Enter the olfactory oasis that is Detroit Rose! The Southwest Detroit-based shop offers sweet serenity in the form of its clean-ingredient-infused candles and skincare items.
I came to Detroit Rose for a candle-making class put on by the owner, Elaine, and one of her teammates, Lailani. The class was WONDERFUL! From the moment I stepped into the shop, I felt welcomed. Elaine and Lailani greeted me warmly and told me to help myself to a spread: wine and seltzer, crackers and cheese, and other snacks and libations set out for class attendees.
I immediately adored the shop’s contemporary yet cozy vibes: white walls and neutrals accented by pops of color; a profusion of potted plants; and of course, shelves of skincare and candles. Lots and lots of lovely-smelling candles! (A special shout-out goes to Detroit Rose’s Campfire candle, which is one of the best things I’ve smelled in my LIFE!)
The other class attendees – all women – filtered in, and they were all good vibes: friendly and interesting and fun. I felt like a kid at summer camp overeager to make friends; I wanted to befriend them all! Ladies, can we start a Detroit Rose March 16, 2023 alumni club, please? You gals were awesome!
Elaine and Lailani were awesome, too! They put on an amazing class; it was so informative. I had no idea how much science went into scent-making. That was the bulk of the class, actually: learning how to construct a candle scent comprised of three notes: the top, middle, and base notes. We sniffed essential oil sample sticks to learn which notes we liked best together, then concocted our scent using a formula recommended by Elaine: the ideal ratios of each scent note.
After much sniffing and considering, I’d crafted my signature scent: a base note of sandalwood, middle note of lavender, and top note of cinnamon. It’s an alluring mix of floral and musk, if I do say so myself! And it’s a clean mix. Detroit Rose’s hand-poured candles are made with soy-based wax and essential oils. They are free of all the baddie stuff: petroleum, dyes, additives, preservatives, phthalates, lead.
Detroit Rose’s skincare products – its clay mask, face and body oils, tonic, and hand sanitizer – are also free of no-no nasty chemicals. Nourishing natural ingredients infused in these items include rosehip, chia, sunflower, and jojoba.
Whether you’re looking to take a class or treat yourself to its self-care-promoting wares, check out Detroit Rose! Shop from home via its website, or hit the shop to browse (and sniff) in-person; see the Studio Shopping page of Detroit Rose’s website for more details about its retail hours. And to see when the next candle-making class opens for registration, follow its Instagram account, detroit_rose.
451 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48216