Market Chat - Contagious Candles
Who is Contagious Candles?
“Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory”
When you encounter a familiar smell from the past a wave of memories can wash over you, leaving you filled with nostalgia. Imagine creating a scent for someone close to you or for a childhood place you love. Where would you even start? How would you ensure that fragrance is tied to those beloved memories and emotions? Tracey is Contagious Candles and this is what she has been doing for 15 years! She draws from positive emotional experiences to create aromas that depict memories and entices those feelings from you. She creates candles that take you to singing by the fire with your friends, sipping espresso in a cafe in Central America, or eating a slice of mom's freshly baked apple pie. On top of that, Tracey can customize her scents for any person, place or thing. When she creates customized fragrances for individuals she is inspired by their core personality and what they love. These candles are artistically done with purpose to bring out memories and feelings you love most. This is what she calls “hygge”, a Danish and Norwegian term to describe the simultaneous feelings of comfort, courage, and a sense of coziness. It offers inspiration from how we dress and decorate to how we live. Hygge is a core ingredient in every Contagious Candle.
Candles have always been entwined with Tracey’s life. Growing up, her family would go on road trips and vacations. While on the road they would stop in small pretty tourist towns like the ones we know and love here in South Georigan Bay. They would often stop in gift shops and this is where her love of candles began to grow. People close to Tracey know her love of candles and thus at birthdays and holidays, she often receives them as a gift. In return, she loves gifting candles and finding the perfect scent for that recipient. However, there were times she could not find the candle with the right aroma, it was too fragrant, or just not adequate.
This is what sparked the curiosity in Tracey to start making her own candles. Keep in mind folks, this started 15 years ago. Finding resources to make candles looked a lot different. YouTube and Google were relatively new so Tracey did her research the old fashioned way. She reached out to mentor candle makers and relied on books to perfect the Contagious candle making process over three years. Tracey started making candles with paraffin wax but was not happy with the final product. Soy wax was just emerging in the candle market and so she decided to try it. Amazon was not a thing either and she had to find her own source from here in Ontario. To this day, Tracey continues to use this local supplier which is another part of sustainability that Georgian Bay Marketplace applauds.
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