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Community Highlights: Meet Tell’em the Poet of Smell’em Candle Co.

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tell’em the Poet. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My name is Tell’em the Poet and I am, first, an artist. My journey begins in East Baltimore and has taken me from coast to coast. Born in Baltimore, primarily raised in Atlanta, my introduction to art took place at Arena Players Playhouse during the early years with summers and holidays in the city. Although we learned acting, dancing, and singing, the art of writing captured me most. Being able to capture the unspoken words between individuals that experience the same stories every day, seem to be my biggest inspiration. After leaving Penn State University for Hospitality, I set out on a career path that was meant for success. After more than 7 years of giving my all to the biggest hotel chain in the industry, I wanted to find something more. Find something I could do that would awaken the artist within me again. I set out for something that would express my love for words through poetry, teach me a new skill, feed my creativity and bring in a few dollars. In this, I found candle creating, 

With my need to be innovative, I am able to create exclusive fragrances that you can only find at Smell’em Candle Co. We are producing products that are familiar enough in making people feel comfortable yet unique in helping people identify with the freshness of the company’s concept. Those not familiar with the art of spoken word are able to gravitate to my world to experience a moment with the burn of a candle or incense to the fragrant aromas while moisturizing with our body butter. 

Even if an aroma company as a career wasn’t as clear to me during my Penn State days as a wall street career, having my own company was always the dream. So, I am living my dream and with so much support and love, watching them come true. 

“I can be a backbone to a foundation 

A shoulder for tears from a tiring hustled dream 

Sunshine to any hard day that comes our way 

But I CANNOT build alone 

I cannot build empires on my own…” 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has definitely been a rollercoaster ride. As an artist, creative ideas flow all the time but one of my biggest challenges is making my love for art a full business. Getting others to understand my vision, the connection between the art and the product, and what sets us apart from other wax and wicks (candle) companies. Trial and error is the only way to exam what supply your consumer’s demand. It’s the trials that can stunt the creativity but the rewards are ones that are worth it. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Smell’em Candle Co.?
Tell’em presents…Smell’em Candle Co. is an aroma company built to promote self-care and self-love through products that embody peace and serenity. We create products that are meant to put ‘self ‘first and foremost. Every fragrance is hand-mixed for each individually created product in small batches for maximum quality. It is our vision that each aroma customer will create an atmosphere of their own, by infusing aromas within their most comforting spaces with candles, melts, incense and so much more. 

Imagine a 7 pm dusk evening with a glass of bold red wine, a warm bath, and aromatic candle that fills the atmosphere. Each candle vessel is labeled with a spoken word quote from myself; meant to burn good energy into the world around us. 

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Connect with us on social media or other contacts as we offer wholesale purchasing for resale, partnership for exclusively developed fragrances for brands or companies and so much more. We are seeking to be in as many homes and spaces as we can. With your support, we will get there. 


  • Candles: $12-$30
  • Air Whipped Body Butter: $5-$30
  • Aroma Incense: $7
  • Aroma Kits: $21-$40
  • Oil Infused Hand Sanitizer: $5

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Image Credits
D. Porter
The Photo Factory Dallas

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  1. Cherylisa

    November 12, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    I love this article and very impressed with the company. This young woman is a perfect example of get your book knowledge, dream big and leap at every opportunity to fuel your DREAMS. The products are personalized and made with love, care and black essence.

  2. Felicia Gibson

    November 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Wow, this article is excellent. It speaks volumes about the person as well as her products being offered. I love her products. Especially that slamming body butter. It gives you life! Lol. Job well done Tellem. Can’t wait to see other products being brought to life. I love you❤❤❤

  3. Sandra M Rushmore

    December 1, 2021 at 6:45 am

    Bravo Tell ’em The Poet. Bravo. This article helped to capture the amazing essence of who you are and the value your products bring to everyone who gets the opportunity to experience it. My husband and I have very bad allergies but we love to light candles. We have purchased two candles from your product line. The fragrance was not overpowering like other products we have tried and had to discard because of their strong scent. We are extremely happy with your product and our selections. I wish you continued success and we look forward to trying some of the other products in the near future. Peace and blessings.

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