Working from home as a solopreneur can get pretty lonely, so I turn to podcasts for friendship while I'm making soy candles. I'm obsessed with true crime, so my podcast playlist basically consists of only murder, with shows including Last Podcast on the Left, True Crime Garage, and Case File, to name a few, but my all-time favorite podcast is My Favorite Murder, hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. The true-crime enthusiasts—aka Murderinos—tell grisly and heartbreaking stories of murder through the lens of humor and feminism, and I truly can not get enough.
As a lifelong Murderino, it seemed only right to come up with a My Favorite Murder–inspired line of soy candles. The collection features four can soy candles decked with a quirky My Favorite Murder–inspired illustration designed by me.
Stay Sexy. Don't Get Murdered
white tea + ginger + amber + bergamot
Murderinos know that it’s not as easy as it sounds—well, we have the sexy part down pat—because you never know when an Ed Kemper or Richard Ramirez is on the loose.
To ward off some of that anxiety, light this calming candle. Bright top notes of ginger and bergamot add sparkle to the soothing scents of white tea and amber. It’s a relaxing fragrance that creates a resplendent atmosphere for listening to tales of murder.
Elvis, Want a Cookie—NEW SCENT!
crème brûlée + vanilla
Mrrreeoooow. All Murderinos wait for this moment. At the end of each podcast, Georgia says to her cross-eyed Siamese cat Elvis, “Elvis, want a cookie?” to which he responds with the grumpiest, cutest meow of all time to get his treat. Everyone needs a little treat while fending off murderers and toxic masculinity, so light up this decadently sweet candle, and have your cookie, too.
Stay Out of the Forest
lemongrass + sage + mulberry + orange + cedar campfire
Any Murderino worth her salt knows you should never go into a forest, whether you’re alone or with an entire marching band. To stay sexy and not get murdered, Karen and Georgia recommend that you “Get a job. Buy your own shit. Stay out of the forest.”
If you feel yourself getting an urge to go camping, light this candle instead. It’s a woodsy combination of cedar campfire, lemongrass, sage, mulberry, and orange. In this full-bodied scent, tangy top notes of orange and mulberry weave through lemongrass and sage, balanced by cedar base notes. Herbal, citrus, and woodsy, this scent embodies the woodlands, sans the dead bodies. So turn on the podcast, light up your candle, and whatever you do, do not go into those woods.
Call Your Dad, You're In a Cult
vanilla + cedar + sandalwood + leather
Murderinos know that finding yourself in the grips of a cult isn’t as far-fetched as the general public seems to think it is. It all starts so innocently. You’ve gone to a meeting for a group of socialists against racism called The People’s Union—sure, the meeting is in an abandoned megachurch, but there are a lot of people involved, so they need a big meeting space. The leader sports an ‘80s mustache and is wearing aviator sunglasses indoors, but he’s just a little eccentric.
BOOM. Next thing you know, you’re wearing a bonnet and giving birth to his child, humanity’s li’l savior. As Karen and Georgia wisely advise, “Call your Dad, you’re in a cult.” He’ll probably be a little disappointed in you, but he’ll still come pick you up.
As a reminder, light this candle that smells just like your Dad. The rugged yet warm scent is rich and woodsy with a hint of vanilla.
Are you a Murderino, too? Light up a candle next time you're learning how to stay sexy and not get murdered!