Deepa, the creative genius behind Keiora candles, is inspired by her young children to flex her creative muscles – creating a unique range of Australian fragrances in beautiful reusable tins.
Named for her daughters, Koena and Kaira, Keiora candles has evolved from a rewarding hobby to a busy small business in just over five years. Deepa now has her hand poured soy candles stocked all around the country, with her flagship store and factory in Winston Hills, Sydney.
“I love what I do, and I love trying out new approaches and materials – I want to make Keiora candles unique and sustainable.” Over time, Deepa has experimented to develop a stable of truly unique designs and fragrances. “With help from my small team, we hand pour every single candle and make sure that each is perfect and smells divine, leaving behind a beautiful experience for those who come across them”.
Deepa is especially proud of Keiora’s collaboration with Zachary Bennett-Brook, an award-winning contemporary Indigenous artist of Torres Strait Islander ancestry born and raised in Dharawal Country (Wollongong). Three of Zachary’s designs grace the beautiful reusable candle tins into which Deepa hand pours her intoxicating soy candle fragrances – a unique approach that allows the tins to be reused and up-cycled, as they are objects of beauty in their own right.
“I feel extremely grateful to be able to give back to the society which has encouraged me to achieve my goals – and our collaboration with Zaccahry has been truly rewarding” Deepa enthuses.
For Deepa, ‘Australiana’ conveys something that smells, feels and looks like the country and its culture, tradition and heritage. Something that encapsulates the essence of Australia. Keiora candles do exactly that – with Keiora’s Golden Wattle, Australian Honey and Florals, and Lemon Myrtle candles extremely popular gifts here at Stylish Australiana.
Keiora is a success in large part to Deepa’s awesome organisation and scheduling skills – however the aspect of her business which brings her most joy is building relationships with clients. “I can say with hand on heart that my customers bring me joy – and encourage me to create, innovate, and improve all the time” Not only that, Deepa has invested in her business, and been able to streamline processes and understand her audience better – all of which position her as a businesswoman to watch!
What challenges you?
“Being a sole trader and an owner of handmade products, sometimes large orders can get overwhelming and exhausting” Deepa confides – however with a lot of hard work and sleepless nights they do get completed and shipped out – Deepa’s commitment to sharing her candles with the world is paramount.
What is your dream project?
To have a network of bricks and mortar retail outlets all across the country 😊
What is your favourite thing about where you live?
The beaches and the blue sky.
What piece of advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Dream Big and make a way to achieve it. Nothing is impossible!!