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The Little Candle Shop of New Paltz

By Liat Guvenc

On a chilly autumn day relaxing in the comfort of your home or room is ideal. What better way to relax than by lighting some comforting candles and slathering soothing soaps?

Little Light of Mine Village Candle is a shop owned and solely operated by Ingrid Heins.

Entering the store, the sugary smell of wax wafts through the air along with tunes like of Mozart. Many of the candles in the shop are made right behind the counter by Heins.

There are plenty of cozy candles to choose from in the store. During the fall, pumpkin, apple and cinnamon-scented candles have been popular among customers. Heins also makes candles reminiscent of nearby hiking trails.

“Sam’s Point Pitch Pine and Hike the Ridge are the popular ones,” Heins said. As Christmas approaches, gingerbread-scented candles will be hitting the shelves.

Heins also makes massage candles. These can be a sweet surprise when relaxing with a partner. Massage candles work by letting the oil from the candle cool and applying it directly to the skin. Little Light of Mine Village Candle also sells floating heart-shaped candles as well as rose-shaped candles–perfect for baths.

The shop features other locally-produced soaps. Damn Good Honey Farm, based in Kerhonkson NY, makes beeswax and honey soaps, which soothe and soften the skin. Tec-Soap, based in New Paltz, and Heart & Arrow Handcrafted soaps, based in Accord, NY, are sold as well.

You can find Little Light of Mine Village Candle on 8 South Chestnut St, across from Goodfellas and adjacent to Bacchus in New Paltz, NY.


A version of this originally appeared in “Comfort” The Teller November 2019 Issue #8


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