Candella was set up in 2014 by Gosia Sobkowicz and her husband Marcin in Co. Kildare. Their handcrafted candles are made using the highest quality pure soya wax, where soy beans are pressed to extract their natural oils. This oil is then hydrogenated to turn it into a wax. A natural product, soy wax is friendly to the environment and is biodegradable as the wax is 100% natural. As long as crops and fields are maintained, soy is an renewable resource whereas paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum production and is not renewable. Soy Candles retain their scent for the life of the candle, the fragrance does not seep out over time. They also have a large scent/fragrance "throw" which covers a large area. Their candles have wooden wicks, lead free cotton wicks and skin safe fragrances perfectly blended with essential oils.
Gosia has always been passionate about fragrances, and completed the perfumery course at the London College of Fashion. “I believe that scents and fragrances enhance people’s lives and their wellbeing. We love the idea of merging natural raw materials with highly sophisticated scents, eco-friendly ingredients and unique design.” Candella has been awarded a Silver A’Design Award, the world’s largest design award for designers and innovators.
Demonstrations by Candella will be held in store as part of Só Collective’s ‘From the Maker’ series for October on Saturday 15 and Wednesday 26 October from 14.00 to 16.00. These will take the format of ‘scent workshops’, where Gosia will discuss and teach you how to identify your preferred scents. Candella is available to buy in Só Collective, Village Price €65 (RRP €78) for two ‘copper’ candles / €42 (RRP €50) for two ‘glass’ candles.