Over 150 years ago, Bolsius began as a small family business with one clear goal: to make the very best candles. Now with more than 1,000 employees and enriched with 150 years of knowledge, craftsmanship and ambition, we have become even better at creating top quality (scented) candles and reed diffusers. Our candles burn cleanly, without polluting soot, smoke or fumes. The carefully woven cotton wick always ensures a stable flame. And those delicious scents? Those have been carefully developed in collaboration with (our own) fragrance specialists, for the ultimate fragrance experience in your home!
We care about life, which is why we make our candles and fragrance sticks with love, in a fair way and without harming people, animals and our planet. This is why we consciously choose customers and suppliers who share our core values. We value the well-being of our colleagues, with a strong focus on development, diversity & inclusiveness. We also donate part of our time, products and finances to various charities. For example, we participate in 1% for the Planet, we are at the local Christmas market and every employee may devote one day annually to volunteer work!
We are working hard to make our company and our products increasingly green. We optimize our candle blends and pioneer with vegetable oils, such as rapeseed and sunflower oils. Not only are we looking at our ingredients, we're also improving our packaging. Recyclable glass and paper, minimal use of plastic and avoidance of waste are important when developing new products. We also invest in sustainable transportation and recycle candle residues from production.
– Stacie Raymond, Head of Sustainability
Creating products of unimpeachable quality in a fast-changing world means we are always transitioning and innovating. Our dedicated team is not only making the safest and best quality candles out there. Our impact strategy is based on three pillars: reduce, care and engage. They guide our decision-making process on all different levels. From choosing suppliers that deliver responsibly sourced materials that meet environmental and social standards, to reducing energy consumption and GHG emissions such as energy-efficient lighting and equipment.
1% for the Planet is a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental solutions through memberships and everyday actions. By donating 1% of our summer collection sales for the Planet, the money will be invested in various environmental projects. In 2022, we donated €15,000 to the 1% for the Planet movement.
Continuous innovation and constant attention to quality is the common thread that runs throughout the history of Bolsius. It was the Bolsius brothers who laid the foundations of the current company in 1870 when they first processed beeswax into candles in the traditional way.