Locally Produced Candles

Locally Produced Candles

Candles have been in use for thousands of years, serving different purposes in different cultures around the world. In recent times, candles have become a popular decor item, with people increasingly looking for unique pieces that reflect their personality and style. Locally produced candles with the use of recycled materials, unique colour palette, non-drip, long-burning, and richly coloured candles made by hand.


Recycled Materials

As the globe turned its attention to the ever increasing global warming phenomenon, people are becoming more environmentally conscious - this has led to an increase in the demand for environmentally friendly products. Candles are no exception, and South African candle makers are now using recycled materials to create their products. These materials include wax from other candles, old kitchen candles, and even used tea lights. By using recycled materials, candle makers can create unique pieces that are also eco-friendly and affordable.


Unique Colour Pallet of Earthy Colours

South African candle makers use a unique colour palette of earthy colours, including different shades of browns, greens, and blues. These colours are in line with the country's natural surroundings, which have diverse landscapes and ecosystems. The colours also reflect the warmth and vibrancy of the South African people.


Non-Drip, Long Burning, and Richly Coloured

Ethereal Candle Crafters strive to produce high-quality, long-lasting candles that don't drip or create smoke. These candles burn for longer periods than traditional candles, making them more cost-effective. Additionally, the rich hues of the candles result from the use of high-quality pigments, which are mixed with the wax to create a unique and lasting colour.


Each Candle is Made by Hand

Each Ethereal Candle Craft candle is made by hand, which means that no two candles are the same. This makes the candles unique and perfect for customers seeking something different. The handcrafted nature of the candles also means that they are of higher quality than mass-produced alternatives.

Handcrafted vs Mass-produced Candles

Handcrafted candles often incorporate design elements that differ from mass-produced candles in the following ways:

1. Unique scents: Locally made candles often feature scents that are unique and distinct from the standard scents found in mass-produced candles. These scents may be inspired by the local environment, culture, or ingredients.

2. Hand-poured and crafted: Locally produced, hand-poured and crafted in small batches, giving them a distinct look and feel. This often means that each candle is unique in its texture, colour and shape.

3. Natural ingredients: Locally made candles often use natural ingredients that are sourced locally and ethically. This means that they often contain fewer chemicals than mass-produced candles and are more environmentally friendly.

4. Customisation: Ethereal Candle Crafters offers customers the choice of  scent, colour and shape.  Allowing customers to create candles that meet their unique needs and preferences.

Ethereal candle crafter’s candles are truly unique, combining the use of recycled materials, a unique colour palette, non-drip, long burn times, rich colour, and hand-craftsmanship. These features make them popular for use in home decor, wedding decor, and gift-giving. With an increasing demand for eco-friendly products, locally produced candles offers unique and high-quality candles. The steady growth of the South African candle industry is a testament to the beauty and usefulness of these pieces.


Our range also includes round and square dinner candles 


Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Practices in Candle Making

Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Practices in Candle Making

Candles have always been a timeless art that has piqued the interest of many individuals around the globe. In South Africa, the candle market has continued to expand over the years with different eco-friendly and sustainable practices being utilised by manufacturers. As such, there has been a heightened interest in exploring the various topics that relate to candles from a South African perspective.


One of the major trends that have shaped the candle market in South Africa is the increasing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable production methods.

This trend has come as a result of the global push towards sustainable living and reducing carbon footprints. The candle industry has, therefore, had to adapt to this shift by adopting cleaner and more sustainable production processes.

One such approach to eco-friendly candle production is the use of natural ingredients. Manufacturers have opted to produce candles with natural ingredients that are sourced from local suppliers. These ingredients include beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, and coconut wax. The use of these natural ingredients has not only resulted in cleaner burning candles but has also encouraged sustainable farming practices.

Furthermore, candle waxes are now being produced from recycled materials, making use of waste products such as wax off-cuts. This method of recycling waste reduces the negative impact on the environment and ensures that less waste ends up in landfills.

Commonly used natural and locally sourced materials for eco-friendly candle making in South Africa include beeswax, soy wax, coconut wax, and essential oils for fragrance. Fibre wicks made from cotton or hemp are also used as they burn cleanly and are biodegradable. Additionally, sustainable and biodegradable packaging materials such as recycled paper and glass jars are utilised to reduce waste. Other natural materials may be used for decorative purposes, such as dried flowers, herbs, or twigs.

South African candle makers are taking steps towards responsible and ethical candle makers following these steps:

Research the sources of raw materials: Responsible candle makers research their suppliers to ensure that the materials they use are responsibly sourced and grown. This means that the raw materials are harvested in a way that doesn’t harm the environment or ecosystems.

Work with certified suppliers: Candle makers that take ethical and responsible sourcing seriously work with certified suppliers that have been audited and approved for sustainability and ethical practices.

