Before you read any further…
Unfurl your scrunched up eyebrows, release the tension in your clenched jaw, and take a deep breath. I bet you didn’t even notice your face was doing that.
This is the goal behind every soy candle my small hands pour in my home studio. Creative brains can often struggle with where to put their energy. A concept that rings true to me. However unstructured, I posses a variety of different elements that can ultimately develop something very unique. With a background in giftware, retail, photography, marketing, and most recently ‘making’, I may have found that one thing that encompasses all of me. And I discovered it in an uncomfortable period of personal darkness. Without darkness, there is no light, pretty sure I read that somewhere.
Everyone has their own form of release whether big or small and some too mundane to even notice. For me, lighting a candle after a trying day became my ritual. Something about the seductive notes and the subtle glow I would find restorative. As a young woman living with Lupus, I often need a small dose of relief however I can find it. After much thinking (by thinking, I mean staring at a burning candle for extended periods of time) I realized how symbolic candles are and perhaps other people feel the same way when lighting one. Candles are used in celebration, in despair, in prayer, and in relief. Therefore my creative brain ventured down a path unfamiliar with me and yet one in which I feel the most comfortable. I began Hudson Candle because I needed to find a job, and most jobs are simply not Lupus friendly - understandably so! My condition is predictably unpredictable. So I created a small area of my home into a candle hobby where I would dabble with a variety of techniques and fragrances. It simply made me feel good, and I wondered if my creation would allow others feel a certain way. A tiny spark can light many others - fast forward 8 months and my candles are now a thriving business!
Launched with only 6 scents, I was able to master the complexities and gain the confidence to add to the collection. While the original scents are all very meaningful and smell delightful, I am thrilled to announce the latest addition - a nod to my passion project you’re reading now - New England & Me. I wanted to develop a scent that takes you on a journey of what I have captured on this blog, my field notes from the northeast. I invite you to explore Hudson Candle’s - Field Notes candle and experience the essence of sitting around a campfire on a chilly night in the mountains or tucked into your sleeping bag on the rocky coast of Maine.
More intimately - I invite you to witness my personal journey coming together. www.hudsoncandle.com