about us

welcome to fond. – your gateway to the world of scent memory fragrances and sustainable candles. founded in our hometown of ojai, california, our passion for fragrance as a means of self-expression and storytelling drives us to create scents deeply entwined with cherished memories. crafted from sustainably sourced coconut wax, each rare essence aroma therapy candle embodies our commitment to eco-friendly practices and ethical brand values. at fond., fragrance design is an art form, and we take pride in our meticulous approach to scent creation. join our journey towards mindfulness, joy, and transparency as we invite you to experience the power of aroma memory. we hope you'll fall in love with our candles, just as we have, and become part of the fond. mission.

about our values

gender neutrality

fond. fragrance champions the belief that scents should transcend gender identity, welcoming all to indulge in the allure of our gender-neutral fragrances. we're committed to breaking free from outdated practices, offering affordable gender-neutral candles, perfumes, and colognes that celebrate individuality over stereotypes. our fragrances are meticulously crafted based on ingredient compatibility, ensuring that everyone can experience the magic of a genderless scent that truly resonates with their unique style and personality.

no excessive packaging

at fond., our commitment to sustainability and ethical candles drives us to embrace minimalist package design with the most eco-friendly packaging options available. we prioritize the planet by padding our shipments with biodegradable packing peanuts composed of starch. this approach ensures safe transport of our sustainably sourced products while reducing our environmental footprint, staying true to our values of transparency and eco-friendliness.

Founder/Chief Perfumer


fond. founder wode has always held a deep love for his hometown of ojai, california, and the people and stories that call it home. he has also long held an interest in fragrance development and after having the opportunity to study at ucsd, he gained the knowledge and skills necessary to turn his passion into reality. His goal is to be able to evoke his hometown with sustainable, affordable products, creating a means for anyone to experience what makes ojai so special.

Vice President of Fragrance


alain is as passionate about sharing scents as he is about formulating them. even at a young age, alain had been drawn into the world of science and perfumery, getting his first bottle of perfume in grade school. he sees fragrance as a powerful tool in allowing oneself to access memories they would otherwise forget. alain studied at ucsd along with woody and there they began to share with each other the stories that would come to inspire fond's signature candles. “where memories are shared and fragrance is familiar, because at fond, fragrance is family.” 

Creative Director


willow moved from xiamen, china to los angeles by herself at eighteen to pursue her passion for storytelling and filmmaking. after graduating from usc school of cinematic arts, willow worked professionally as a colorist and a licensed part 107 drone pilot while developing several creative projects of her own. As the creative director of fond., willow utilizes her creative arsenal to produce the most captivating and authentic moments that can amplify fond.’s mission.