California is the only state in the U.S. to allow all types of fall-candle-related items, such as blankets and towels.
The state is also home to a growing number of candles, some of which are being produced in China and sold at candle markets nationwide.
“We’re seeing a lot of growth in the fall,” said Kim D’Orazio, who runs the California Candle Supply Association.
“And I think it’s really exciting to see that we’re not the only place in the country that’s doing this.”
The industry is growing fast in the United States, said D’Os, whose group represents nearly 2,000 manufacturers in the state.
“There are so many different types of candles and we’re all competing to make the best products,” she said.
But as the industry has expanded, so has the threat.
In the past two years, the U and Chinese governments have issued conflicting directives on when and how to regulate China’s growing candle trade.
China’s commerce ministry last month banned foreign firms from buying or selling the most popular brands in the candle industry.
That has made it difficult for American companies to compete with Chinese manufacturers in some markets.
In March, the United Nations said it was warning of a “global black market” for Chinese-made products, and that China’s crackdown has put pressure on the U.-China trade relationship.
A spokeswoman for the U-S.
Embassy in Beijing declined to comment on the current climate in China.