The Harlem Candle Company is a luxury home fragrance brand specializing in scented candles inspired by the richness of Harlem. Founded in 2014 in New York City by travel and lifestyle expert Teri Johnson using government grants and loans for female owned businesses, the Harlem Candle Company is the manifestation of her love affair with fragrance, jazz, and Harlem.
I, Harlem, am your muse. I have endowed you with culture and song that shall last for all of time, for I am abundant. My hills have melted in your warm embrace and taken the shape of a candle. My streetlights became wicks that shine for love and prosperity. The breezes of my seasons are expressed through scents. I lovingly share my essence through a collection of fragranced candles, masterfully created to bring joy to one and all. ~ The Harlem Candle Company
Teri, a native Texan, decided to make the New York City neighborhood of Harlem her permanent home. Through intense research, she discovered Harlem’s vibrant and rich past. Music icons including Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington who performed at clubs such as the Savoy Ballroom, the colorful areas of Harlem’s Sugar Hill and Lenox Avenue all inspired her to share these stories.
The Harlem Candle Co. began in her kitchen in 2014. Funding came from New York minority grant programs. Teri now designs fragrances alongside award winning perfumers to produce beautifully scented candles that celebrate the Harlem Renaissance. Or find more details on small business grants in NY for black female owned businesses.
Each candle is specially handcrafted using top grade soy blend wax, infused with one of a kind fragrance oils, and tells a story while taking you on an olfactory journey. The subtle scents and soft glows from Harlem candles instantly enhance your space while creating a sense of comfort and luxury.