Ellie's Story

The Rising Lotus ranges of scented candles and wax melts are hand-made by Ellie in East Yorkshire. Her workshop is based in the home that she shares with partner Matthew and her two sons Connor and Luke—and their dog Sesi.

While suffering from depression in her late teens, Ellie was given a book of easy-to-follow yoga by her mum. She began practicing the poses and although she didn’t realise it at the time, this was the beginning of a spritual and meditative journey that would lead to her love for making candles.

During her early thirties Ellie became very ill with digestive problems. She began a regular morning yoga routine to help cope with the illness, incorporating other ancient Chinese healing practices including Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture and salt therapy. As part of this exploration she discovered Buddhism and meditation which she quickly adopted as her spritual practice.

Candle maker Ellie hand pouring soy wax candles in East Yorkshire
Ellie at work pouring wax in her home workshop

It was early in 2020 during meditation that Ellie started thinking that she would love to have a candle to help her meditate. She remembered a yoga teacher suggesting that candles can be a good aid to meditation and she started looking online for suitable products. Unable to find anything she liked, Ellie decided she would make her own.

After some experimentation Ellie began producing hand-made candles that not only enhanced her own meditative practice but also delighted family and friends. The response was so positive that Ellie realised others might enjoy them as well. She soon began selling scented candles and wax melts at local craft fairs and markets.

Rising Lotus Scented Candles by Ellie was born out of her love for candles and is the latest step on her journey of self-teaching, healing and self-discovery.