Hello there 👋🏼 I’m Megan, the owner of MillKai Candle Co. I never EVER thought of starting my own candle business, especially since I didn't go to college for business. I graduated with a degree in Nutrition & Dietetics, and am currently going to Nursing school, with the hopes of working in a pediatric intensive care unit one day! 🩺
All while I loved the field of nutrition, when I finally graduated it wasn't my passion anymore. My nutrition degree wasn't all that useless though, I learned a lot about ingredients, labels, and certifications of food products and companies. So throughout my college career I started switching to not only cleaner food and drink options but also cleaning products, dishwasher & laundry detergents, shampoo & body wash, and even makeup!
So I thought about it and was like what about candles? I've been obsessed with candles my whole life. They've always made a new space feel like home, the scent reminds you of a memory, they relax you and are just overall comforting. With that being said, buying so many and burning them all the time and never thought about them being something “toxic” in my home. When COVID started I was working long hours in a rehabilitation hospital and needed something to take my mind off things when I was off work, and making candles became my new hobby to escape to. After making the first few I was surprised with how good they came out and friends and family started asking me to make them some and that is when I decided to start selling and here we are! Fun Fact: the name of the company “MillKai” actually came from my two dogs, Miller and Kaiser 🐾🤎
Today, candles have become very expensive and what are you really paying for? So many contain harsh chemicals & toxins like carcinogens and paraffin wax. Most candles that are made by big companies are made of paraffin wax; a petroleum waste product that is chemically bleached, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned. Big companies normally use paraffin wax because it is cheaper in mass productions. Also, not to mention many candles are made with dyes and fragrances that aren’t the cleanest. So what are you really getting out of this product that you burn in your home? This is why I decided to start making my own candles at home with the cleanest, natural ingredients.
At MillKai Candle Co. all candles are hand poured in small batches, made from natural coconut soy wax with clean fragrance oils + pure essential oils from around the globe that are cruelty free, phthalate-free, carcinogen-free and vegan. All of our candles are poured into recyclable glass vessels and contain eco-friendly, clean-burning, wooden wicks made from FSC Certified Wood, that are hand-crafted and made in the USA.