Fjord And Fable candles

Maker We Love: Fjord And Fable


Allan Smith and Tyler Kowalski, Co-founders and Operators of Fjord And Fable.

Tell Our customers why your brand is the best

Fjord and Fable is an LGBT-owned small business located in Pittsburgh's western suburbs. Owned and operated by life partners, Allan Smith and Tyler Kowalski, Fjord and Fable crafts premium home fragrance products with simple, clean ingredients. A cornerstone value of our company is the safety and wellbeing of not only humans and animals alike, but also our planet. In fact, it's in our name! Fjord - a Nordic term - is a glacial valley, and considered our brand's connection to the Earth - land, air, and sea. Fable is representative of the inevitable stories and memories that are fostered through scent. Both together is a company that offers products with unique stories, while keeping in mind the safety and wellbeing of our only home, Earth. 

At Fjord and Fable, we value quality and process. We know that when you burn a candle, you're not just releasing the scent into your home, but also whatever else is in it. All of our products are made with premium grade ingredients with no dyes, no prop 65 chemicals, no paraben and no phthalates, which can be commonly found in many generic grade and bigger box store brands. Additionally, all of our products are made in small batches to ensure consistent and reliable quality for our customers.

Lastly, humbly understanding that we are, at the end of the day, a consumer goods business, we purposefully try to reduce our footprint when and where we can. Our way of doing this is purposefully selecting vessels to hand-pour our candles into, that can realistically and practically be upcycled by our customers. For example, all of our 8oz candles are poured into bar grade rocks glasses. Therefore, instead of just tossing out the vessel when the candle has breathed its last flame, the customer can simply clean the vessel out with hot soapy water, and pour themselves a refreshing beverage of their choice! (See our "About our Product" page at the bottom of our website for more in depth information on how to do this!)

What is your story?

We started Fjord and Fable to produce high-quality, affordable, and clean burning candles. Neither of us ever saw ourselves owning and operating our own business, much less a home fragrance company, but alas, here we are today, and honestly all the happier for it! We are both Pitt Alums - H2P!! - and by trade, Allan is a structural engineer, and Tyler does work in information systems and accounting. During the outbreak of the COVID pandemic in 2020, we were very fortunate to be offered the ability to work from home full time. During this time, we started to experiment with making our own candles as something to do, and to save money on our candle addiction. The more we researched candle making, the more we learned of the often used harmful chemicals and alternative wax formulas used by leading candle manufacturers, and we were quite surprised and disappointed. When Allan was unfortunately laid off from his full time job in November 2020, we saw this as the perfect opportunity to go all in on our company, and see what happens!


Coraopolis, near the airport in Pittsburgh's western suburbs.

what one product do we need to know about and why?

Kraken. It's one of our best sellers and hardly anyone who smells this candle dislikes it. Most even say it should be turned into a body fragrance. I (Allan) spent MONTHS blending this scent. I had a vision in my head and I just couldn't quite get it. It finally happened with revision 21. We feel personally close with all of our scents, since we blend all of them ourselves, but this one definitely takes the cake.


In three words, why do you love pittsburgh?

Community, Seasons, Location

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