Hi, I'm Ashley!

I'm the owner and creator behind Kandelita Company. I am a second-generation Filipino American born in San Francisco, but I grew up here in Elk Grove, California. I have been greatly influenced by my cultural upbringing, so it's exciting to be able to have it as my source material for candlemaking.

I know that the smell of "home" can vary greatly across cultures. I wanted to create something special and nostalgic for Filipinos living overseas. Each fragrance is curated to celebrate and uplift Southeast Asian culture through fragrance and home decor.

Smells like home

I started making candles during 2020's lockdowns when I was missing the closeness of big family parties. Through candlemaking, I learned that scent is very closely related to memory, so what better way to recreate the feeling of togetherness than with a scented candle?

After lots of trial and error and blending my own fragrances that were not yet available on the market, I opened up Kandelita Company in August 2021.

About our products

Our candles are made with a premium blend of American grown soy wax. Each candle is labeled, wicked, poured, weighed, and packaged by hand. We are a very small production team (AKA it's just me lol) so we only batches in small scale.

Each of our candle recipes is test burned strenuously for safety and quality.

And yes, each individual fragrance has its own recipe. ✨


When I'm not making candles, I enjoy reading, playing videogames and hanging out with my kids. I am married and we have an amazing Mexipino family! I love iced coffee and spicy food. I'm a pisces sun, scorpio moon and gemini rising/mars.

My personal favorite candles from my own collection are buko pandan, ube and ulan.

I've been collecting indie perfumes long before attempting to create my own candles. I am a fan of unconventional scented products (but especially ones that smell like food!)