Lighting a brighter future for Haiti, these concrete pillar candle holders are made with actual rubble from the 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince. Working there since 2006, we felt compelled to create a candle that symbolizes light out of darkness.
Designed and handmade in partnership with concrete studio Stone Soup, 10% of proceeds are jointly donated to support women entrepreneurs and civic leaders in Haiti. Limited quantities available. Made to order (please allow 15 days to make and ship).
Sold individually or as a set of 3 pillar holders. Available in 2 colors (white and grey) and 3 sizes: small (3x3x3"), medium (3x3x5") and large (3x3x8"). Each includes a brushed aluminum insert that burns up to 15 hours.
To learn about Stone Soup, click on the artist tab above. For candle details, click on the details tab. Please also take a moment to read our post about this unique candle.
Inserts accept any votive candle, making it easy to refill. Additional inserts are also available for purchase separately, unscented or in our Fall 2015 fragrances made with essential oils. View fragrance descriptions.
Arrives gift boxed with story card about Stone Soup, Prosperity Candle, our joint initiative, and the woman who poured your candle.
Stone Soup, Easthampton MA
Concrete is an essential part of our world. Modernity would not be so without it. At Stone Soup, we are bringing concrete in from the cold. Fusing metal and stone, structural strength with a tactile softness, the concrete we make can cement disparate elements into fully human and humane design.
For the Haiti Rubble Series, we take the large blocks brought to us and break them down into smaller pieces, then pulverize and screen them - all by hand, a slow process that results in a highly uniform material. We then combine the Haitian concrete with local aggregate of similar color, several binders, and glass fibers to increase strength and lightness.
This mixture is poured into molds we've designed and built, then cured for 2-3 days. Upon removal, we finish the candle holders with a protective coating and add clear rubber feet to the bottoms.
No two are exactly the same due to the rubble we receive, which may contain tile and other elements. Each time we handle the rubble, we are acutely aware of its origin and the tragedy that befell Haiti, particularly Port-au-Prince. We think about the lives lost, and hope these candles help keep their memory alive and contribute to a brighter future for Haitians.
Stone Soup is located in the heart of Massachusetts´ Pioneer Valley in an old factory building repurposed as a home to sculptors, woodworkers, glass artists, printmakers, weavers and our partners in this unique and inspiring project, Prosperity Candle.
Wax: soy blend candle with cotton wick, no dyes or enhancers
Fragrance: essential oil based (visit Fragrances for full descriptions)
Burn time: each full insert burns up to 15 hours
Vessel: recyclable aluminum insert in concrete holder, handmade with combination of Haitian rubble and fiberglass for strength with lightness
Dimensions: small 3"W x 3"L x 3"H, medium 3x3x5", large 3x3x8"
Gift Box: Arrives gift boxed with story card about Stone Soup, Prosperity Candle, our joint initiative, and the woman who made the candle
Amber & Bergamot - Warm and inviting, amber and bergamot combined with subtle notes of geranium, black cardamom, sandalwood and eucalyptus.
Cedar & Cardamom - Cedar infused with cardamom, lily and spice with seductive notes of sandalwood, leather and musk.
Chamomile & Sage - Deeply restful chamomile and fresh sage combine in this soothing herbal, creating an atmosphere of calm and well-being.
Grapefruit & White Floral - Wonderfully complex, grapefruit blended with lily, peony, geranium and rose, with base notes of amber and musk.
Jasmine & Cypress - Crisp notes of jasmine and cypress blended with nectarine, black currant, pink peppercorn and bergamot for a uniquely alluring scent.
Orange Blossom - Fragrant orange blossoms mingle with water lily, iris and clementine leaves above a base note of vetiver to create this delightfully elegant floral.
Pacific Ocean - Clean and buoyant, fresh ocean air atop a joyful blend of freesia, water lilies, lotus and tuberose for a truly uplifting experience.
Sandalwood & Oakmoss - The warmth of sandalwood blended with Baltic oakmoss, a touch of amber, and hint of patchouli give rise to this gentle wood scent.
Unscented - Completely fragrance-free. Perfect for centerpieces, dinner candles and those who prefer no scent whatsoever.
Don't see a past favorite? Send us an email! We work with over 150 fragrances throughout the year, and nearly always have what you're looking for.
Handmade - Our candles are hand-poured to order by women artisans who are former refugees creating a brighter future for themselves and their families in the United States. Many of our vessels are handcrafted by women artisans from around the world.
Sustainable - Prosperity Candle is a certified B-Corp, recognized for its commitment to social and environmental sustainability by B-Lab's Best for the World list 2 years in a row.
Fair Trade - We support ethically made goods, and believe every product represents the opportunity to help make the world a better place. We are a WFTO associate member and follow fair trade principles established by the World Fair Trade Federation.
Designed for Good - Prosperity Candle is a small social enterprise prioritizing positive impact over all else, ensuring everything we do helps create opportunities for women to thrive. We believe that equal opportunity for women and girls everywhere will help create a brighter future for all.
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