Doña Viviana makes her incredible candles completely by hand from 100% beeswax.
The rich smell of honey and burning wood fire wafts through the small Mexican town where Viviana has her workshop. Now in her eighth decade of life, she pours every single candle by hand, layer after layer. Her candles represent hundreds of years of techniques and skills, handed from generation to generation.
Candlemaking has been in her family for 300 years – but when she was 14, she ran away and married a weaver.
Despite having been trained since she was old enough to handle wax, she left it all for love.Years later, when she sat absent-mindedly beside a rose bush and pulled the petals off a flower, she awakened her ancestral destiny. Out of nowhere, she had her eureka moment: These would make lovely candles. And they did, returning Viviana to the family tradition.