Modern Forestry – Clean-Burning Candles That Comfort

In creating a blog centered around exceptional small businesses, I would be remiss if I didn’t feature Modern Forestry.  John and Sarah Collins began their candle making business back in 2015 as newlyweds, and what was meant to be a small-batch business for friends and family quickly mushroomed into something much larger.

Initially, making candles was a creative outlet for Sarah, who at the time worked a demanding job and wanted to start something fun for herself.  When Sarah discovered that her regular migraines were a result of synthetic chemicals in the store-bought candles she burned in the evenings, she decided to experiment with making her own natural candles.

Using clean-burning soy and essential oils to scent the candles, Sarah’s migraines quickly disappeared and she and John began sharing their candles as gifts to friends.  From there, they opened an Etsy shop, but nowadays you can not only find their candles online and at local markets, but in over 30 stores across the country!


John and Sarah love connecting with their community, and many of their weekends are spent at farmers’ markets.

Modern Forestry has fully embraced its community here in upstate South Carolina, and the community has embraced Modern Forestry right back.  Thanks to the enthusiastic support of local (and now, national!) customers, Sarah was able to resign from her former position and take on Modern Forestry full time.  John is soon to join full time this spring–perfect timing, as the Collins have just recently welcomed a beautiful son into their lives and love operating Modern Forestry as a family.  The Collins represent the essence of a heartfelt, quality family business, and their dedication to community and each other is a joy to follow.


John and Sarah have a beautiful marriage and love working together, and now little Peter gets to tag along too!

John and Sarah offer a wide array of seasonal scents, though their most enduringly popular scent is Coffeehouse, a fragrance that well deserves its namesake.  As spring approaches, however, you might find yourself gravitating toward Blackberry Sage or Southern Magnolia.  Sarah’s personal favorite scent?  Holiday Hike-In, a piney fragrance that is invigorating and fresh, and one that I’ve marked as a favorite as well.


Modern Forestry offers custom labels for free! I ordered these Pomegranate Cider candles when I asked my friends to be my bridesmaids.  They were a big hit! 

If you love the idea of candles but have experienced headaches or irritated allergies around candles in the past, you might find Modern Forestry candles more friendly. Most commercial makers base their candles in paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum.  Paraffin fumes combined with carcinogens and phthalates in the synthetic fragrances cause all sorts of allergy problems and headaches, not to mention pollute the air.

All Modern Forestry candles are made with 100% soy wax and are scented with essential oils and natural fragrances, both of which contribute to a clean burn.  So feel good about what you’re burning!

Go ahead–check out Modern Forestry’s Etsy shop or website and have some fun browsing through their one-of-a-kind scents.  Once you’ve lit your candle and settled back with a cup of tea, I think you’ll agree that there’s nothing like a candle to make a home cozy.  I hope you’ll enjoy discovering this outstanding business and support the darling family that keeps it running.

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