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February 25, 2013

Virginia Candle

Six years ago, Meghan Cook needed a creative outlet. Between jobs in an office by day and waiting tables at night, she began experimenting with fragrances and soy wax in her home kitchen.

But after feedback from friends and family, Cook started the Sydney Hale Company, in Arlington, Va.

The company name has a special meaning. Sydney was her paternal grandfather’s middle name; Hale is her husband’s middle name.

Cook wanted her candles to be special too. The subtle fragrances are hand-blended into clean-burning soy wax and packaged in reusable glass tumblers.

Top sellers include Tobacco + Sandalwood (below), Fir + Blue Sage, Bergamot + Black Tea and Eucalyptus + Sage. With double wicks, candles ($28) are available in 14-ounce clear or amber glass tumblers.

Look for Cucumber & Mint. New for spring, it is available now. Ten percent of the company’s profits go to animal rescue, a cause important to Cook.

Purchase candles at

In the Atlanta area, find candles at Simply Put (, 1170 Howell Mill Road, Suite 104, Atlanta, and Morgan Kylee (, 3273 Roswell Road, Atlanta.



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