Salwa Petersen

Scented Candle - Made in France


A one-way ticket to Chad, cradle of humankind

In 2001, a team of researchers in northern Chad unearthed the remains of Toumaï, which means “hope of life” in my mother tongue, Dazaga. He is the oldest known ancestor of human lineage who is believed to have lived seven million years ago. This extraordinary discovery makes Chad the cradle of humanity.​

Not far from where Toumaï was found, in the fabulous Ennedi Plateau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies another one-of-a-kind location: the magnificent prehistoric petroglyphs and rock art paintings that tell the very rich history, tales and traditions of the inhabitants of Chad, their daily lives, as well as highly evolved beauty and self-care rituals.​

Growing up in Chad, I learned from my mother, my grandmother and my great-grandmother an extraordinary number of these rituals and the secrets of making incenses and perfumes with ancestral, age-old recipes and noble, rare and fine raw materials such as Ethiopian rose, Indian sandalwood, Sudanese cloves, Somalian myrrh, Egyptian jasmine and Chadian Chébé.

For the very first time, after 18 months of research and development and meticulous work with expert chandlers in France, I am delighted to have captured and share with you these intoxicating scents that have surrounded me since my earliest childhood, as they did for countless generations of ancestors before us, in a vegan and sustainable candle inviting you to join me in the heartland of our common origins.
​Our proprietary plant-based wax has been formulated without palm oil, soy or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It is made from certified fair-trade African shea butter. By using shea butter as the base of our wax, we help promote the sustainability and competitiveness of the shea butter industry in the world, support biodiversity protection, improve the livelihoods and empower the African rural women who collect and process the shea nuts using traditional know-how.

The fragrance of our candle, made with only the finest ingredients, is clean and natural, free of phthalates and other toxins. Recycled and infinitely recyclable, the glass jar housing our candle is decorated with some of the original rock art paintings from Ennedi. The paper in our packaging comes from well-managed forests certified by the Forest Stewardship Council(FSC).​

2% of the proceeds from each candle sold contributes to conservation projects in Chad with African Parks Network.

In the welcoming warmth of the ancestral land, as if dining under the intimate light of a nomadic tent, inhale the intoxicating aromas of spices, leather and vapors of precious woods:

Top - Cumin. Elemi. Clove. Saffron. Chébé​
Heart - Olibanum. Leather. Rose. Jasmine. Oud
Base - Myrrh. Patchouli. Cedar. Sandalwood​

And exhale.

A one-way ticket. Welcome to Chad. Welcome home.​


Let the candle burn until the surface is completely liquid. ​
Then recenter the wick and trim it regularly.

For best results avoid burning the candle for more than 4 hours at a time.


Burn within sight. Keep any from things that catch fire. Keep away from children. 


"Petersen created the candle as a scented love letter to her childhood in Chad, drawing on memories of the incenses and perfumes that surrounded her. The fair trade African shea butter base releases a smell so alluring, I wish I could bottle it as a perfume: rose, sandalwood, cloves, myrrh, jasmine, and Chadian Chébé. It's warm, rich, a little smoky, and completely irresistible." Glamour

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Peter Petersen
Likes: the fast delivery and good packaging
NPS score:
an exceptional candle

we like this candle very much, her quiet burning, her smell and the interesting pictures on the glass

Likes: The scent
Improvements: Nothing
NPS score:
Magnificent candle

I really love the scent of the candle. Furthermore, it burns well and is of high quality. It will keep me good company on dark winter days.

Anna K.
J'adore cette bougie

Le parfum est magnifique, et nous fait vraiment voyager au Tchad. Je ne peux plus m'en passer!

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