Amanda Buhse

Owner + Chief Creative Officer


A multi-award winning marketing maverick, professional speaker and creative force,

Amanda Buhse is the artistic force and face of

Coal & Canary. Before starting Coal and Canary, Amanda worked as a graphic designer and marketer for companies both large and small.

Her enthusiasm for marketing mixed with artistic skill led her to work for ad agencies, print houses, and national fashion retailers. The experience she learned while working for these diverse companies taught her valuable skills that she brings to the table in her role at Coal and Canary each day.


Since 2014, she has grown Coal and Canary into "Canada's favourite artisan candle" (-Forbes), under Amanda's leadership. 


Amanda loves to work hard, but has fun in the process. When she's not designing the next Coal and Canary collection packaging on her computer, you'll find her singing, cooking, painting, or spending quality time at her cabin with her family, husband Jeff, and little dog, Pancakes.



Our Product


Coal and Canary loves making candles,

but also loves making friends! We are in the business of fun and happen to make

deliciously scented candles second.


Coal and Canary creates hand-poured luxury wood wick candles for every occasion – and for everyday. Our candles are made only with the highest quality vegan soy and vegetable wax blend and true to scent fragrance oils. All of our candles feature a cozy, crackling wooden wick.  Each candle is hand poured with the highest attention to detail and lovingly housed in a beautiful re-usable glass vessel featuring our logo.


Our Name


The name Coal and Canary is based on the stories of when miners would bring canaries down to test the air quality of mines. It's a positive spin on the story though! As our ingredients are better for you and the air, so the canary survives and thrives (which is why

there are two canaries in the logo!).