THE LARRABEE STORY
In December 2010, I took a candle making class with friends. I bought some equipment and supplies to make a dozen scented soy wax candles as holiday gifts. But that plan got delayed.
At that time, I was focused on my television career as a story producer. So when a friend hired me to produce "Real Housewives of New Jersey," this Jersey boy packed up and drove east. I planned to return in a few months so I kept my apartment on Larrabee Street in West Hollywood. Those candle making supplies would be there when I got back. I spent the next few years in NYCas a storyteller and having fun. I got to work on great shows like "Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes," "Long Island Medium," & "Moonshiners."
Eventually, I took a job in Austin, Texas. I loved the city and had high hopes for the job and my future there. But it quickly became apparent, I was in the most unhealthy work environment of my career. I finally quit, but my mental health had taken a toll. As I struggled with severe depression and anxiety, I used my time left in Austin to take some classes like coffee barista basics, chocolate making and candle making (once again).
In 2019, I was back home on Larrabee Street in West Hollywood, CA. At that point, I didn't want to go back to my career in television. I had completely shut down creatively. That's when I stumbled upon the box of candle making supplies & equipment I had purchased nine years earlier.
I finally made those candles and the process allowed me to focus and provided a break from the anxiety and depression I was still struggling to manage. Making candles had turned out to be more than a hobby, but a calming tool for healing as well.
Inspired by my love for vanilla, that first candle smelled like baking cookies. I found myself buying more wax & experimenting with fragrances. The next was an evergreen scent inspired by family's Christmas tree farm in upstate New York. Eventually, those became the first two LARRABEE candles named "Get Baked" & "Snowridge." Before I gifted those candles, I decided to include the story about what inspired each of them.
Months later, I realized I had instinctually returned to what I missed most from my television career, storytelling. Each new scent had a story, and I loved the that I could create candles that have a personal connection from the very beginning.
LARRABEE just sort of happened, but not by accident. It was born out of struggle, desire for change, and the need to re-kindle creativity. It's an endeavor I never planned, yet was working towards all along.
I want every candle to be like that very first batch I poured -- a personally inspired & thoughtfully crafted gift made for you to enjoy in your home.