About Us

Hi I'm Diana and I'm so happy that you stopped by. 

Fragrances are part of who I am and set the mood for my day. I have found that fragrances can relax, calm and create beauty in a person and in a space. Scents  can evoke a memory and take you to a special moment and I love how it can make you feel.

I wanted to create something that I was passionate about. I took a candle making class and I decided that I wanted to MAKE UNIQUELY FRAGRANCED CANDLES! I researched and found that soy wax was the best to use because of it’s eco-friendly and renewable nature. I sourced the best wax, phthalate free fragrances, vessels and 100% all cotton wicks that I could find to create a clean burning candle. I started to experiment with different scents and create unique fragrances from the start of our shop. I am also a perfumer and my knowledge has allowed me to expand my ability to blend beautiful fragrances. I am proud of our one of a kind unique scents and I am happy to share them with you so that you can fill your homes and spaces. Our little business has grown and I’ve become skilled in my craft. I'm passionate about bringing you superior quality candles, poured one at a time.

We are a small, family run business based in sunny Southern California. We proudly offer: unique handmade soy candles, perfume oils, wax melts, organic lavender sachets, candle accessories, shower steamers, eye pillows and neck warmers, reed diffusers, car diffusers, linen and room spray and a seasonal insect repellant. 

Diana Gonzales, Founder & Maker

I am an early-retired, stay at home grammy. I have a passion for handmade goods and supporting makers. In Nov 2015, I took a leap of faith and founded Lavender Apothecary. I am doing something I love and I'm passionate about it, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to have a second career. I'm all about the best fragrances! 

Johnny Gonzales, Owner & Logistics

Husband, dad and Grampy! Works as a Construction Project Superintendent by day and all around helper on the weekends. Johnny packs and unpacks, sets up for all markets and then tears down, and unpacks again! Johnny is the muscle man of Lavender Apothecary. He is also our self-proclaimed shipping manager and packages all of our shipments with lots of care. He makes sure that your order arrives in perfect condition! 


Louie Gonzales, Online Sales & Website

Louie works for Disney by day, has his own competitive cheer team and is our remote online support. Louie completely built our website so that we could sell our products online. Louie is the digital side of Lavender Apothecary!


Katie Prieto, Label & Product Designer 

Katie is a full-time mommy of our two beautiful grandchildren. Katie helps in the design of all of products and accompanying labels and aesthetic design. Katie helps in our inventory side of our shop. Katie is always eager with suggestions about everything with Lavender Apothecary.


Candice Strauss, Booth & Table display Designer 

Works full-time as an Administrator for No-Limits Learning Center. Candice completely designs our booth each year and brings her keen design style to Lavender Apothecary. Candice makes great suggestions on new product introductions and designs.

Delilah Strauss, Product advisor, helper at markets, names many of our candles! 

Delilah is our adult granddaughter and is always pitching in to help in a variety of ways. From cutting our fragrance tags to naming candle fragrances and helping at markets, our girl is an all around assistant. You might see her shopping and supporting vendors at our many markets!