Rosy Rings started in my basement over twenty years ago. Surrounded by five cats and the chug chug of a washing machine, I poured my first candles. My tools: a tiny crock pot and a few dented molds. My ingredients: chunks of sticky beeswax, vials of fragrance and an assortment of dried flowers and fruit. It wasn’t until I came up with the original Spicy Apple Botanical candle that I knew I was onto something.
Since those humble days things have changed a lot. We moved into our current 30,000 square foot facility. We buy wax by the ton instead of by the case. I own a forklift.
However, some things have stayed the same: like I still make runs for lunch and toilet paper. Seriously though, we still hand produce all of our candles right here in Denver, and a few tweaks notwithstanding, we still make them the same way we did 20 years ago.
Take our Botanical Candles: Turn one over and you’ll see it’s actually two candles. The entire process of pouring, stuffing, repouring, melting the edges, wrapping it and the countless other tasks take two whole days! And because this point bears repeating: all of this is done by hand.
Living in an urban area and working in an industrial corridor I understand how difficult it can be to connect to the beauty of nature. Candlemaking has always been a way for me to bring elements of the outdoors into my home. A scoop of lavender, a humble bowl of dried leaves or an illuminated botanical candle are all small reminders of the beauty the natural world offers us.