Merry & Bright
With the holiday season in full swing, we profile some of our favourite companies bringing candles and home fragrances to Showcase in January.
It’s hard to believe that Rathbornes 1488 was established in Dublin city when Botticelli was still painting his extraordinary works of art. As one of the oldest registered companies in the world, it is safe to say that Rathbornes 1488 truly has an extraordinary pedigree.
The company has seen it’s fortunes wax and wane over the years and now, instead of creating tallow candles for Ireland’s streets and churches, the company creates luxurious scented candles for discerning customers in some of Ireland’s most prestigious stores.
This year saw an exciting collaboration with Maser - one of Ireland’s most well loved contemporary artists - while January will see the release of a new woody fragrance by the brand inspired by Dublin’s Phoenix Park entitled Dublin Retreat.
Check out Rathbornes 1488's exhibitor profile where you can discover more about the brand, enquire about their products or even set up a meeting.
FieldDay was born in 2002 when Alix Mulholland was inspired to capture and bottle the scents of the Irish countryside. Now, 20 years in business and an award-winning entrrepreneur, it's safe to say that Mulholland has come a long way from making rose petal perfume in jam jars and arranging endless bunches of wild flowers at her mum’s kitchen table.
Working in what she describes as her 'dream job' Mulholland now works out of FieldDay - a converted mushroom factory in rural Co. Down where she and her team create a wide range of products from scented candles to diffusers, wax melts to accessories. Inspired by the Irish countryside, the company places a strong emphasis on nature and sustainability while producing a range that includes sweet candles in jam jars, a sophisticated Christmas range and products inspired by everything from the meadows to the sea.
Check out FieldDay's exhibitor profile where you can discover more about the brand, enquire about their products or even set up a meeting.
Rowan Beg candles are designed and hand-poured in small batches in the brand's Connemara studio in the west of Ireland. The brand uses polished concrete jars and eco-friendly packaging - the jars being designed to be reused and enjoyed for years to come. Rowan Beg’s diffusers are also a little different in that they are designed so that the base is purchased once and the refills (which come in recyclable glass test tubes) are interchangeable.
The Urban Collection is edgy, young and sophisticated - made with sustainably sourced soy wax, high quality fragrance oils and cotton wicks. The Connemara Collection is inspired by the founder’s Connemara childhood, memories of her grandfather’s pipe smoke and designed for anyone who’s missing home or Connemara.
Rowan Beg also produces a lovely range of scented Christmas decorations and solid wax air fresheners decorated with dried flowers.
Check out Rowan Beg's exhibitor profile where you can discover more about the brand, enquire about their products or even set up a meeting.
Brooke & Shoals
Founded in 2010 by Alison Banton, Brooke & Shoals Fragrances is an award-winning home fragrance company based in Co. Wicklow. The brand produces a well known range of scented candles and reed diffusers as well as a range of wellness products which first launched at Showcase in 2022. This range includes hand creams, body creams, hand washes, body washes and essential oils.
Banton and her team have won many awards over the years both in Ireland and in the UK. All their products are made in Ireland using superior grade ingredients including vegan-friendly natural wax and glycerine-based diffuser oils. The brand is a popular one both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores including Meadows & Byrne and Carraig Donn due to its wide range of products and consistently high quality.
Check out Brooke and Shoal's exhibitor profile where you can discover more about the brand, enquire about their products or even set up a meeting.
Wix & Wax
Wix & Wax Ireland are a luxury home fragrance company specialising in vegan friendly and cruelty free products. They hand produce all their products in Co. Clare and their product range includes candles, wax melts and diffusers. Wix and Wax Ireland were named Best New Business in the Clare Business Awards 2021.
As well as new products under their own label, Wix & Wax will be offering something different at Showcase 2023 - a private label service whereby they will develop products for retailers or wholesalers from initial design concept to final approved product. Having previously worked with over 20 private clients in this regard they will product completely bespoke products for each client.
Check out Wix & Wax's exhibitor profile where you can discover more about the brand, enquire about their products or even set up a meeting.