Katie Cook is the talented maker behind Cambium Candles. She is the first maker of our Business Spotlight – a series interviewing makers and designers who use and love our products. And the feeling is mutual! We immediately fell in love with the classically delightful scents and the high-quality ingredients each candle possesses. With non-GMO soy wax and no added dye, you know you are getting the purest experience a candle can give. Like Evermine, Cambium started in the beautiful city of Portland and is sold at select independent shops. If you’re not in Portland, no worries! You can purchase Cambium Candles on their Etsy shop.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Katie Cook, I am a stay-at-home mom and run a couple small businesses from home as well. I love the outdoors and being with my family.
How did Cambium Candles come about?
I have always loved candles and I started making them when I was pregnant with my first child. I wanted to create a candle that was cleanburning smoke free and dye free, using NON-GMO soy wax fragranced only by steam distilled essential oils. I gifted family and friends my candles for the holidays and they pushed me to begin selling them locally in Portland. They are sold at Tender Loving Empire, (all locations) Three Dots and a Dash on Hawthorne Boulevard and on Etsy! I received many inquiries on creating a candle with a premium fragrance that was free of harmful phthalates, so I did. My fragrance candles have a Black label, my essential oils only candles have a kraft paper label.
Best sellers Essential oils only – Spanish Lavender, Bergamot and Sweet Basil, Sweet Orange and Clove, Pink Grapefruit and Rosemary and Lemon Verbena.
Best Sellers Fragrance – Apple Cinnamon, Juniper, Amber and Oak, Sandalwood, Basil and Lime
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business?
Push yourself to create something you feel passionate about.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your candles and the scents you use?
I experiment with scents and infusing scents together a lot, I only use the ones that I truly enjoy.
How has your business changed throughout the years?
I am always learning!
I use Evermine because:
I use Evermine because they are local, easy to work with, do great work consistently, and their pricing is very fair!
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