A ritual is a series of thoughtful actions, practiced regularly, to draw us into a sacred space. Rituals invite us to use intention; focus our senses, movements, and feelings, to create meaning and purpose. Our lives are chaotic and often interrupted, yet we should still make time for our own rituals throughout the day. For some, it may be that first cup of coffee enjoyed in peaceful solitude. For others, it could be a carved out moment in the day to read a good book or write in a journal.
Simple Ritual was born out of a desire to define these moments. By lighting one of our candles, you are taking a moment to ground yourself, to be present, to honour and recognize your emotions and feelings, and to practice your daily simple ritual.
Hi friends, I'm Kayla, the owner and candle barista behind Simple Ritual!
When I was 21 I was diagnosed with stage 3 blood cancer. After 9 months of difficult treatment, I found out that I had relapsed with a rare cancer called grey zone lymphoma. I underwent another year of treatment including a stem cell transplant that ultimately ended up saving me. I have been in remission since 2016, and I have taken my second chance at life to share my story through my business.
As a survivor, or rather a thriver, I understand what it means to take a moment for myself and to make myself a priority. Thus, the birth of Simple Ritual.
From pouring your candle, to creating the content that you see on social, to responding to your emails, keeping my small business local and as sustainable as possible is very important to me. All of our candles are poured in small batches to ensure that every candle gets special attention. Simple Ritual started off as a part of my healing and my love for holistic health practices, and now I want to share it with my community.
If you would like to read more about my cancer experience, check out my personal blog, This Infernal Racket: life, after cancer.
Having gone through different cancer treatments, which left my body weak and poisoned, holistic clean healing has been my entire focus in my life after cancer. Simple Ritual is an eco-friendly candle company focused on sustainable, biodegradable and toxic-free candles. Every candle hand-poured at Simple Ritual HQ is vegan, paraben-free, phthalate-free, cruelty-free & non-toxic.
Simple Ritual is passionate about creating products that prioritize sustainability by re-purposing materials instead of constantly creating new objects that contribute to mass consumerism. Our business methods include sustainable sourcing in our ingredients and re-purposing packaging wherever possible. We want our customers to re-use their candle canisters or have them refilled as part of our efforts to minimize ‘fast fashion’ in the home decor world.
As a cancer thriver, it is very important for me to give back to my community - a community that helps support other young adults who are struggling with a cancer diagnosis, searching for a connection or support from someone who ‘gets it’. A percentage from every candle sale will be donated to Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). It is an organization that supports young adults living with, through and beyond cancer. YACC connects and supports hundreds of young adults across Canada. They are dear to my heart, as they saved my life while I was recovering from my two years of cancer treatments.
In 2017 I discovered YACC; I went to a young adult cancer retreat in British Columbia and met a group of strangers who helped me start my life again with their honesty, vulnerability, and their willingness to share the deepest moments of their lives. Connecting with these people was the start of my new life.