One of my closest friends growing up had the “it” house.
Forget the underground pool and trampoline she had out in the backyard. Sure, I guess her hot pink Barbie house and unlimited supply of movies were pretty neat, too. Oh, and her bunk bed? Yeah, that was awesome for group slumber parties, but the thing I remember most was the smell.
Every day after school, we’d hop off the bus and cut in through the garage. As soon as that door swung open, it hit me like a brick wall. Sometimes it was sugary and sweet, while other times it was crisp like fresh laundry. My absolute favorite was the gingerbread plugin, though. Warm and yummy goodness flooded out of that little cookie, reminding me of the holiday season even when it was the dead of summer.
Long story short, I’m convinced this is where my obsession with candles stems from.
As soon as I get home from work, the first thing I do is light a couple … eh, or five. Seriously, our apartment is a fire hazard. I just can’t seem to shake the habit, though! It’s the look, it’s the sound, it’s the fragrance. It’s everything I need to unwind after a long day at the office, so you can imagine my delight when I found all of these magical traits combined into one.
Chandler Candle Company is a local brand here in Chicago run by David Peters. Last week, he was kind enough to invite me to his studio. It’s a beautiful brick walk-up located in River West, which also happens to serve as his operating facility. With front row views to the pouring process, it was evident that David only uses quality ingredients, complex fragrances, natural soy wax, and sleek vessels that can be reused over and over again.
I also learned something else. Chandler doesn’t stand for the city in Arizona like I initially thought, nor is it in memory of someone. Yes, I’m talking to you, Friends addicts. Instead, it means candle maker: an individual who brings warmth and comfort to those who need it most. In the brief amount of time I shared with David, it was clear to me that this is what roots his business above all else.
As I type this blog post and gaze upon my newfound collection of Chandler candles, I’m reminded of something very important; that even during my darkest hour, there is light. Head over to his website to find your own.