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Check Out Ore Ishola’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ore Ishola. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Before 2020, I knew nothing about the curating of fragrances. My interest in business, however, led me to discover the power of scents in cancer therapies (aromatherapy), especially during the pandemic. Once I realized how much impact my discovery could have on people’s lives, it was almost as if a “light bulb” had gone off—and I knew that I had to begin my business. 

I spent countless hours learning everything I could about my craft and then shared my early creations with close friends and family. They gave me validation that I needed to put this out in the world, so I took the really nerve-wracking step of launching this business in November 2020. 

Since launching in 2020, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my products with hundreds of customers from all over the world. My products have been featured at life events such as weddings, bridal and baby showers, as well as other parties. I’ve also met many new friends while running this business! 

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Smooth? What is that? Where do they live? Haha. When I started my business, I was plagued by imposter syndrome. What I didn’t mention previously is that this isn’t my first stint at business. I used to cater for events and absolutely enjoyed it, but when that season was over, I needed to let it go. Starting another venture was so emotionally draining because I kept thinking about people’s opinions of me—the perception that I had failed previously and now needed to start something else was something I struggled with. 

To move forward, I had to let go of my doubts. I have an incredible support system. Both my family and close friends have validated this new venture in many ways than one. I also understood that this venture would give me the opportunity to be a part of something so much bigger than I am—a chance to provide healing and joy, one candle at a time. The more I kept thinking about all the possibilities (that’s the name of my favorite candle), the easier it was to let go of any lingering doubts that hunted me. 

The second challenge I faced were logistical. Although I began my business during the pandemic, there was a shortage of supplies. I was constantly out of items, and it felt like I had to keep pivoting because I was out of something I needed. Since this time, however, the situation has improved considerably, and I have found local options for most of the things I need! 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a proud chandler. I make candles with a soy and beeswax blend which is a lot safer than the paraffin/paraffin blends found on store shelves. I also use phthalate-free fragrances to ensure a really clean burn and also prevents those mysterious headaches that people sometimes experience when they burn candles. My signature on these candles, however, are the crackling wooden wicks! Some customers have provided feedback that because they can hear them, it’s subtle reminder to turn them off before they leave their homes or go to bed! I also had another client inform me that she loves them because she has a disability that prevents her from smelling things, but she loves the wicks because even though she can’t smell, she can hear them, and it’s just as soothing. 

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
The Standley Handcrafted channel on YouTube is actually amazing! I think I watched every video he had when I first started. They are so helpful and extremely detailed. Highly recommend for anyone who’d like to start this business. 

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