As the saying goes 'less is more,' so while I was mindlessly scrolling through Instagram I saw an advertisement for simple white soy candles with 3 decorative half donuts sticking out the top that I was instantly drawn to. I absolutely love companies who can successfully pull off the simplistic packaging and rock it.
Ei-Co Designs is a small online company based in Whenuapai, Auckland. It was founded by two sisters; Robyn and Jamie who last year both gave birth to baby girls within 4 weeks of each other, so when they decided to start their own company together they decided to name it after their babies, Eilah and Cooper. Jamie and Robyn started Ei-Co as something they could both do together, and a way to share their creativity and create quality home decor for customers who will love and enjoy them, like me!
Ei-Co Designs have 8 different flavours to choose from in both the candles and melts;
Vanilla | Lavender | Cinnamon | Strawberries & cream | Frangipani |
White chocolate macadamia | Coconut & lime | Fairy floss
450ml soy candle is $40 | 300ml soy candle $30 | 4 pack of soy melts $10
Shipping is $5 NZ wide or free on orders $40 and over!
There was a problem with NZ Post at the time Ei-Co sent my candles, we both thought the candles had been lost in the post so Robyn personally come out and delivered the candles herself, if that isn't great customer service then I don't know what is! I was so excited about my candles that when I received them at work I showed everyone who walked through the door and made them smell the heaven which I held in my hands! Also the melts very convincingly resemble and smell like cookies so I couldn't stop myself opening the lid to both containers to sniff them throughout the day. But Murphy's law I got home to find the original parcel of candles sitting on my living room table!
I purchased my candle in the strawberry and cream scent and the packet of melts in chocolate and macadamia, the melts are so damn fantastic they actually started to mislead me in to thinking someone had baked a sweet afternoon treat when I got home from work. After realising there wasn't a diabetes inducing meal on the bench I can't say I was disappointed by the smell of chocolate and macadamia filling the house! My mum and I were both so amazed by how strong the melts were, for years my mum has purchased different melts from different brands with different ingredients only to be disappointed when the air was only slightly tinted with a hint of whatever was burning above the candle. The Ei-Co melts would fill the whole house so there was no way to escape the beautiful sugary goodness seeping up your nose, and that obviously isn't a bad thing!
Besides the main point of difference with these candles being the donuts sticking out of them, I love how the wick isn't an ordinary string wick that is found in most candles; the wood wick is reasonably wide which creates an awesome large flame, (just don't have it sitting under or near any flammable surfaces, as the sister of a volunteer firefighter I thought I would chuck in that fire prevention warning!). As sad as it was watching the donuts melt, the colours of the soy candle and pink donuts created a gorgeous pool of glitter within the candle, also the smell? Strawberry and cream is a beautiful light scent that filled my living room! As this candle is made from soy the wick shouldn't make a gaping hole in the middle of the wax like traditional candles do, the soy will melt evenly and look good right to the end of its life!
Even when not alight the candle and melts still let off a reasonably strong smell, and they make great decorations when not lit either. The candle makes a great centre piece for any flat surface, and the melts are stunning space fillers if you have a small corner table that needs complimenting.
Go and visit Ei-Co Designs on Facebook and Instagram! If you would like to order some of their delicious candles or melts as a gift, for a friend or simple to bask in the glory of sugary heaven then just simply message them on Facebook with what flavours you would like. They are very responsive and will usually get back to you within the hour! And if you mention my name when you order you get 10% off!
Ei-Co has stalls at both the Devonport market and Factory Markets in Albany lined up for next month, so if you want to go test their scents before you purchase then take a day to go out and visit Robyn and Jamie!
Now I'm off to set up my oil burner and melt a soy donut in my room, au revoir!
Michaela Loye is an 22 year old blogger and free lance photographer hailing from Auckland, New Zealand. She has a passion for adventure and locally sourced beauty products.