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Who We Are

Our Story

In the spring of 2015, wife, mother of four, and military veteran, Melissa Burgess received a DIY candle-kit for her birthday and quickly fell in love with the candlemaking process. Melissa found that it gave her a creative and therapeutic outlet while juggling the demands of motherhood and processing an on-going journey with PTSD.
After signing up for a handful of local maker's markets, Melissa's unique blends, strong fragrant throws, and muted packaging quickly gained the attention of San Diego consumers and retailers alike.  This early success eventually led to her husband exiting corporate sales and joining her in this "accidental candle company" full-time.
In just a few short years, Craft + Foster grew from local candle pop-up to a nationally recognized brand featured in Neiman Marcus, GQ, WWD, FabFitFun, The Golden Globes, and amazing independent retailers across the country.
Why “Craft + Foster”
People often ask where the name Craft + Foster originated and it’s actually pretty simple!
The word “craft” refers to the artisan craft of candle making, as each and every Craft + Foster candle is hand poured with skill, care, and intention. The word “foster” speaks to Melissa’s desire to create products that subtly enhance life’s everyday moments, by fostering warmth and light to any space and occasion.



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