Shanti Creations x CAFE GITANE

For our scented candle - FIGARO, we collaborated with ShanTi Creations, a woman owned company located in Queens, New York. Sticking true to our values and making each and every product non-toxic, as sustainable as possible and using local production, ShanTi Creations is the perfect fit. They produce natural coconut wax candles in Mason jars for easy repurposing options and only clean, non-toxic ingredients. 

After ten years building her management career in the bar and restaurant industry, owner of ShanTi Creations, Danielle O’Connor found her self wanting to create for herself instead of someone else. Loving candles, but hating that she never knew what to do with the container after and learning how toxic conventional candles are she built her own zero-wast candle business. 

Get to know Danielle:

Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Danielle: I’d say I’m a mixture of both. I’m a hunter because I strive taking charge and leading but — I also always need to gather, collect and analyze all parts,  before being able to make a decision in the hunt. 

If you could only see everything in shades and tones of one color for the rest of your life. Which color would that be?
Danielle: This is such a hard question, at first I jumped to black/white and all the shaded in-between because black is my favorite color but then released green. It would be like I’m living with nature all around me.


What was the last gift you gave someone?

Danielle: My Time & Energy. Yep, Putting a bow on my head here--Does that sound weird? But I don’t think people realize enough that giving time is the best gift we can give and receive. I hope 2020 has brought the realization that spending time with one another is a the ultimate underrated gift.  Outside of that, definitely a candle- everyone gets candles :) 

Describe the color yellow to somebody who is blind.
Danielle: It is a soft comforting color, like the warmth of sunlight streaming through a window while warming your face. 

If you were a dessert, what dessert would you be?
Danielle: A cookie, because they are crisp around the edges, but soft in the middle.
If you could have a dinner with any two people from history, dead or alive, who would you choose?
Danielle: There are so many people to choose from, but I would say Notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Marilyn Monroe.

Sushi or Burger?

Danielle: Burger for sure, I’m not a sushi fan!

If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Danielle: Would probably be like the Friends theme song, it is just so comforting and happy the moment you hear it.

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