meet ronnie of oak 84 candles
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
I'm Ronnie. I'm from a small town in South Carolina. I recently got engaged to my fiance, John Michael and we currently reside in Hartsville, SC. I've lived in many places over the last years including New England, Philadelphia and New York City. Life and fate brought me back home to SC to be closer to family and to meet my soulmate.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
I make hand-poured soy candles using 100% pure soy wax grown from US farmers. I use premium fragrance that are also infused with natural essential oils. My fiance has been super supportive and also helps out as business has picked up a bit lately!
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I've always been obsessesd with fragrances and scented candles and also wanted to create a line of home fragrances for quite sometime now. I once hand-poured 50 candles for the opening of an art gallery opening in Philly and we sold the entire batch that night. I knew then I had "the nose" for it as I call it.
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
Oak 84 candles are the best because I use only the finest soy wax, eco friendly wicks and best fragrance oils on the market. Each candle is personally hand-poured by me or my fiance making each one a little unique. I've tested dozens of fragrance oils and narrowed them down to the ones I thought were the best. The jars I use are also reusuable. After the candle has burned down, you can easily clean the wax out and reuse them as terrariums, coffee canisters or whatever you'd like.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE.
I work right out of my tiny kitchen at the moment. So it's me, my stove and counter space. Add my fiance, John Michael and our Great Dane, Tiny, into the mix and it can get a little nuts sometimes! I just recently turned our dining room table into a workspace where I put each candle to rest while the soy wax hardens.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
We just launched online at Oak84Candles.com. We're currently carried at 3 boutiques here in South Carolina. De Baz, here in Hartsville was the first to pick us up then Sweetgrass Artisan Market in my hometown of Elloree, SC. Also, The Mooing Elephant is owned by an old friend of mine from grade school so she now carries the line including our soy wax melts.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
I'm originally from SC. I've literally lived everywhere though! Hartsville, SC is where I currently call home. My fiance & I love it here!
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
I'm really excited, and flattered, so many people have taken such interest in Oak 84. I get pictures almost daily from customers burning their candles, telling me how much they love them! So that makes me excited! It makes me so happy to see other people happy that I've created something they enjoy so much.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
It would probably learning to knit. My friends have made my hats and scarves for my birthday and Christmas presents and I really wanted to learn. A dear friend of mine owned a yarn store right across from my old apartment in Philly and I never asked for a knitting lesson. How sad is that? There's still time though I suppose!
COFFEE OR TEA?
Coffee, hands down! It's the first thing I put on when my feet hit the floor in the morning.
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
I'm a night owl. I'll be up most nights pouring candles or researching things online for marketing ideas, packaging, etc.
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
I usually have a random playlist on. It could be anything from Sia to 80's classics. Lately it's been the soundtrack to the movie "The Greatest Showman". Loved the movie and the soundtrack is amazing!
SHARE 5 FUN FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF.
- I worked backstage at New York Fashion Week. Twice.
- I have 7 year old twin siblings. I'm 33 so a big age gap but they're so adorable and I've loved watching them grow up!
- I've gone skydiving once and want to go again!
- I've lived in 4 states over the last 10 years. Philadelphia was my favorite city to live in!
- I can devour a dozen donuts in 20 minutes. True story.