All candles are unique, handmade candles, made directly into sea sand and perfumed with essential oils. They can be refilled, and a booklet with the Renette's Candle Story and Care accompanies each candle leaving the studio. The first giant candle, which Renette made in 1987, is still in use today.
Renette made her first candle when she was 13 and this has proved to be an enduring love for her.
When she was 25 Renette saw a picture of a sand candle in a little German book on candle making and simply knew that she had to make such a candle! After some debate with her husband, Johan, the book was purchased and she made her first sand candle as a wedding gift for a cousin. This candle remained as a centre piece on their coffee table for many years.
Renette realised that making sand candles required very high temperatures and she made no more while her children were very young, as they were constantly playing around her while she was creatively engaged in crafting.
When their youngest child was 9, in 1986, Renette made three sand candles for a school fair. These were promptly sold, and when she later recounted this to a friend who owned a very upmarket shop and had sponsored the school, the friend ordered 100 small sand candles for her shop.
Thus Renette, almost unwittingly at the time, founded a business specialising in unique, hand made, fragrant sand candles which has grown over the years to become globally known and sought after.
In 2010 Renette and Johan sold this business which continues under the name MJM Candles in Ballito Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal. In mid 2011 Renette moved to Johannesburg in order to support Johan in accomplishing his dream to work again as an engineer, and to focus on her own work as bespoke mentor, inspiring people to uncover the dreams they hold dear in their heart and guiding them to create a structure for pursuing their destiny by empowering their inner genius.
In October 2014 Renette and Johan returned to their log home in a forested suburb of Knysna in the Western Cape, and discovered that their candles were sorely missed. Late in November 2014 they chose to re-create Renette's Candles as a new business.
This new journey sees a new range of candles being launched which honours the hero in each human being. Johan Nel's triumph in overcoming some of the debilitating effects of Parkinson's Disease inspired Renette to create this range and his is the first Hero Candle. The Johan Nel Hero Candle has a quirky shape, is bright orange, and Johan chose Jasmin as his fragrance. Jasmin is associated with love, sweetness, good fortune and intuition. The Hero Range tells the story of each hero represented by a candle. These are ordinary people who have activated their ability to triumph over challenging circumstances.
Renette is seeking out such heroes, and with them, will create a candle representing them. She will write their story to go out with each of their candles.
Renette is deeply inspired to nurture the connection we all have with both the planet and our inner spirit. With each candle you will receive her Candle Story.
She says: ''I believe that one person can make a difference. These candles are a direct result of my search for a way in which to make a difference. I will tell you their story ...... The dream to reach out and touch those people who also have a need for something beautiful that will light up their lives is now a reality and I invite you to celebrate life with me and share in the sense of excitement that comes with making a difference, with watching a butterfly flit across a new world, with enjoying the scented aroma of soft candlelight, with living the dreams we hold dear and making them real. May these candles bring you joy!''