paraffin or beeswax. parabens. phthalates. carcinogens. mutagens. zinc, lead, or metals. reproductive toxins, organ toxins, or acute toxins. animal products. mica, or any other child labor/exploitation materials anything that necessitates a prop 65 warning. 


Fragrance & essential oils with transparent Safety Data Sheets (SDS) approved by the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) and the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).

American-grown soy wax, which is 100% renewable, clean-burning, slow-burning, eco-friendly, carbon-neutral, and sustainable. 

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood wicks (responsibly sourced), and 100% cotton wicks, which are durable & ecological.

Vessels, containers, and silicone molds that are always BPA-free.

 Liquid dye made from plants, biodegradable and eco-friendly.

Biodegradable packaging as often as possible.

Biodegradable shrink wrap/clear bags, and biodegradable & compostable glitter, made from plants - not plastic.

We also upcycle unused wicks & wax into new items, and will use thrifted containers when we find ones that are suitable for candles.

~ Our Story ~

It began in a van - but we weren’t candlemakers. Yet.

We were (and still are) but humble #vanlifers:

Dirtbags by day, Glampers by night.

At the end of the day, we want what any human in a cozy (tiny) home wants... a warm, relaxing, pleasant candle.


We want a candle that doesn’t want to hurt us. That means...

  • Durable, stronger vessels. (Cheap glass + bumpy van = bad.)
  • Safe scents that don’t emit dangerous fumes into our tiny home, triggering allergies, acid reflux, headaches, nausea, and worse.
  • Strict use of non-toxic wicks, waxes, fragrance oils, & packaging.

Choosing the sustainable option is not only safer for all of us, but it helps our furry friends, as well as the environment.

So we set out to make a business on wheels with that mission.

Our products are hand-selected and hand-poured with your best interest in mind & heart... (...and nose.)

So breathe easy, friend. And while you’re here, throw your favorite dirtbags some gas money in exchange for a candle. :)


Where can you find us?

We are taking a break from market appearances until May 2024 ~ please check our social media, though, for any last minute pop-ups we may attend!

You can currently find us on consignment display and for sale at:

The WaterShed Life (Hawthorne, FL) Since January 2024 through at least May 1st 2024.

Vin-tique Market (Geneseo, IL) Opening March 1st, in Bette Moffitt’s booth.

We happily participate in markets nationwide. If you see us coming to your area and you have an event you would like to invite us to, please reach out! Miranda at VanLiteCandles@gmail.com 


Get in touch with us (Kyle and/or Miranda) at VanLiteCandles@gmail.com
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We’re on the map!

Did you know VanLite is a queer-owned business? Well, we are. But did you know there is an app coming that tells you where to support all kinds of queer-owned businesses, like ours? Well, there is! We’re feeling loud and proud to claim our little spot on the map with
If you’re traveling, or generally just live in an area where you’re not quite feeling the LGBTQ+ love, give this website a glance… you’re sure to find a business or two nearby (or virtually) to welcome you in with open arms. From hairdressers & manicurists to record stores to chandlers like us, there is more than just your typical gay bar dwelling to meet others like yourself. 

VanLite HQ (aka our virtual mailbox) is located on the Indigenous lands belonging to the Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), Očhéti Šakówin (Seven Council Fires or Sioux Nation), hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho), and Núu-agha-tuvu-pu (Ute).