We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Constantino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote or an affirmation that I always remind myself is “Slow Progress is Better Than No Progress. Stay Positive and Don’t Give Up.” I started my small candle business as a side hustle in 2018 and had so many plans and big goals for it. With almost 3 years in the business, sometimes, I felt that the progress I’ve made is too slow and too little. This affirmation is important and helps me to stay grounded and realistic. It helps me focus on how far I’ve come rather than how far I have left to go. It also motivates me to keep going and never quit.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started making candles as a hobby to escape from the stress of work and life’s worries until it became my passion. Inspired by my dear friend, (who battled cancer) to find my passion and follow my dream. Anberc Candles was created. Another inspiration on creating Anberc Candles is to make a better alternative to the cheap yet so toxic, traditional paraffin wax candles that we can find mostly available in stores. I am deeply concern on the impact of these toxic candles to our family’s health and environment. Anberc Candles are hand poured in Los Angeles, made from 100% pure vegetable soy wax and is vegan and eco-friendly. It is scented with fragrances that are phthalates free and paraben free, with therapeutic essential oils, and natural cotton wick that are zinc free. It has no additives, no dyes, and no glitters, just pure candle goodness. Our packaging are recyclable, our containers and jars are reusable, and our labels are made from recycled kraft paper, giving your candles a natural, earthy, organic, and rustic look. It was not an easy journey being where I am today but through patience and determination, and continued learning, I overcame the challenges. I’ve learned that nothing is impossible if I put my heart on anything I want to achieve and never ever quit. Some bumps and humps are inevitable and might hinder progress but just keep on moving and the road to success will might just be around the corner. I also learned to celebrate every wins and success no matter how small it might be, and to be always grateful for it. I would like everyone to know that Anberc Candles is created to inspire positivity and specializes in evoking good feelings. It was scientifically proven that the sense of smell is link to memories and emotions. Therefore, I conscientiously selected the fragrances that will give rise to those positive feelings and will give any space an exquisite smell. It is a perfect companion for your self-care moments, a healthy and green choice, and a chic, natural looking home decor accents.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are a lot of fun and interesting places to visit in Los Angeles where I would love to bring my best friend. Some of which are The Universal Studios in Hollywood, the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nice places to eat, drink, and shop will be at The Grove, or at the Grand Central Market in downtown LA, or at the LA Live. The trip wouldn’t be complete without heading to the beaches, my favorite place to just relax and hang out. Santa Monica Pier and Beach, Malibu beaches and other beaches along Pacific Coast Highway are the ones I love to visit frequently. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am so blessed and grateful for getting a lot of support and encouragement from my family and friends. They have been very helpful and my great source of motivation. I’m also fortunate to meet other fellow makers and small business owners, to whom I get some inspiration and tips. However, I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my best friend, Arlene, who had battled cancer for 10 years and left me with her inspiring words of wisdom. She had a big influence on me, a very generous, tenacious, kind, loving, admirable, friendly, strong willed, intelligent, artistic, and talented person. She is one of the reasons why I started Anberc Candles and she deserves a recognition too.
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