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 have never heard of Sewanee, it will remind you of something - or maybe not a damn thing - but, it will smell good and make you happy.
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. The candles are housed in a drawstring canvas bag - in Sewanee Purple, no less - making them ideal for gift-giving.
Behind-the-scenes of creating this candle:
Sometimes life throws you a curveball. How you deal with it can alter your course, dramatically. Let me tell you a story.
In January 2017, an associate of mine was closing down his upstart distribution business to get a "real job" with benefits. His daughter had cancer and he needed deeper pockets than a small business owner could provide. I went to his warehouse and noticed a couple of cases of candles. I added them to my purchase, assuming that they would be good gifts for my mama and my sister. The next morning, when I got into my car, it smelled like heaven. They were even more aromatic than I had thought. I decided to try to sell a few and sold through them in a day. So, I reached out and started buying candles from the company that made them.
I made the decision, at the suggestion of the Director of Alumni Relations at my alma mater, to create my own candle. Specifically, it would be called Sewanee Fog. We made an initial run of 14 dozen. And sold out within 2 weeks. Everything was going great. And then that curveball came my way. The proprietary oil blends we were using for the candle had been discontinued without warning. We made several stabs, but could not recreate the scent. Then, I met Debbie DeJean. Debbie and I spoke on the phone, had a brief (ha! It lasted 2 hours!) meeting and I left knowing that everything would be okay. That weekend, when setting up for a festival, who should be in the booth right next to me? Debbie DeJean. If you know me, you know that that cemented the deal. A few attempts later, we had a winner. Since, Debbie and I have partnered on several candles, including some private label items for RLC clients.
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”?
Great product and a wonderful gift.
THE BEST! Clean, beautiful and the aroma is wonderful!
Great aroma! Well packaged. Glad to buy my second one.