Our Story


‘There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.’


We’re Kirstie and Patroula and we wanted to share our story about Illumer and how it came to be.

Illumer is a unique candle brand that holds emotion and empathy at its core. Our candles are all beautifully scented and hand poured in the UK, using recycled glass and cotton wicks. Every candle is made from vegan friendly 100% plant based wax infused with fine fragrance.

We have spent the last 15 years building a successful jewellery and accessory brand called Lily Belle, we have been lucky enough to have seen awards and milestones along the way.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

But as we have grown older we have experienced some difficult times in our lives, as most of us do.  We have lost people close to us and have seen many of those we love travelling through such challenging periods in their lives such as sickness and divorce.  We’d reach to find a token that we could gift, something that expressed how much we felt for those we loved and could never find anything which had the right sentiment.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

So we spoke about our desire to create a beautiful candle company that would create a heartfelt product range to help others mark moments, whether celebratory or difficult, in their own lives. We wanted to create a perfect gift for anyone looking to express their empathy. With that in mind we created something special straight from the heart for our launch of Illumer and the Kintsugi candle was born.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

This beautiful bone china and gold lustre candle celebrates the ancient Japanese art of fixing objects which have broken with pure gold.  They believe that when something breaks, it is more beautiful due to its imperfections.  That the gold allows the cracks to shine and that the scars we bear in our lives, make us perfect.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Our signature chalky, white candles have words, quotes or affirmations etched onto them and these are softly illuminated by candlelight when lit.

Illumer is strongly connected to our emotions and experiences, it allows us to express empathy and kindness.

We hope to shine a little light in the world. ✨