I am completely obsessed with delicious scented candles. I love walking into my home and lighting my scattered candles that then gently waft through my space with their different scents. I have different ones for my different moods, and the occasion – there are some that remind me of my granny, other scents that are fresh and uplifting, and others that are more romantic and musky. Why have just one candle when there are so many options out there?
“The soothing effect that candles have is based on how the brain processes smells. The smell of scented candles stimulates our limbic system, the part of the brain that is home to our memory and emotions. Hormones like serotonin and dopamine can be produced to help regulate mood. Therefore, our emotional state is influenced by the relationship that exists between scents, memories, and emotions.”Kendall cornish, travel and leisure
I saw some of the candles that Kers Scented Candles had on offer and I immediately knew that I had found a small business that I would definitely be supporting, and that I wanted to share it with all of you.
Everything within this business has been thought out – from the variety of scents to suit everyone; to the presentation of the actual candles; to the fact that they work with other local business to offer the most gorgeous candles I have ever seen. These are definite decor items, and not simply a candle that you place in the corner of your room and hope that nobody sees.
Keep reading to learn more about Kers Scented Candles
Your name: Francis Victor
Business name: Kers Scented Candle
3 fun facts about you:
- I resigned in October 2019 to be a fulltime Candle Maker.
- I have 63 House Plants (Yes, there is always room for one more.)
- I am very happily married to my best friend, Wiehan Victor and we have two Dachshund kiddies named Petrus and Fiela. We are huge F1 fans #verstappen33
What makes your candles so unique:
What makes us unique is that we put a lot of thought, testing and hard work behind the brand to give our customer the best result. For example, we only pour two candles at a time to ensure that the fragrance mixes thoroughly with the wax. Our jars are sophisticated to create a timeless addition to any household décor. We are not holding back with our fragrance, our scented candles are all about transforming any room space into a fragrance oasis. My Grandma had one request with the scented candles and that is to offer refills. It is so sad to have this beautiful jar but no candle to compliment it. Therefore, the customers who are based in the Joburg area can send their jars back for a refill and choose any of the fragrances.
Why did you decide to start this business:
I always had a passion for scented candles and love walking into my home after a long day at work and just enjoying the moment. Everywhere I go, whether overseas or travelling locally, a candle is on my souvenir list.
Our story started three years ago when I had a conversation with my office mamma Clara. I said to her, “One day Clara, we are going to have a candle business.” I did the research, but then life happened. Two years flew by and the more I asked the Big Man Upstairs for guidance the more He directed me to making Candles.
Which scent is your favourite from your range:
This is a difficult one, it feels like I need to pick between my fur-kids. I am burning the sweet grapefruit in my home at the moment, but I have always been a huge fan of the Vanilla fragrance.
Which has been the most popular scent:
It depends on the season, during the winter Vanilla, Sandalwood & Musk, Lavender, and Cinnamon were very popular, however these past couple of weeks the sweet fruity and floral fragrances are number one on the podium. These are the Coconut & Lime, Sweet Grapefruit, Lime & Basil, and Peony and Blush Suede.
What are all the scents you stock: Sweet Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Frangipani, Lavender, Lemongrass, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Pomegranate & Sage, Cellini Tobacco, Lime & Basil, Champagne Rose, Deep Ocean, Deep Musk & Spice, Peony & Blush Suede, Coconut & Lime, Tutti Frutti, and Ylang Ylang.
Why do you encourage people to support local:
I love supporting local businesses. We have so much talent here in South Africa. For me, when you do good to people, they will be inspired to do good to other people. Therefore, it is a ripple effect. When I support local businesses, they will be able to support other businesses and it can grow our community and put food on the tables.
We have been working on a new project to support our local crafters. Our new Tswalu range is handmade by Godfrey and his family, and hand poured by Kers Scented Candles. Hence when the customer buys the Tswalu range they support two local businesses.
Do your candles come in different sizes: Yes, we have an Amber 400g and Blue 500g candle. But we also make 330ml candles for corporate gifting and bridal boxes.
Quote you live by: Find Joy In Your Journey.
Anything else you want to add: We are busy working on the website and will hopefully have this up and running soon. I have big dreams for Kers Scented Candles and hopefully one day open a huge store which will be convenient for the customers to come, relax and enjoy the beauty of house plants, amazing candles and just enjoying the moment.
I have always felt like candles make a home. They can evoke memories, help you relax or become uplifted, and create a perfect ambiance for your home and environment. Why not spoil yourself with some of these delicious ones from Kers Scented Candles, and support a local business (and family) at the same time?