Witch City Wicks Oddities Collection Candle in Rosewood Musk

Tell us about yourself and the origin behind Witch City Wicks.

Witch City Wicks basically started by accident! I had a fairly long career as a digital graphic designer in advertising and marketing. I spent lots of long hours working in front of a monitor and was looking for something creative to do that didn’t involve the computer. I’ve had a long love for candles and decided to give it a try. Before I knew it, I had so many that I started to give them away to family & friends. One got into the hands of a local shop owner and the rest is history!

What first drew you to Salem and how has it inspired and shaped your brand?

I lived in the downtown Boston area for many years. The ad agency I was working for was located north of Boston, just a few towns away from Salem. I was looking for a new place to live and Salem just seemed to pull me in. While apartment hunting I just fell in love with the charm of the city. It felt “right” to me and I just knew that I needed to live here. That was almost 9 years ago. Since then, I’ve gotten married (my wedding was in Salem), we bought a house here and now we’re bringing up our two children here. This is home.

What are some of your favorite scents to utilize in your work?

I find I prefer the more natural, herbal fragrances. I’m not a fan of scents that are too flowery or fruity, but I do like green herbal scents (rosemary and basil), spices (cinnamon and clove) and hearty scents like lavender and sandalwood.

What inspires you most during your creative process?

I’ve never really been a conventional person. My experiences with art, music and especially living in Salem has put me on the path to where I am today. I realized early in the process of candle making that candle packaging was just as important as the scent. I wanted to make candles that become part of people’s home décor, not just hidden away in the background.

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