A young 30 year old entrepreneur, Andria operates her business, Candles by Scentaholics, started in 2019, focusing on hand-poured soy candles, wax melts, car perfumes and LipBee lip products. These are all made in small batches, with love, in Boerne.
1. How did you get into this business?
I have always been a “Scentaholic”. I would spend most of my time in stores down the candle isles looking for wax melts and candles, not only for my home but as gifts for others, so it just clicked and I thought to myself, “Hey I should just make my own” to save on money. Quickly, after doing my research, that’s exactly what I did. This has the benefit of really helping my family, too. At first it was more of a hobby, but then family members and friends were interested and in love with the products, so my drive to do this grew very quickly. Ten candles became 20, and 20 became 60… and now I now have over 25 fragrances in candles, and I am totally into the whole “clean products” thing. It has improved my breathing, my son’s allergies, and the way we feel in general. We expanded from candles and wax melts to car perfumes and lip products.
2. What makes your candles different than most others?
Honestly, there are so many amazing candle makers out there, but soy candles give a nice, clean, no-waste burn with ZERO toxins. We have a large selection of high quality products, made in our home and poured in small batches with a great AFFORDABLE price. We ship and offer free delivery up to 30 miles out of Boerne!
3. How has 2020 been for your business? How have you persevered?
2020 has been a long year for all of us business owners. As long as we all continue to work hard and do what we love, we will come out of this stronger than ever. Because this is my first year in business, I was very concerned. COVID has certainly impacted everyone. In my case, my candle business has done really great. I’m rocking it and looking forward to 2021!
4. How can people come sample your products?
I am currently located in 3 venues in the surrounding area: Bandera General Store, Bandera Tx; Stuff and More, Comfort, Tx; and Bees Wellness Cafe in San Antonio. I also attend local markets every week. Please follow us on social media FB@Candlesbyscentaholics or instagram@ Candlesby.scentaholics The dates and locations of all the markets I attend are listed there.
5. What’s next for your business? Growth plans?
Next for our business are NEW PRODUCTS and NEW FRAGRANCES. One dream is to have a physical/brick-and-mortar location — and I’ve even toyed with the idea of making it a mobile business. My best dream is that I’d love to bring love and light into everyone’s home.
6. Anything you’d like to say to the women of Kendall County?
Do what you love in life! I’ve owned a few businesses over the years and haven’t always been happy in my line of work. Now that I’m doing what I love, I feel free and happy. I do work very hard, but I’m doing what I love, which makes it worth it!