Our Story


Hi! I’m Trista and I’m the designer and candle maker behind Clever Cow Candle Co.
When the pandemic hit in 2020 and I was home all the time, I began burning candles much more frequently than I had previously. One day, I was sitting in my living room enjoying one of my favorite candles and suddenly noticed a big black ring of soot on the ceiling above where this candle was burning! I pointed it out to my husband later and he got up on the ladder and tried to clean it. It wouldn’t budge! I was sad I could no longer enjoy my favorite candle and disgusted at what the candle had done to my home. And I began to wonder what it had also done to my family’s lungs if it could do that to my ceiling!
So, I began researching clean burning candles. I found some that I liked, but I struggled to find the look and scents I wanted. In my research, I learned how clean burning candles are made and decided I would just create what I wanted.

I love Farmhouse décor and had the idea to pour candles into enamel campfire mugs with fun designs on them. I had the graphic design skills to create the designs, but I had to figure out how to get the mugs made. With the help of my husband and a little trial and error, I learned how to sublimate (heat press) the mugs with my designs and we were off and running! Since the designs are heat pressed, they are permanent. They’re not a sticker or label. They won’t peal, rub or wear off.
All of my candles are hand poured in small batches with 100% soy wax, cotton wicks and clean fragrances. They won’t emit any soot or chemicals into your home. They are vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate-free and petroleum free. You can enjoy burning and smelling these amazing candles without worrying about what they’re doing to your home, your family or the environment. And you get to enjoy a fun mug design too!
Did I mention the mugs are reusable? When you’re done burning the candle, you can clean out the mug (follow these instructions) and then you’ve got a mug to drink out of!
Happy Shopping,