About Us

Modern Candle & Fragrance development
Our History

How It All Began

Candle experts and progressive innovators, Armik and Nora Pirijanian began their candle journey over 30 years ago. After immigrating to the United States, much hard work, and dedication, they built Modern Candle into the highly regarded industry leader it is today. 

Masters in their field, Armik and Nora are dedicated to continuing to be leading innovators in the field, pioneering unique formulations, and offering the best in candle making manufacturing capabilities.  With an eye for quality, design, and trends, they are still present on the floor of the factory every day keeping a watchful eye on all aspects of production.

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Now

Today

Modern Candle is still 100% family-owned and operated in our expansive facility in Sylmar, California. We have a team of industry experts with decades of experience in the candle and fragrance industry.  Our vendor partners have been with us for many years, and work closely with us to assure our customers get the best quality and pricing possible.  Our lab and R&D experts are constantly working to develop new and innovative formulas and of course our entire team is dedicated to making our customers beyond satisfied.  

Our roster of customers spans from small start-up brands to world known candle lines, retailers, and companies large and small looking to add the popular home fragrance category to their product lines. From mass market to high end luxury, one thing is certain, the quality will be par none.

Our Future

FUTURE

We are expanding and growing with not only new formulations and equipment, but also with innovative products to offer our customers and others in the industry.  Stay tuned for all the exciting news!

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Our Team

Horacio Portillo
Vice President of Transformation and Continuous Improvements

Favorite Scent: Vanilla by GYV

When I’m not at work: I’m doing love/hate tropical fish aquarium upkeep.

We're Hiring: Start you Career
Horacio Portillo
VP of Transformation & Improvements
Horacio Portillo
Vice President of Transformation and Continuous Improvements

Favorite Scent: Vanilla by GYV

When I’m not at work: I’m doing love/hate tropical fish aquarium upkeep.

We're Hiring: Start you Career
Horacio Portillo
VP of Transformation & Improvements
Arvin Pirijanian
VP of Operations

Favorite Candle Scent: Malin + Goetz – Dark Rum

When I’m not at work: I love to watch the English SoccerLeague and cook when I have the time!

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Arvin Pirijanian
VP of Operations
Lynette Reed
Director of Business Development

Favorite Candle Scent: Harris Reed – Charred Rose

When I’m not at work: I can be found painting in my art studio in Italy

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Lynette Reed
Director of Business Development
Daisy Hernandez
Purchaser

Favorite Candle Scent: Patchouli

When I’m not at work: I like to spend time with my dog and watch The History Channel

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Daisy Hernandez
Purchaser
Melisa Moran
Customer Service

Favorite Candle Scent: Saffron + Cedar

When I’m not at work: I love to find new places to eat or hang out with my three dogs and two cats

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Melisa Moran
Customer Service
Phuong Ha
Controller

Favorite Candle Scent: Magnolia + Gardenia + Jasmine

When I’m not at work: I like to read and learn about the upcoming release of new technologies and gardening

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Phuong Ha
Controller
Henry Shishido
Research & Development

Favorite Candle Scent: Vanilla Sugar

When I’m not at work: I like to research and develop new fishing techniques to catch & release more fish

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Henry Shishido
Research & Development
Maggie Sarkisian
Production Manager

Favorite Candle Scent: Cedarwood & Rose

When I’m not at work: I like gardening and decorating around my home

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Maggie Sarkisian
Production Manager
Nelli Mesropyan
Laboratory Tester

Favorite Candle Scent: Black Forest, Crow, Asian Rain

When I’m not at work: I watch social media, spend time with my family and especially play with my little daughter

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Nelli Mesropyan
Laboratory Tester
Regelio Hernandez
Warehouse Manager

Favorite Candle Scent: Bergamot & Tobacco

When I’m not at work: I love to play any sports with friends

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Regelio Hernandez
Warehouse Manager
Marine Baleyan
Master Batch Maker

Favorite Candle Scent: Archipelago Birch

When I’m not at work: I love to be with my kids and I love to bake!

We're Hiring: Production Manager
Marine Baleyan
Master Batch Maker
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