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About Us


My name is Mark, and I'm the founder of Rio Santo Naturals (formerly known as Bloodroot Candle Co!)

The seed that grew into Rio Santo was planted and nurtured in my tiny kitchen in Tarrytown, NY last year while making my own natural soaps and experimenting with custom scent blends. 

I was completely geeking out on blending oils and creating unique formulas, and one day a lightbulb went off in my head. A friend had been making candles, (you can find her amazing products here!), and since I already had lots of essential oils and fragrance oils, I thought I'd give candlemaking a try. I've always been very into scented candles, but had grown a little weary of questionable ingredients and crazy prices.

I picked my friend's brain about what I'd need to get started, gathered all my supplies, and spent months (months!) experimenting with different waxes, fragrance oils, wick widths, curing times and temperatures before I finally ended up with something that I was really excited about. 

I shared those first candles with some friends, and was eventually confident and comfortable enough to open an online shop and share them with a wider audience. Luckily the initial excitement and enthusiasm I had about the candles was shared by many others, and I was quickly inspired to keep pushing forward and expanding. 

A few redesigns and a name change later and here we are. I've currently got five natural, earthy signature candles that really reflect my style and taste and that I'm beyond proud to offer. We've just launched a line of essential oil room & linen sprays, and I'll soon be going back to my roots and creating some amazing soaps, lotions, balms, and some other goodies for the shop.
I'm constantly striving to improve the quality of the ingredients and tools I use, and in turn the final products that end up in the hands and homes of my customers. 
Rio Santo Naturals products aim to converge at the intersection of tradition, sophisticated fragrances, quality ingredients, attractive packaging, and affordable prices.
If you have any questions about our products or process, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at