Objects with Purpose

Natural and Wearable Candles

Awaken the Senses

Ianthe Mauro’s love for candles dates back to her school days in Boston in the 1970s, when her teacher would light a candle each day and encourage students to focus on the beauty and strength of its flame. Ianthe continued to make candles a part of her daily life, but she worried about the toxic contents of some varieties. She was inspired to create her own line of nontoxic candles, with a unique twist: Ianthe’s candles are designed to be worn.

Each of her candles is hand-poured with a clean-burning wax that contains organic coconut, apricot, and shea butters, along with a proprietary blend of essential oils for fragrance. The wax burns at a low temperature, so you can use it as soothing body butter when it’s warm (perfect for moisturizing and massages) and a solid perfume when it’s cool. Her scents are sophisticated and appealing, including the soothing Fight or Flight, laced with jasmine and vanilla; vibrant Dahlia, with rose and lychee; Gifted, which combines white tea, fig, and tobacco in an alluring blend; and Archetype Rising, a meld of peony, cucumber, and firewood. All of the elements—from the organic butters, essential oils, and cotton wicks to the glass containers and reusable muslin packaging—come from U.S. suppliers.

We’re accustomed to lighting candles to add ambiance to a room. Ianthe’s company, Objects With Purpose, takes the candle-lighting experience even further. You can light a candle, massage the warm wax into your skin, and enjoy the scent throughout the day. For yourself or someone special, it’s a thoughtful, positive gift for the senses.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Ianthe

    Greetings Daily Grommet goers! "Wearable Candle" raises a lot of questions, so I'm here today to answer any you may have. I'd love to help you "ignite your wish" and help you get the most out of my soothing body butter candles!

  • Michele A.
    Michele A.
    1/26/2012 1:51 PM

    My favorite candles in the whole world - love the clean, organic, refreshing scent - there is nothing better!

  • G
    1/26/2012 1:53 PM

    I love these candles (especially Asher and Gifted)! They keep my studio smelling fresh and I don't have to burn them. I'll be trying the new candle "Archetype Rising" (great name!) next.

    Thank you very much,


  • Ariana Weindling
    Ariana Weindling
    1/26/2012 1:55 PM

    Please contact me at your earliest convince !

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/26/2012 1:59 PM

    @Ariana Weindling: I will put you in touch with Ianthe. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe – Special Guest
    1/26/2012 2:00 PM

    @Ariana Weindling: Hello! How can I help?



  • Ariana
    1/26/2012 2:03 PM

    @Ianthe Mauro:

    Love your candles. Would like to know if you are looking for distributors?

  • Anne
    1/26/2012 1:58 PM

    It's terrific to see Objects with Purpose on today's grommet! I have the Dahlia (rose and lychee)and the scent is lovely.

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe – Special Guest
    1/26/2012 2:01 PM

    @Anne: Thank you so much! My daughter's scent continues to be a favorite, I'll tell her ; )



  • Martha N'abbey
    Martha N'abbey
    1/26/2012 2:06 PM

    I love these candles! I gave one each to my co-workers for a holiday gift and they loved them. Very chic and gorgeous. Each they in beautiful little muslin sack. They smell amazing and very well priced. Please, please start to carry then in NYC! Will they be available at Barneys anytime soon?

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe – Special Guest
    1/26/2012 3:32 PM

    @Martha N'abbey: Thank you for your comment. I would love to have them in Barneys. I will let you know as soon as I have stores carrying them in New York! Meanwhile, I'm so fortunate to have them here on Daily Grommet so they can reach the whole country!

  • Wanda
    1/26/2012 2:13 PM

    I am wondering how the wax in the candle will not plug your pores when used as a moisturizer?

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe – Special Guest
    1/26/2012 2:24 PM

    @Wanda: Great question! There isn't wax in my candles, it's a combination of butters that absorb beautifully into your skin! Coconut, shea and apricot butters. I hope you enjoy!



  • Ian McCalister
    Ian McCalister
    1/26/2012 2:36 PM

    These candles are awesome and they smell great. My wife has the small one and leaves it the car to keep the car smelling nice.

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe – Special Guest
    1/26/2012 2:42 PM

    @Ian McCalister: that's such a great idea! The petite and medium sizes fit in the car's drink holder and they do smell so much nicer then a pine cone in the rear view mirror. ; )

    Thank you for the tip!

  • antonia
    1/26/2012 2:43 PM

    Brilliant! these candles are a gift to the recipient, a beautiful object that comes into your home, brings lovely fragrance into the atmosphere, and draws the attentions of the "owner" to their own inner voices; to encourage the mindfullness that we have come to understand will enrich our lives. talk about a painless healing process! a positive shift in attitude, a way to make a promise to ourselves and then light the dancing flame! AND A MASSAGE OIL TOO! One candle serving many purposes, the main one being: our own connections to our best ways of being. This product is a gift! I have lit one of these elegant candles when i had a specific need and then later, after extinguishing the candle and leaving the room, i have returned into the room and immediately the fragrance that has lingered has again brought me to the place of my intention and and my whole atmosphere seems to have been "gentled".

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe – Special Guest
    1/26/2012 2:54 PM

    @antonia: wow! Antonia I am so grateful for your meaningful words. Your experience with my candles is the reason I started this business.

