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Meet the maker!

Meet the maker!

There's something to be said about knowing where your products come from and the people behind them. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Fig & Fire!

Can the candlemaker please stand up?

Hi candle lovers! I wanted to introduce myself: I’m Karen and I’m the owner and maker at Fig & Fire. Each candle is handcrafted by yours truly! I love being able to personalize anything and everything to make it just how I like it. I feel a special connection to color and scent, so Fig & Fire has been a creative outlet that I'm passionate about. I am sentimental by nature, so I create candles with scents that have unique blends and which I connect with on a personal level. Scent and color both trigger memories and I like being surrounded by the things that make me happy. 

Why candles?

Fig & Fire was started to create safer candle options that don’t contain harmful ingredients. When I found out what was in some candles, I knew I wanted to make a candle that I didn't have to think twice about breathing. There’s a clean movement happening with a focus on reducing toxins - there’s clean makeup, clean wine, clean household cleaners, and I wanted to make clean candles. 

Tell me more!

A love of science and math, unrelenting persistence, and a desire to create a safer candle fueled two years of testing and re-testing candles with different materials to ensure an even burn, optimal fragrance release, and negligible amounts of non-toxic soot after burning. There are NO toxins, dyes, phthalates, animal-derived additives, lead, or petroleum byproducts. In addition to white glass and silver tin candles, I also upcycle wine and beer bottles. I cut them by hand and repurpose them into candles so they can be enjoyed a second time in a different and unique way.

What inspires your scents?

The scents in the candles are inspired by personal memories and experiences I want to relive. Stay tuned for a future blog post on this!

What's the deal with the matches?

Color means something different to anyone you ask. I offer 16 different colors, so you can mix and match the colors that light up your world! For me, the colors I love are based on my experiences, and I've included a few of my favorites below. 

  • I’ve been a Maryland girl all my life and I adore my Maryland-themed matches (red, yellow, black, and white). Please pass the Old Bay - and Go Terps!
  • I am a Sigma Kappa and am so grateful for the amazing women who have been some of my biggest champions. The sorority's colors are maroon and lavender, and they hold a special place in my heart.
  • I live in Maryland with my husband, who has always been super supportive of me, no matter what it is I set my mind to. Seeing our wedding colors (red, white, and sunflower yellow) always makes me smile.


 Owner and Maker at Fig & Fire