We’re starting August off on a super high note, with our amAZing spotlight artist. Sunny Brooke Co is a local candle maker who we absolutely adore. Not to mention, this month we did a Local Love candle collaboration with her agave nectar scent. And yes, it smells as good as it sounds. Take a peek at our Q&A with Amanda of Sunny Brooke Co!
Q: What is the story behind your brand and candles?
Candle making has been a family affair. My love for candles dates back to my childhood, as my mother burned a candle in every room. I remember as a kid my sisters and I loved to the blow them out at the end of the day, and later we took up the hobby of making our own candles together. As generations continue on, I find it fascinating how my daughter (Brooke) discovers the candle section at any store and enthusiastically asks to smell each one. And so after 15 years in art and design, I discovered a way to channel creative energy into small batch candle making. I now get to do something I enjoy and involve her in the creating, crafting, selling and making process. It has been the best career decision I have made, not only for myself, but for my family.
Q: What is your favorite candle scent you’ve made so far?
The Prickly Pear Sorbet scented candle is my favorite so far. This is a custom blend that I created to make the perfect fragrance of the delicately flavored prickly pear fruit. Strong notes of apple, kiwi and vanilla with hints of natural cardamom, nutmeg and orange essential oils refresh any living space into your very own desert oasis.
Q: What makes your candles extra special and unique?
I celebrate the culture and style of the region by selecting scents influenced from the desert southwest. Sunnybrooke candles are handcrafted using all natural soy wax and hand-poured into 100% recycled glass containers. Seasonally I curate a candle collection that showcases my passion for the southwest, handcrafted products and quality ingredients.
Q: What inspires you?
History and handmade items from our past inspire me. My grandmother had her own antique shop and loved vintage handmade items. Living in New Mexico she also had an appreciation for native american artifacts. We'd love to hear her tell stories of the history of each beautifully handmade pot, rug, arrowhead or piece of jewelry. I'm also inspired by beautiful photography! I love this quote by Berenice Abbott "Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past."
Q: What is your favorite part about Phoenix/Arizona?
The beauty of this state is immeasurable. After living in this state for over 20 years I'm still discovering new places only a day-trip away!
Q: What’s your favorite Phoenix local hot spot?
My favorite restaurant is Cibo Pizzeria in downtown phoenix. The cheese board appetizer is hands down the best in the valley, not to mention their wood-fired pizzas. The atmosphere in this rustic house-turned-restaurant is my kinda scene.
Stop by MADE art Boutique all August long to shop the Local Love exclusive candle, as well as the rest of her fresh smelling scented candles.
The Be You Team