EssentiallyCharlie

Candles made with beeswax, coconut oil, essential oils.

Brooklyn, New York

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Announcement    Happy Pride! We are donating a portion of the proceeds from our Plant Kween, Junior Mintt, and LGBTQ candles to Familia:TQLM (familiatqlm.org) and GLITS (glitsinc.org). Enjoy free shipping on orders $50+, and 15% off our 14oz vessels.

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Last updated on Jun 3, 2021

Happy Pride! We are donating a portion of the proceeds from our Plant Kween, Junior Mintt, and LGBTQ candles to Familia:TQLM (familiatqlm.org) and GLITS (glitsinc.org). Enjoy free shipping on orders $50+, and 15% off our 14oz vessels.

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Charlie Ferrusi

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About EssentiallyCharlie

Sales 4,065
On Etsy since 2016

Essentially Charlie

Essentially Charlie started in 2018 with a deep-rooted eco-friendly vision that prioritized environmental sustainability and our well-being. Essentially Charlie is based in Brooklyn, NY, and is owned and operated by Charlie Ferrusi and Nick Ursiak.

For years, Charlie was frustrated with the chemical fragrance industry, “greenwashing,” price gouging, and corruption in the agricultural sector. He was determined to make a difference, and he entered the candle market offering something unique, safe, and affordable. Charlie is a public health professional with a deep passion for environmental justice, consumer product safety, health policy, and human rights. He works full-time at the Institute for Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He holds a BS in Health Education from SUNY Brockport and an MPH in Community Health from New York University.

With a health-conscious nature, love for candles, and desire to protect the environment, Charlie went on to develop a durable and environmentally conscious wax blend made with coconut oil and beeswax and scented exclusively with pure essential oils. Essentially Charlie started selling candles on Etsy, and to date, we have proudly made over 4,000 sales. Essentially Charlie has since branched out, offering wholesale rates to restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios, plant shops, salons, and gift shops. We have also accepted select bulk orders for weddings, college events, and company parties. Still, the most rewarding opportunity to sell our candles has been through flea markets and events throughout New York.

In 2019, Charlie teamed up with his partner, Nick Ursiak, to support product photography and enhance our graphic design capacity. Nick is an illustrator and designer and develops every candle label with colorful and minimalist elements. As the business grew, Nick became instrumental to the continued success and growth of the company, and he later joined as a co-owner. Nick and Charlie live together and operate Essentially Charlie out of their apartment in Brooklyn while also maintaining full-time jobs in their respective fields. Nick and Charlie proudly hand-pour and ship every candle and take full responsibility for all operations.

Essentially Charlie has launched distinct collections of candles in three short years, including a signature, Winter, citronella, crystal, LGBTQ, and political line. To date, we have sold over 10,000 candles to customers in every state and multiple countries. We believe our success is attributed to the quality and affordability of our product, the positive social and environmental impact of our business model, and our unwavering communication of our mission to customers.

Charlie’s very first candle was made with coconut oil, beeswax, and essential oils. This vision holds to this day, and every candle has been made the same ever since. Essentially Charlie candles are affordable and made solely with sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients. Our company values complete ingredient transparency, which is why we detail every essential oil used to make up our blends. Standardized labeling of candles is not enforced or regulated, resulting in candle companies participating in the act of “greenwashing,” which is the process of deceptively marketing a product as environmentally friendly, conveying a false impression of the product’s actual environmental impact.

Curating a candle with coconut oil, beeswax, essential oils, and wooden or hemp wicks results in a candle that is expensive to produce. Regardless, we are committed to offering our candles at a reasonable price point and refuse to engage in the unfair act of “price gouging.” We believe that all people should have access to non-toxic and healthy candles in their homes no matter their financial circumstances.

We have used our company to uplift local communities, progressive causes, and non-profit organizations. We have had the opportunity to collaborate with Plant Kween, Phoebe Cheong (Welcome to the Jungle Home), Junior Mintt, Michaella Tretheway (Pisces in Orbit Crystals), The Inky Hand, Diana Davis, Supernatural Coffee, and Lil' Deb's Oasis (candles featured in Bon Appetit Magazine). Our collaborations were unique opportunities to co-design labels and curate new scents while also building community and supporting our friends and neighbors. Proceeds from candle sales have supported progressive political campaigns and black and LGBTQ-led organizations such as Audre Lorde Project, Familia:TQLM, GLITS, In Our Own Voices, and Fair Fight Action.

After three years, Essentially Charlie is just beginning to make its mark in the candle industry. We have received over 500 positive reviews on Etsy and continue to hear through messages and in-person experiences about how our candles have impacted our customers’ lives. We are excited and lucky to be able to share a piece of our creations with you. Thank you for supporting Essentially Charlie.

Shop members

  • Charlie Ferrusi

    Owner, Curator

  • Nick Urisak

    Designer, Maker

Production partners

  • Nick Ursiak

    Brooklyn, NY

    Illustrator, graphic designer, and co-owner of Essentially Charlie Candles.

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