Closer to Oppa: Store sells candles with scents that smell like popular Korean celebrities

A Manila-based online store sells scented candles with a twist—resembling perfumes of Korean celebrities.

Called 325handcrafted, the Instagram shop, launched in 2019, offers scented candles in adorable jar packaging.

Among the bestsellers are candles featuring the scents of Korean actors Song Joon-Ki, Lee Min-Ho and Hyun Bin.There is also a candle for Jungkook, a member of BTS.

Founder Melissa Kay Pontejo explained she and her friend researched the scents and candle formula.

The shop said, “These candles smell like the perfumes they use in real life! We have done our research and used an exact replica of the scents they wear using premium fragrance oil.”

She’s been a fan of scented candles since living in the UK. When she returned to the country, Pontejo observed scented candles are expensive here. This prompted her to experiment with formulas and turn it into a business.

The candles are being sold for as low as 320 pesos.

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