At Julep Candle Co., our goal is to provide you with a high-quality all natural soy candle that can take you back to your true Southern roots - whether that is a sophisticated southern belle or a bourbon drinking gentleman. We hand-pour each candle into what will later become your favorite Mint Julep Cup, a sturdy keepsake inspired by our founder's appreciation for a well-served southern cocktail straight from the South's most well-known horse race, the Kentucky Derby.

Why soy wax?

Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans, unlike paraffin candles that are made from petroleum. It is non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, eco-friendly, and biodegradable. Soy wax candles also burn more cleanly and evenly (meaning less black soot and longer) than paraffin candles.

History behind the Mint Julep

The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby for nearly a century. Each year, almost 120,000 Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack. That’s a feat that requires more than 10,000 bottles of Bourbon Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. To Kentuckians, a mint julep is more than a drink; it's a cup of emotion, full of tradition.

Photo: Shining Light Photography

Photo: Shining Light Photography


Photo: Shining Light Photography

Photo: Shining Light Photography

Julep Candle Co. was dreamt up and made a reality by Tiffany Mollenkopf, Founder and Chief Candlemaker. Tiffany moved to Lexington, Kentucky from Nashville, Tennessee in 2013 and found herself acquiring the Kentucky lifestyle and learning to appreciate all that it had to offer (hello bourbon trail, UK basketball, and the Kentucky Derby!).

Tiffany loves to entertain friends and her husband, Ryan, is a die hard horse racing fan. After receiving authentic pewter mint julep cups as a wedding gift, she had an idea to "melt" the two loves of an entertaining piece, a cocktail, and a historic racing item into what is now Julep Candle Co.

When Tiffany isn't pouring candles, she sells real estate and works on remodeling her "Old Kentucky Home".