Carolina’s Chicest Candles

June 11, 2014 | By | Comments (1)
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

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.”

Prices range $24-$48;

The Process:
“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.”

The Scents
“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.”

The Ingredients 
“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.”

The Logo
“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.”


  1. Ronnetta Hatcher Griffin

    We were so thrilled to have the opportunity to be featured in our favorite magazine, Southern Living, in February 2014 in the South Carolina, Georgia and Florida regional sections and then again in June 2014 in the North Carolina regional section! Now to be on — it’s a dream come true! Many thanks to Jessica Stringer for her interest in our soy candles and for helping to make this all happen. Thanks also to Laurey Glenn for her beautiful photography and to Caroline Cunningham for styling our candles exactly as I would have envisioned them! ~ xoxo Ronnetta Griffin #carolinachic

    June 11, 2014 at 8:08 pm

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