Candlemakers Emiliano and Keri Palustre poured their first candles in 2014 in their kitchen in Long Beach, California. There was something intriguing about the idea of upcycling bottles of the wine and beer they loved and turning them into something special. Over the next few months, they refined and perfected their process, and started attending local arts fairs, where their candles flew off the shelves. Keri soon left her office job to make candlemaking her full-time obsession, while Emiliano refined his glass cutting skills so he could hand-cut and polish each and every upcycled bottle. Today, EKP Creations’ candles come in a vast array of scents and formats, and are featured in retail stores and artisan markets throughout California.