Oh hey there! Let’s talk shop. Sometimes it’s the coolest thing being a one person team. Decision making is efficient, schedule is flexible as can be & no one gives me side eye for wearing the same black shirt & black yoga pants two days in a row. But it can be so, so tough too. Last month was difficult for me on an emotional level so I did very little to move Lulumière forward. Grief was following me around & in my experience, that sucker won’t let up until you stare at it in the face. I saw something on social media which kind of freed me to embrace my emotions, “Grief is just love with nowhere to go.” I probably don’t fully understand that or maybe even believe all of what that means, but seeing grief as a form of love really resonated with me.
Is this what you wanted to hear about candles? Ha! Probably not. But even those are personal for me, the roots of why I pour, how it is my gift & my therapy. So really, it’s all connected.
Anyhow, without a team to work with, it’s been quiet here.
But that’s ok. Giving myself space & freedom to embrace stillness is one of the things I’ll always be working on. Now to do that while working might be the next step for me. If you have thoughts or ideas on that, I’d love to hear from you.
These days, I’m back to pants with real buttons, taking photos and my Etsy shop has finally been updated! It includes the new lovely Rose & Juniper candles but also all of the best sellers from the past few shows.
I’m back, ya’ll!
I’ve been wanting to include a floral into the 100% essential oil line for some time now. Rose had to be it. The challenge came in trying to pair & enhance its sweet, subtle, complex notes. Should I complement it with another flower like ylang ylang or geranium? How would it work with something spicy like cardamom? In the end, I decided to give it a nice woody, musky base.
Welcome, Rose & Juniper. The base is juniper berry, which isn’t at all a berry but more of a conifer like the cypress tree. Its aroma is slightly sweet like balsamic with an overall clean, woody fragrance. The middle notes come from an addition of petitgrain. I’ll save you the googles by describing petitgrain as coming from the leaves & twigs of the bitter orange tree. As a side note, the intoxicating neroli is produced from the orange blossoms of the same tree. Finally, the finish is the lingering classic, true rose.
This candle wants to be lit next to a soaking bathtub or on a nightstand in a bedroom. It’s light & perfectly lovely. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Wow, it’s January!
2017 was a lot. Beautiful, gross, breathtaking, embarrassing, surprising, productive, disappointing, encouraging, magical. Not sure if you can relate. Mostly the good things, but some of that other stuff too.
While I’m not particularly into making resolutions based on the calendar, I am totally into the idea of a fresh start & deep breaths…
Cheers to you, friend. May your 2018 be filled with all good things.
That’s pretty much it for this year! I could probably sum up 2017 with that one emoji that has a stupid happy grin and a drop of sweat on the forehead, but nah.
Let’s recap. While there were some low points this year, they were overshadowed by all of the surprises that turned out to be awesome. I learned tons. About myself – what I’m good at (meeting people though I’m a total introvert) & what I’m not so great at (inventory & graphic design, I hate you.) About business – apparently time actually is money. About candles – keep trusting my nose. And about my customers – they are fantastically loyal!
I made more candles than ever, gleaning lots from pouring, pouring, pouring. The intensity of fall craft shows helped me see where some of my processes could be more efficient. So I’ve already rearranged the little studio in preparation for next year. I’m excited!
What else is in store for 2018? Well, I want to get more Lulumiére candles out into the wild. I’ll be working with local stores so that you don’t have to necessarily go into downtown Seattle to get that last minute gift. I know it can be a challenge to leave the burbs on a whim. If you have a favorite local gift shop, I’d love to hear about it!
I also have some new scents coming down the line. One of them is ready to go but I’ll be asking your thoughts on scent profiles or types of vessels that you think are missing from the collection.
Wow, you guys have lots to do for next year! Get crackin! (And thank you, once again.)
Before I get into it, please note that my entire Etsy shop is 30% for the next few days! It starts today, Cyber Monday, and runs through this Thursday 11/30. Happy shopping!
Ok first off, thanks to everyone for stopping by to see me at the last few events. It’s been a whirlwind but I feel like I can finally catch my breath now.
Ayame Kai: The best because everyone in the community is happy to see each other there. I don’t know of a friendlier shopping atmosphere. I can hear you shoppers stop each other in the hustle & bustle to say hello, give a hug & tell each other just how “genki” you look. Love that. I also recognize many of your faces now that come back year after year to this special handmade show. That makes my heart full.
Vendor Splendor: My high school alma mater’s Small Business Saturday event. Even though the physical building I attended is now landfill for the Costco that now sits on top of it, I still love going back… to the new building I never attended. Anyway, you all are so cute in your Royals gear. Stay classy, Lynnwood!