    Purposefully yours,


  • stephanie
    1/26/2012 2:56 PM

    2 questions-- Are there one or two candles with the petite size order? And how long does the moisturizer stay soft to apply after the candle is lite?

  • Ianthe
    Ianthe – Special Guest
    1/26/2012 3:07 PM

    @stephanie ross: The petite order comes with 2 candles. As for using the candle as massage. It can be accessed at any temperature and become soft and warm enough to massage with by simply rubbing it with your hands. Of course it's easiest to massage when warm and will become liquid at 100degrees. I include a small wooden spatula for easier application!



  • stephanie
    1/26/2012 3:16 PM

    @Ianthe Mauro: Thanks for the details. I am anxious to purchases these for Valentine gifts. What a wonderful idea!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/26/2012 2:56 PM

    We are delighted to have so many of Ianthe's fans here today to share your personal experiences with these candles. We love hearing your stories and having you here with Ianthe today. Ianthe - thanks for having them stop by!

  • Adrienne Harris
    Adrienne Harris
    1/26/2012 3:07 PM

    Objects with Purpose makes lovely candles with wonderful, earthy, light scents that are perfect for any occasion. I bought a few to give as Holiday gifts and felt secure in the notion that I was sending more than just a candle, but an inspiring story of a true grass roots, one woman company that I respect and admire. Also, the candles are eco friendly, non toxic and wearable. What is better than that? Well done Ianthe. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  • nicole howard
    nicole howard
    1/26/2012 3:23 PM

    Objects With Purpose candles are the BEST candles I have come across. They are the most fragrant and then the body butter (wax)feels so great on your body....I tend to put it on my hands so i can smell them all day !

  • Rick Swirtz
    Rick Swirtz
    1/26/2012 4:07 PM

    We received some candles for Christmas and we have been really enjoying them. They have the best scents around and last a long time. These make great gifts or to buy for yourself!

  • Dee & Al
    Dee & Al
    1/26/2012 4:49 PM

    We are HUGE fans of these candles in all scents (depending on the mood!). We use them both at home and in the work space and have given many as gifts to friends who have also fallen in love with them!

  • Kyra Mairead
    Kyra Mairead
    1/26/2012 5:44 PM

    Ianthe knows, I am a HUGE fan of her candles (I got them for all my family for Christmas and they adored them). There are no candles that are better, they smell fantastic, are of the highest quality and are fabulous for moisturizing your hands. A personal favorite, the Asher Candle. The fig and sage scent is just wonderfully rich and earthy. If you have not experienced these candles before you REALLY need to try them.

  • Debbie George
    Debbie George
    1/26/2012 6:18 PM

    I am sure these candles will be a fabulous success because really how many other candle companies can you take the warm melted part and massage into your body knowing that the ingredients are all natural and safe to do so....none other that I know of...Ianthe's essence of love and beauty is also part of this product so know that one is getting something extra in each candle. LOVE!

  • Tiffany Graham
    Tiffany Graham
    1/26/2012 8:13 PM

    These candles are an integral part of my every day life. I light them with a daily intention, use them as moisturizer, perfume, room freshener and to create beautiful, soft lighting in my home. I love them!

  • Melissa Mann
    Melissa Mann
    1/26/2012 8:58 PM

    These candles release a subtle scent unlit. I have a Dahlia candle in my closet, and my closet smells wonderful now, not like old shoes.

  • Linda M.
    Linda M.
    1/27/2012 2:27 AM

    Brilliant idea, brilliant execution. We love Ianthe's candles all over the house. Lit or unlit, their fragrance smells like home. Now THAT'S purpose!

  • Pam Thomas
    Pam Thomas
    1/27/2012 2:41 AM

    I love these candles and light them daily. I even keep an unlit one in my car to make the air smell beautiful, and to rub on my hands if they get dry. I love them and so does my whole family - great candles go Ianthe xxx

  • Nancy Mauro
    Nancy Mauro
    2/2/2012 3:34 PM

    I love all Ianthe's candles but most especially the Fertile Ground scented candle.

    It has calming and warm scent which is wonderful for cool autumn and winter evenings.

    My husband and I also loved the Christmas candle and burned it all through the


  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/4/2012 8:52 PM

    Thank you all of you for stopping by to share your experiences, providing so many wonderful ways to enjoy Ianthe's candles.

  •  doris
    5/3/2012 2:00 PM

    How many ounces are the candles?

  •  Ianthe Mauro
    Ianthe Mauro
    5/3/2012 6:16 PM

    @ doris: Great question!

    Large candle: 11 oz

    Medium candle: 5 oz

    Petite candle: 2.5 oz

  • Ianthe
    5/3/2012 6:18 PM

    @ doris: Great question!

    Large candle: 11 oz

    Medium candle: 5 oz

    Petite candle: 2.5 oz

  • patricia
    11/4/2012 11:05 AM

    i'm not understanding sizes/ounces of the candles - it appears each 1, each size, is the same - $24?

    thank you so much for such a unique grommet . . .

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/4/2012 11:20 PM

    @patricia smith: Petite is $24. Medium is $28. Large is $42. When you select the candle you want (in Options box to far right of video), the different prices are shown.

  •  sue b.
    sue b.
    11/9/2012 12:02 PM

    Just received my candles. I bought them for Christmas presents but after smelling how great they are I plan on buying a big one for myself. What a great idea. So glad I found you on Grommet:)

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