When she was sent home from college due to the coronavirus pandemic, 20-year-old Kayla McKeon poured her time into her online business making vegan candles, oils, bath salts and "spell jars" aiming to help customers balance their chakras, known as the "energies" of the body, and manifest their desires into reality through holistic methods.

WEST BRIDGEWATER — With her homemade candles featuring a special array of carefully picked crystals and flowers, Kayla McKeon is hoping to bring peace and happiness to her customers.

Through her online business, Faerie Works of New England, based out of her West Bridgewater home, McKeon, 20, offers vegan candles, as well as oils, bath salts and “spell jars” aiming to help customers balance their chakras, known as the “energies” of the body, and manifest their desires into reality through holistic medicine.

“Especially with COVID, I’ve been really enjoying having this candle business,” McKeon said. “It’s been a really great outlet for me and it’s been so fun to express my creativity and be able to help other people through that. I know for a lot of people, my products are really good for reducing their anxiety and it just kind of brings them an overwhelming sense of peace and positivity, which is great. I’m passionate about helping others.”

McKeon said she’s been interested in crystals since she was young, researching their meanings and uses.

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程“I used to practice with balancing people’s chakras when I was little, which was cute, but now it’s really grown into something,” she said. “I have a really good knowledge of all the crystals in my collection and I know how to integrate them into daily life and their properties.”

She also started researching the meanings and uses of flowers and herbs in her backyard, she said, which was heavily influenced by her grandparents’ love of gardening.

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程“They taught me everything I know and it’s kind of been a bonding experience for us,” she said.

With her knowledge of crystals and flowers, McKeon decided to launch a candle business using them last August. It was a smaller operation then, selling candles as more of a hobby to friends and family due to being busy taking classes at Amherst College, she said.

But once she returned home around March due to the coronavirus pandemic when colleges were shut down for in-person instruction, she decided to throw herself into the business, she said.

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程Her increased marketing efforts and expansion of her products has paid off, as she said she's averaging about an order an day from all over the country — even reaching internationally with a recent order from Singapore, she said. With her expansion, she's also launched several candle collections. One, called the Spring Blossoms Collection, was released to coincide with spring, she said.

“It was kind of a collection of candles that was supposed to integrate new beginnings and the freshness of spring,” she said. “I tried to include flowers and crystals good for new beginnings.”

She also released a collection of candles shaped like a crescent moon that have been popular, she said. One of her favorites is the "Love Moon Pillar" candle, scented with honey rose which is a “really nice, sweet scent,” she said, and infused with rose buds, rose petals, Himalayan sea salt and rose quartz. Another popular item is the rainbow "Chakra Healing Moon Pillar" candle, she said, meant to help remedy any imbalance in chakras. Scented with strawberry and vanilla, the candle contains seven crystals — quartz, amethyst, lapis lazuli, rose quartz, carnelian, tigereye and red jasper — for each of the seven chakras.

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程McKeon also offers custom orders for customers. Candles, she explained, have been used for centuries as manifestation tools to achieve a certain purpose, and by infusing candles with a careful coordination of crystals, flowers and oils given their individual meanings, she hopes to help customers achieve their "intentions."

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程Some customers want to "manifest" a specific person falling in love with them, for which McKeon will use their birth chart and their significant other's birth chart to use crystals that promote attraction, harmony, positivity and communication, she said.

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程"I've been getting a lot of requests for promoting love and harmony in relationships, and I also get a lot of requests for creativity," she said. "A lot of people are working on these really amazing projects and they really just want some inspiration and the drive to be able to do and create something amazing. Those are really cool to make. I usually use carnelian and tiger's eye.

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程All of her products are organic and made as close to natural as she can get, she said. She uses thick glass jars for the candles that are meant to be reused or recycled, with hopes of promoting sustainability in the future by having customers mail them back to be refilled, and makes the candles using wooden wicks, natural wax with no additives and essential oils instead of fragrance oils for the scent.

Even as she returns to college, for which she's pursuing a double major in psychology and law with the goal of one day helping to reform the legal system to promote mental health supports in the community, she's hoping to continue her one-woman candle operation to help customers with her products.

“My whole life goal is just to help others and help keep their mentalities healthy and help them feel safe,” she said. “So the fact my products are providing that, simply being a candle and being infused with crystals, is I think really cool on a small scale.”

2020欧洲杯预选赛赛程McKeon's shop can be found on Etsy, etsy.com/shop/FaerieWorksofNE, or through her social media channels with the same name. Staff writer Corlyn Voorhees can be reached at cvoorhees@lelyturfcare.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @corlyn_ENT.