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Mer-Sea was founded when two friends, Melanie Bolin and Lina Dickinson, connected by their children and inspired by the sea, heard the call of the ocean, even in Kansas. Both were successful professionals in a different life, all looking to dip their toe back into creative work. 

Combining a small investment and their talents of product development and sales, they soon began dedicating their time to creating a gift company based in inspiration.

They were inspired by travel to escape, travel to renew and travel to explore.  Knowing their love of the beach, they set about to capture the essence of peace, tranquility, and happiness through scent, color and texture. They wanted to bottle a feeling and transport people with their product. They thought of the travelers, the dreamers, and the doers. They wanted to escape to younger days—when they were carefree at the beach—and bring that feeling back to the children that initially united them, share with their friends, and now, with the world. Always by the sea.

We begin and end with simplicity. Trusting our own instincts, we only make what we would give to our dearest friend.

We put a lot of thought into every product and believe details matter. Mindful products and minimal packaging are central to our development process. Our artisan soy wax blend candles are hand-poured in the USA using fresh fragrances and packaged in beautiful locally-sewn canvas bags. Our palette is sea-salt bleached hues of white, grey, and blue mixed with little flashes of silver and is a fusion of all the colors found in the sea. Key to everything we do is our message—on all of our products you will find tags with tiny bits of wisdom carefully crafted to uplift you when you need it.

'Mer' means 'sea' in French and together phonetically they sound exactly as we feel—thankful. Merci!