After returning to South Africa from a former life in London, Cape Island was started in 2015 by creative visionary, Suzanne Snowdowne and logistical guru, Karin Wood. Together they head up a team of talented women and devoted mothers working to create a legacy. The women are a formidable business team as well as friends, balancing out each others’ strengths with grace, kindness and a healthy dose of humor. Their mission? Spread a little more light in the world, one luxury candle at a time.
Take, for example, the Black Gold collection, which honors Africa’s natural wealth. Black Gold imbues the decadence of an ancient aristocracy in the Kingdom of Mapungubwe, where the famed golden rhino was discovered in 1932. A mysterious people from history, imagined as guardians of an abundant kingdom, are daring you to be bold and unapologetically decadent.
The Clifton Beach collection celebrates the natural beauty of the Southern African Cape coastline. The sweet and captivating notes of coconut & vanilla are expertly layered with tolu balsam and lime. The coconut note has energizing and uplifting effects on both the mind and the body, easing anxiety and tension. The Clifton Beach fragrance is a holiday in itself, which will leave you dreaming of palm trees, white sandy beaches and the fresh Atlantic Ocean mist.
This is the largest rhino sanctuary in the world. Their mission is to rescue abandoned, injured, and orphaned rhinos and to rehabilitate them wherever possible.
Hope Risen works to end human trafficking and bring restoration to survivors through awareness and prevention initiatives. Their work is carried out alongside direct interventions to rescue, restore and reintegrate victims of trafficking.
A transnational conservation initiative founded by Nelson Mandela, HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands and Dr Anton Rupert. The organization strives to preserve large natural ecosystems that transcend man-made boundaries.
An organization aimed at addressing the educational and social needs of rural children in South Africa and offering them lifelong learning in order to build positive self-worth and self-respect.
Just look at these gorgeous products – need we say more? The body lotions and soaps are made from natural plant-based oils to soothe and nourish your skin, and the beautiful candles are hand poured using a soy wax blend and fine perfume oils. The elegant Cape Island glass cup can even be rinsed and recycled once the candle is done – win-win! We love to support female-owned brands and entrepreneurs, especially ones with a mission like this. Just look at the roster of incredible charities that are supported when you buy the products. And don’t forget these items make incredible gifts too!
All images courtesy of @cape_island