In 1969, Sewanee: The University of the South admitted its first class of women; 103 women to be exact. Fifty years later, we celebrate the thousands of women who have studied in the University's hallowed halls. Out of respect for that occasion, Dr. Felysha Jenkins C'98 approached me about making a commemorative Sewanee Fog candle. I then partnered with Erin Hanni Cassell C'98, using one of her original pieces for the label design. I will donate $5 per candle sold 10/01/19 - 11/15/19 to the Bairnwick Women's Center, a space that has provided the University with a sense of inclusivity and community for decades.
Creating a candle that evokes memories of Sewanee was not the easiest undertaking. Finding something that smells like fog is, well, complicated. We tried several versions and finally settled on a combination of essential oils that is reminiscent of the dampness that hangs in the air after a rainfall. There's an earthiness, mixed with a lilt of pine, some woody notes, musk, citrus, amber and oakmoss. The candle was released in 2018, in conjunction with my 20-year anniversary of graduating from Sewanee. It has sold extremely well and I am excited to share it with my fellow alumni.
The Sewanee Fog candle will bring back memories of afternoon concerts at Lake Cheston and frisbee golf in Manigault Park and Dr. Smith's class in the Quad. Of walking to class in a fog that's so dense you had to rely on muscle memory to get to your destination. Of hiking the Perimeter Trail and then having a burger at Shenanigans. Of the week immediately following comps and how relieved you were to finally be done. It will remind you of how Sewanee became home.
If you haven't purchased candles from RLC before, here's what you get: a hand-poured soy wax candle with a double wick (that's lead-free; no soot!). They have an 85+ hour burn life. I have partnered with a lovely lady named Ella who has created a drawstring canvas bag - in Sewanee Purple, no less - to house the candles, making them ideal for gift-giving.
Again, this candle in this iteration is only available for a six week span.
As a way of generating more candles sold - and hence, a larger donation to Bairnwick, we have these suggestions:
- wedding party gifts
- end-of-the-year client gifts
- real estate closing gifts
- corporate gifting
Thank you so much for the support of this candle. The regular version of the Sewanee Fog Candle are available here.
THE BEST! Clean, beautiful and the aroma is wonderful!
Great product and a wonderful gift.
I love this candle. It smells sooooo good. It’s soothing. It’s also very cute! Nostalgia 101.
I love this candle! Wonderful scent - perfect for winter or fall. Long-lasting & burns evenly.
Gave as gift and kept one
Unfortunetly, I was not able to attended this year's Sewanee Homecoming where all 50 years of women alumnae were being honored. But when I saw that there was a limited edition version of the Sewanee Fog candle made just for this event, I knew I had to get one! Smells amazing and makes me feel like I am sitting at Stirlling's drinking a warm beverage on a foggy autumn afternoon! I even made sure to send a link to the other Sewanee women in my family so that they too could enjoy!!
This candle is beautifully scented and fills the room quickly when lit! I also love the photo on the glass jar, as well as the photos included in the package. Looking forward to giving one to my (also alumni) parents for Christmas!
JRL is my husband’s personal gift shopper and I love it! I know I’m getting the best candles and amazing handcrafted items for the holidays. Seriously after you burn one of his candles you will be like “Yankee who”?