Washington woman makes candles in recycled Cougar Gold tins for charity

Feb 18 2021, 6:37 pm

Cougar Gold from WSU Creamery is one of our state’s treasures.

Now, thanks to The GoodEye Co., you can display your love for the special cheeses in the form of home decor.

WSU alumni Christine Smithberg, the founder of The GoodEye Co., came up with the idea for Cheesy Cougar Candles after a fun girl’s trip. While making candles, the group saw one of their leftover Cougar Gold tins and thought they would make an adorable candle holder.

Upon returning to Seattle, Smithberg made a post on a WSU alumni Facebook Page in search of more tins. The Die Hard Cougs group delivered, and soon more candles were quickly poured and sold.

Smithberg currently makes candles in recycled Cougar Gold, Natural Viking, and Natural Cheddar tins.


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33% percent of the profits from the tins go towards Hilinski’s Hope, which supports mental health awareness for student-athletes and aims to de-stigmatize mental health issues.

So far, the candles have helped raise over $22,000 for Hilinksi’s Hope through the sale of Cheesy Cougar Candles.


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Each soy candle is non-toxic and does not contain any lead, paraben, plastic, synthetic dyes or phthalates. The three candles can be purchased online for $35 each.

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