Hey, I'm Laura, the Founder of Rock + Realm, a spiritual wellness brand that's known for ethically sourced crystals and handcrafted home decor. I've been on my spiritual wellbeing journey for well over two decades now, incorporating a mix of aromatherapy, yoga, crystals and time spent in nature as part of my daily routine. Essential oils have been my trusty companions throughout life's ups and downs, supporting my wellbeing for just as long.
So, I'm really excited to introduce a brand-new range of aromatherapy wellbeing candles from Tyler Aromatherapy to the shop. It's like sharing a little piece of my wellbeing world with all of you.
Tyler Aromatherapy, nestled in the heart of Monmouth, UK, have been crafting premium aromatherapy products since April 2021, bringing the nourishing essence of pure essential oils and botanicals into our daily lives.
Let's delve deeper into the aromatic world of Tyler Aromatherapy as we sit down with Ellie, the founder and visionary behind this wonderful heart-led UK small business. Ellie shares her journey, inspiration, and the essence of her aromatherapy candles, offering a glimpse into the magic of wellbeing and connection with nature.
Her mission is simple and resonates strongly with our own purpose: to enhance your wellbeing through the art and science of aromatherapy, allowing you to embrace a balanced and harmonious lifestyle. Authenticity and transparency are at the heart of the brand, ensuring it's crystal clear what goes into each product and the benefits they bring. No hidden ingredients, no shortcuts—just pure, mood-transforming oils.
Join us as we explore mindful practices, everyday rituals and the perfect candle scents for autumn's cosy season.
Rock + Realm Rendezvous with Ellie of Tyler Aromatherapy
Welcome Ellie! Tell us a little about yourself and your journey. What inspired you to start creating aromatherapy candles?
Well, let's rewind a bit. I used to work as a midwife in the NHS, I've seen firsthand the beautiful, yet often stressful, journey of bringing babies into the world. It's a rollercoaster of emotions for everyone involved. And, as much as I loved my job, it took it's toll on my mental health.
That's where aromatherapy entered the scene. I stumbled upon it during a particularly stressful period in my own life. Long hours, high-stress situations, and the constant feeling of burn out. I needed a way to unwind and find some balance.
Aromatherapy, with its soothing scents and relaxation benefits, became my go to remedy. I started experimenting with essential oils and candles as a form of self-care. The positive impact it had on my well-being was undeniable. That's when the lightbulb moment happened - why not share this wonderful experience with others?
So, Tyler Aromatherapy was born out of a personal need to combat stress and a desire to bring a little peace and tranquility to others in their daily lives. Crafting aromatherapy candles became not just a business for me, but a passion project to help people find their own moments of serenity amidst life's chaos.
And here we are today, spreading good vibes one candle at a time. It's been quite the journey.
Aromatherapy and spirituality are deeply personal practices. Can you share your story of how aromatherapy has made a positive impact on your wellbeing journey?
Aromatherapy not only provided me with physical relaxation but also served as a gateway to a deeper sense of spirituality. The act of mindfully engaging with mood changing scents and the soothing ambiance of candlelight became a form of meditation for me.
It allowed me to connect with my inner self, fostering a sense of peace and mindfulness that extended beyond the moments spent with the candles. It's also played a huge role in my journey with maniestation and developing a growth mindset - this has been key to my business success.
Your candles smell divine and I'm in love with the fresh zesty scent of The Coast candle. What makes your aromatherapy candles unique and stand out from the crowd?
Our candles go beyond simply smelling nice; they are formulated with a deep understanding of the science of aromatherapy. Each scent profile is strategically composed to tap into the body's natural responses, promoting relaxation, invigoration, or whatever mood enhancement you desire. Whether it's the calming influence of lavender, the invigorating burst of citrus, or the grounding aroma of earthy woods, our candles are like little mood-altering magic spells.
Sustainability is a core value for Rock + Realm. Can you tell us about the eco-friendly practices or materials you incorporate into your candle-making process to reduce environmental impact?
When we make our awesome candles, we make sure we're being eco-friendly every step of the way. We're all about using natural ingredients. Our candles are made from soy wax, which not only burns longer but is biodegradable too. Plus, we keep it local, sourcing our oils in the UK to cut down on the carbon footprint.
Oh, and our packaging? We've gone for recyclable materials, and we've kept it super simple with our labels to save on excess printing, biodegradable packing peanuts and eco shipping boxes. The lovely glass containers our candles come in are reusable! We also like to create limited edition candles houses in plant pots or coffee cups too!
Could you tell us a little about your process creating one of your signature candles? What inspires you to select the themes, scents and ingredients?
It's all about following my instincts and tapping into those moments of inspiration that life throws our way. One day, while on a blissful holiday in St Ives, I decided to take a coastal walk and stumbled upon these incredible scents - wild Rosemary, Coastal Pine and Yarrow, just flourishing amidst the rocks. It hit me like a wave – these fragrances were too precious not to share with the world!
Creating our signature scents is a fascinating journey that combines my knowledge, experience, and intuition. It's a delightful process where some blends come together effortlessly, while others present an intriguing challenge, adding to the excitement.
Here's the breakdown:
- I begin with a clear concept, envisioning the experience I want each candle to evoke.
- Then, I select a base note, which serves as the foundation for the fragrance, and build the composition from there.
- Each ingredient is carefully chosen, not only for its aroma but also for its specific therapeutic properties, ensuring each candle serves a distinct purpose.
I imagine the process of making candles can be quite meditative. Do you have any mindfulness or meditation practices that you combine with your craft to stay grounded?
If i'm honest - a day making candles is a little like meditation itself. I like to listen to my spa playlist while i'm in the candle studio, to add to the chilled vibes!
