Meet New Member: Our Rustic Heart

Meet New Member: Our Rustic Heart

October 4, 2022

Our Rustic Heart, located in Truckee, specializes in rustic soy candles in reusable and refillable vessels. Like the beautiful candles that she sells, the reviews on owner Christine West’s Etsy site are glowing, boasting a five-star rating that reflects the quality, sustainability, packaging, and excellent customer service Christine provides. Christine says that she started the business because of her two children, who inspired her to follow her dreams. Her son Noah now works with her at Our Rustic Heart.

Christine’s candle business started with a journey to live a healthier and more mindful lifestyle. Christine is a BIG fan of candles, which is apparent in her offerings. “I like the way they look, smell, and how everything feels a little ‘extra’ when you burn them,” she said. Christine had been “blissfully ignorant” about what really went into the paraffin candles in her home. With some exploring into the candle industry, she realized that she was bringing unnecessary toxicity into the air in her home and started researching what could be a better option.

In Christine’s quest for her version of the “perfect” candle, she researched and tried a variety of vegetable-based waxes. She ultimately chose a 100% U.S. farmed soy wax as well as her favorite blends of oils, balanced just right to make a perfectly scented, non-toxic, eco-friendly, long-lasting soy candle.

Her inner circle of friends loved the fruits of her new hobby and encouraged her to bring the candles to sell at Truckee Thursdays in the summer of 2018. Going out of her box was a big personal challenge, but she did and discovered that her candles brought people sunshine and gave her sunshine in return. She fell in love with being a candle maker.

Christine’s candles are great for elevating your home decor and are the perfect gift — or a gift for yourself. In addition to candles, Our Rustic Heart also sells DIY candle making and refill kits, gift sets, soy melts, room diffusers, sprays and more. You can find Our Rustic Heart candles locally at CA 89 Home and Apparel Stores, Mountain Arts Collective, Gallery 5830, The Good Anya, and Zenergy Massage and Wellness. Or visit Our Rustic Heart online at: