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November 6, 2015
November 6, 2015
In the spirit of celebrating local makers, we sat down with Detroit local, Deirdre Skiles, founder of Detroit Rose Candle Co., to discuss being a maker in Detroit, the meaning of success and her creative process. Detroit Rose Candle Co. specializes in the creation of hand-poured, all-natural candles made with natural vegan-soy wax and premium fragrance oils.
Read more about Deirdre and her creations below.
Where do you gain inspiration?
I tend to pull directly from my environment. Detroit is rich with inspiration. This fall has been really blustery and vibrant and kind of a melancholy vibe - so I've been playing with deeper scents like amber and myrrh. Right now, I'm working on a small line of perfume oils. I imagine the line being for this sophisticated, bohemian female archetype so anytime I encounter a woman who I think fits that mold - I tend to grill them on their scent preferences and personal style.
What’s the most rewarding part of your making process?
Playing with scents is definitely my favorite part of the process. I'm also obsessed with packaging right now. I'm not totally focused on aesthetic in my own life. I'm a throw on a pair of jeans and tee shirt, and maybe brush my hair, kind of girl. So it took me a minute to figure out how to dress my products. But now that I'm into it - I'm really into it.
How did you come up with Canfield Cedar (the special scent you crafted for Willys Detroit?)
A lot of trial and error. I think I made almost twenty different scents before I got it down to the final one. Willys was my first wholesale account and to this day only custom scent, so it has a very special place in my heart…to this day, it's one of my favorite candles. It's earthy and sweet and verdant.
How do you measure your own success? Do you set goals? Just gauge by how you feel?
Success is a complicated thing. Ideally, I think you can measure it in direct proportion to happiness. But I am extremely goal oriented, and sometimes those goals are lofty and they take time and I get impatient and frustrated. Success is about forward momentum. As long as I'm moving forward - I'm successful.
To purchase the special Canfield Cedar candle discussed here, visit Willys Detroit.