Q & A with Bella Vie Candles
Updated: Aug 3, 2020
Now more than ever is the time for American's to support their local businesses. Local businesses are made up of men and women who pour their heart and soul into their passion day in and day out. Today, I would like to introduce to you one of those local San Diego businesses who literally pours her heart and soul into each of her products, Shanon from Bella Vie Candles.
Shanon please introduce yourself and your business. Bella Vie Candles are locally sourced, long- lasting, and beautifully scented candles created by artisan and third-generation San Diegan, Shanon Valles Warfield. Bella Vie Candles feature custom blended fragrances and multiple notes giving them a unique complexity and richness, like nature herself. Hand crafted in San Diego, the aroma of each Bella Vie candle reminds us that life is, indeed, beautiful! Bella Vie Candles feature soy wax, non-toxic wicks, as well as sustainable packaging. Whether you are decorating your home with a favorite scent, or need that perfect gift.
When did you first start making candles and selling them? Did anyone show you the ropes?
About 6.5 years ago is when I first started making candles. I have always been a DIY person. I love candles, always have. I would spend hundreds on them. I thought, I can do this myself, so I bought myself a kit and made them as gifts for the holidays. I had a blast! I gave one of the candles as a gift to a high school friend, who mentioned she had a friend who was starting a farmers market. So, in 3 weeks I put a whole business together. The first farmers market I did, the US Grant hotel marketing director found me. So, I started doing three signature scents for their VIP customers. The rest is history. I'm self taught so it took a lot of patience and trial and error. I almost quite a couple of times.
What makes your product stand out from the rest?
I try to custom blend most of my candle scents. I try to create an experience for people. I want them to smile when they leave my store or booth.
What inspires you to create? What is your creative process?
Sometimes its a drink on a menu or a name or a vision I have thought up in my head.
Do you have any advice for someone who is starting out making candles either as a hobby or a business?
Passion, patience, character and most important integrity
What is your favorite scent or product you currently sell?
What do you love most about San Diego?
Is there anyone you would like to thank who has helped you along this journey?
My customers, they are amazing!
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Peace and love,