Our Story

       Good product,        Great cause

We are community development workers by trade and have worked together with Global Outreach Developments since 2006 in both Nashville, TN and El Salvador, Central America. Our passion is to make this world a more just and equitable place for all, one life at a time.

Because such service requires flexibility, we began looking for a way to support ourselves that could fit our lifestyle. In the meantime, my grandmother had been encouraging me for several years to let her teach me to make her fabulous candles. Several times per year, Kay Kay gave us a stash of candles and sometimes -- for the lucky -- I would share a candle with a special friend. Kay's Kandles were so good in fact, that my friends started asking how they could buy my grandmother's candles.

I began to wonder, "Was candle making what we had been looking for?"

Grandmother "Kay Kay" - Her recipe started it all.

Grandmother "Kay Kay" - Her recipe started it all.

It took a lot to overcome my intimidation. I felt like a crazy person. I don't know anything about candlemaking. Can I really learn such a skill?

After much encouragement and lessons from Kay Kay we applied to our local farmer's market -- were 100% shocked to be accepted -- and Light Shine Candles was born.

We poured that first candle in 2014 using our grandmother's recipe. Since then, we've poured THOUSANDS. We use 100% non-gmo soy, no phthalates and no dyes. We start with a made-in-the-USA glass jar, add a cotton wick, fill and finish with locally printed labels. You can catch at many markets and events around Nashville throughout the year or check one of our stockists.

We have 3 children and the oldest 2 enthusiastically help with making your candles whenever they are allowed. :)

 

From our family to yours, shine on!

Anna & Rafael

Our Family -- Baby #3 arrived  November 2016. New picture to come as soon as we take a break from swooning and holiday candlemaking. 

Our Family -- Baby #3 arrived  November 2016. New picture to come as soon as we take a break from swooning and holiday candlemaking.