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Tulsa Candle Business Turned Hand Sanitizer Manufacturer

Posted at 10:37 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 23:47:08-04

TULSA, Okla. — While the world remains in a time that is bad for business, one small Tulsa business bounces back.

Secret Gardens Candle switched to hand sanitizers to stay afloat during the outbreak. They have a new lab where the recipe comes to life.

Matthew Vasquez, Secret Gardens Candle’s co-owner, lists the ingredients and says, “All of our sprays are anywhere from 70-90% alcohol, then glycerin, distilled water, and whatever scent we are going to put in that one.”

Candles to sanitizers is the switch they did not see coming.

Vasquez says, "We haven't made a candle as a candle company in three weeks. Now, we’re seeing orders from all over the U.S. We’re taking care of people in California, where it’s really bad; New York, where they’re stuck in their houses now. We are taking care of all of Green Country. Next thing you know, ONG calls us for a big order. Then, Amazon calls us. It has just taken off.”

Amazon asked Secret Gardens for 2,400 bottles a week.

Vasquez says, “While other companies are closing and laying people off, we’re not having to worry about that.”

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