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The joys of scented candles

LA-based Filipina entrepreneur unveils soy wax candle brand

Benilde Export Management alumna Joyce Jamlang-Tiongson of Ryliv Home 

Los Angeles-based Filipino entrepreneur Joyce Jamlang-Tiongson has harnessed the power of scents in Ryliv Home, her recently-launched brand that offers carefully handpoured soy wax candles with the soothing aroma of essential oils.

At the onset of the pandemic, Jamlang-Tiongson belonged to a corporation, which was forced to close its doors. Now homebound, she turned to scented candles and diffusers to ease the stress brought about by the sudden unexpected situation.

“Fragrance played a big part of me now, not knowing when I could work again, not knowing when my kids can go back to school, always in a state of panic whenever we leave home because we might catch the dreaded virus,” she said. “I tried to do a lot of quiet ‘me time’ to relax. I would light candles—it instantly changes the mood in any area you are in.”

TOO HOT TO CANDLE Citrus Flower scented candles 

This ultimately inspired her to venture into this endeavor. Armed with an Export Management degree from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and her 11 years of extended overseas experience as a sales manager, she conducted extensive research and experimented to no ends until she perfected her first batch of homemade candles.

Thus in early 2021, Ryliv Home, named after her son Ryder and her daughter Olivia, started operations.

The initial series offered four sizes and over 10 scents, headlined by the bestselling Eucalyptus, French Lavender, Gardenia, Plumeria, and Black Oud.

The selections likewise include Sweet Pea, Citrus Flower, Coconut, Apple Cinnamon, Cashmere and Vanilla, Rosewater and Chamomile, Sandalwood, and Pumpkin Spice.

FESTIVE LIGHT Ryliv Home product, Pine Mist 

Jamlang-Tiongson has released her first Christmas collection, which comes in the scents of Winter Forest and Pine Mist, with the hope to add serenity to her patrons’ home this holiday season.

‘There are no shortcuts. It really takes time and patience. If you love what you are doing, you will always find a way to make it work.’

She believes that passion and dedication are her key ingredients. “There are no shortcuts. It really takes time and patience,” she said. “If you love what you are doing, you will always find a way to make it work.”

Currently, Jamlang-Tiongson is gearing up to open a physical boutique for home fragrance and goods in the US. rylivhome

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