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

Hi Madeline, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
There are various aspects that go into candle making, but the one that comes to mind are the seasonal shortages and logistics behind it. I was also unaware about this myself until I developed my love for candle making into a business. Containers and wicks go out of stock for months at a time, so I order more quantities to stay ahead. There here been cases in which an item is never restocked so I’ve learned to have a backup. Testing out various wicks to container dimensions early on has also helped me tremendously in the long run. I know you said one thing but I also want to mention the testing process, oh my, it took a long time to find what worked best for me.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
One thing that sets Varias Lunas apart from others is the ingredients. Our candles are natural coconut-wax and toxin-free. The aromatherapy oils are made with certified organic ingredients and every item is made with quality in mind. The message behind Varias Lunas, meaning Various Moons, is to remind others that they are whole despite what phase they’re in. Similarly to the moon. It’s a blessing to have others incorporate my items into their self-care ritual with a peace of mind.

I’m proud of being a first-generation Latina with Central American roots. Mindful of my ancestors alongside me in this journey and aiming to be a positive role model for others. I’m excited about the unknown. There is so much in the works right now that I’m looking forward to seeing the fruits of the labor and helping others along the way.

This hasn’t been a smooth path, all things take time. I have overcome challenges by practicing patience with myself and setting small goals that get me one step closer to bigger goals. Every challenge has been a lesson in its own way. I want the world to know that I’m just getting started and I’d love for them to follow me on this journey. Every individual item from start to finish is all handcrafted by me. I’d love to hire a team one day but for now I’m truly enjoying the intimacy within my craft and love poured into it all.

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?
I’d like to recognize my husband who has been supportive of my business from the beginning and always acknowledges my vision. He’s always ready to brainstorm and challenge me which has also been useful when identifying areas to focus in.

I’d also like to credit Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services because my work there as a case manager also highlighted the importance of having a self-care routine.

Website: www.variaslunas.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/variaslunas.co

Other: Email: hello@variaslunas.com

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