Back when she ran a gift shop in Maryland and sold out of candles during the holiday season, South Carolina-raised Ronnetta Griffin got resourceful and poured her own.
After trial and error with some stinky results, Ronnetta finally perfected the formula to make pretty soy candles with scents that pay tribute to the Palmetto State, such as the fig-and-oak moss “Charleston” and white tea-and-ginger “Lowcountry.”
Her husband, Tommy, pours the wax, and their two sons, ages 13 and 15, help with deliveries to keep up with the demand of her line that includes 11 scents and 7 seasonal varieties.
This month, she debuts one for Father’s Day: a sweetgrass-and-tobacco-scented candle appropriately called “Southern Gentleman.”
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“In our in-home workshop, we melt the wax flakes and add fragrance oils. We attach wicks to the bottoms of the glass tumblers and pour wax into each one. Once they have cooled, we smooth the tops with a heat gun.”
“Our best-selling ‘Greenville’ candle gives a nod to the town’s historic textile mills and the mill workers who wove the fabric of many generations. We selected a wonderfully fresh and crisp scent that reminds us of sun-dried cotton sheets.”
“We use two simple but fine ingredients—high-end fragrance oils and pure soy wax without additives or artificial color. The candles have lead-free cotton wicks and come in recyclable and reusable tumblers.”
“It is the palmetto tree and crescent moon of the South Carolina state flag, and a crown. The queen’s crown adds a royal touch and is a reference to my year as Miss South Carolina in 1991.”