Ann Applegate has loved candles and their scents since she wasy very young. “There’s just something about making your home smell wonderful,” she says. “Fragrances can take you back to a place in your past with just the first smell….walking in the door at Mammaw’s to smell her apple pie baking….helping Mom make her cinnamon candy at Christmas time, and even fresh cut grass takes me back to Dad mowing the lawn on a Saturday afternoon.”
Yeah, man. Scent does that for us. Plus, who doesn’t love for their home to smell yummy?
Many years ago, Ann signed up with a direct sales company and sold their products for almost five years. She enjoyed it, but like so many of us, she finally realized she would rather be doing all that hard work for her own products.
And her candles are worth the work. Just don’t eat them. Ann tells us, “I had some cupcake candles at one of my events that smelled just like birthday cake. A little girl about 3 years old came up to my booth, grabbed a candle, and took a bit bite. She never said a word, but her face was priceless–it was one of those, ‘Lady, you don’t know how to make cupcakes.'”
We almost would have paid money to see that. But if Ann’s scents can fool a kid in trying to eat a candle, we want those scents in our houses.
Ann’s individual wax melts are perfect for the customer who wants to mix up scents rather than use an entire clamshell of the same scent. And since her customers love her wax melts, she sells both the individuals and the clamshells.
She’s cool like that.
Personally, we’re pretty pumped about the Renewable Car Star Air Freshener. Because how annoying it is that most car fresheners quit working quickly? Wouldn’t it be awesome to have one you could renew?
Nana’s Aromas candles, fresheners, and melts come in scents like Apples & Maple Bourbon, Blueberry Cheesecake, Buttery Gingerbread, Cedar Chest, and Fresh Laundry. And if for some reason none of those appeal, there are lots more to choose from.
Though she admits she has days when it feels like there aren’t enough hours, running her own business has helped her in many ways. “Most people probably don’t understand this,” she says, “but I’m not the most outgoing person. I have to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and socialize.”
Nothing like running your own business to push you out of the ol’ comfort zone.
You can follow Nana’s Aromas on Facebook, but it’ll be way more fun to help us make Ann get all awkward and outgoing at the Market on May 11 & 12.
See you there!