This month we are so proud to have our line of candles included in the August issue of Oprah Magazine and to be featured on the O List. This month's issue focuses on products that are Made in the USA. To bring these candles to market, we worked for more than a year with an incredible team of people including: two friends and former colleagues of more than 15 years -- Maryellen Lapsansky, fragrance consultant, and Rhona Stokols, Symrise Fine Fragrance. Maryellen worked with me on the entire process from selecting a perfumery to developing the scents, and finding a US based and eco friendly manufacturer -- DPM Home Fragrance, based in Mississippi. Rhona believed in our project from the beginning and even though we were a new company, she championed our project and was a huge supporter of our vision.
I met both women early in my career when I was Director of Public Relations and Advertising for International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF), the world's largest flavor and fragrance company. Rhona worked with me at IFF for several years and Maryellen and I collaborated on many events and initiatives while she was at the Fragrance Foundation. At IFF, I met so many people that have become lifelong friends and have helped me profoundly with the development of my new company.
While at IFF, I learned about the creative process of fragrance, the skill and expertise of bringing an idea to life through scent and how to market a sensory product. It was very important to us that our candles be made in the U.S and support American jobs. Because of the support of Oprah Magazine, and CT based outlets such as Greenwich Magazine & CT Cottages & Gardens, who have also featured our candle line, we will be reordering our candles and providing further support of DPM fragrance, who is the last US company to still hand pour their candles (no machines here), each one is unique. Additionally, our candles are made with a soy wax blend giving them a clean burn, and are featured in a beautiful recycled glass container -- DPM employs more than 100 long term employees at their facility. A win, win for everyone involved.
When I walk through my store, I see the influence of each one of my jobs over the years and the numerous former colleagues who haved helped me bring my dream to life. You may not see them but they are there. Perfumers, designers, creative directors, product managers, public relations executives, marketing professionals, journalists, former clients, and more, each one a vital part of The Perfect Provenance. Being part of a creative community is food for my soul and getting to work with so many long term friends and former colleagues makes my job a pleasure. Over the coming months, I am going to give a shout out to these individuals through my blog and social media.
It was a creative and exciting process and we love each scent that we brought to life. Here is a description of each of the candles featured in the magazine. Check them out if you get a chance.
Sunshine Limone (Lemon Sunshine)
Symrise Perfumers Nathalie Benareau, Symrise