The Harmony Farm Candles Story
Harmony Farm Candles offers handmade soy wax container candles and melts with a colorful cottage flair.
Founded in 2010 by Erin Hils, this small business has evolved and grown over the years. Let’s take a stroll through the story of Harmony Farm Candles!
2010: Erin is a stay-at-home mom and happens upon a Craiglist ad for candlemaking supplies that are being offered for pennies on the dollar; she literally fills up her entire Honda Accord with wax, containers, wicks, fragrances and more. She learns, experiments and initially makes candles as presents for friends and family. Erin chooses the name Harmony Farm Candles as a nod to the road she grew up on in rural North Carolina.
2011: Harmony Farm Candles becomes an official business with a registered name, tax ID and bank account! Erin participates in her first small market in the spring and by summer the candles are being carried in Salvage Sisters (then known as Secondhand Rose) in Burlington, NC. The Etsy shop is also opened and the very first sale is a Rose candle in November!
2012: Because of the support of local businesswomen, shops like Uniquitiques start carrying Harmony Farm Candles products and a wholesale business is born! The Etsy shop grows steadily with orders going out to more than a dozen states.
2013 - 2014: Erin goes back to work when her son starts kindergarten. But she continues making candles in the evenings and on the weekends in her kitchen. New scents are added to the line and the focus is on working with wholesale customers.
2015: Big changes! The brand gets a new look and Erin leaves her job to focus on candlemaking full time! In the fall, Erin, her son and her partner move to downtown Mebane, NC. Their cottage has a workshop in the backyard and after a remodel, it becomes the studio of Harmony Farm Candles. Woohoo for a dedicated work space!
2016: Thanks to the colorful rebrand and additional time to devote to the business, Harmony Farm Candles develops more partnerships with other small and independent businesses. The first wholesale linesheet is created and Harmony Farm Candles appears at local markets and pop-ups throughout the year.
2017: Harmony Farm Candles hires its first employee in February! Marie is a part-time production assistant and she’s invaluable in helping to keep up with the demand of candle orders. Wax melts are introduced to the line after much testing!
2018: Harmony Farm Candles products are available from 50 retailers for the first time! Etsy sales edge closer to the 1,000 milestone. And with an eye towards presenting the products in their best light, the line is photographed professionally for the first time by Ashley Sherrow of Assorted Poppies Photography.
Ashley Sherrow photographing Harmony Farm Candles products
2019: HFC welcomes Jen as a production assistant! After two years of reliable, diligent candlemaking, Marie moves on. Jen picks up right where she left off and continues helping to pour candles and fill orders. This website is launched and there are many more exciting things ahead!