The Magic Effect of Candle Light

We tend to associate candles with festive occasions—gathering around a birthday cake, or enjoying a meal with someone special—but there are many calming effects of candlelight. One of the more powerful ways to enjoy the beauty of candlelight is during a moment of stillness and solitude, when you turn off the world and tune into yourself —the flame’s soft illumination touches the soul.

From Tokyo to Brooklyn, Rino is bringing her Japanese heritage to the trendiest neighborhood through her brand: TOKYN.


Rino  – Founder of TOKYN Candles

Spreading love and light

What is the most fascinating aspect about scent memory? 

I have always been fascinated by how certain scents evoke detailed memories and how it has the power of transporting you back to a specific place and time. I created all my original fragrances based off of places that are near and dear to my heart all across Japan in hopes of sharing my precious memories through an olfactory experience. One of the things I realized is that each person has vastly different reactions to each of our scents (I’ve gotten anywhere from “this smells like the hotel lobby of a spa I went to in Monaco!” to “this smell likes summer in the catskills!”) and I enjoy seeing and hearing about everyone’s memories that are tied to a specific aroma.

What do you enjoy the most in creating candles from scratch? 

I handle the whole process from start to finish from blending of essential oils, wicking, to pouring, and packaging. It’s hard for me to choose my most favorite part of the candle making process, but I do enjoy that each step allows me to wear many different hats- part scientist, floral designer, artist, and candlemaker! Creating unique fragrances requires a lot of experimentation and trial and error while hand-arranging the botanicals for my botanical collection allows me to tap into my artistic side.

How did you come up with the idea of placing botanicals in gel to decorate the candles? 

My mother is an artist and she’s always been my inspiration for any new ideas that pop up in my head. For my wedding, she made a beautiful wooden frame filled with the flowers from my wedding bouquet that she had preserved and arranged. I loved that I was able to continue enjoying the flowers from my special day and wanted to incorporate that into my candle collection.

Can you tell us more about the “musubi” knotting and why it is a fundamental value of Tokyn

For my Musubi Collection, I hand-tie and decorate each candle with gold & silver string. The art of knotting has a long history in Japan and has a special meaning with different knots attributed for different occasions. I first learned of the significance of the knotting culture from my uncle in Tohoku, Japan. When my grandmother passed, he gave a beautiful speech about musubi and how our her family would continue to be connected to her loving spirit as we were the string that continued her story and legacy. The particular knot around the candle is called a “awaji musubi” which symbolizes the unity and strong bond between people. This knot is often used for gifts or other celebratory moments to wish for continued success which ties in perfectly with my mission of spreading love and light!

We love how you mix Tokyo and Brooklyn styles, what do they bring to each other?

We strive to bridge together the rich Japanese custom of musubi with Brooklyn’s undeniable charm and eclectic flair. Both cities have such talented makers and shakers and are places that continue to inspire me to share my art.

Any project you are working on at the moment? 

I am currently working on launching a new line of spring/summer botanical candles!

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