Bhutanese Refugees

Bhutanese refugees who make handmade fair trade soy blend candles at Prosperity Candle


Situated between India and China, the isolated Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan is often called “the last Shangri-La.” Yet it has also generated one of the highest numbers of refugees in the world in proportion to its population.

Beginning in 1991 over one sixth of Bhutan's people sought asylum. The majority of these refugees are Lhotshampas who are of Nepalese origin and one of Bhutan’s three main ethnic groups. They were forced out of their homes in the early 1990s after having been invited to settle there earlier in the century.

Since then, Bhutanese families have lived in refugee camps in Nepal. Unable to return home, resettlement began in 2008 under UNHCR in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. 

Here in Western Massachusetts they have found a home and the opportunity to create a brighter future for their children.

  Beda and Tila, Bhutanese refugees who make handpoured soy blend fair trade candles at Prosperity Candle

Beda and Tila were two of our first candle-makers in the U.S., joining Prosperity Candle in the fall of 2010 to make custom designs for Amnesty International, eBay's head office, and other organizations interested in supporting women artisans and refugees.

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Fragrance Guide

Unique soy blend fair trade candles handcrafted by women artisans candles at Prosperity Candle

Amber & Bergamot

Warm and inviting, amber and bergamot combined with subtle notes of
geranium, black cardamom, sandalwood and eucalyptus.

Cedar & Cardamom

Cedar infused with cardamom, lily and spice with seductive
notes of sandalwood, leather and musk.

Chamomile & Sage

Deeply restful chamomile and fresh sage combine in this soothing herbal,
creating an atmosphere of calm and well-being.

Grapefruit & White Floral

Wonderfully complex, grapefruit blended with lily, peony, geranium
and rose, with base notes of amber and musk.

Jasmine & Cypress

Crisp notes of jasmine and cypress blended with nectarine, black currant,
pink peppercorn and bergamot for a uniquely alluring scent.

Orange Blossom

Fragrant orange blossoms mingle with water lily, iris and clementine leaves above
a base note of vetiver to create this delightfully elegant floral.

Pacific Ocean

Clean and buoyant, fresh ocean air atop a joyful blend of freesia,
water lilies, lotus and tuberose for a truly uplifting experience.

Sandalwood & Oakmoss

The warmth of sandalwood blended with Baltic oakmoss, a touch of amber,
and hint of patchouli give rise to this gentle wood scent.

Seasonal Holiday Scents

Blue Fir & Spice - Fragrant blue fir pine needles combined with cedarwood, bright citrus and a touch of spice evoke the spirit of the holidays.

Chai Tea - Warm and uplifting, green tea mixed with peppermint leaves, spices and hints of lemon and amber remind you of the best coffeehouse chai.


Completely fragrance-free.
Perfect for centerpieces, dinner candles and those who prefer no scent.

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