How did we Begin?
Ayoka Candles Co.'s founder, Epiphanie Yohou, started making candles in 2016 as personalized gifts for holidays, birthdays and other events to friends, family and coworkers. This hobby soon turned into an annual holiday venture through word of mouth and a few years later a small business. She wanted to curate a product that was all-natural, long-lasting, versatile and most importantly enticing to the senses.
Ms. Yohou was born in the Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire) and grew up in the United States. She understood at an early age the power of giving in gratitude by watching her grandfather who was a teacher, farmers in her village and her parents who immigrated to the United States in the 1990s give to others and the joy they experienced in doing so.
The word Ayoka [ah-YO-Kah] originates from Ivory Coast meaning 'thank you’ or ‘gratitude.' At Ayoka Candles Co., we create high quality, naturally based products that are pleasurable to your senses and environmentally sustainable. It is our passion and love for helping others show gratitude to their friends and loved ones in a simple form of luxury that drove us to create our suite of products. Ayoka Candles are handmade with the utmost care using all-natural coconut-soy wax. As an entrepreneur, Epiphanie's passion extends from Ayoka’s candles to the support of other small businesses through sponsorship, collaborations and promotions.