2 March 2023

Riverina Made: Sacred Space Candles mixed with 'scientific hand analysis'

| Oliver Jacques
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Rachael Huntly offers candles like you’ve never seen before. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

Who are you and what is your business? I’m Rachael Huntly and my business is Sacred Space Candles. I make crystal-infused intention candles. Each candle has an intention or a story behind it and then it has a scent or crystal that relates to that story.

How, when and where did you begin? I actually wasn’t going to be making candles at first. I created a kit, called a Sacred Space Kit. It had everything in it for you to sit, reflect and check out what was coping in life and what wasn’t.

I had this little candle in the kit. The feedback was: ‘Do you have a bigger version?’ So that’s how it started. Then COVID hit … when we couldn’t physically visit a beach or go down to the river, I thought, why not bring those experiences to us for a sensory experience. I’m from Griffith and this is my first business.

What do you produce? My products [candles] and services are in alignment with each other. I try and make people conscious of the different stages of their life and things we might need. I also do scientific hand analysis. It’s not palm reading, it’s a scientific approach. You have this marking on your hand, so you have these traits – it’s almost like psychologically profiling.

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Where can we buy your products? I’m online and I have my website. I am at the Griffith Central marketplace day too [third Saturday of every month]. I’m also at various event markets.

What do you offer that would make a good birthday gift? I actually make a birthday candle. It’s all about connecting with your inner child. When we are aged five, we are so excited about celebrating our birthday, it’s about connecting to that. I offer a hand-poured soy wax candle with up to 50 hours’ burn time. The scent is hundreds and thousands, which to me smells like a sponge cake with jam and cream. It’s topped with actual hundreds and thousands and a clear-quartz point to help you get clear on your birthday wish. We are told to make a wish but not to tell people what it is, which is wrong because we need to tell people to make it happen.

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Rachael Huntly’s birthday candles. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

If you could make anything in the world, what would you make? It wouldn’t be physical. It would be to make people more compassionate.

How would you promote the Riverina? It’s very diverse, it’s very agricultural. We take things from one end of the scale to the other. You have the beginnings of the product to the end. You’ve got your cellar doors. You’ve got your whole process. Unless you need to come here, you don’t; it’s not a through town. People come just for the produce.

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What’s your favourite coffee spot? Peaches in Griffith Central. It’s local – a young couple really giving it a go.

Who is another local producer/business you admire? All the local hairdressers are really amazing, I have to give them a shout-out. I have a friend at Gorgeous by Nature.

What do you want for your birthday? Probably some pampering. I do that for everyone else.

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