Manufacturing Gold in a Tin Can:
◊The making of Cecret Candles◊
By Victor A. Ukatu
Sesima Kamara has created gold in a tin can, through her candle line Cecret Candles. Kamara, a 26-year-old graduate of Katharine Gibbs College in Fashion Design and Merchandising in New York, uses her acquired skills to further expand her brand of candles. Recently she provided 200 gift bags for the 4th Annual charity gala for the Checago Bright foundation. The Checago Bright foundation, is a not for profit foundation which is seeking to provide safe drinking water and sanitation services to improve the health and well-being of poor families; education, & advocacy to people of Liberia. So already Sesima and Cecret candles is giving back to the Liberian community. Besides providing swag bags for various events, Kamara and her brand can be spotted around Staten Island, New York at many fairs and community events.
Sesima started Cecret Candles with an initial funding of $5,000 and an idea, to provide candles with character. Cecret Candles now boasts seven distinct scent, all reflecting African and Caribbean culture, which is helping further spread African culture globally. The candles are named after slangs from various countries that complement the smell. The scents include names such as; Japlo, Dash, Xuolo, Molayo, Odo and Whine.
Japlo – is a word used in Liberia to describe a beautiful woman. Japlo starts with a sweet passion fruit and tangy guava that’s infused with natural essential oils, including orange and elemi oils blended with notes of pineapple, pear, and strawberry.
Molayo – comes from Nigeria. The meaning is “I have joy”. Molayo has a rich base of vanilla, grapefruit , musk and sandalwood well-balanced by lively top notes of jasmine, lavender, lemon and orange.
Xuolo– is a word that’s used in South Africa to mean peace. The scent includes green apples, strawberries, melons and fig. The heart is a fresh green floral with lily, oak moss, velvety cashmere, rosewood jasmine and violet.
Odo – comes from Ghana, meaning love. Odo starts with a fresh blend of ripe black raspberries well-balanced by a natural vanilla note infused with all natural essential oils.
Whine – is a popular dance from the Caribbean. Whine will surely transport you to the islands with its irresistible blend of coconut, pineapple, rum, tangerine, banana, and melony sweetness.
Dash – common slang used in West African English. The meaning is a bonus or discount given by vendors to wholesale customers. DASH has a universal appeal with rich woody and musk base notes that has an enchanting fusion of herbs, sage, lavandin, orange and amber that give it a feminine touch too.
All of Cecret candles are homemade with all natural ingredients such as soybean wax, Shea butter and premium fragrance infused essential oils. When asked what her biggest goal for Cecret Candles is, Kamara’s response was for it to one day be “manufactured and exported out of Liberia”. Along with dreams of working from Liberia within the next five to ten years, Kamara hopes to gain more Liberian support, which matooun.com sees as crucial to expanding Liberian owned businesses. In her words “if my people do not embrace me who will”?
Sesima is among many young Liberians who are taking charge of their future and branching into many enterprises, and with the right support they can become movers and shakers globally. With enough support from the Liberian community Cecret Candles is poised to become a household name and a powerhouse In the candle industry.
With christmas right around the corner, Cecret Candles will make the perfect present. You can order candles from Cecretcandles.com or follow the brand on facebook: facebook.com/cecretcandles or on instagram: @CecretCandles.