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Latina-Owned Candle Business in Downey Captures the Scents of Your Childhood – NBC Los Angeles

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Who can forget the smell of a Saturday spent cleaning, as the sound of music blasted in the background: the smell that filled the air and made you get up knowing you would have to grab a broom and help out? 

Or perhaps you recall the smell of hot chocolate and pan dulce as you sat around the table hearing your comadre’s latest chisme

What if you can relive those memories by lighting a candle in your room? While you fold that pile of laundry you’ve been putting off.

Marcella Gomez, a mother, nurse and cancer survivor from Downey is the founder of Oh Comadre Candles, a Latina-owned business that quite literally captures those memories in a candle. 

“Oh Comadre Candles celebrate life through a Latina’s eye. The candles are intended to evoke emotion, comfort, memory, or even a laugh,” Gomez said. 

Gomez started her business online in 2014 as a form of therapy, and time away from the nursing job she had at the time. It was a way for her to disconnect from the stress of a work day and help distract her, she explains. 

In October of 2020, Gomez was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has since received treatment and has been in remission. 

She says she would like her story to be an example of the importance of taking care of your health and seeing your doctor. 

“Take care of yourself like we take care of others,” Gomez said. “If your best friend told you they found a lump, you would drop everything and help your good friend seek medical attention.  Why not do the same for yourself?”

Since starting her business, Gomez has gained over 76,000 followers on Instagram and has recently opened her first storefront in Downey a couple of months ago. 

“I have nothing but gratitude for anyone taking the time to walk through our door.  It’s an awesome feeling that any small business can relate,” Gomez said. “I couldn’t believe the amount of support the shop recieved. I still can’t believe it. Someone please pinch me.”

Gomez says it was a long process to find the right formula for her candles. Then in 2016 she received her first online order. 

“I could not believe someone purchased it from me. I thought it was a joke because the order came on my birthday. Fortunately, it was the first of many orders to come,” Gomez said. 

Most Latinos can relate to the scents of Fabuloso, Vaporub, Pan Dulce, Abuelita Hot Chocolate, Horchata, and even Jabon Zote. 

These are the scents of childhood and the day to day that bring happiness and can now be enjoyed in your sala. 

“Each candle is individually hand poured with lots of love. You will probably say, everyone says that,” Gomez said. “Well, my candle is like a good home-cooked meal.  You can eat the same dish at a restaurant or home but the home-cooked meal has a certain sparkle in the taste that only a home cooked meal has.”

Gomez has a wide variety of candles on her website but says the best seller continues to be Pan Dulce. 

You can visit Oh Comadre Candles at their store located at 9102 Firestone Blvd. Suite R in Downey or online.



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