The Seattle Collective: My first time at this event and it was way hipper than I will ever be. Not at all pretentious or snobby. Just totally laid back Seattle vibes with awesomely curated studios. Now, I must share all of the goodies I happily bought:
- Alexandra’s Macarons – I tried to buy a box of 6 before she was even set up. What? I’m not a glutton. She sells these amazing things out of her minibus. Too cute.
- Metamorphic Gear – I got an sweet toiletry bag from him. Mostly upcycled materials like climbing ropes, sails & more. Nice hardware. Super cool.
- Apartment on Belmont – They were my booth neighbors. Loved chatting candles, business & racoons. Got this card but should have bought a dozen more. Her face is so good. I’m sure I have something rad to say to someone.
- Slate Coffee – We were really lucky to have these guys artfully pouring coffee for us right on the spot. I tried two blends and they were both delightful. Their coffee even made my bland breakfast bar sing. No easy feat.
- Mustard & Co – Might I recommend the Garlic Dill and the Black Truffle mustards? I got them both. So good! Mustard > ketchup.
- Honeyberry Studios – Her cards & prints are as lovely as she is. She also teaches classes! If you want to go, let me know & I’ll go with you! I got the rooster card for my aunt. But don’t tell her, it’s a surprise.
Last night I had the privilege of joining the awesome crew over at Bellevue Square Pottery Barn for an evening of candle making, team building, charity & delicious refreshments. It was my first candle making class ever, so I might have been a little bit nervous. But right away, I could sense that everyone was there for a good time. Pressure was off – phew!
The store associates each brought three vessels to candelize. (That needs to be a word.) One candle to take home and two to be sold with 100% of the proceeds benefiting St.Judes Children’s Research Hospital.
I must admit, this time of year might not be ideal for me to be hosting a class as it’s a busy time for candles… but they totally had me at St.Jude’s. As a mother & as a human being, my heart goes out to all those providing for children who need extra medical care.
Though I was there for a short amount of time, it was a blast getting to know some of the guests. That’s Trish on the left. She is hilarious & she gets things done. In the middle is the store manager, Louisa. She’s incredibly warm & engaging. Then on the right, that’s British Liz. She’s everything absolutely wonderful a British Liz ought to be.
We had all manner of shapes, materials & sizes of vessels to play with. Look at these beauties that this sweet gal brought in. The associates each picked a scent for their set of candles and signed gift tags with their name on it as the maker. These were truly poured with love & goodwill. I’m honored that I could be a part of this lovely occasion.
Is she going to talk about her personal self confidence? Maybe. Or is she referring to free promotional material. Yes, that too.
I was really honored to be part of a few custom corporate projects this fall. One of them was to develop a signature scent for a local line of boutiques. I worked directly with the founder, Malika Siddiq, to come up with a distinctly sophisticated candle.
Tomorrow, Lika Love will be opening their third boutique shop in lower Queen Anne. (They’ve got one location in West Seattle and another in Madison Valley. Both amazing shoppes in beautiful locations!) To celebrate, we will be launching the Lika Love Signature candle in all three stores. And to share the love, the Queen Anne store will be giving away some pretty substantial swag bags. These Lulumiére 4 oz candle tins will be included & I couldn’t be more excited! Come on over, if you can. I’ll be there and would love to say hello. ❤️
Lika Love Queen Anne: 535 Warren Ave N
If you live in the greater Seattle area, you are IN AWE of how gorgeous it is these days. It’s sunny. The skies are blue. Down jackets are not needed for most of the day. And the colors on the trees are ridiculous. Enjoy it, breathe it, take it all in. And then put these dates in on your phone because you are really curious about the new candle scents going on & you want to/must/should sniff them in person.
One thing I am loving about this lineup is that some of these events benefit people near & dear to me. Kids + old people. I love those age groups and find that I am part kid & part grandma inside my heart. If I could just add dogs to the mix, I’d be all set. Maybe next year.
Many essential oils tend to run on the cool side of the scent spectrum (think peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree) and we love that. For fall, however, we are all about the cozy, soft & warm! It’s like that “hygge” movement that is everywhere. Which I totally get, but still don’t know how to pronounce.
I really think you’ll love my newest creation – Chai Spice + Vanilla. We’ve got some warm, creamy vanilla as the base. Then I basically used a recipe for chai to infuse those comforting spices into the candle. //Pro tip: chai means tea. So chai tea is saying tea tea. That’s probably not what you mean. Go pro by just calling it chai.
The chai portion of the candle has all the goodies. We’ve got essential oils of cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, clove & black pepper. So good! I’m pouring them up now & hope to have them available on Etsy by the end of the week.