BASIK CANDLE CO is a San Francisco-based producer of handcrafted, naturally scented candles and home fragrance goods. They believe that what you leave out is just as important as what you put in, and they create environmentally friendly products made of specially blended natural coconut wax, 100% cotton wicks, and skin-safe, phthalate-free fragrances infused with essential oils to create a product that you can feel confident burning in your home. Sometimes less is more.

The man behind BASIK CANDLE CO is my dear friend, Travis Troyer, and I had the privilege of assisting him in the launch of the company’s website while in San Fransisco two weeks ago.

Here we are in Mexico on my first yoga retreat this past January. (Note: He is going to be super pissed that I shared this photo.)

Let me tell you… when I offered to help, I had no idea what I was getting into. Here are some behind the scene photos of what goes in to constructing each BASIK CANDLE:

First, pounds of coconut wax are melted in this black crockpot-like contraption. This takes for-f*cking-ever. As the wax melts, Travis measures specially-concocted, super-secret, delicious-smelling fragrance oils in that clear beaker looking thing which is also weighed for accuracy on the flat shiny object that closely resembles an iPad. Travis has done hours upon hours (and hours) of testing research to find the perfect combination of wax-to-fragrance ratio.

Next, we inspected each and every candle jar to ensure there are no imperfections. We hand-cleaned the jars (coconut wax + matte black = FINGERPRINTS EVERYWHERE), glued the 100% cotton wicks to the bottom and Travis poured the wax mixture into the jar. (Note: I was not to be trusted with this last step.) 

The wicks are held taut by these silver wick-holder devices, to ensure the wicks stay in place while the wax cools and sets.

While the wax cools, Travis does important candle business things, and I was able to help with the labels. HELLZ YES, I GET TO HELP. Little did I know, helping means taking that glorious black felt marker and coloring the edges of each label since they are white. Travis has informed me that this is ugly and unacceptable.

I have suggested hiring an assistant for this step of the process. While edging labels isn’t difficult, it is tedious and time consuming. It also made me acutely aware of how much time, thought, and effort goes into every aspect of generating BASIK CANDLE CO products.

We continue to wait for the wax to cool and set. This takes a really, really long time.

Eventually it is time to cut the wicks, apply the labels, add the lids, and box the candles so they can go home to all of the wonderful people of the world.

You can purchase your very own BASIK CANDLE by going to You can also follow their adventures on Facebook + Instagram.

I’ll also be burning my favorite scents before class at the front desk at Barefoot Studio and in my Thursday 8:30pm Candlelight Flow class. Hope to see you there! xx


Left my heart in San Francisco… Again.

I made my first trip to San Francisco in August of 2012. Mark Twain was right when he said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Since then, I’ve lost half a dozen close friends to this beautiful and eclectic city, made a dozen more trips, and have finally (almost) learned how to pack for my visits.

I got six entire days in the city this time around, and it was almost enough time to touch base and see everyone/thing that I’d hoped to! Highlights from my week include a quick stop at the modern ruins of Sutro Baths, a chartered sail around the San Francisco Bay, rainy day wandering to the SFMOMA complete with my first experience kava root at Kava Lounge, and getting to assist my dear friend, Travis, with the launch of Basik Candle Co.

Hoping to head back this summer. Until then, thanks for all of the everything! SF, you make my heart flutter a little faster with every single visit. xx


Welcome 2015 | San Francisco, CA

In recent years, I’ve lost at least half a dozen close friends to San Francisco. It is no wonder that each time I have a long weekend, I wind up there. This year I was fortunate enough to welcome 2015 with friends, Champagne, and caviar with a rather ridiculous (and awesome) hip hop soundtrack. The weekend was packed with fantastic food, long walks and window shopping, quick visits to Bernal Heights and Twin Peaks, a sunset by the ocean, and a day trip to wine country.

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. -Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year, ya’ll. xx

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