About Opal Wax

Hello! My name is Olivia Brien. I live Kansas City with my wife, Ashley and our cat-children, Mildred (3), and Imogen (1).

A few years ago, I bought my mother a candle to help her through the recovery process of some surgeries. Inspired by the joy the candle brought her, I wanted to make candles for my family and friends for Christmas that year.

Before I started Opal Wax, I was buying tons of candles and found myself very frustrated by how much waste was produced in the general candle market. When I was done with a candle, I would reuse the vessel, but that didn’t seem like enough. I was still buying a candle made in a container that was created new to be used for the candle.

These two thoughts came together, and Opal Wax was born. I wanted to create a better candle; one that could make a difference in the world.

  • Glass Jar: The vessel is a cut-off wine bottle sourced from restaurants! After being cut, the jar is fire polished for smoothness. The jar is actually designed to be a drinking glass after use, but can be used for other purposes as well, or simply recycled as you would a wine bottle.
  • Cork Closure: Made from responsibly harvested cork.
  • Wax: The wax is 100% soy wax, made from U.S. grown soybeans.
  • Wick: Made from cotton and paper, they are coreless and do not include zinc or lead like other wicks.
  • Labels and Business Cards: Always created from recycled fibers!
  • Packaging: If you order a candle, the paper, packing peanuts, boxes, etc. are all either made from recycled products or are being reused... sometimes both!

But why the name “Opal Wax?” As I was searching for a name, I came across a note that my Great Grandma had written me when I was a little girl. Her middle name was Opal, and I always loved that we both had “O” names. She passed away when I was pretty young, but some of my very fondest memories are of being creative with her. It simply felt right.