9-year-old candle entrepreneur Lily Harper lights a bright future

Candle making began as a favorite self-care activity for nine-year-old Lily Harper. “Me and my mom really like to take care of our house and mental health. We have a ritual where we go upstairs to watch our favorite TV show, and the candles and wax melt,” she explains. “The scent always reminds me of happier times. I love candles and I think they are amazing. One day, I wanted to make my own candles and my mother has a friend in Spain who knows how to make candles. We video called him and he taught me. I followed his instructions and kept going, learning new things along the way.” This excitement unexpectedly expanded into something much bigger than a quiet family activity. “First, my mother and I sold wax melts to a fake shop that we already had in our house. Homeschooling was the way to go. We found that it was the best way for me to learn because I had trouble with traditional teaching methods. After I learned how to melt wax and make candles and realized how much fun it was, I knew that my ice That’s what I wanted to do when I was fundraising for our competitions in skating and gymnastics classes. I started selling wax melts in super cute shapes and bars, and people loved it! I then made candles and added other fun items to my store. It’s growing, and soon I was getting big wholesale orders. It became a business.” his company, The scent of Lily Louwas born.

Lily is definitely a hands-on entrepreneur. “I can pick and play with scents. I get their names. I get to pour, which is a lot of fun! I can do so many creative things while making candles. I love choosing the containers and making and printing the labels. I love anything creative when it comes to making candles.” Running her own business has been invaluable to her education. “I’ve learned how to organize myself. Sometimes my mind is all over the place, and I had to learn how to stay organized. So that my team and I don’t get mixed up. I write down three things that I need to do every day. Then I go to those three goals and I do them every day. I definitely don’t give up when something goes wrong, and my mom and dad And the team is always there to help me if things don’t go our way.” Also, each candle has its own art project! “My dad gets me to help pour the candles. It’s really cool to see all the sparkles and wax mixed together. It’s like making a fancy drink for dinner. The glitter is also eco-friendly – no microplastics!”

To other kids thinking about becoming entrepreneurs, Lily advises patience and acknowledges her humble roots. “If they want to reach their goals, they have to write things down. And, be creative! Follow your passion. Starting your own business.. it will take a lot and you time. You just have to start and do it until it grows! When I first started, I melted wax. I still do both. And I enjoy making both, but many people forget that I melt the wax first. I love the candles though, they do so much better, look great as home decor…and it’s more fancy!” Lily’s candle will make every home a little fancy!

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9-year-old candle entrepreneur Lily Harper lights a bright future. Photo credit: Courtesy of Lily Harper.

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