What inspires you about being a business owner?
WHAT WAS THE CATALYST FOR YOU TO OPEN YOUR BUSINESS?
My background and my first love is Modeling- I started my modeling career when I was 15 years old. Modeling was the beginning of everything for me- opened the doors and paved the way for so many opportunities for me- as someone who has struggled with self worth, depression and anxiety- Modeling was a saving grace in my journey. I’ve been published in over 16 different countries. I launched my candle business November 2019- I guess you could describe me as a model who makes candles. I’m an Artist in my own right. I love creating- I love self expression.
I would say the most important factor behind the success of my brand CandlesbyJay is the care, thought and intention that I put into each and every single candle. There is a purpose and deeper meaning behind every element I choose to incorporate- from the scents, colors, crystals, to my flowers, herbs etc. Not only are my products infused with so much love and energy- they are made with only the purest, high quality most natural ingredients. I am a huge advocate on products being environmentally friendly, sustainable and just healthier for our world and the people and animals that inhabit this world. I artisan hand pour and hand craft each and every candle individually. I do not machine produce anything. I think it gives my work that personal, sentimental touch that people love and appreciate. Before I started CandlesbyJay, I was one of those people (and I still am) just obsessed with candles. There was never a time when a candle was not lit in my home. I started doing research on what the average candle contains, hows it’s made etc. What I discovered shocked me. The most popular candles in the market are made with paraffin wax and fragrance oils filled with phthalates and other harmful and unnatural ingredients. I learned that paraffin wax candles give off similar fumes to that of diesel fuel. I believe that something so beautiful as a candle should not be tainted by such harsh chemicals and they shouldn’t be harmful to you or the environment at all.
All CandlesbyJay products are paraffin, paraban, phthalate, toxin free. I use 100% pure soy wax that is ethically sourced and renewable. You can enjoy the aesthetic of my candles, the scent of them, the ambiance you create with them- worry free. I’m a very spiritual person as well. I combine my love and knowledge of the metaphysical world and the many properties of crystals, flowers, herbs, plants and roots. I believe in magic, love and the well being of your mind, body, heart, spirit and soul. My candles are an extension of that- I have two different lines; my Original Scented Candles and my Ritual Intention Candles. My Crystal Ritual Intention Candles are made with the purpose of “Manifesting your Miracles”. I invite my customers to set intentions by visualizing and writing down what they wish to manifest in their life. They can meditate with my Ritual Candles, they can repeat their affirmations over their lit candle. Whatever resonates, I’m a firm believer in just raising your vibration and being the energy you wish to attract. There is so much power in the Universal Laws and how we can use them to create the lives we want to live while being close to source.
What is a struggle you overcame?
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE F0R BETTIES WHO MAY BE GOING THROUGH A SIMILAR SITUATION?
I’ve experienced many struggles in my life- personal, mental, financial dilemma’s etc. where I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and it would have been easy to give up. This may sound cliche but advice I can give is to keep going. Keep going no matter what. Maintain your faith, your hope. Nobody can take hope away from you. When there is a will- there is definitely a way and I believe the Universe is also conspiring on your behalf. Please always believe in Miracles even if your current situation is not ideal. I’m a believer in manifesting. I journal regularly. Everyday I focus on what I am grateful for and when I do that, my blessings tend to magnify and amplify. I see a therapist regularly, I have a great support system and people who love and support me unconditionally. Seeing a therapist was one of the best decisions of my life and I recommend therapy for everyone going through a hard time. At least try it. At the end of the time, hope goes a LONG way and if you can maintain a positive, healthy outlook- you are already winning. Don’t be afraid to ask for help either.
what is one way you enjoy taking care of yourself outside of your business?
If I could give a piece of advice to anyone on their Soulpreneur journey or otherwise- it would be to please practice Self Care and Healing. Loving yourself, honoring yourself and taking care of your body, mind, heart and soul are key to a successful mission. With care, everything else falls into place. I just want to inspire. No matter your background, no matter your past, no matter what head start you have or didn’t have- there is hope. Always. You are so loved, so deserving, so valued and there is more than enough abundance and space in this world that you can win too. That’s what I want people to take away from me and my work.
Mentally and physically I enjoy taking care of myself by keeping my body active. As I get older, I am beginning to appreciate nature more and more. Living in Colorado we have some gorgeous views and places to just get lost and appreciate nature. I try eating as healthy as possible while still enjoying the occasional ice cream, pizza etc. I believe in balance.
How do you currently help the local community?
It’s been a year now since I’ve had my business and I am always thinking about ways I can further help and support my community. I’ve been fortunate enough to provide support in the ways I can to women who need resources. I’ve been able to network and help support others along their healing journey. To be able to give back is such an honor.
what's a gift you would recommend from your shop?
My best selling candle is my Self Love and Healing Candle, Its a lavender and citrus scented candle adorned with Rose Quartz, roses, lavender and baby’s breath. Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love. It restores trust and harmony in relationships, encouraging unconditional love. Rose Quartz purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing and feelings of peace. I recommend this candle because everyone needs an extra ounce of Self Love and Healing.