Candela Sorelle (n, Italian): candle sisters. Two inspired artisans sharing a strong family bond, a desire to create and a love of truly beautiful things – especially those simple things in life.
Candela Sorelle came about after a string of family holidays to our beautiful beachside retreat, when we ‘sorelle’ would dream about applying our creativity and respective talents to a business project together. While pushing our kids on the swings and taking in the salt air, we’d talk about our shared love of handmade products and how much we appreciated the passion and attention that true artisans poured into their handmade wares. As ‘wannabe’ interior designers (who probably spend too much time watching home renovation shows on the box), we’re always on the hunt for unique and stunning homewares to feather our nests, and scented candles have always been favourites on our lists. There is a deep connection between the sense of smell and human emotion, and we both love the way certain aromas could transport us to another place or connect us to long-forgotten memories and feelings.
Cue the lightbulb moment.
We agreed early on that Candela Sorelle candles had to include all-natural ingredients, a wood wick (we lurve a wood wick!), offer the highest possible fragrance load for maximum scent throw and be finished with great attention to detail. They had to be physically beautiful and yet priced so that the vast majority of people could enjoy them. The fragrance range had to cover a variety of olfactive families and moods, to help bring as many of those long-forgotten memories to the forefront of our customers’ minds.
We have spent countless hours researching and developing the look and feel of our products. We have poured, and enjoyed, hundreds of candles and dozens of scents while honing just the right formulation. And we have drunk copious amounts of tea and eaten an equivalent number of jam-and-cream scones while we brewed our plans.
The end result is something we are both immensely proud of. Candela Sorelle is a premium range of hand poured natural soy candles, soy melts and associated products to excite the olfactory. They are premium products, sleek and chic in appearance, finished with great attention to detail and, importantly for us, we’ve been able to keep them affordable.
There’s nothing better than hearing all the positive comments from our customers and the stories about how a particular fragrance took them back to the pool bar on an amazing tropical overseas holiday or reminded them of that stunning bunch of flowers they received on a first date.
We hope that you too will lift the lid on your Candela Sorelle candle and be instantly transported back to a happy place – or that our candles are part of the formation of fabulous new happy places. Because it’s the simple things in life – like those delightful memories attached to scents, the relaxing sound of our wood wicks burning or the way flickering candlelight dances around the walls of a darkened room – that are the most important things in life.
We believe in positivity. We believe in expressing gratitude whenever possible. We believe in old-school handwritten notes via snail mail – just because. We believe in sprinkling happiness on the people we meet. We believe in big, honest squeezy hugs – not air kisses. We believe in life’s simple pleasures. Slow down and enjoy them.
Meet Our Team
Serrica represents the cogs that make the Candela Sorelle machine churn over. There’s no problem she can’t find a solution for, no delivery she hasn’t organised, no end-of-month books she can’t keep. She’s the patient listener. She has the steady hand when it comes to pouring candles. She loves her bike and can often be found cruising pathways along the water’s edge in Bayside Brisbane. And she can smash out a mean Banoffee Pie when the team needs a sugar hit.
Belinda’s brain doesn’t have an off switch. She’ll be the one behind the late night text messages and emails that generally start with “OMG Serri –
I just had this cool idea!”. She’s the talker, the dreamer and my wordy lordy does she love to list and tabulate. She does words, not numbers. The eternal optimist, Belinda gets excited about, well, everything. She loves yoga and green smoothies but her ultimate happiness is… yellow.
Oh, and sequins.
Betty and Beryl
These stylish gals are the hardest working members of Team Candela Sorelle. They are constantly on the go, offering warm comfort to weary chandlers. They are always full of liquid support and happy to share the workbench with the odd (well, let’s be honest – ‘frequent’) plateful of Nanna Peik’s baking. And just like normal women, they want to be caressed by caring hands, treated with respect and appreciated for the stellar role they play.