I often turn to Lemongrass, Bergamot and Geranium essential oils to uplift my mood. Are there specific essential oils or combinations in your candle collection that you find particularly soothing or spiritually uplifting?
The Wilderness Candle from our Escape collection is truly one of my personal favourites, not only for its captivating scent but also for its soothing and spiritually uplifting qualities.
Picture this: towering trees that seem to touch the sky, a lush carpet of moss beneath your feet, and rays of sunlight filtering through the dense foliage. It's a moment of tranquil escape, a connection with nature that's both grounding and uplifting.
The unique combination of Cypress, Sage, Juniper, Pink Pepper and Birch Tar essential oils in this candle creates a scent profile that's earthy and forest-fresh with a hint of smoky wood. Each of these essential oils is carefully chosen not only for their aromatic appeal but also for their therapeutic benefits:
- Cypress has a calming and grounding effect
- Sage is often associated with purification and clarity of the mind
- Juniper brings a sense of invigoration
- Pink Pepper adds a subtle warmth
- Birch Tar introduces that smoky, earthy depth
Crystals and candles often go hand in hand in holistic wellbeing practices. Do you have any personal experience with crystals as part of your wellbeing practices?
I actually haven't yet explored the world of crystals - perhaps we could get together to share our expertise? haha!
Most definitely, crystals and aromatherapy are a match made in heaven!
As someone who crafts candles with intention, do you have any personal intentions that guide your work or life journey?
First and foremost, my intention is to promote wellbeing and balance. I talk alot on my social channels about 'everyday wellness'. I believe that small rituals, like lighting a candle, can be powerful tools for enhancing daily wellbeing.
My intention is to offer products that not only provide moments of relaxation and inspiration but also serve as reminders to prioritise self-care in our busy lives. Through the practice of 'everyday wellness', I hope to help customers find balance, serenity, and a sense of connection with themselves and the world around them, one candle at a time.
It's about infusing a bit of mindfulness into the ordinary, making each day a step towards a healthier, happier life.
Nature and its elements are at the heart of many people’s wellbeing practices. How do you connect with nature and does this influence your candle-making or aromatherapy blending process?
I find inspiration in the beauty of the outdoors, whether it's the scent of a forest after a rain shower or the soothing sound of waves crashing on the shore. These experiences often spark ideas for new candle blends, allowing me to capture the therapeutic essence of nature.
Beyond my work, I cherish the simple joys of connecting with nature during long weekend walks with my family. It's these moments that remind me of the importance of mindfulness, tranquillity, and embracing the beauty of the world around us.
As we transition into autumn and winter, what are some of your favourite aromatherapy combinations that evoke the cosy and comforting feelings of these seasons?
As we cosy up for autumn and winter, there's a particular aromatherapy combination that never fails to evoke those comforting seasonal feelings, and it happens to be a customer favorite year after year. Our bestselling Stollen candle is a true embodiment of the warmth and nostalgia of these seasons.
Stollen is like a festive hug for your senses. Its spiced citrus scent, enriched with cardamom, cinnamon, lemon, and orange essential oils, creates an aromatic symphony that's nothing short of delightful. When you light this candle, your home is instantly filled with the inviting fragrance of this German Christmas holiday treat. It's a scent that not only captures the essence of Christmas but also brings forth that cherished warm, fuzzy feeling we all associate with the festive season.
With changing seasons and darker days, many of us experience shifts in mood or energy levels. Are there any rituals or remedies you lean on to adapt to these seasonal changes and stay balanced?
Absolutely, adapting to seasonal changes and staying balanced is essential for our wellbeing. As the days grow shorter and seasons shift, I believe in the power of small, everyday rituals to maintain that balance. After all, wellness is not just a destination; it's an ongoing journey.
One resource I'm particularly excited about is our free Everyday Wellness download. It's designed to be a practical and accessible guide for anyone looking to prioritise their wellbeing during seasonal transitions. With over 40 everyday wellness prompts, organised by the time of day, it offers a customisable toolkit for individuals to tailor to their own preferences and needs. Whether it's a morning meditation, an afternoon walk, or an evening gratitude journal, these prompts are like friendly nudges to help you make wellness a part of your daily routine.
The countdown to Christmas is on and gift-giving is front of mind. How do you select thoughtful and meaningful wellbeing gifts for your loved ones?
Choosing meaningful wellbeing gifts for my loved ones is all about understanding what makes them smile. I think about their unique needs and wellness goals, opting for quality, experience-driven items like aromatherapy candles or essential oils.
It's not just about the gift; it's about the heartfelt message and personal touch that make it special. I'm also a big fan of foraging, last year I foraged some sloes and made homemade 'Sloe Gin' for presents.
And if you're wondering if my family and friends receive my candles for Christmas - they absolutely do!
And finally, do you have any upcoming projects or new candle scents that we can look forward to?
I'm not revealing too much just yet! Keep your eyes peeled though. Hint: Candles and Coffee combine.
Aromatherapy, Candles and Every Day Wellness Rituals & Remedies
A huge thank you to Ellie for sharing her creative process, wellbeing wisdom and of course, those incredibly scented aromatherapy candles. I know what I'm getting my over-worked nature loving friends for Christmas!
In a world where daily routines often leave us yearning for moments of tranquility and mindfulness, Aromatherapy and the spirit of everyday wellbeing may offer the key. Ellie's journey, inspired by her own quest for balance, has resulted in not just beautifully crafted aromatherapy candles but a genuine commitment to enhancing the wellbeing of others.
And remember, at Rock + Realm, we take care to mindfully curate the best products to help you find a peaceful, spiritual balance in your life, so don't hesitate to explore our collection of crystals, wellbeing gifts, home decor and spiritual wellness products.
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