Why buy Yankee when you can buy local? GrumpShine Candles is a new Jacksonville-based brand that specializes in eco-friendly and handmade candles. Local curators Jessie and Jon launched their business December 2017, and it smells good.

Everyone loves a good candle, and what started as a make-at-home candle kit as a gift from Jon to Jessie, turned into their very own business together. “Take something that you love, a thing you enjoy yourself and can’t help but to share with others, and learn to do it or make it yourself.” So that’s what they did, and launched their line of candles made with intention and imagination.

The candles are handcrafted in Jacksonville with coconut wax, essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance oil, reusable rocks glasses (whiskey drink, anyone?) and recycled packaging. As supporters of a healthy lifestyle, the air around you that we breathe also makes an impact on our daily health. Have you ever thought about that with the candles you are burning? GrumpShine has no added dyes or chemicals, is lead free, not tested on animals and made with braided cotton, six primed with vegetable wax.

Our favorite (and also their best-seller) is the “Bold City” candle with an orange, honeysuckle and sea salt scent. You can also find other scents like “The Nimble Sprout” with wild herb, tomato leaf, bergamot or the “Tired Alchemist” with grapefruit, champaca fern and black pepper.

You can find GrumpShine candles in local boutiques around town, like Sailor’s Siren and Gypset and Pearl, as well as order online from their website.

Stay tuned to see what new scents they release as well as the latest on everything GrumpShine!

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