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OUR BRAND STORY & VISION

WELCOME TO

SANTO:

Filipino word for (n.) saint (adj.) saintly, holy, and sacred

 

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HIRAYA 

Filipino ancient word meaning fruit of one's hopes, dreams, and aspirations

Your sanctuary for exquisite and unique candles and products that draw inspiration from the vibrant spirit of The Philippines. Above all, our creations are crafted and curated with saintly intentions and aspirations.
 

We're grateful to have you here!

ABOUT

Maz, the Founder and Creative Director of Santo and Hiraya, operates a candle workspace in Sydney, Australia. Despite leaving The Philippines as a child and returning to visit a decade later, its lush islands, vibrant energy, and gastronomy inspired her brand's creation, honoring her heritage and values.​

 

Beginning as a hobby after a home renovation in 2013, Maz's passion for crafting clean, scented candles led her to learn candle-making. This hobby evolved into a small seasonal business, selling hand-poured candles at local markets and events.​Following a recent visit to The Philippines, Maz's inspiration reached new depths, prompting her to conceive a fresh line of candles. These candles stand as constant reminders of the country's breathtaking tropical paradises, diverse culinary pleasures, and dynamic cultural legacy.

 

Each candle she designed encapsulates the very spirit of this remarkable nation, offering individuals the chance to infuse their spaces with its captivating beauty and culturally rich tapestry.​Empowered by her compassion for a Philippines orphanage, Maz established a brand allowing her to support the orphanage and contribute positively to the children's futures. Maz's ultimate goal is curating a collection of products that genuinely reflects The Philippines, enabling others to incorporate its natural beauty and richness seamlessly into their homes.

 

WHY CHOOSE SANTO & HIRAYA?

We pour our hearts into creating candles that are not only visually stunning but also fill your space with enchanting Philippines-inspired fragrances, transforming any room into a sanctuary of tranquility.

Each of our handcrafted candles is a labor of love, meticulously crafted using the finest ingredients and materials available. We take immense pride in utilizing 100% natural coconut wax, which not only burns beautifully but also aligns with our commitment to sustainability. Our candles feature cross wooden wicks that hold symbolic significance and provide a mesmerizing flickering warmth.

 

As the wax melts, it creates a captivating shimmer, adding an extra touch of allure to the overall experience. We blend our candles with carefully selected botanical, herbal, and culinary scents using premium fragrance oils. These scents beautifully encapsulate the opulence and magnificence of the Philippines, reflecting our brand's intentions. When you light one of our candles, it creates an atmosphere that embraces your senses and uplifts your soul.

Speaking of sustainability, it's a cause close to our hearts. We believe in treading lightly on this beautiful planet we call home. That's why we choose reusable vessels for our candle jar and carefully curate ingredients and materials that are earth friendly. We want you to enjoy our candles knowing that your purchase supports a greener future.

 

We're a passionate community of candle lovers. We're dedicated to providing you with exceptional service and products that bring joy, comfort, and a touch of magic to your life. We hope our candles become an integral part of your cherished moments, filling your space with warmth, love, and the flickering glow of dreams.

Thank you for joining us on this extraordinary journey. Together, let's illuminate our lives and the lives of those less fortunate with the luminous beauty of Santo and Hiraya candles.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to be the premier Philippine-scented candle maker, offering premium handcrafted coconut wax candles and products that inspire and delight the senses with Filipino-inspired aromas. We aim to be a reputable retailer of handmade and  artisanal Filipino products while minimizing our carbon footprint and making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in developing countries.

OUR VISION

Santo & Hiraya strives to be a respected brand for Philippine-scented coconut wax candles and curated artisanal products from The Philippines. Our vision is to become a leading specialty retailer, supplying esteemed brands and our own product lines in the Philippines-inspired lifestyle and home fragrance market. Additionally, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of underprivileged children through charitable efforts.

GIVING BACK

Santo & Hiraya is a brand that loves to promote giving. We have a strong desire to assist an orphanage and children's charity organization, we believe in the transformative power of candles to enhance spaces and change lives. Our commitment to giving back is rooted in gratitude for our success, as we donate 10% of each sale of a candle. For more information on the organizations we support, please visit our Giving page.

 

We sincerely hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy creating and selecting them.

x

Maz Espiritu

Founder and Creative Director

SANTO & HIRAYA

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