We had the good fortune of connecting with Dahyna Prophete and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dahyna, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Making candles, understanding essential oils saved me. I wanted to help others feel better. I started this business thinking maybe it will help someone like me or perhaps college students trying to stay up at night studying. Parents wanting to wind down but not just with candles that smell good but candles that contain essential oils. I have essential oils that came all the way from Haiti to give my customers the best so they can feel their best. I also want to leave this company for my child who’s going to be named Ava.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am currently a social worker. I help homeless people get and stay housed. I got my Master’s in social work at USC. I interned and honestly it was not really easy. I remember staying up and crying all the time, trying to finish papers on time while struggling with anxiety and severe depression. I want the world to know that my candles are made with pure love. My brand is my life and it’s a learning process. I work a lot to give my customers the best and I am still learning till this day, reading, researching and testing my products so that the customers can feel the love and the warmt. My packaging is sustainble, the candles are made with natural oils as well as soy and coconut wax which are also sustainable.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friends came, I would take them to “& waffles” for breakfast, we’d get some street tacos and definitely go the Getty. My favorite restaurants right now are “la condesa” and “guisados”. I would take them to tour LA in those fun buses. I would bring them to Manhattan beach to watch the sunset because it’s my favorite. Would definitely bring them to Calabas to visit as well.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband, my friends and family really supported me. Emotionally and financially they were there.

Website: Www.ava-lit.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/_mayevaa?utm_medium=copy_link

Image Credits
Photos by Jaysan

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