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Meet Raven Makenzie of GodScent Candle Co

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raven Makenzie.

Hi Raven, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My name is Raven Makenzie, and I’m a 31-year-old single mom from San Diego, CA! My story is my testimony, and it’s centered around one thing: Jesus. GodScent wasn’t something I ever saw for myself. Although I knew from the age of 6 that I would be an entrepreneur, I spent most of my youth searching for the “how.” I went to college; I had a corporate job and did everything “right.” Yet, there was always something missing. It wasn’t until 2015, when I gave my life to Christ, that I discovered there is truly MORE.

In 2019, after following God’s lead in quitting my job 3 years earlier, I finally hit rock bottom. I lost my home and everything in it, had repossessed my car, had no income, could not provide for my daughter, was suicidal and depressed, and finally cried out to God for wisdom on what to do. Thus, GodScent was born.

God showed me this company in a dream with for-profit and a non-profit side. Now that dream has become a reality. I started this business with no experience in candle-making whatsoever and no money to my name. I wrote a business plan, learned the candle-making industry, set goals in faith, and did the work! Before I knew it, my entrepreneurial testimony was making people smile, changing lives, and expanding into areas I never knew it could but believed it would!

God has expanded my business from an online platform to a brick-and-mortar storefront. In addition to our retail space, which offers hand-poured candles and inventory from other local entrepreneurs. GodScent now offers Sip & Pour candle-making classes, venue rental, wholesale, custom party favors, travel candle-making classes, and community fundraisers and events, and is the home of my church. The faith walk keeps on giving, and I owe my successes all to Jesus Christ shamelessly!

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?
Entrepreneurship has not always been a smooth road. I opened my business in the middle of a global pandemic with a word from God and my faith. IT DID NOT MAKE SENSE. Hit me with financial burdens, product imperfections, scarce resources, and more. But none of those struggles hit me harder than tuning out the world and other people’s opinions. It was hard to accept that I would not always have the support from the people I expected. People love to project their fears into your plans. I learned that no one else will truly understand my vision and what I’m trying to build, and I’ve got to move forward anyway and progress towards my goals.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
GodScent Candle Co specializes in hand-poured candles and room sprays. We are most known for our curated collection of biblically themed fragrances, known as ‘The Genesis Collection.’ They retail for $24 and are buy 3, get 3 free! Visit us at www.GSHome.life.

Our faith-based candles have one mission in mind: Bring light into darkness. We live in a dark world, with trauma, abuse, death, depression, and chaos lurking at every corner. Light is needed! It is our goal that as our candles light up your room, the word of God will light up your life and restore joy, faith, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, love, and peace in the world.

We stand on John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Our customers are those seeking peace, light, love, and strong candles that truly light up a room! It’s more than just candles; It’s ministry.

PSA! We aren’t selfish with the platform God has given us. We invite creatives and entrepreneurs to share their crafts and talents! We pride ourselves on filling our shelves with products from other entrepreneurs locally and nationwide and would love for you to join our team. If you or anyone you know would like your products sold in our store, please visit www.gshome.life/contact.

Additionally, we offer venue rental at $100 per hour for events and $50 per hour for teachers, fitness instructors, coaches, or anyone with an entrepreneurial talent that wants to be explored. If you’re looking for space to grow your business, we may be the answer you’re looking for. To inquire, visit www.gshome.life/contact. We look forward to hearing from you!

Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My favorite childhood memory is from elementary school. I was in second grade, and my step-dad came to pick me up for a doctor’s appointment. Instead of bringing me back to school after my appointment (like he was supposed to), we played hooky. He took me to work with him at Andrews Air Force Base, ordered pizza, and allowed me to have the perfect daddy-daughter day. It meant everything to me to spend the day with him away from my younger brother (who soaked up everyone’s time, LOL). The best part was when he got in trouble with the school for not bringing me back! To this day, I know what it means to be loved because of my step-dad. It’s a memory I’ll cherish forever.

Pricing:

  • 10 oz Candles – $24
  • 6 oz Candles – $10
  • Hourly Venue Rental (Events) – $100
  • Hourly Venue Rental (Class/Workshops) – $50
  • Travel Candle Making Class – $125 travel fee plus $40 per person

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Image Credits
Raven Makenzie Jean Marc Photo

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1 Comment

  1. Paul Bellamy

    July 20, 2022 at 1:40 pm

    Raven, truly inspirational words! Next time I’m in town I will make a point to stop by and see you! Miss you!

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