Our Story

About Us

1502 Candle Co. was born in Ocean Beach, California. Founder and Creator Caroline made candles at home for family and friends, breathing new life into repurposed jars and teacups. She poured them with intention, mixing in fragrances that made her nostalgic for nature and time spent outdoors.

After a few years, Caroline’s creative explorations bloomed into the full boutique candle and home fragrance company we call ours. We’ve grown into a small team, and you can now find 1502 on our website as well as in shops and boutiques across the country. But even with a few more hands pouring wax, we’ve kept the intention alive: to create earth-inspired candles and home fragrances that inspire beauty and cultivate calm.

Why 1502?

1502 stands for OB, 15th and 2nd letters in the alphabet and the initials of the town where our business was born. No matter how much we grow, Ocean Beach will always feel like home. 

Our Materials 

Like our fragrances, we choose our ingredients carefully. We prefer to source supplies that are recycled / recyclable, biodegradable and made in the US. We use soy wax which is derived from American-grown soybeans, and is renewable and biodegradable. Our fragrances are blends of high-quality, phthalate-free essential and fragrance oils.

We Give Back

Nature is our inspiration, so it’s only fitting that we share our profits with her. 1502 is a member of 1% for the Planet, donating at least 1% of our sales each year to environmental and social justice  nonprofits and indigenous-led groups caring for the land we live on. 

Community Partners 

Communities for a Better Environment

Feeding San Diego®

The San Diego River Park Foundation

Indigenous Environmental Network

Native Like Water

Native Conservancy

1502 Through the Years