Choose natural and eco-friendly ingredients: One of the most exciting topics to explore is the use of natural materials in candle crafting. Candle makers are increasingly using natural and eco-friendly ingredients such as soy wax and beeswax instead of paraffin wax, which is petroleum-based and non-renewable. Beeswax, for example, is a popular ingredient for candles due to its eco-friendliness and ability to purify the air. Other natural ingredients like soy wax, coconut wax, and plant-based fragrances are also becoming popular in the South African market.

The use of essential oils instead of synthetic fragrances. As the global focus shifts towards more sustainable practices, the demand for candles made from natural ingredients is growing.

Local sourcing: South African candle makers source their raw materials locally to support the local economy and reduce their carbon footprint by reducing transportation emissions. In addition, the use of natural and sustainable materials in candle crafting has also opened up opportunities for social entrepreneurship. For example, some candle makers in South Africa are training and sourcing materials from underprivileged communities, creating employment opportunities and stimulating the economy.

Ethically grown materials can have a positive impact on the overall quality of South African candles:

Ethical practices such as using sustainable and eco-friendly materials can enhance the quality of the product and contribute to the well-being of the environment and local communities. Ethically grown materials can also attract conscientious consumers who prioritise ethical consumption and are willing to pay a premium for products that align with their values. Overall, using ethically grown materials can lead to a better reputation for the candle industry in South Africa.

With the increasing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable practices, candle crafting has evolved to cater to this trend.

In South Africa, the market for eco-friendly candle crafting is taking shape and there are a variety of interesting topics to explore in this field.

The impact of candle crafting on the environment is also a significant topic to explore. The production of candles can have a negative impact on the environment, from the use of resources like wax and packaging materials to the disposal of candles after use. However, there are now sustainable practices like up-cycling, where old candles are melted down and repurposed, or the use of biodegradable packaging materials that have the potential to reduce the impact of candle production on the environment.

Finally, the role of education in promoting eco-friendly and sustainable candle crafting practices is becoming more involved. As consumers become more aware of the impact of their purchasing on the environment, there is a growing need for education about sustainable practices. By educating both consumers and producers alike, the market for eco-friendly and sustainable candles can grow even more in South Africa.


Our range also includes round and square dinner candles 

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Candles are the new flowers

Candles are the new flowers

Recently, candles have become a popular transformative feature at events. From weddings, parties to intimate dinners, candles are now considered an essential item to add the charming and elegant touch to any celebration. In South Africa, the story is similar. Handcrafted candles are now replacing the traditional flowers. 

Candles crafted locally in South Africa are not just a source of light, but also a piece of art that can set the mood for any occasion. Candles have become increasingly popular as an item of decor, particularly at events and as gifts. They are versatile and can be customised to match any theme or style.

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Handcrafted candles have become a new trend in the market.

Unlike mass-produced candles, handcrafted candles are unique and made with care and attention to detail. South Africa is known for its diverse cultural heritage, and this reflects in the shapes, colours, and scents of locally crafted candles. There are many benefits of choosing candles over flowers as a decorative element, particularly at an event.



Candles offer a level of versatility that is difficult to match with flowers. They can be combined with flowers to create unique centrepieces or used on their own to add a touch of elegance to a room.



Candles can evoke feelings of nostalgia and traditional elegance, creating a classic and timeless decor style that will never go out of fashion. They add a historic and traditional touch, reminding people of bygone times and adding to the overall ambiance of the event.


Ambient lighting

Candles add a warm and cosy glow to any event space, creating a romantic and intimate atmosphere that flowers cannot replicate. They are perfect to use during evening and night-time events, making them ideal for dinner parties, weddings, and other celebrations.



Candles are durable and can last for an extended period, making them an excellent choice over flowers. Flowers wilt, and their beauty fades within a few days after an event. On the other hand, candles can last for weeks, if not months, and can be reused. Candles are practical items that can be used after the event as a home decor item. 



Handcrafted candles in South Africa come in a range of delightful scents infused with essential oils that can make an event more memorable. Aside from adding a sensory experience, candles' fragrances can also provide therapeutic benefits. 

Candles can be scented with an array of fragrances, allowing you to create a multi-sensory experience that goes beyond flowers' visual appeal. For example, lavender or vanilla candles can add a soothing and calming effect, whereas citrus or peppermint can help invigorate and energise guests.



Compared to flowers, which can be costly, candles are more affordable and can be used in many different event settings. Candles can be a cost-effective way to add an extra layer of decoration to any event, making them an excellent choice for those on a budget.



Handmade candles are eco-friendly and contribute to sustainability efforts. They are created using natural or organic ingredients, providing an alternative to traditional paraffin-based candles that come from non-renewable sources. They are biodegradable and produce minimal waste, making them a more environmentally-friendly choice over traditional flowers. 

Candles have become the new flowers, and for good reason. Handcrafted candles offer variety benefits including aromatic-scents, cost-effective, eco-friendly and versatile, making them an ideal choice over flowers for events. They add a touch of elegance, warmth, and familiarity to an event, leaving guests with lasting memories. 


Our range also includes round and square dinner candles