Handmade on the Cornish coast, Kukena candles are eco-friendly, made with soy wax and pure essential oils. Designed and produced by surf and swim coach Kate Sparks, these candles encapsulate the fragrances of the coast, setting the scene to unwind in your sanctuary. We spoke to the founder to find out more about the brand.
Candles set the scene to unwind like nothing else, I feel like once a candle is lit, its tools down and the moment to dedicate some serious time to looking after yourself. I’ve been making them for six years now and love how they give off a gentle, flickering and most of all, natural light.
What are the ingredients?
I make all the candles using soy wax, which is good because as well as being natural it burns slowly. I don’t use any artificial fragrances – just pure essential oils, which are the oils directly from plants. The bonus is that these oils have many therapeutic properties such as the uplifting effects of rose geranium.
Why did you set up the business?
I wanted to bring together my passions for surfing, the sea and natural living through an outlet which I could channel my creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in a way that truly represents what lights the fire in me.
What does ‘Kukena’ mean?
Kukena is Hawaiian for the continual movement of water. The essence of Kukena is the freedom of enjoying things we love, from surfing with its Hawaiian origins, swimming to simply living naturally.