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Meet the Maker: Hi Wildflower Botanica
02-01-16 By Robin Reetz
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Tanwi Nandini Islam. Photo by Melissa Ximena Golebiowski

Produced in small-batch quantities in Brooklyn, N.Y., Hi Wildflower Botanica is a candle, perfume and skincare line that’s the creation of author Tanwi Nandini Islam. Islam believes that scent tells a story (we agree!), and she uses botanicals that have been sourced from all over the world in her products. These are the types of scents that will truly transport you to another world–at least temporarily. Even better: Islam has just released her first novel, Bright Lines, which, like Hi Wildflower, revisits her Bangladeshi roots.

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Inside the Hi Wildflower Botanica studio. Photo courtesy of HWB.

Why Hi Wildflower Botanica was started:
“I started the line in August of 2014, just as I finished the last touches of my novel, Bright Lines. The book, being my first, required a lot of research, travel–and I wanted to connect to this after finishing a project that had taken so many years. I've always been into collecting scents, since so many of my memories from childhood are laced with a specific scent. So, I crafted a line of perfumes devoted to the scents I've collected from the places I've traveled. Each candle is inscribed with an original poem, to add to the ritual aspect of lighting candles.”

Favorite products from the current collection:
“That's a hard one! My favorite perfume is Lovers Rock, although I've been wearing Night Blossom, too.”

One thing every new customer should know about Hi Wildflower:
“Hi Wildflower is a complete labor of love. From the small Brooklyn-based team we have making the products, to my creative direction for new products–everything is thoughtfully crafted to let our customers into the world of Hi Wildflower.”

Hi Wildflower in three words:
“Free-spirited, adventurous, colorful.”

Robin Reetz is a writer and blogger specializing in home, fashion and lifestyle content. A veteran of Teen Vogue and Refinery29, Reetz lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she works as a copywriter while blogging about the independent maker community.

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