We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Chanthini Harrell-George a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Hi Chanthini , thanks for joining us today. How did you find your key vendor or vendors? Maybe you can share the backstory and share some context and the relevant details to help us understand why you chose them, why they chose you, etc.
Like most in the chandler field I ordered a kit online when I first started. It was simple and to the point however it did not give much info on how to buy in bulk, the components of the fragrance oils, differences in vessels and wicks. This lead me on the quest to find better more informative vendors with products that can point me in the right direction to become more educated as a candle maker.
Chanthini , love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I began my path as a artisan after trying a popular brands products and when burning their candles I would develop headaches and when using their skincare products it would irritated my skin. I decided to pay attention to ingredients and later learned how to make my own and on the later I started my journey to become an esthetician to help me further understand skin. My brand focuses on using phalanthlate free fragrances,natural ingredients and preservatives.
What’s been the best source of new clients for you?
Offering candle making classes has given my business a tremendous boost. Candles are the second or third most given gift during the holiday season. Giving people the opportunity to create their own candle with others whom love candles makes the experience even more enjoyable.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
The biggest lesson that I had to unlearn was thinking that I would be able to do everything myself and expect my business to continue to grow.