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Smells like bacon and gasoline, in a candle?

6:56 PM, Nov 10, 2010   |    comments
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Bee Wicked Candles is one place where your nose and curiosity leads the way. Who can resist the sweet smells of fall?

This time of year candle scents like vanilla, pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice fill the air. Traditional smells like blueberry cobbler, apple cinnamon, apple jack, and birthday cake are always top sellers at Bee Wicked.

John Foulk is the store's owner and candle maker. He has about 250 candles in his collection, not including seasonal scents for fall and Christmas. He's been making candles for several years. It's a business that started out as a hobby, not because of his love for candles, but his girlfriend's.

"She was spending a couple hundred dollars a month on them," he says. "I thought, I bet you I can make one as good as they can and maybe not for quite as much money."

So he put his mad science skills to the test. Through trial and error, he began creating all sorts of traditional and not so traditional fragrances.

"We make a lot of odd things," he says. "I get a lot of requests, can I make this or can I make that."

John never turns down a challenge to create a new scent. That's how he ended up with candles that smell like bacon, leather, gasoline and dirt. The scents were meant to get men interested in smelling candles, but they did just the opposite.

"I've had an inordinately large amount of female customers ask, 'can I make gasoline?' Apparently it's very appealing to like seven out of 10 females."

John's female customers also make his fresh cut grass candle a top seller and he's still tweaking the bacon candle.

"I'm trying to get one that's kind of like the brown sugar bacon flavor smell instead of just raw bacon."

It doesn't get any more raw than John's most prized candle "butt naked." He says it's a tropical concoction of coconut and other fruits and is his most popular candle year round. Just when you think he's run out of smells, there's a scent for a candle he calls "monkey pharts."

"Smells like pretty much anything a monkey would eat, banana, pineapple, papaya, mango all tropical fruits," John says.

While John enjoys making strange candle scents, he lets his customers get in on the fun too.

"We do birthday parties, candle parties, girls night out type things."

"It's kinda like making a cake," he says. "You just mix a few things together and pour it into a container and instead of baking it you let it cool down."

When you're done you'll have more than just a candle, but a smell that's unique to you.

ee Wicked Candles says they have even gotten requests for gag gift candles. Smells like dirty diaper and skunk are already in the works. Bee Wicked is located inside West Town, Knoxville Center and Morristown malls.

ee Wicked Candles says they have even gotten requests for gag gift candles. Smells like dirty diaper and skunk are already in the works. Bee Wicked is located inside West Town, Knoxville Center and Morristown malls. 

 

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