Enjoy our signature “Self-Care Sunday” Box with the perfect scented candle from Planet Sis. Did you just finish cleaning your home? We have the perfect scented candle to give you the perfect aroma and ambiance in your home. Are you having a self-care day and you want to relax? When you light this candle, you will easily begin to unwind. Four different scent options are randomly put in your box. We were able to connect with the founders of the company, Jahleesa,Shenai, and Bella on their business and product.
What inspired/motivated you to start your business?
My sisters and I (Jahleesa) always knew that we wanted to start a project or business together. We did everything together growing up as kids, and now, our children are growing up together as well. So, as adults, we literally are making our dreams come true. Candle rituals have been in our family tradition since we were born. Our mother, who is a practicing catholic, uses candles to help aid in prayer. We always appreciated how candles created a sense of calmness in the house, down to how the wick flickered and created shadows against the walls.
Then we began to research how to make candles on our own. We started to mix oils together to make the most robust, yet unique aromas. To this day, the three of us test each candle, so you receive three different perspectives and three different “attitudes” in each pour!
Who are you and what do you want your customers to know about you?
We are three sisters, Shenai, Jahleesa (Jah), and Bella. Growing up Black and Puerto Rican in a low-income community, we didn’t see our unique bodies or voices represented authentically in the world around us. For years, we dreamed of propelling our lives forward by using our creativity and charisma to speak to the heart of our community.
We pride ourselves on creating “good for you” products at affordable prices. Our earth-friendly products are plastic-free, cruelty-free, and free from sulfates, parabens, and phthalates. They are also free of artificial colors, petroleum, paraffin, GMOs, and a long list of other bad things typically sold on the market today. We are always finding new ways to care for our Planet Earth. All of our products come packaged in eco-conscious materials. All crafted with you in mind– to support the self-care ritual that nourishes your health and inner well-being.
Explain to us more about your product?
Inspired by our community and the culture around us, Planet Sis is committed to earth-loving and community-giving practices through the entire process of making and distributing our candles. Each candle comes handled with love and hand-poured in small batches using a blend of all-natural coconut-apricot wax, making our candles luxurious, naturally biodegradable, and responsibly good for the planet. All our candles are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and free of harmful ingredients like parabens and phthalates. We use natural, lead-free cotton wicks.
Each candle comes in a clear jar with a vibrant color label to match the scent of your choosing. All our packaging contains zero plastic and is recyclable. We encourage you to safely clean out the glass jars and repurpose them to create less waste in the world. We caution you to avoid burning your candle for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time! Please keep children, pets, and any flammable objects away from flame, and be sure to never leave your candle unattended!
What has been your struggle being women of color business?
We plan to extend our product line and need funding. I think that has been our biggest struggle- obtaining funding to increase our marketing initiatives and extend our product mix. We paid for everything ourselves including our testing and start-up stage! However, we wouldn’t have it any other way.
What has been your highlight/accomplishment being women of color business?
We believe starting the business itself has been the biggest accomplishment. As we are the first in our family to launch a business and see it through to its success. We are all so proud of each other and want to make it known to all women, especially women of color, that, they too, can dream of starting a successful business. Numerous amount of women DM us asking about our vendors, packaging, and our designs, and we’ve answered so many questions. We don’t hide anything! We want women to win and win BIG!
How can the community support you and your business?
Our community can support us by purchasing a planet sis product via our website at www.planetsis.co or in person at local women-owned boutiques throughout Queens, New York. Customers can learn where we will be “popping up” by following us on Instagram @planetsisco. Our passion for social causes and environmental practices begins with advocacy and action– taking the real steps to enrich our communities and care for the planet every step of the way.
Partnering with women-owned and led businesses, organizations, and up-and-coming creatives, and learning more about active members in our community is how we grow best. Throughout the holiday season, Planet Sis donates to local social initiatives that benefit our community, including The Astoria Food Pantry. Tell your friends to “pull up!”