Modern Candlemaker Ianthe Mauro on Staying Inspired, Positive, and Purposeful

by craftacular

Meet Ianthe Mauro, creator of Objects with Purpose. OJP is a company specializing in candles and room spray created with high standards in design and quality. The candles came about in Ianthe’s efforts to deliver non-toxic, sophisticated, and conscientious candles to everyone, encouraging meaningful purpose.

To read more about Ianthe, read on.

Tell us about yourself.

I was raised by artists. I’ve worn many hats. Some of my favorite hats have been actress, writer, singer, stylist and my greatest biggest hat: mom! My candle obsession and desire to create something that would sustain my family led to a literal light bulb moment and I created Objects with Purpose.

How did you get started? 

I researched candle materials: what was safe to burn, and what wasn’t. I smelled, touched, and burned hundreds of candles. I looked at candles on the shelves of every store I loved and fine-tuned my tastes. I found great resources and put my vision together with the help of friends and family.

What’s inspiring you right now? 

Stories. I believe scents tell a story and evoke memories. I’m inspired by the stories around me. My children, my husband, my parents, my friends, trees, chocolate, music, philosophy, they’re all inspirations for the different scents I create.

Any advice for those starting out in the handmade industry?

Trust your taste. Bravely share your ideas and prototypes before they’re perfected and ask for feedback. Keep strong, loving boundaries. Those who elevate you should be in your closest circle; those with envy or toxicity should be kept at a very far distance. Do what you love!

What are you most looking forward to at the BUST Craftacular in Los Angeles?

Being amongst artists and makers. I can’t wait to get inspired and encouraged by the their booths and lovely shoppers I’m sure to encounter.


If you like Ianthe’s work, you’re going to love the BUST Craftacular in LA! We’ll be setting up shop at Mack Sennett Studios in LA’s Silver Lake ‘hood from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM next Saturday, June 21, 2014. Stop by for 45+ makers, free DIY flower crowns and nail art, all-vinyl DJ sets, FREE custom-engraved charms from our friends at Brooklyn Charm, and more. We’re also giving away amaaaazing swag bags to the first 100 shoppers!  

Plus, clean your closet for a cause: we’ll also be collecting gently worn clothing donations for LA’s Downtown Women’s Center–plus sizes are especially needed, but all sizes are welcome!

For more info, visit our site and follow #BUSTcraftacular on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


Photos courtesy of Objects With Purpose.

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