The Journey Toward Light
I’m Cari Hahn, owner and creator of Karma Candles. Through Karma, I’ve blended my background in art therapy with my own need to emerge from darkness to create light in my life and the lives of others. For me, darkness came on April 15, 2016, in the form of a breast cancer diagnosis, and while this was indeed a dark time for me and my family, my training provided me with the tools of creative expression that can foster healing and support mental well-being. Throughout my treatment journey, as my body worked to repair and regenerate, my mission remained steadfast: I needed to create good in the world.
After finishing treatment in late 2016, I looked at my life and started to assess what needed to change. This time of deep searching revealed many things, including all of the toxic products in my home that were designed to make me feel better, but that I knew were making me and many other people feel worse. I needed a creative outlet, and I wanted to return to my healing roots. But more importantly, I wanted to share the healing I was experiencing with anyone who needed it. I believe what we put out into this world is undoubtedly what we receive in return. That was the start of Karma Candles.
“Let light shine out of darkness”
Karma Candles are all natural, handmade, and environmentally-safe from start to finish. Each batch is hand-poured, and hand-wicked with natural cotton and lead and zinc-free wicks, in Carmel, Indiana. Every candle I make is infused with my heartfelt, best wishes that the light I discovered will carry through to anyone who receives one of our products.
Cancer will forever be a part of my story. Even now, it's the pulse of the charitable work I do. Making candles and owning my own business has given me a sense of purpose as I maneuver through cancer survivorship. I know there's a very real likelihood that my cancer could return. Instead of living in fear, doubt or hesitation, I choose to live in light and to create and share that light with others.
In 2019 a new fire started and we expanded our brand. The company officially became Karma Candles and Kinds because we are so much more than candles. We are truly a lifestyle brand and offer thoughtful gifting using clean and luxurious ingredients. In addition, I designed a thoughtful jewelry line made to be worn and loved. The jewelry is meant to inspire, encourage and empower. The jewelry is made in the USA and our necklaces are sterling silver.
Wishing you life, love, light and good karma -- always!