with Nya Kam, the maker herself and got a chance to get to know more about her, how she got started and why she's chosen the holistic route.
1)So what inspired you to create candles?
Coming home from work, from an industry that can be a tad taxing on me mentally, I found myself in a routine that allowed me to decompress. My routine would be first turning on the radio (preferably an R&B station). Next, slipping into something more comfortable and then lighting up my candles situated in my living room and bedroom. That was my routine. Something about lighting a candle and watching the calming flicker of the flame would just captivate me. I got inspired to create candles from a past relationship. When you are in a good relationship(s) (at work, with friends, or romantic), you can be moved to do things that you would have never imagined. When you can create something, and then put your own art form on display, it truly is gratifying. Being able to experiment which scents to mix became fun to do. Coming from a background in the fashion industry; quality, design, and creativity was something that I learned. This was translated into my own art form in candle making.
2) We actually own a few of your candles and love the infusion of scents you've created. Tell us more about your process when producing these scents?
Thank you, I appreciate that. It’s interesting you mention the fusion. There is fusion in everything today. I think it has just become an evolution. When I make my candles, my creativity is in the mixture of scents. Today’s customer is more sophisticated. He/She wants unique- not the typical. I wanted to offer that with my candles.
3) Why the name "Love Notes"? And do those lips (on your logo) have a symbolic meaning?
The name Love Notes was created because I am a little bit of a romantic thinker and I appreciate romance. The man I was with at the time was a bit of a romantic too. His way of showing romance was through his words, a card, a poem, or a letter. When you receive a love note, letter, text or emoji, it creates a mood – usually a place that makes you feel good. That is what I wanted for someone who purchased a Love Note candle. Love Notes Candles was created to be an eco friendly scented candle but the name was truly meant to be in line with what I wanted my consumers to be in - a happy space.
The lips, Ha! I always get asked if those are my lips. They’re not. The lips have a meaning that each “love note” should be sealed with a kiss, but I wanted this logo to reach the customer who personifies beauty, fashion, and sass.
4) We really dig this holistic approach in terms of the ingredients you use. Does this alter in the way we smell the candles fragrance?
Yes, I wanted to offer an eco friendly quality candle. So yes, each Love Notes candle is made with soy wax, the jars are recyclable, and the wicks are cotton/ lead free. I chose this formula because we need to be concerned about what we place in our homes, just as we are concerned about what foods we eat and what products we put on our bodies. Shouldn’t we also care about our home environment – our place of solitude and privacy? After research, the fragrances that I select and blend are specifically for soy wax, therefore, the scents are NOT altered.
5)So, what sets Love Notes apart from other candle brands?
What sets Love Notes apart is that all of our candles are individually hand poured. I create the scents, pour and package each container. What also sets Love Notes apart is the eco and vegan friendly make up we use – recyclable glass jars, cotton lead free wicks and soy wax.
6)Do you have a favorite candle, and if so, what makes it your fav?
I love all of them (chuckles) but I have 2 favorites. It would be Love Note #77 and Love Note #2. These were 2 scents that I started with and until this day, they seem to also be my customers fav’s too.
7) How can one purchase one of your candles?
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