The very idea for MAJO Candles came from a beautiful garden party in India back in 2016. Founder, Jodi Curtis, attended the party in a remote area of Kerala and it was this event that led her to quit her previous career and set up MAJO Candles. The party was set in a walled garden with musicians playing, incense burning and, most importantly, giant outdoor candles lit and casting a beautiful light over the party. MAJO Candles allow you, our customer, to recreate a similar atmosphere for parties and gatherings in your own gardens.
MAJO candles are large, between 60cm and 1m in size, and are designed specifically for outdoor use. We’ve created a candle that won’t go out if there’s a breeze, won’t be damaged by rain and won’t melt in the sun. There are brands that have released outdoor candles for use in gardens, but none compare with MAJO’s in terms of size. They also tend to have multiple smaller wicks, rather than just one large one. This means you have a collection of smaller flames and these smaller flames are much more likely to be blown out and affected by the weather. Not only are MAJO candles works of art in their own right, they are also completely unique. We commission and import them from India, making them an exclusive, statement piece. You won’t find anything else like this in Europe.
There’s plenty of studies on the effects of natural light and artificial light on the human brain and mood. We know that natural light is great for melatonin production and helps people to feel relaxed. Various studies show that artificial lighting can make people feel hyper-alert and assertive - the opposite of what you’d hope for guests at your party.
Flames, in particular, are fascinating to humans. We know this from the booming candle industry which has continued to grow over the last decade. Their flickering motion and beaming light has a mesmerising effect on us. We love to gather around it and feel its warmth. Some say the reason we’re drawn to fire is primitive, it’s in-built. Research from the University of California suggests that it’s a result of the fact that we don’t master how to control or produce fire as children. Interestingly, in cultures where creating fire is a life skill taught to children, adults are less attracted to fire.
Whatever the reason, we know that a flame is a real focal point at a party or get together and that it provides an area where people want to congregate, too. We hope that by lighting a MAJO candle in your garden you can gather your loved ones together, encourage them to put down their phones, forget about social media and connect with one another, face to face.
They can be placed either side of doorways or archways, dotted around your garden, in the corners of walled areas, on patios or on steps to create a cosy and relaxed mood. You might want an arrangement of candles together in the centre of your garden for a summer garden party but prefer them next to your garden furniture on nights when you’re not entertaining. (It goes without saying that safety should always be your first priority when placing your candles.)
With your first purchase of a MAJO candle, you’ll also receive a complimentary snuffer and jet flame lighter. Both of these products are essentials when it comes to using our candles. You will need a butane gas lighter as the wicks are large and need a strong flame in order to light them - they won’t light with a regular gas lighter that you’d have at home. The large wick and flames mean that, consequently, there can be a lot of smoke when the candle goes out and so the snuffer is needed to contain that smoke when it’s time for lights out. We’ll tell you everything you need to know in terms of how to use and maintain your candle to its full potential.
If you’re interested in dressing your garden with MAJO candles, contact us on 0207 315 4211 or visit majocandles.com for more information.