About Us

Become captivated by the scents of Xela Aroma, where we specialize in luxurious, fragrant and hand-poured soy-based candles and diffusers which are guaranteed to have the lasting power to elevate the mood in any environment.  Founded in 2000 by the late Maryann Mihalopoulos, Xela has expanded from offering all-natural reed diffusers, and has become a trusted home fragrance source in the United States.  With the untimely passing of Maryann in 2020, her husband Frank decided to honor her entrepreneurial spirit and her legacy of service by generously gifting the company to Austin Street Center in October 2021. Austin Street Center is one of Dallas’ largest homeless shelter and service provider, with a mission to provide safe shelter and meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless. Xela Aroma has become Austin Street’s first-ever Social Enterprise, with all proceeds benefitting the men and women served at the shelter daily.

Today, Xela Aroma by Austin Street Center offers the most luxurious hand-made candles, classic diffusers, room sprays and hand washes, made with natural fragrances and essential oils. With a commitment to source locally, our small team is hands-on from start to finish. Xela’s products are hand-poured in Dallas, Texas, by clients of Austin Street Center, who are among the most vulnerable homeless, and may have been victimized, traumatized or suffer with mental illness. Through their employment with Xela, these team members are now earning a livable wage, further helping them regain their independence and on the path to ending their homeless.

At Xela Aroma by Austin Street Center, we maintain the pioneering spirit by which we were founded, keeping the needs of our customers at the forefront. All purchases directly benefit the men and women served at Austin Street Center.