Talk Shop with P.F. Candle Co

By Katelan Cunningham · March 16, 2016

If you live in LA or shop at Urban Outfitters, you probably recognize P.F. Candle Co.'s amber glass jars and simple kraft labels. Their nostalgic, natural scents have taken them all over the country, and we're so excited to hear from the owners first hand at our second monthly speaker series.

P.F. was named for owner Kristen Pumphrey's love of pommes frites and she launched the business in 2008. Her husband Thomas Neuberger has been on board since 2013, and now the power couple will be at Lumi HQ on Wednesday, March 23 to talk about how they've built a super successful business with wax, wick, and a tight-knit team. Learn more about them below and RSVP here.

 Talk Shop with P.F. Candle Co
 Talk Shop with P.F. Candle Co

What’s your favorite part of the candle making process?

My favorite part of the candle making process is the actual pouring. I don’t spend a lot of time in production any more, but every once in a while I love to pour a 50 lb batch (about 115 candles) to stay on top of my game. I actually find it really relaxing - you can just zone out and make something. There’s no stress of “I have to respond to this email!” or what decision to make. 

What’s the hardest part of running a candle business?

The hardest part is working with a natural product like soy wax. We make all of our candles in house, and things like outside temperature or what batch of beans the wax was made from can really affect the end product. For example, if it’s hot out, none of the candles will set right! We’re constantly on our toes to make sure our product is the best it can be.

What’s the most bizarre candle scent you’ve ever made? Or the most bizarre ingredient you’ve ever used to make a scent?

We once made a motor oil scented candle. We were coming up with ideas for a custom project, and this store is inspired by the great outdoors and motorcycle culture. Needless to say, that wasn’t the best scent.

 Talk Shop with P.F. Candle Co
 Talk Shop with P.F. Candle Co

How do you keep coming up with new scents?

Our “classic line” is largely inspired by our travel and memories… so it’s just a matter of getting out there to get inspired. We also love feedback from our customers, they have fantastic ideas.

Do you ever get a headache from testing out so many scents?

Definitely! We try to limit our testing session to an hour, otherwise you can become inundated with smells. I’m pregnant, and during my first trimester I couldn’t smell anything without feeling so sick. It was a difficult time, to be sure.

If you could only smell one candle scent for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Patchouli Sweetgrass

To get the scoop on Kristen and Thomas's journey to wax and wick fame, join us for our first event in the Lumi Speaker Series at our HQ. RSVP here.

When: Wednesday, March 23. Talk is at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to come early and check out our HQ!
Where: 3828 S Santa Fe Ave, Vernon, CA 90058

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