This world traveler was inspired by the fragrances she’s experienced in the 66 countries she visited, and transferred them to her candle collection, which actually she handmade in her kitchen before officially launching the Harlem Candle Company as a global brand.
Her scents are not only tantalizing, they have exciting names and memories attached to them. Take her Holiday candle, inspired by Billie Holiday, who grew up in Harlem. The candle has a pine note, paying plays homage to Holiday’s song “If The Moon Turns Green.”
TNJ: What prompted you to start the company?
Teri Johnson: I’ve been a huge consumer of luxury candles for a long time. I am also slightly obsessed with fragrance and used to experiment by making my own perfumes when I was a child. In 2010, I met an actual perfumer / chemist who has served as my mentor and who gave me fragrance oils to make my first few batches of candles. In 2012, I made about 50 candles and branded it, “La Maison de Bougie de Teri” (translation: Teri’s House of Candles) and gifted them to friends and family. They loved them and encouraged me to start a business, but to change the name because most people don’t understand French.
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