December Meet the Maker Featuring Real Simple Candle Co.

Emily Collins is the creative behind the hand poured soy candles at Real Simple Candle Co. A Michigan girl, through and through; Emily grew up in Rochester Hills, attended college at Michigan Tech and now resides in Battle Creek, MI. Her academic and professional background are highly scientific but she has always made it a point to balance that side of her life with an equally creative side. Emily has been making things throughout her life, starting with kitting and crocheting. She has also dabbled in photography, graphic design, wool dying and spinning. It's neat to see how these experiences have culminated into her running her own creative small business! Lots of trial and error led to the perfection that is Real Simple Candle Co. which opened its doors for business on Etsy in June of 2016. 

The name of her business truly embodies the vision and purpose of her products. Emily did not want dyes, busy designs, or extravagant fragrances in her candle line, "I wanted someone to look at a picture of that candle and already know what it's going to be like when it shows up at their door," she says. 

We are so lucky to have stumbled upon Emily and her candles on Instagram shortly after we opened - these fun scents have definitely been a fan favorite at the shop! Emily says it's hard to pick a favorite part in the process of making her candles, "pouring hot, delicious wax is amazingly satisfying," she also enjoys buying and testing out new fragrances and designing the packaging. At the moment,  Real Simple Candle Co. is Emily's side hustle, she works full-time for an engineering company, but hopes one day to focus entirely on her small biz. You can find Real Simple Candle Co. online by clicking the button below or stopping in to Half Mile Handmade!