Breanna Paske and Josh Frye of Fort Walton Beach are used to a fast-paced life, as the two both work in the restaurant industry. However, neither Paske nor Frye was prepared for the rapid growth of their side business, Salty Scents.

“We started in June and made our first batch (of candles),” Paske said. “It started so fast. We started with 15 and now we have 100.”

Paske said candles seemed like a great niche to get into in the area, so she and her boyfriend, Frye, spent hours researching waxes and candle-making methods until they found their groove.

“We just wanted to start something together at home,” said Paske. “We wanted to do something with candles, but not just any candles — ours are wood wick and all natural.”

Frye added that the materials used in the candles are made in the United States.

“The waxes are made in Iowa where soy beans grow,” he said. “The candles are all hand-poured in small-batch, maximum fragrance point method, so you get the best bang for your buck.”

Most of the Salty Scents fragrances have beach-related names such as Aloha, Beach Bum, Love Bomb and Harbor Musk, but Paske said they are working on seasonal fragrances such as Pumpkin Spice and Christmas scents for the upcoming holiday season.

Salty Scents candles and melting waxes are available online on Etsy, or at the Fort Walton Beach Farmer’s Market, but the couple said they are dreaming up plans for the future.

“We plan to grow,” said Frye. “Maybe have a family shop where everyone (in the family) can come in and do their specialty.”

For now, the couple say they are grateful for all the local support and are blown away by how quickly the business is taking off.

“The locals have definitely taken care of us,” said Frye. “Everyone at both of our jobs bought one. We love it because it’s just fun to do and therapeutic.”