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Malibu Apothecary was inspired by Founder Claire Ellis’s love for travel, wellness, and all things luxury. This passion for travel led her all around the globe. From spending months living on the Côte d'Azur to solo trips exploring Asia, Claire believed no beach should be left unexplored. Based on the science that scent is the strongest trigger of memory, Claire started pouring candles as a hobby in her Southern California apartment in between her travels, aiming to capture the spirit of the places she visited through fragrance. Here, she discovered the toxicity and unethical standards prevalent throughout the candle industry. 

Specifically, she discovered that most candle brands use paraffin, a petroleum by-product that comes in the form of a black sludge found at the bottom of oil barrels. This wax is bleached white using 10x the concentration of our household bleach. When this wax is burned, carcinogenic chemicals, known to cause health problems, are released with toxins into our home. Claire knew there must be a better way to enjoy not only candles but life. Thus, she strived to create a product that promoted both a cleaner Earth and cleaner living without having to compromise on price, scent, or experience.
After early production led to a few small fires, some stained wood floors, and a lost rent deposit, Malibu Apothecary candles now use clean-burning coconut wax and sustainably sourced essential oil-infused fragrances to support their mission of creating cleaner candles for a cleaner Earth. Additionally, 20% of sales are donated directly to coastal conservation efforts. These coastal candles take the names and notes of these places, working with the local communities of these exotic locales such as the Cayman Islands Board of Tourism, to create scents that will transport you through candlelight to a beach far away. 
Today, Malibu Apothecary crafts olfactory experiences through their transportive fragrances that capture Claire’s cultivated passion for travel and clean, non-toxic living.

"Craving a vacation but have got nowhere to go? Bring the scents of paradise to the home with Malibu Apothecary's collection of candles, all inspired by luxury destinations traveled to by the brand's founder—think Turks & Caicos, Hawaii, and the Cayman Islands."
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Byrdie Beauty - October 20, 2020
"Malibu Apothecary candles use clean-burning coconut wax and sustainably sourced essential oil-infused fragrances to support their mission of creating cleaner candles for a cleaner Earth. Additionally, 20% of sales are donated directly to coastal conservation efforts. Oh, did I mention that they smell absolutely amazing?"
Flique Editorial - October 12, 2020
""The warmth of vanilla bean woven with a touch of coconut will unfurl to fill any room with an elegant intensity rich in aroma and aesthetic.""
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Living Cozy - October 06, 2020
"Give the gift of light with Malibu Apothecary’s luxury coconut wax candles. Notes inspired by exotic beaches will allow you to escape with an aroma more divine than its aesthetic. Perfect to send to a loved one this summer, you can even personalize these handcrafted comforts. Visit and follow @malibuapothecary on Instagram. "
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British Vogue - April 27, 2020
"These Mini Matte Black Candles made by Malibu Apothecary will be the perfect WFH accessory for your boss and cure for wanderlust as each coastal candle is inspired by beaches and capture the essence of vacation through fragrance. This affordable luxury is only $25 for their 4oz candle and $43 for the 8oz version."
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Gift Bee - September 18, 2020
"I was immediately drawn to their beautiful packaging and the fact that they never use gasoline byproducts in their wax. When I received my first candle I thought to myself, this would make a fantastic gift, but of course I selfishly kept mine to myself and it is currently sitting on my coffee table. What I like about Malibu Apothecary is that the brand is inspired by luxury vacation spots -- something I am missing dearly with the travel ban. One light of a candle and you immediately become nostalgic with the scents of places like Montauk, Malibu and the Mediterranean.... Bonus? They also donate 20% of all their online sales to coastal conservation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation."
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Skin City NYC - September 16, 2020
"Suppose I had let my anxiety or fears overcome me, I may not have left a nice paying job with benefits (despite the cost of Beverly Hills rent) to pursue my passion for capturing travel through fragrance. From Cayman to Corsica, each coastal candle we create at Malibu Apothecary is inspired by these places I have explored, aiming to evoke the essence of the beach through scent. "
Flique Editorial - August 31, 2020
"So if you could harness the power of scent to take you anywhere, anytime, where would you go? Why not a vacation? That is what Claire Ellis, Founder of Malibu Apothecary, is doing through her vacation-inspired clean candle company."
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Project Hatch - August 27, 2020
"Claire Ellis began pouring candles as a hobby before eventually deciding to start her business. The Southern California-based Malibu Apothecary creates non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free candles with scents inspired by exotic islands and beaches. A new partner this year, Malibu Apothecary donates 20 percent of the purchase price from online sales of the Iridescent Pink candle to BCRF."
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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation - June 10, 2020
"In need of a little fix of Cayman? As our homes become our home office and the borders are closed, why not create a Caymanian inspired vacation, right in your home? "
Cayman Islands Inspired Apothecary
Cayman Collective
"Claire Ellis from Malibu Apothecary offers luxury coastal-inspired candle to ornament your lovely home. Their destination inspired scents aims to capture the essence of vacation through fragrance and can be easily purchased through their website within $25 to $53. They are based in California and able to deliver your product anywhere."
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"Based on the science that scent is the strongest trigger of memory, I started pouring candles as a hobby in my Southern California apartment. Here, I discovered the toxicity and unethical standards prevalent throughout the candle industry. Ultimately, this inspired the foundation of Malibu Apothecary, my vacation-inspired, mission-based candle company. With each scent inspired after coastal places I have traveled, these fragrances aim to capture the essence of these exotic locales through their notes and names."
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Voyage LA
"The bloggers and social media mavens at the brunch covered the spectrum from beauty to lifestyle, fitness, family and wellness. Attendees received gift bags packed with goodies from Malibu Apothecary..."
50 of Shades of Blogging event let Palm Beach County influencers rub elbows with celebrities gifting Malibu Apothecary
Palm Beach Post - March 11, 2020
"With quality and luxury in mind, LE & Co gifted celebrities an unparalleled level of style and sophistication in beauty, health, home, travel and wellness, while supporting Lisa Vanderpump (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules) and her amazing foundation."
Luxury Experience & Co Set the Stage for the Ultimate Celebrity Gifting Lounge Experience with Malibu Apothecary
Bloomberg - January 08, 2020
"Each candle is infused with natural coconut & soy wax, essential oil-infused premium fragrance oils and a cotton wick"
Little Helpers In Life
Charitable Partner
Malibu Apothecary and Heal The Bay are thrilled to announce our new partnership! This partnership supports Malibu Apothecary's mission to create clean coastal candles with clean ingredients that now give back to keep our coasts clean! 20% of the proceeds of an online purchase of the Classic Matte Candles go directly to Heal the Bay.
Charitable Partner
BCRF is proud to welcome Malibu Apothecary into our partner family! This year, Malibu Apothecary will be donating 20% of the purchase price of every Iridescent Pink candle sold online to BCRF. Based in Southern California, Malibu Apothecary creates luxury hand-poured candles that are rich in aesthetic and aroma. Each candle's notes and names are inspired by exotic islands or beaches traveled, from Malibu to Montauk and Cayman to Cap-D'Ail, aiming to take you on a scent journey. You can feel good about each burn, as all their candles are made from coconut and soy-based wax, and are non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty-free. 20% of every online sale of the Iridescent Pink candle in all nine scents goes directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
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