Los Angeles-based Filipino entrepreneur Joyce Jamlang-Tiongson has harnessed the power of scents in Ryliv Home, her recently-launched brand which offers carefully hand-poured soy wax candles with the soothing aroma of essential oils.
At the onset of the pandemic, Jamlang-Tiongson belonged to a corporation that was forced to close its doors. Now home-bound, she turned to scented candles and diffusers to ease the stress brought about by the sudden unexpected situation.
“Fragrance played a big part of me now, not knowing when I could work again, not knowing when my kids can go back to school, always in a state of panic whenever we leave home because we might catch the dreaded virus,” she shared. “I tried to do a lot of quiet ‘me time’ to relax. I would light candles – it instantly changes the mood in any area you are in.”
This ultimately inspired her to venture into this endeavor. Armed with an Export Management Degree from the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and her 11 years of extended overseas experience as a sales manager, she conducted extensive research and experimented to no ends until she perfected her first batch of homemade candles.
Thus in early 2021, Ryliv Home, named after her son Ryder and her daughter Olivia, started operations. The initial series offered four sizes and over 10 scents, headlined by the bestselling Eucalyptus, French Lavender, Gardenia, Plumeria, and Black Oud.
The selections likewise include Sweet Pea, Citrus Flower, Coconut, Apple Cinnamon, Cashmere and Vanilla, Rosewater and Chamomile, Sandalwood, and Pumpkin Spice.
Jamlang-Tiongson has released her first Christmas collection, which comes in the scents of Winter Forest and Pine Mist, with the hope to add serenity to her patrons’ home this holiday season.
She believes that passion and dedication are her key ingredients. “There are no shortcuts. It really takes time and patience,” she assured. “If you love what you are doing, you will always find a way to make it work.”
Currently, Jamlang-Tiongson is gearing up to open a physical boutique for home fragrance and goods in the US. For more information, visit Ryliv Home at https://www.instagram.com/rylivhome/ or https://rylivhome.com/.