About Us

John and Shannon Barham

We are experienced chandlers who have been in the Cape Fear region since 2005. We both were born and raised in Northern Virginia and each worked in public service during our tenure there. John spent 15 years as a law enforcement officer and I spent 15 years as a special education teacher before moving to Wilmington, NC where we continue to work in the public service arena. We began making candles in 2007, learning from two local chandlers with whom we previously worked part time for. Once they left the area, we used our skills as a hobby, which has now grown into a small business known as Making Scents Candle Company. We pride ourselves in making high quality, earth friendly products at affordable prices. Our candles are hand poured, 100% soy wax, and are fragranced with essential oils. We only use 100% cotton wicks, and we purchase all our candle making products from North Carolina vendors!  


Making Scents Candle Company offers more than just candles. We have a variety of unique gifts, candle accessories, and fun home décor!  We also produce soy wax melts for wax burners and offer a beautiful variety of burners on site for purchase. They each come with a unique dimmer switch, colors, and shapes.  John specializes in making Rock Lamps. He can turn a rock into a beautiful paraffin oil centerpiece that makes an amazing addition to any table, mantel, or outside living space. Also, unique to Making Scents Candle Company is our Turkish Lamps which come to us directly from Istanbul, Turkey. We offer single globe and multi-globe lamp options. These beautiful mosaic lamps are handmade by Turkish Artisans and will brighten any room they are displayed in.


We are proud to be able to offer our community a variety of handmade items and welcome everyone to come visit us at our space located at Seaglass Salvage Market, 5601 Castle Hayne Road, Castle Hayne, NC 28429. We have recently purchased a shop on wheels and cannot wait to be able to take our show on the road and debut our products at a variety of markets, fairs, and other venues. Please visit us online if you are not in North Carolina, as we will ship our products.