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Life & Work with Tammy Gann

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tammy Gann.

Hi Tammy, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started French Candle co. for my love of candles. When I was in a small little village in Holland, I came across a small candle shop. This shop was one of the oldest family-owned candle shops in Holland. This shop hand-poured and hand-dipped all of their candles.

Fascinated by the beautifully handcrafted candles, I asked many questions and it was in this small elegant shop, I began to learn all the secrets of candle making. When I returned home, I began the art of candle making for my friend and family.

This is something that I take great pride in and only the finest natural ingredients go into my candles, including my passion.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Candles can be a tricky business. I first started with cotton wicks and then discover that I wanted to give my customers something more than just your typical candle experience, I wanted my customers to have a mood experience, something that was exciting, romantic, or a conversation starter! The kind of candle that you don’t just lite, but one you want to stay in the room with. After looking for a new alternative, I discover wooden wick candles. This was the exact experience I wanted my customers to have, wicks that crackled and sounded like you just lit a fire. I also wanted my candles to be safe for the environment and safe for you. I quickly discovered that wooden wicks were challenging due to the flame staying lit. After many failed candles, I finally came up with the perfect candle formula! Now our light shines bright and doesn’t burn out until you blow it out. The other challenge I had was marketing. With so many candles on the market, I knew this would be challenging. I quickly learned that we needed something that was going to stand out, so I started making candles that were geared toward seasons and that has been the key to our success. Facebook and Instagram have been where I get most of my customers. I take all the photos myself and do all of the design from the boxes to the website.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a candle creator. I started French Candle co. for my love of candles. I wanted candles that created a mood and an experience. Something safe for the environment and your health. This is why my candles are all 100% toxin-free and have a healthy blend of soy wax. We are all about hand-poured scented candles. I have chosen soy wax from soybeans because it is clean-burning, toxin-free, and has the capacity to last longer. We strive to create earth-friendly products. The wooden wicks create a totally different candle experience since they produce a pleasant sizzling burning experience.

Our candles are gluten-free, toxin-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free and they come from renewable sources. All of our candles are hand-poured and made to order.

I strive to keep things eco-friendly and different. We are different from most candle companies because we want to have candles that don’t create that nasty soot, this is not only bad for the environment that you live in but bad for your lungs. Our scents are made with a collection of unique, sophisticated, and blended fragrances to arouse your senses. We use wooden wicks that produce a beautiful crackling sound and will give you a clean burning experience. All our candles are made with a healthy blend of 100% soy candle wax with no additives or dyes. Our waxes are gluten-free, toxin-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and come from renewable sources. The entire blend utilizes only FDA-approved waxes. We also hand-pour all of our candles!

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Well, I don’t believe in luck, I believe in hard work! I feel that if you want to be successful, you work towards it and ask everyone you know questions. We all make choices in life some are good and some are not so good. It is what we do with our experiences that make all the difference.

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  • 26.00 to 76.00

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Tammy Gann Photography

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