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Candle Formulator

  • Curio Brands
  • 08/09/21
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 55414
  • 65,000 / Yearly
  • Full-Time
At CURiO, people are the heartbeat of our business. There would be no Thymes or Capri Blue without the collective passion and commitment of our employees. We consistently strive to return the same care that our employees bring to CURiO every day.

As a company that helps consumers enhance lifes big and small moments through fragrance, we are in the business of self-care. And we share that focus on self-care within the company as well. Its how we balance our AMBITIOUS cornerstone. We work hard to deliver our mission and vision, but we also value taking time to care for ourselves. Physical and mental health and wellness are our top priority, and CURiO has self-care offerings to provide more time away from work and flexible support to all who need it by offering:

PTO Paid Holidays Celebratory Days Flexible Fridays Flexible Work Schedules Medical Insurance Dental Insurance Vision Insurance Short-Term Disability Long-Term Disability Generous 401k Match Employee Assistance Program $15,000 Paid Life Insurance Paid Parental Leave

We work at CURiO for many reasons, such as our love for our products and our coworkers. Among the many other reasons is CURiOs welcoming, friendly culture. We are growing quickly, but we are still small enough to know each others names and help each other celebrate individual successes.

We pride ourselves on the CREATIVITY of our employees. From the chemists who mix intriguing fragrances and the designers who create stunning vessels to the operations teams who overcome obstacles to get our products to customers both quickly and safely, we celebrate CURiO innovation.

If you are looking for an opportunity to be CONNECTED to those that you work, be COURAGEOUS and apply.

We are seeking a Candle Formulator who is responsible for testing and developing all CURiO candles, across all brands, including Key Accounts and Private Label Accounts, to meet the performance, safety, stability and quality expectations of our company, our brands, and our customers.
For a more detailed job description, please visit our website at

Work Responsibilities:

In-house candle development
Coordinate and gather materials (glass, wax, wicks, fragrance) for testing.
Measure wax and fragrance, mixing, wicking, and pouring candles accurately for testing.
Following ASTM methods, burn and perform hourly/daily observation and data collection on candles undergoing testing. If results are not acceptable or desirable, use critical thinking skills to further explore options and retest.
Analyze data and report findings to appropriate team members.
Generate reports for each product tested. Requires the use of digital photography, editing and PDF compilation of reports.
File completed reports
Complete product specification

Out-sourced candle development
Communicate candle development needs and specifics with contract fillers
Coordinate and gather materials (glass, fragrance) for testing
Evaluate samples and give feedback for changes or approval
Report findings to appropriate team members
Completes product specification, as needed
File completed reports

Responsible for requesting and filing of testing documents & certifications relating to ASTM F2179: Effectiveness of Annealing & Thermal Shock Certifications from glass suppliers on any new glass development following the specific Vendor Guide requirements and communicating requirements and glass testing/certificate expectation to glass suppliers.

Coordinate tests with third-party testing labs when required. Prepare and submit candles. Report results to applicable team members. File completed reports.

Establish and maintain a process of filing all completed burn reports and glass certificates.

Regular review of customer vendor manuals to ensure the development of products per the customers requirements, i.e., Anthropologie.

Collaborate and help troubleshoot inconsistent performance issues, examples include MS QC production burn issues, BOM substitutions, consumer complaints, etc.

Pour and pack miscellaneous samples for D&I, Brand, Photo shoot, customer, etc. as requested

Manage projects effectively and efficiently. Holds themselves accountable to meet deadlines and project timelines, often working under condensed timelines and expected to deliver products on time.

Maintain a clean laboratory and safe working environment.

As needed, work on projects to support development of other product types

Maintain knowledge on current candle trends and NCA developments. Inform others of updates.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Bachelors Degree in Science field of study, or equivalent experience
Two years work experience in a product development lab environment

Computer and/or software qualifications:
Basic proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Outlook

Core Competencies:
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively work independently and with team members, with clear and efficiently verbal and written communication
Ability to build relationships and interact effectively with managers, co-workers, customers, vendor, and other partners
Ability to demonstrate flexible and efficient time management and to appropriately prioritize workload based upon organization or departmental needs
Highly skilled in attention to detail and quality
High degree of tolerance for stress and uncertainty, adaptable to change and ability to work under deadline pressure, managing multiple projects
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Must have the ability to work with precision scales and measuring devices and record accurate measurements.
Must have math skills sufficient for precise weight/volume calculations. Must be able to calculate figures and amounts such as rate, percentages, and volume.
Ability to maintain and protect company proprietary information

Preferred Qualifications
Two years work experience in candle lab environment
Strong knowledge of ASTM Candle Testing Methods and International Candle Testing Methods
Strong knowledge of candle labeling requirements for US and international sales

Travel Requirement: less than 5%

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