When I was first opening our shop CREAM I came across these candles and was immediately obsessed! Named after Rock n Roll songs and Tarot cards these candles immediately spoke to me! Not to mention they were hand poured in Grey Highlands, Ontario by a women led business, it was love at first sight!
Imagine my surprise when I opened my first order and there was a hand written note from the little sister (Danielle) of an old elementary/high school friend from my small hometown of Kitimat! She was working for Julie at Shy Wolf! Obviously it was meant to be!
Fast forward two years later and I finally had the balls to reach out to the owner Julie and ask if she would like to do a custom CREAM candle.....well my wildest dreams were answered when she said yes! I feel so honoured to carry these very special candles from Shy Wolf and forge friendships with these badass business babes!
So without further yammering on here is our Q & A session with Julie of Shy Wolf Candles!
What are your 3 big signs? (Sun, Moon, Rising)
I’m a Libra Sun, Aquarius Moon and Virgo Rising :)
Where did you grow up?
I grew upon Lynn Valley, North Vancouver; a beautiful forested area nestled in the mountains, surrounded by lush rainforest, flowing rivers and the Pacific Ocean. I left BC when I was eighteen for New Brunswick, and hopped a bit around Ontario in my early twenties before settling down in the small town of 500 people where I live now, Flesherton (what an awful name), a beautiful area in the Beaver Valley surrounded by lush forest, waterfalls and apple orchards.
What were you like as a child?
I was very shy, yet very curious. I always wanted to help people (I was the founder and president of the short-lived save the world club when I was six), and I was always finding new ventures to keep me busy. Without even knowing what entrepreneurship or business was, I loved starting projects - I really enjoyed running lemonade stands at the end of my driveway and when I was nine I started a pet sitting business where I had the absolute honour of getting paid $5 a day to cuddle up with dogs and keep kitties fed.
What did you do before making the coolest, best smelling candles?
You’re too kind! I’ve had side hustles in e-commerce for over half my life - I started selling thrifted goods on eBay in 2007 when I was 14 - but my main work was in mental health and addictions. Before shy wolf, I worked as a residential youth counsellor for teenagers, as a crisis counsellor in a women’s shelter and a frontline crisis worker for my community mental health organization.
I love how candles have a subtle ability to set a tone, transform a mood, or transport someone to a memory - whether that memory is one held close or one that was thought long forgotten. I love how unique fragrance is to each individual; how five people can smell the same candle and smell different fragrance notes and be reminded of different things. I love the small, accessible ritual that comes with choosing the scent you want to infuse your space with, striking a match, setting the wick aflame, and slowly watching the wax melt create a pool.
What is your favourite scent to work with?
I love working with notes of bourbon, smoke, leather, clove, anise, cinnamon, vetiver, oud and tonka anything smoky and/or spicy. That’s always been my vibe, and those are the candles I almost always choose to burn myself.
What has been the biggest struggle in owning your own business?
Oh man. Asking for help for sure - I’m stubborn as can be. And learning when to delegate as we scaled. Honestly, it would be quicker to answer what hasn’t been a struggle! But there’s nothing else I’d rather do, and no other team I’d rather do it with. Without Danielle, Trisha (our lead candle maker) and the rest of our team, I truly believe I would have given up on shy wolf long ago.
When you aren’t creating badass candles where can we find you?
I’m a volunteer firefighter in my community (and so is my right and woman and shy wolf’s biggest asset, Danielle), so you can often find me in the fire hall, on a fire truck, or staying fit in the gym. I also love taking long hikes with my dog, lying in my hammock with my journal, or traveling - something I try to do as often as possible.
What is on your nightstand?
A half-full cup of water, some palo Santo, a smoky quartz crystal, my journal, an ever-changing assortment of books, a Himalayan salt lamp and a Strength candle.
Who are your favorite bands/musicians/songs?
The Ramones are my all time #1 favourite - I even went behind my parents back and got a Ramones tattoo when I was sixteen. But in rotation you can find me listening to all sorts of music - lately it’s been a lot of Aerosmith, Noah Kahan, Bring Me the Horizon, Fleetwood Mac, 90s country music and whatever my Apple Music custom station throws my way.
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