I'm Daniella, creator behind Marina James boutique candles hand-crafted in Fort Collins, Colorado. Creating the capsule collection is a dream come true and I'm thrilled to share with you the journey of how it came to be and our mission.
As you can probably imagine, I'm obsessed with candles! Always wanting to burn my favorite fragrances whenever home (which is a lot more these days due to Covid-19). This obsession first began in 2016 with holiday scents I continuously burned during fall and winter months to fill the cozy little beach house I shared with my boyfriend in Southern California. Inspired by our surroundings I began to dream up my own creations.
At this time, living in the outskirts of Los Angeles while working in global logistics I started experimenting with making candles myself. On weekends I looked forward to testing fragrance blends and materials. Those early iterations were mainly for personal enjoyment as I learned the craft.
Fast forward a few years and a move to Colorado. We landed in Fort Collins just before the lockdown in 2020. With all my time then at home I set out to give life to a collection of candles I'd been creating and dreaming up, branding it Marina James. A name rooted in lineage, and an homage to unconditional support I feel from loved ones.
As the daughter of an architect design was an early interest of mine. Over my life I've spent many hours in an art studio even declaring Fine Art as my first major in college. I instead graduated with an Economics degree, which I absolutely believe helped shape my world for the better, but design & creation have always had a special place in my heart.
I love candles because they're such a simple way to transform a space. If you're anything like me, burning your favorite fragrances is an effortless way to invite in all the calm and coziness.
MJ candles are inspired by moments shared in the beautiful outdoors. We've launched with a line of light, fresh aromas meticulously crafted with premium ingredients.
It's our mission to create beautiful fragrances you feel confident bringing into your home. With as much emphasis as we pay to our minimalist designs, equal measures are taken to ensure our candles are clean and safe to burn in your spaces. We use natural coconut soy wax, 100% cotton wicks, and non-toxic, phthalate-free fragrances.
With all my heart I hope you enjoy our candles!