Today we’d like to introduce you to Andessa Augustin.
Hi Andessa, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
Growing up in Saint Lucia, my childhood didn’t consist of playing on summer breaks like other children.
My grandmother (Marie) and I worked in her garden where she grew herbs, fruits, and vegetables. I believe this is where my love of smells was birthed. We made teas and seasoning blends from fresh pickings from her garden. We baked and cooked all summer long and sold goods to neighbors. Watching my grandmother create something and then sell it for a profit gave me a greater admiration for her.
She is no longer with us but I wanted to honor her memory by creating my candle line. I have since changed the company from Marie’s Halo to Marie’s Halo Creations as I have now transitioned to creating all my vessels and home décor products. when Covid-19 occurred the struggle to purchase products became costly so pivoting to a handmade vessel was an option.
Marie’s Halo Creations was birthed in Brooklyn, NY but now resides in Baltimore, MD where small batches are hand poured and cured for hours to obtain classic finishing. Each candle is made with love, using all-natural soy wax, 100% wooden wicks, and phthalate-free fragrance oils to produce an environmentally friendly product that all customers are comfortable burning in their homes.
Each vessel is uniquely made by me and sealed with a nontoxic vegan sealer to protect the vessel and candle wax inside.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Marie’s Halo has been in business for roughly four years and the road has definitely been challenging but also rewarding at the same time. Creating and running a business requires wearing several hats. From a crafter to a mailer/shipper the roles played are endless.
I find most small growing businesses go through financial hurdles when starting out. Finances definitely played a part in the financial struggles I faced as a small business owner. This has also taught me to take a deep dive into my personal financial goals and how to better run a business.
As small businesses, we want success so we would use our personal finances to obtain this. I have learned to not do this and keep personal and business separate.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Currently, I am a 9-5er for a not-for-profit company. I am also a candidate for my MBA at Morgan State University with a graduation date of Fall 2022.
During my free time, I love to bake and host my friends and family. I have a fur baby poodle named Onyx who is two years old, so tons of walks around the neighborhood exploring is a part of my routine.
Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
In pertain to resources that have helped me, I have used YouTube as a resource since starting my business. There are so many individuals who share their stories on there which can be a form of learning for those interested.