The Spirit of Collaboration, with Camilla & Jamie

Those of you who watched Love Island 2017 will remember the lovely Camilla Thurlow & Jamie Jewitt, runners up of the show. They are considered down to earth, with big hearts, warm personalities, and a desire to do even more amazing charitable work than they’ve already done! And that's certainly what we have experienced when working with them.

After Love Island, Camilla & Jamie went on to start a lifestyle company called Love Jamila. Jamila is an Arabic word meaning beauty - Deep inner beauty, the kind that means you help others, & show compassion. 

Camilla contacted us at the end of 2018 after being drawn to our ethics and vision, asking if we would help them develop unique essential oil scents for Love Jamila as well as make candles for them. Not only did they need expertise in scent development, but also in the art of candle making. Of course there was no question about it. We gave them a big yes, because we love working with other socially conscious businesses.

Having already launched a range of natural skincare products, Camilla and Jamie decided to move onto candles, with scents that represented beautiful moments in their journey together <3

All four of us have a vision for businesses that operate ethically, kindly, and that also give back to the global community. At Arya, we support women survivors of war via Women for Women International. At Love Jamila 10% of turnover is donated towards helping refugees across Europe and the Middle East. So our business visions are quite similar - Giving back, and using natural ingredients.

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Camilla & Jamie’s idea was to create two scents, named Library & Serendipity, which would remind them of special moments in their story. We met with Camilla & Jamie at our premises in Suffolk, to discuss their vision, and develop scents together. Serendipity represents the twist of fate which brought them together, and Library symbolises their shared love of books.

Once understanding their vision, we set to work developing and testing lots of lovely essential oils blends, to best match the two fragrances. Serendipity is a sweet, romantic scent made up of juniper, ylang ylang, neroli, and patchouli. Library contains a warming blend of cardamom, cedarwood, cinnamon, and frankincense. After lots of hard work from everyone involved, the candles were launched on Valentine's Day 2019.

This scent is designed to capture the magic of losing yourself in a good read, snuggled up by the fire with a Baileys hot chocolate. It’s warm and cosy, with a little bit of spice and spark. The perfect accompaniment to a night spent with adventures dancing through your imagination - just like the ones that first captured our minds, and led to conversations that captured our hearts.

This scent is designed to capture the magic of losing yourself in a good read, snuggled up by the fire with a Baileys hot chocolate. It’s warm and cosy, with a little bit of spice and spark. The perfect accompaniment to a night spent with adventures dancing through your imagination - just like the ones that first captured our minds, and led to conversations that captured our hearts.

Every time we talk about how we met, we can never really believe it happened – we still feel so very lucky about that little twist of fate! So often, as we got to know each other we would find bizarre little crossovers in our lives, little quirks that we never realised anyone else did until we met each other. This scent is that little spark of magic in a relationship, it’s sweet and romantic, with a sensual undertone.

Every time we talk about how we met, we can never really believe it happened – we still feel so very lucky about that little twist of fate! So often, as we got to know each other we would find bizarre little crossovers in our lives, little quirks that we never realised anyone else did until we met each other. This scent is that little spark of magic in a relationship, it’s sweet and romantic, with a sensual undertone.

You may think, 'Why would a candle company make candles for someone else?' That's because we love the spirit of collaboration. We love the designs of these candles, minimal packaging, and the warmth! It was a pleasure to work on these lovely candles, which tell a beautiful story. You can check out the Love Jamila website here, or on Instagram.

If you would like us to help you develop your own essential oil blends and make bespoke candles for you, please contact us at hello@aryacandles.com.