Thanks for visiting the Wash Day Candles Kickstarter page! The campaign is over and we're so thrilled and grateful that it was funded. The candles were limited-edition so you won't be able to purchase them anymore, however, you can still buy items from our shops below!
- Jamila Rowser's comics, enamel pins, art prints and more are available at BlackJoseiPress.com
- Robyn Smith's comics and art prints are available at RobynSmithComix.Storenvy.com
- Shanté Cozier's candles are available at PontieWax.com
My name is Jamila Rowser, and I'm collaborating with the incredible candle company, Pontie Wax, to create hand-poured, scented soy wax candles inspired by the characters from Robyn Smith and I's comic book, Wash Day.
With your help, we’ll be able to produce these limited-edition candles and a gorgeous art print by Robyn. Only 100 candles will be made for this Kickstarter Make 100 campaign, so be sure to back early so you don’t miss your chance!
Wash Day is a slice-of-life comic that pays tribute to the beauty and endurance of Black women and their hair. The comic was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2018 which allowed us to have digital and print versions available in both English and Spanish. To follow up the success and critical acclaim, Robyn and I wanted to continue the celebration of self-care and empowerment by creating custom Wash Day candles with my favorite candle brand, Pontie Wax. Pontie Wax is a line of hand-poured, soy wax candles founded by my best friend Shanté Cozier. I've had the pleasure of knowing Shanté for over 13 years and she's one of the most talented and creative people I know.
We sought to create two scents that represented the unique personalities of the Wash Day main characters, Kim and Cookie. We also looked to invoke the ideals of our sacred wash day rituals. This was no easy feat! Shanté used her expert knowledge of fragrance pairing and candle-making to create dozens of sample candles, all with the hopes of finding the two perfect blends.
After months of testing, we found the two Wash Day candle blends:
- “Kim’s Detangler: Sage + Lavender + Sea Salt”, the perfect scent to showcase Kim's calm nature.
- “Cookie’s Root Stimulator: Lemongrass + Verbena”, a wonderful blend to highlight Cookie's energetic personality.
Backers who select a candle reward will be able to choose the candle scent of their choice. A survey will be sent to backers after the campaign ends so they can select their scent(s).
Wash Day Digital Comic
A digital, DRM-free PDF of the Wash Day comic. It will contain 36 black and white interior pages, with 27 of those pages being the actual Wash Day story.
Wash Day is a slice-of-life comic that pays tribute to the beauty and endurance of Black women and their hair. The story follows Kimana, a 26-year-old woman living in the Bronx, as she cares for her long, thick hair. As Kim goes through her Sunday morning rituals, we see the highs and lows of her day—fresh coffee, rising rent, girl talk and catcalls.
Note: Wash Day contains some nudity, profanity and marijuana use. Consider this if purchasing for minors, or be sure to receive a parent or guardian’s permission to purchase if you’re under 17.
‘Braid Daze’ Mixed Media Art Print
This beautiful mixed media art print features a lovely watercolor illustration by Robyn Smith. The work will be printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Type II with a luster finish. The luster finish is mostly matte with a very slight texture.
Kim’s Detangler: Sage + Lavender + Sea Salt
To invoke the calming nature of Kim's personality, the “Kim’s Detangler” candle features the refreshing fragrances of Sage Leaf, Sea Salt and the relaxing aromatherapy-darling, Lavender. This candle fills the room with a rejuvenating floral-like fragrance that will help ease tension and create a calming atmosphere.
Made from 100% plant-based soy wax, each double-wick candle features non-toxic fragrances and essential oils. There are no parabens, plastics or additives making its 48 hours of burn time pleasant and safe. Each candle is hand-poured with love in Brooklyn, New York.
Cookie’s Root Stimulator: Lemongrass + Verbena
“Cookie’s Root Stimulator” candle is made with the invigorating Lemongrass and Verbena fragrances. This blend releases an energizing citrus aroma that will gently uplift the senses and help brighten your mood, the perfect blend to match Cookie's bubbly personality.
