OUR VELAS STORY
Kellie first began with a lightbulb moment and idea to recycle, reuse and not waste the beautiful glass jars and vessels that were once your candles. Most used candle jars would be either end up in the rubbish or at the back of the cupboard.
This idea formed Kandlebar, a boutique service to fill a void in the marketplace. Friends, family and customers old candles jars could be refilled with their favourite scents.
It wasn’t until 2017 that Norman at 10 months old was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and required a very expensive surgery to correct both hips. She started brainstorming with good friend and now business partner Marcela in ways to generate funds to assist Norman’s surgery. The found they both had a passion for candles, home design and décor.
After continuous months of experimenting with unique blends of scent, vessels and wax brands we developed the Velas recipe and brand. Whilst the original packaging was very basic, we were told they smelt, really, really good. Marcela at the time, had a guest staying with her that loved the candles and Norman’s story. Jill owned a giftware business in Melbourne and immediately order 30 candles.
And this is where Velas was born.
Central to the Velas brand, our products are designed, hand poured & produced, and shipped from our small candle lab on the Gold Coast, using locally sourced Australian suppliers. We both love the brand and enjoy the freedom we have with our own business, reporting to one another and our much loved customers. That’s not to say it’s been an easy road from the idea back in 2017.
Velas now supply to stores & clients up the East Coast of Australia, ranging from home and lifestyle shops, florists, hairdressers, interior designers, real estate offices and boutique gift hamper stores.
We have also collaborated with numerous custom and corporate design opportunities that are very successful for our branding. Our current portfolio includes Mow Hair, Ferrari Gold Coast launch and Silver Shop.
As our Velas brand grows, it takes us on this wonderful new journey meeting many beautiful people, who share our passion for lifestyle and creating a sensual and happy ‘place’. Our commitment to keeping our range eco-friendly and sustainable plays and integral part to our design and planning.
Kellie Thompson – I was raised in country Victoria, Australia, in a farming community and this is where I found my love for all animals large and small.
Norman, my large Labradoodle is always present during the candle making as he was integral to the Velas story. At home, I always like to light our new Siena fragrance. It is a tropical Gardenia which is intense and rich with a vanilla & star jasmine note.
Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia. My two favourite puppies that are the world to me are Pablo & Stella. My fragrance for all occasions is Habana, its dark amber, cardamom, bergamot and nutmeg hints are always luscious at home. Even Pablo & Stella love it!
Always. All of our candles are made with 100% soy wax blend. We both wick, wax and wrap each and every product and still personally deliver some of our larger orders. As Velas grows our perfection in all that we deliver will be instilled in those around us.
Our Velas range is inspired by holidays and those special places we have visited, designed to complete your personal spaces. We believe fragrance is an addition to your design trend, directly impacting your mood and the way you feel. Our fragrances have been developed to make you feel ‘happy’ and at the same time adding that special feel to your space.
With the environment, recycling and eco friendliness forming an integral part of all our lives, we always plan and design with that in mind.
We create home fragrance goods that are cruelty free, phthalate-free, and responsibly sourced. We are committed to sustainable future and try to do as much as we can in this area. As the company grows there will be more options that we will pursue.