About Us


At Southern Elegance, we work to remind everyone of our shared history and cultural experiences. Like many others, time spent with family and the joys we find in the simple things are our touchstones. With this in mind, we lovingly craft each scent and city combination to elicit a fond memory, to whisk you to a place of pure joy.

Do you remember walking hand in hand with your grandma down a dirt road, or sipping sweet tea under the shade of a pecan tree? Did you spend your childhood summers playing barefoot outside all day and catching lightning bugs at night? These are memories we cherish, that sustain us, and Southern Elegance candles will help you remember those intimate, special moments.

One of our goals is to support other small southern businesses. With that in mind, we searched high & low for the best suppliers in the south.Our fragrances, so incredibly lush & luxurious, come from South Carolina and Georgia. Our wax, wicks, and containers come from (almost) right down the road here in North Carolina. We know that our customers appreciate our doing our best to help keep business local.

D’Shawn and Michael are the mind and brawn behind Southern Elegance. Although you mostly see Shawn (as her friends call her), Mike is an integral silent partner. The first candles were made as a gift for Teacher Appreciate Week by Shawn to her 7th-grade team of teachers and turned into a hobby, which turned into an every weekend trip to the local farmer’s market to sell her wares. Many moons, festivals, markets and vendor events later Southern Elegance Candle Company was born.

Southern Elegance strives to create candles and bath products that capture who we are as a couple, a family, and Southerners growing up in small towns, spending summers with Grandma, working in the fields during the week, fishing on the weekends, singing in church on Sundays, catching lightning bugs at nights, sipping sweet tea to cool off from the summer heat, swimming in the Oceans, hanging with friends, canning jams and making cobblers from the fruit trees in the yard and enjoying the simple life.