HANDMADE IN MONTRÉAL
SELF-CARE BEYOND THE SUPERFICIAL
OUR NAME IS LATIN FOR "my wishes."
It has been chosen with the intention that each candle
is a wish we deserve to gift to ourselves.
PRIORITIZING WELL-BEING & THE POWER OF RITUAL
Did you know that one in four adults (one in two young adults) in Quebec report symptoms consistent with generalized anxiety disorder or major depression?*
We’ve researched the benefits of integrating rituals into your life.
According to a Harvard Study, those who implement rituals reported more ease in their emotions and felt more control than those who do not use them.
* (DR. MÉLISSA GÉNÉREUX, UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBROOKE, 2020)
ENCOURAGING SELF-EXPLORATION FOR A MORE FULFILLED LIFE.
Our mission is to facilitate the integration of rituals and spirituality as a part of your daily routine. We hope to offer a space of reflection through candles that foster a sense of control during stressful times and create time for you, just as you are. We have crafted intentional rituals connected to each candle to guide and support you in your journey.
Through this process you have the power to discover and reach your full potential.
MEA VOTA CANDLES ARE FOR THE SPIRITUALLY CURIOUS, THE BUSY PROFESSIONAL, AND EVERYONE IN-BETWEEN.
You don't need to be a part of a specific group to use our candles. Whether you're just beginning your ritual practice or have been practicing your whole life, you'll find something to enjoy in these rituals. We hope to help you gain the confidence to develop your own personal rituals that resonate with your beliefs.
THE RITUAL PROCESS SHOULD BE FUN AND INCLUSIVE!
We’re here to assist you throughout the entire ritual process. You don't have to worry about getting lost in over-the-top or complicated rituals. Plus our rituals are adaptable to your lifestyle/disability* because we believe rituals are as unique as the people exploring them.
*We have reworked all the rituals to take into consideration disabilities , but would love to hear from you if there are issues.
TOP-TIER INGREDIENTS FOR A MINDFUL AND ETHICAL PURCHASE
- PREMIUM COCONUT-SOY WAX
- SUPERIOR QUALITY ESSENTIAL OILS
- LOCALLY-SOURCED HERBS
- ETHICALLY-SOURCED CRYSTALS
- CRACKLING WOODEN WICKS & CLEAN COTTON WICKS
*ABOUT OUR PET SAFE FRAGRANCES
We use a minimal amount of fragrance oil in order to provide the cleanest burn possible while enhancing the scent. (Our fragrances are free of harmful chemicals such as parabens and phthalates so that your little buddy can also enjoy the candle worry-free)
FIGHTING THE COMMODITIZATION AND WHITE-WASHING OF SPIRITUALITY
The growth in popularity of white sage and palo santo through social media has been a cause for concern for Indigenous communities as well as herbalists and environmentalists. The commercialization of these sacred Indigenous practices has led to harmful and even illegal harvesting methods (in fact, most white sage on the market has been harvested illegally). Regardless of how these herbs have been marketed to you, there is no such thing as ethical white sage/palo santo consumption.
Mea Vota is committed to an ethical spiritual practice which includes educating our community about open vs closed practices.
As non-indigenous spiritualists, we refrain from using sacred indigenous herbs, resins, or woods such as white sage and palo santo in our candles.
Our candles are the ideal energetic cleansing alternative for non-indigenous spiritualists.
PUTTING OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS.
As a white-owned business that profits from selling spiritually-linked products, we have a duty towards populations previously and continuously persecuted for their spiritual practices.
$1 from each candle is sent to various indigenous organizations as reparations in support of Wet’suwet’en.*
*for transparency purposes, you can find donation receipts in our Instagram highlights @meavotacandles
From my ritual practice, I learned that:
FINDING CONTROL AMIDST CHAOS:
YOUR JOB TITLE IS NOT YOUR IDENTITY
Having lost my employment due to the pandemic, I felt I had lost a sense of self. My identity had relied entirely upon my productive output, and I was left void of inspiration.
STRIVING FOR A BETTER BALANCE OF WORK & PLAY
I decided to press pause and turn to my personal ritual and self-care practices, using candles and essential oils to unwind and be present for myself. I came to realize that at the detriment of my health I had been constantly comparing my accomplishments as an artist to those of others. For so long I held unrealistic expectations for myself, and was destroying the love I had for creating.
LEFT TO OUR OWN DEVICES
But I wasn't alone in this; There was a huge collective trauma that needed to be healed, and we were left with no access to therapy, and no funding for mental-health. What resources did we have?
CONNECTING THROUGH RITUAL
Through my practice I began connecting with witches, and found that those who had taken the time to check in with themselves were able to manage better than those who hadn’t. I started researching the power of ritual. Scientific findings backed what we were experiencing. How could I find a way to share this with others? I wanted to help people connect to their bodies, their minds, and their needs. After more research and many (many) tests, I finally came up with a line of candles that could serve as a tool for integrating spirituality and connection into the daily routine.
Mea Vota was born.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: I learned to find balance through ritual, and so can you.
•You’re allowed to try new things and be bad at them. Create without judgement.
•You don’t have to stick to one career throughout your entire life. Branch out if it lights you up.
•There are many mediums in which you can be creative. Exploring different mediums doesn't
distract you from your goal; it could even inspire you.