This candle is also made from 100% plant-based soy wax. Each double-wick candle features non-toxic fragrances and essential oils. Like Kim's candle, there are no parabens, plastics or additives, making each of its 48 hours of burn time pleasant and safe. And of course, it's also hand-poured with love in Brooklyn, New York.
Watercolor Art Commission
Robyn is offering five 5.5x8.5 inch, watercolor art commissions featuring the bust of a person or character. The art will be illustrated using brush and watercolor on 140lb cold press watercolor paper.
If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, the candle production will begin after the funds have been received. The art print, shipping and packaging supplies will also be ordered at that time. We expect to begin fulfilling candle rewards as early as April, and conclude no later than July.
I will handle the fulfillment of The Pre-Poo tier and packing and shipping of The Cleanser tier with the help of my supportive friends and family. Pontie Wax will pack and ship the remaining tiers because the candles are in their studio in Brooklyn and I live in Miami. We will both be working as quickly as possible to get the rewards to everyone and I will keep all backers updated on project news and any timeline updates.
I'm a Black and Latina creator who wrote the Wash Day comic made with Robyn. More of my creative work can be seen and purchased at Black Josei Press. I’m also the co-founder of the international meetup group Geek Girl Brunch, creator of the hip hop x geek culture project Straight Outta Gotham and creator of the former blog Girl Gone Geek. I grew up around the world as a military brat, but I rep the Bronx and live in Miami. Most my time is spent detangling my hair, I spend the rest of it watching anime.
Robyn is a Jamaican cartoonist, currently based in NYC. She has a MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and has worked on comics for NECIR (New England Center for Investigative Reporting), the Seven Days newspaper and College Humor. Robyn’s also been featured on The Comics Journal list of The Best Short Form Comics of 2016 by Rob Clough and also Pen America by Whit Taylor, for her mini comic, The Saddest Angriest Black Girl in Town. Most recently she’s worked with me on the Wash Day comic. She is working on more weird, sad autobio stuff. Most importantly she’s holding on to dreams of returning home, to the ocean.
Shanté is an energetic and creative Aquarius. She shows her love through gift giving, and founded Pontie Wax in 2015 with this in mind. When Shanté’s mother, Pontie, was a little girl growing up in Barbados, she was captivated by her family garden. The variety of homegrown flowers, herbs and fruits delighted her and she desired for the world to experience what she did --- the joys of natural scents. Inspired by her mother's love for beautiful fragrances, Shanté created this amazing line of candles. With an aromatic experience in every candle, Shanté offers contemporary yet decadently fragranced candles. She hand-pours each candle with love in Brooklyn, New York, and crafted in small batches to ensure quality.
A special thanks to Shanté Cozier, Wendy Lopez, Jemar Souza and Zainab Akhtar for their help and support in this campaign.
And thank YOU for taking the time to visit our campaign. Even if our Wash Day candles aren't for you, we hope they inspire you to share this page with others who would love them.
These delightful candles will not only fill homes with wonderful fragrances, but the success of this campaign will also help grow three Black-woman owned small businesses.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks are unexpected shipping or production delays.
There is also the risk that changes in temperature during candle shipment may warm some the wax which could transfer to the lip of the jar and its lid. However, this wax can easily be wiped off with a tissue and won't affect the burn of the candle.
There is also a risk that we receive more backers for The Cleanser reward tier than we anticipate which would cause fulfillment of that reward tier to last longer.
I have experience running a successful Kickstarter campaign and Pontie Wax has been in business for over 3 years and has hand-made thousands of candles and shipped hundreds of orders all around the world. Because we are only making 100 candles, we are able to estimate our timeline and budget with less of a margin for error. The art print is complete and ready to be ordered. The candle supplies have already been ordered and approximately 20% of the candles have already been produced.
I’ll be sure to keep backers updated on the project's progress and any expected delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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