Today we’d like to introduce you to Taylor Marie Smith.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
It all started with my older brother Wil’s curiosity & brilliance in 2015. He created the first prototype & trusted me with his idea of creating candles inside of seashells. I didn’t actually look into the idea until a couple of years later when I attempted the start of my research. I didn’t really know where to start, but I knew what standards I had in mind so I made a list. It all seemed to be going well until I hit a wall within my research, and that led me to take a break. In 2018, I started my research again and it still felt like an endless amount of trial & error. Finally, in 2019, I had perfected my vision of what is now known as Euphoric Aromas. From that point I created my first website, Instagram page, content, etc. All I needed to do at that point was actually make some sales and get my business out there. With the help of my mother’s management of my brand, I was able to sell my first candles at the Marina Del Rey Farmers Market & Abbot Kinney. This led me to participating in numerous markets including the Malibu Farmers Market, Westwood Village, Playa Vista, Melrose Trading Post, the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and also hosting my first pop up. I’ve been in business officially for three years, however it wasn’t until the pandemic that I decided to put all of my energy into Euphoric Aromas. It’s been sweet ever since.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It definitely has not been a smooth road, but it’s been so beyond worth it. Looking back on every trial & error I’ve faced & then being able to see what I’ve created makes my heart so full. I’m genuinely obsessed & so happy with the success of my business/brand. With every hardship I’ve faced throughout my candle journey, I have absolutely zero regrets. There is no feeling like witnessing your own growth & recognizing where your hard work, determination & motivation can take you. I’ve had so many moments of doubt & uncertainty, but those are the times when I’ve pushed myself the hardest; Those are the times when I realized how close I was to every goal & expectation I’ve set for myself & my brand. With all of the struggles along the way, I have always had a strong belief in alignment & things/situations being meant for me; so when things that I had envisioned didn’t necessarily go my way, I always knew it was because there was something better on it’s way to me. Now I’m officially enjoying the better while continuing to make my way to the best & it all feels like a dream.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’ve been tapping into my creativity since a young age. As a kid, I would write and draw in my room for hours. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve wanted to continue exploring my artistic expressions; really do something that was good for my spirit/soul. Drawing has always been a passion of mine & I always wanted to learn how to paint but didn’t make the time. In 2018, I went to a paint & sip and that night inspired me to actually get into it. It became a release for when my mind was clouded & my days were stressful. When I began living on my own, I spent a lot of time alone, which gave me more time to dive in. I love anime/cartoons & writing so I started creating pieces of my favorite characters & pieces based on my own poetry/writings. I would paint for hours & hours until one day I felt confident enough to share my work.
After having shared my first piece, it was sold within an hour of me posting it. I’ll never get over that feeling I had when it was sold, knowing that I was solely doing this for my spirit , my peace of my mind, and not for profit. I had sold my first painting as a self-taught artist. It felt amazing! It still does! Being able to connect with people through my art is a blessing. People loving my art, supporting my art & encouraging my art is a feeling that I can’t even begin to express. I’m extremely proud of myself, my morals/values, determination, motivation, confidence & overall creativity. It feels incredible when I picture something in my mind & apply it to a canvas. It feels even more amazing creating on my own terms, standards & what I like. In a time where everyone yearns acceptance, I’ve found my power in caring less about what’s “cool” & defining it for myself.
- Email: Euphoric.Aromas.HCC@gmail.com
- Website: EuphoricAromas.Life
- Instagram: @Euphoric.Aromas & @Art.By.Nilla
I create all of my own content. Third photo image credits belong to Chandler Stephens for the beautiful content of our Good Fortune Shell paired with the hand crafted @Madenjoi jade resin plate.