About Glow Candy

The Glow Candy Story

Hi, I’m Raquel, the founder of Glow Candy. I’m a self-confessed scented candle and beauty addict: a day is not complete without lighting at least two candles! Like many of you, candles are my way to relax, cap the day and complement self-care routines: masking, body scrubbing, serum applying and nail painting are made 1000x more indulgent with candles burning. I am all about ensuring that all the products that I use are made with safe and non-toxic ingredients, so you can imagine my horror when, after doing a closer inspection and research, I found out that most candles in the market (including the high-end ones that I had been burning) are made with paraffin: a petroleum byproduct! Even candles that claim to be ‘soy’ or ‘soy blend’ may contain paraffin.

Not keen on inhaling fumes from burning material that was literally the bottom of the crude oil barrel I set out to create my own natural wax candles. I foolishly thought it would be easy: chandlery is a science! After many months of trial and error, around 49 prototypes and countless burnt fingers, I perfected the candles using 100% natural soy wax and locally-sourced premium fragrance oils. So excited I was that I wanted to share what I created it with the world.

I’m also a passionate climate action advocate. I have two beloved nieces for whom I want to leave a bright future and a better world than the one I was born in. I thought if I were to start a new business it would be a social enterprise: one that combats climate change and helps heal the Earth. I wanted it to be something simple but not some lip service or a token ‘corporate social responsibility’ gesture: it has to be something that is substantive and will make a real difference.

Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s Nature Now video, I found the perfect practical way to bring about climate action: Trees! Trees clean our air and water, create habitats for biodiversity, contribute to our health and wellbeing, and create jobs for social impact. Simple but magic! Planting trees: a natural solution to climate breakdown and more.

Thus Glow Candy’s social enterprise model was born. In partnership with One Tree Planted, Glow Candy plants one tree for every candle sold. Together, every act of self-care that we do is an act of love for our planet. Feel good, do good.

Find out more about our partnership with One Tree Planted and Glow Candy’s reforestation mission here.

Our candles

Each Glow Candy candle is lovingly made and poured by hand in small batches in Melbourne, Australia with natural soy wax, locally-sourced premium fragrance oils and 100% non-toxic cotton wick. Apart from being free from paraffin, our candles also free from nasties such as sulphates and parabens.

We love our products so much, we know you will too. If the feeling is not mutual, we’ll be happy to refund your money.

Sustainable packaging

Glow Candy candle vessels are reusable and recyclable. Our product boxes (including mailers) are recyclable and our mailer envelopes are compostable.