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We pulled Kristen and Thomas away from pouring soy wax to find out how they balance shop talk with pillow talk, which candle they burn when it’s time to relax and how they’d describe the scent of their adopted hometown, Los Angeles.

Kristen: We carpool together every day! We used to have a short commute, but it’s a bit longer now that we have to pick up our daughter, Poppy, at daycare. Once we get home, we’re all about family time and try our best to follow a “no phone” policy. With our busy schedules, we relish all the moments we get to spend with Poppy during the week.

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Tom: We love hanging out in our backyard. I convinced Kristen to get a bean bag chair and we take it out onto the deck – Poppy loves to jump on it. Spending time outdoors with the family is the ultimate way to unwind.

Kristen: Rustic modern meets California eclectic. Our home is filled with muted tones and textures, real wood pieces and what seems like 50 billion plants (actual count is closer to 55).

Kristen: The amount of DIY projects I do for the home has decreased significantly since our business picked up – there’s just not enough time! I’m really proud of the baby blanket I just knit for Poppyvintage cushion covers, however.

Kristen: Nightshade. It’s a little floral and has a base of lavender and black pepper. It’s a very soothing and sophisticated scent.

Tom: Teakwood &; Tobacco – it’s warm and comforting. It’s a classic.

Kristen: There’s so much judgement over work-life balance. We’ve accepted that it’s not our strong suit! One of the keys to our success has been our willingness to work all day making candles, come home and continue to discuss the business. We eat, sleep and breathe candles. When it works, it’s amazing. We do have one rule though – no shop talk around the baby.

Kristen: Two books, Aesop hand cream, a fake Oscar for “Best Wife” that Tom got me a couple years ago, a candle (the custom scent, Overalls, that we created for Madewell) and a plant (of course).

Tom: I don’t have one, but I do keep my phone and a utility knife on the floor next to me.

Kristen: Is it cheating if I say our own? I always try to answer any remaining questions and like tagged photos before falling asleep!

Tom: I mainly follow National Parks and guitar pedal makers. My favorites are @saguaronationalpark, @yellowstonenps, @abominablepedals and @earthquakerdev.

Kristen: I’ll speak for both of us on this one…sleep comes much easier since having the baby! By the end of the day, I can barely get through a couple pages of my book before I’m out.

Kristen: We light a bunch of unscented prayer candles to start the day. Sometimes, we burn a new scent we’re testing to get the vibe.

Kristen: I drink warm coffee with almond milk or an iced almond milk latte.

Tom: Generally, I drink cold brew black. I might add half and half on a special occasion (like vacation, a weekend or if I’m stressed).

Kristen: We made an April Fools candle in 2016 called “City of Angels.” Here’s a throwback to the scent description: “Top notes of sunscreen, hot asphalt and bougainvillea mingle with cold-pressed juice, musky smog, exhaust and bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Hints of broken dreams, new-age mysticism and dog urine play on the edges, while a base of earthy cannabis gives a substantial finish.”

Kristen: When?we translated all of our fragrances to sprays, the scent development wasn’t super different. We did, however, work with our fragrance house to ensure all the oils we used in our room sprays were body safe – just in case! Room sprays give a lighter application of the scent. It’s concentrated at first and will linger on textiles subtly throughout the day. We spray it on our?pillows, floor mats in our car and have it around for a quick pick-me-up.

Kristen: To be honest, the stress comes and goes. Having the baby last year really put things in perspective for me! Tom and I try to get out and hike as much as possible – connecting with nature is my ideal way to de-stress. I also like to clean the house. I have what I call my “one hour clean” – a routine I follow that hits all the major points. It makes me feel more settled to have the space in order.

Kristen: I’d bring our discontinued lavender scent. I’ve never met a lavender I didn’t like, so I’d be okay smelling it for the rest of time.

Tom: Copal! It reminds me of a trip Kristen and I took to Mexico.

Kristen: We’ve been working on a Poppy-inspired scent all year and it’s impossible! The interpretation is too powdery.

Kristen: Soy wax, made from American soy beans, is a sustainable and renewable resource, unlike typical petroleum, which is finite. It’s plant-based, which we feel comfortable touching with our hands every day. It also takes a fragrance really well.

Kristen: Confirmed! I started P.F. as a blog in 2007, and Pommes Frites was a play on my last name, Pumphrey. This was back in the Myspace days, and Kristen Pommes Frites was my username. All I can say is this, be careful when naming your business at the age of 22! We get a lot of requests for a french fry scented candle…no plans on that yet.

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