About Us

Welcome to NotUrAverage Candles (pronounced "Not Your Average" Candles), where every flicker tells a story! As a proudly Black-owned and operated candle company nestled in the heart of Colle Park, MD, we're not just about wax and wicks – we're about igniting your passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through scent.

Picture this: your space filled with the aromatic wonders of our hand-poured creations, each scent a celebration of a different STEM marvel. From the enchanting allure of chemistry to the electrifying buzz of technology, we're here to spark your curiosity and elevate your ambiance.

But wait, there's more! Our commitment to sustainability means that every candle not only tantalizes your senses but also treads lightly on the planet. Crafted with eco-conscious materials, our candles are phthalate-free, reusable, and designed to leave a minimal footprint.

So, whether you're a science aficionado, a tech enthusiast, or simply someone who loves a good scent story, join us on a journey where every flame illuminates the beauty of STEM. Light up your space with NotUrAverage Candles – because why settle for ordinary when you can ignite extraordinary?

Meet the Founder, Dr. Courtney Johnson!

Hello there! I'm Dr. Courtney Johnson, and by day, I delve into the fascinating realms of research, but by night, I transform into a candle-making enthusiast extraordinaire.

My journey into the world of fragrances began long before I earned my Bioengineering PhD from the University of Maryland - College Park and my Chemical Engineering studies at Northeastern University.  It all started with those Saturday mornings spent cleaning alongside my mom, where the lingering aroma of incense would permeate every corner of our home. I found myself captivated by scents but while I adored the fragrant ambiance, I couldn't quite shake off the nuisance of dust that inevitably followed.

It wasn't until my time at Northeastern that I stumbled upon my true passion for candles. Target became my sanctuary, a place where I could lose myself amidst rows of flickering flames. Experimentation became my forte as I mixed and matched various scents, crafting intricate fragrances to suit every mood and occasion.

Fast forward to today, and what began as a simple hobby has blossomed into the vibrant company you see before you. NotUrAverage Candles isn't just about wax and wicks; it's a fusion of my profound love for candles and my unwavering devotion to the scientific world.

Through this venture, I aspire to do more than merely create delightful aromas. I envision a world where the enchantment of STEM fields becomes accessible to all, where each candle serves as a gateway to newfound knowledge and inspiration.

Join me on this aromatic odyssey, where science meets scent and curiosity knows no bounds. Together, let's illuminate minds and spaces alike with the magic of NotUrAverage Candles.