With a mother who worked at Yankee Candles in Springfield, Il., it's not a stretch to see how Amy Harris embraced a love of scented candles.
With such affection, it would only make sense for her to start making them. And now selling them.
In April the Gilbert mom launched M.C. Candle Co.
She creates clean-burning soy candles that she places in tins. The 4-ounce versions are now available at Sibley's West and at sibleyswest.com.
"I wanted to make an all-natural candle that would be safe to burn around kids and pets," Amy said. "They are 100 percent soy."
She has nine scents at Sibley's, mixing Fall and holiday fragrances with standards like Birthday Cake and Frosting.
The Creme Brulee and Coffee Cake tins evoke thoughts of your kitchen.
Amy and her husband, Mike, who works for State Farm, moved from Central Illinois in 2018. She started testing her candles in December 2019 and relied on input from neighbors to determine the winners.
"I recruited 'scent stylists' in the neighborhood for feedback," she said.
A portion of all sales goes to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which supports families of first-responders and military members who lose their life while serving others.
"An Illinois State Trooper was killed in the line of duty and the foundation paid off the mortgage to help his wife and kids," Amy said.
Her father is a retired Illinois State Trooper while her brother-in-law works as a detective for the organization. Her sister also works there in forensics.
Her personal favorite scent? "The Lemon Verbena," she said.