My love affair with candles began in my late teens. I would light candles in my room when I was studying or listening to music and it always helped me relax. There is that moment right when you light the candle, as the wick starts to burn, where time stops for a moment and you exhale and your muscles loosen. This was a ritual I kept for years, lighting candles whenever I was home and my mood was dramatically improved for it. (I’ll admit I’ve let my ritual go, with two small children in the home.) But there are times when I still use them, when I need them for my own well-being.
Ianthe Mauro created objects with purpose to carry on much of the same ritual I experienced. Mauro’s Waldorf kindergarten teacher used to light a candle before lunch and this inspired her to carry the practice into adulthood. “Lighting a candle became Ianthe’s way of giving thanks, focusing on an intention, creating warm fragrant ambiance, and calming down at the end of a long day.” She soon realized, however, that most of the candles she was burning at home were full of toxic substances and looked for a way to provide a natural substitute. objects with purpose was born to fill the void. These candles not only smell amazing, but they are non-toxic and burn clean. You can also use the candle as a body perfume (something I used to do in college!) and carry that intention with you all day long. Perfection.