A few years ago, I used to use Soylites candles regularly, and I have no cooking clue why I stopped using them. I mean, I even used to take the little tins with me when I travelled.
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, Soylites are a range of 100% natural soy candles (though there’s more than just candles – stick around to find out what).
Each candle is fragranced using aromatherapy oils, and there are fantastic combinations such as vanilla and ylang-ylang, cinnamon, orange, grapefruit and ginger, lemongrass, lavender and lime, and rose, geranium and jasmine. The candles rejuvenate or relax you, depending on what you choose (there are brief product descriptions on the website, so you can see what each one does).
Soylites candles burn at a low temperature, so you can use the melted oil for a massage or to moisturise your skin without being burnt (look out for the specific massage candles). I once tried this with another candle, thinking that all candles worked this way (smart, right?), but the heat was intense, and it was greasy, not moisturising.
The range is wide, and includes things like a body butter, foot and heel balm, and a baby balm. You’re best off heading to the site and seeing what’s there, and what sizes and formats the products come in.
I do need to mention some standout products though:
1 Candle with oud fragrance
This is said to uplift and calm the mind.
2. Insect repellant range
I really don’t like the smell of citronella, but for young kids I don’t have a better option. The range includes a candle, body oil, balm and gift pack.
3. Rainbow Rocks
These crayons with a twist are made from a 100% vegetable wax blend consisting primarily of soy wax, and scented with an infusion of lavender essential oil for calmative benefits. Rainbow Rocks blocks are softer than regular crayons, with a luxurious oil-pastel feel.
They contain no paraffin wax, and have cosmetic-grade pigments. They’re non-toxic and skin safe, and won’t stain fingers or clothes. They start at from R110 for a pack – choose from a box for little kids, and a box for bigger kids and adults.
4. Glass Jar Coconut Candles
These coconut candles have a 100% vegetable base and come in five fragrances: coconut, vanilla and lime, neroli and grapefruit, lemongrass and lime, jasmine and lavender, and citronella, lemongrass and lavender.
They cost R160 for a 2ooml jar.
If you know you love certain smells, then you’re probably good to go and order from the site. There are stockists around South Africa, which you can find by clicking here for you to have a good smell before buying. A new shop has opened in Linden, Johannesburg, which you can find at Shop 3, Linden View, 1st Avenue, Linden.
Soylites prices are very reasonable – you can get a 50-hour burn 220ml Classic Frosted Tumbler with a candle for R240. A 55ml travel tin costs R75. Oh, and did I mention there are fantastic gift sets? And did I mention my Soylites wishlist is a loooooong one?