Thesis, that’s how the friendship and partnership of the people behind Chapter Scents started. Both 20-year olds, graduates of BS Biology and avid readers – Shiella Fierry Jagto and Lissandra Uy have been friends for just over a year. Just a year? But as Shiella told to me, being partners with their thesis helped them a lot in gauging how well they work as a team. Here they are now, venturing into their own book themed candle business. “My friend Liss decided to join me because she saw it as an opportunity for us to see each other and still be friends even after our graduation”, Shiella added. Well, that is a clever and certain way of never losing a connection with someone. Let’s get to know more about their duo and Chapter Scents through Shiella, shall we?
What inspired you to create your own line of book themed candles?
I was following an account in Instagram, The Melting Library, selling handmade scented soy candles. There were only a few selections of scents then but I wanted all those candles because most of them were inspired by my favorite characters. But the shipment fee from New York to the Philippines was expensive. I even tried to use my classmate’s US address so it would be cheaper but I didn’t have a Paypal or a credit card. So I decided to make my own candles. I wasn’t planning on selling candles but I noticed that most available candles were inspired by famous book series, movies, and TV series. I thought it would be great to sell candles that are inspired by under hyped books or book characters. I am currently working on book characters.
How did you come up with the name of your shop?
It was all my friend Liss’ idea. She had six names prepared on her list. We initially chose Scented Pages, then we went to Wandering Lights, but we ended up with Chapter Scents. The first two names sounded like a book or a song, and chapter scented was more simple.
How many are you behind Chapter Scents and how did you divide the tasks among yourselves? How long did it took you to be able to establish your business?
There are only two of us. My friend, Liss, is the capitalist. While I am the in charge with the production. She also helps me with some of the task in making the candles. We started doing trials last May, but we only perfected our formula this June.