Wickalicious Candle Company is a student-run Integrated Business Core (IBC) company that prides itself on the quality of its product.
The students enrolled in IBC knew they needed a product to sell — they had several options — they chose candles because of the market and profit potential.
“Some of our goals are to make high-quality candles everyone will enjoy and to switch from booth sales to online sales,” said Alias Erickson, a junior studying business management.
The candles are made on campus in the Ezra Taft Benson Building.
“They’re all handmade candles,” Erickson said. “We take high responsibility and pride in our company and what we do.”
Wickalicious uses real food items, like fruity pebbles and sprinkles to decorate the jars.
“The candle process starts with prepping our jars with the wicks and the decorations around the edges of the jars,” said Saige Reynolds, a senior studying business finance and chief operations officer for the company. “We then let them dry and begin prepping the wax. We melt the wax and dye in big melting pots made especially for candles and once all the wax is made we stir in the fragrance oil. Once everything is combined we begin pouring the wax. We use wick tabs to hold the wicks in place after it has been poured. We then let them sit overnight to dry. The next day we use a heat gun to fix any cracking or imperfections, add our labels and lids, and they are good to go!”
According to the company’s website, an eight-ounce candle is priced at $11.99 and a four-ounce candle is priced at $7.99.
Lane Osterhout, a junior studying business management is the CEO during the group’s first rotation. He oversees each of the company’s three departments to ensure everything that needs to be done gets done.
“I put out fires,” Osterhout said. “That’s my job. It’s pretty fun. It’s exciting. It’s a lot of work, a lot of walking, but I like it.”
Wickalicious is diversifying its product line by adding new scents.
“We started with dessert candles and they were really successful,” Osterhout said. “People love them. We’re coming out more with some fresher scents, some deeper scents like pine, lemon — more of these savory, more clean scents.”
Students interested in finding out more about Wickalicious can follow the company’s Instagram page.