Our Story

Koko’s Candles is locally owned and operated by Janeen Kokodynski in Scottsdale, Arizona.  After losing her one month old son Mathew to a congenital heart defect in 2005, Janeen worked tirelessly with the Children’s Heart foundation to fundraise while also creating awareness.  In 2017, she combined her love of candle making with her commitment to this nonprofit and Koko’s Candles was born.   

At Matthew's funeral, hammered pewter hearts were passed out.  These hearts were slightly misshapen and imperfect - just like Mathew's.  When Janeen launched her company, she knew she wanted to incorporate these hearts into her candle line.  Before each candle is poured,  a small heart is placed at the bottom. After the candle has burned, you may remove the heart and place it in your change purse or pocket to serve as a reminder that you are loved. 
A portion of the profits from each candle is donated to the Children's Heart Foundation. Visit https://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/ to learn more about the cause & ways to get invovled.

Matthew Andrew Kokodynski

June 10, 2005 - July 12, 2005