2015 - 2016
A passion for fragrances and design were the basis for a true home grown enterprise.
With no start-up capital, the wax for the first candle was melted in a Pyrex jug over the stove in Laura and Andreas’ kitchen. Business cards were hand written and jars purchased from second hand stores became the first candle range. The first batch was successfully sold at the Lyttelton market in Christchurch, New Zealand.
2016 - 2017Lyttelton Lights was incorporated as a company. Their 100 year old cottage in Lyttelton quickly turned from a home into a candle production line. Space was limited, the spare room became storage and their couch was sold to make room for trestle tables in the lounge. Candles were sold at various markets which enabled Laura to reinvest and improve the glassware.
2017 - 2018
The first major purchase was made. A 50lb electric melter took its place on the kitchen bench. The cottage soon proved too small and everything was moved into a storage shed down the road. New glassware and the embossed Lyttelton Lights lids replaced the old.
2018 - 2019The storage unit soon proved unsuitable and the first lease premises was signed. A small unit divided into production and storage became the home for the first staff members employed.
A name became a brand, and the list of stockists steadily increased nationwide.
Laura and Andreas welcomed their baby girl.
2019 - 2020
Laura expanded the product range adding room fragrances, liquid hand washes, limited editions and accessories. Lyttelton Lights outgrew its old space and moved into a much larger custom fitted premises. Despite significant challenges caused by a pandemic, Lyttelton Lights continued to grow and employed two additional staff.
Laura and Andreas welcomed their baby boy.
2021Laura continues to build a people focused company with a working culture that takes pride in addressing sustainability during its daily operation. New products are in the pipeline and significant investments have been made to transform production capabilities. Lyttelton Lights is working towards becoming a carbon neutral company and supporting climate positive projects along the way.