From 2004 until 2015, Gellite Candles was the sole candle supplier for a candle store in Newport Rhode Island. The store was named Gelissimo and was run by Essie Dubé. Essie did an outstanding job with customer service and received many compliments. Below are just some of numerous testimonials that she and our candles received over the years.
Wow!! I was completely blown away!! The information that I received was amazing to say the least. I really appreciated the time that was taken to explain the candles, process, etc. to me. I was completely hooked, immediately threw out every single Yankee Candle that I had in my house when I returned home and have been on a "mission" to spread the word!! I am sending these to a friend (who also threw her Yankee Candles away after I relayed the information I received) and she can't wait to receive them. I have never had such beautifully scented candles before and absolutely love them!! Just wanted you to know that you have a customer for life as well as a new "mouthpiece"! Thanks again!!
Not only do I love the look of my candles while burning, I love the fresh scent they create in my home. I also feel good about burning candles which are toxin-free and buying a product "made in America." I'll never burn another wax candle again. Thanks for producing a great product!
We can't wait to come back! We love our candles! Just gave our daughter, Kate, her birthday gift (the martini). Can't remember the scent right now. She loved it. Moving into a brand new house, so she can't wait to set it up somewhere noticeable. Essie, we just love our candles. It is so nice NOT to see the black smoke rising from the candles and knowing darn full well that it is going straight to my walls -- AND my lungs! Thanks again.
We had to repaint our daughter's bedroom because of the soot on the ceiling and walls. These are the only candles allowed in our house and our daughter's house. We love them.
I just bought a Gelissimo candle and it is the most fragrant, longest-lasting candle I have ever had. Love it!
When I walked into Gelissimo I never realized that not only would I find great smelling candles but an entire encyclopedia of candle knowledge. I found out that my "old" candles are actually made of a chemical that can make my asthma worse. Since I switched my house smells great AND my breathing has improved. These candles are well worth it and smell heavenly. I will never buy candles elsewhere again!
Hi Essie, My friend is from Albuquerque and she wants to send the candles as gifts. We stayed at the Hyatt for the weekend and came in to your store three times!! We went nuts!! Your girls were so sweet and helpful and we commended them for their fine work and effort to speak the English language! It was a memorable weekend! Take care and hope to come down again and visit your store -- this time in Wickford, RI!
Essie, I love to hear from you. The candles I bought are still burning brightly. Have a very American New Year. Hope the world will lean a little more toward peace!
My husband and I visited your store while vacationing in Newport and purchased a small Bergamot gel candle. We love it!! Everyone who has visited us has commented on how wonderful it makes the house smell. As we give them out as gifts, I am certain that our friends and family will also want more!
Mary Rose Cascio
My husband said to me, "When are we going to order some more of those candles?" I immediately went online. We found your store on a trip to Newport with our grandson and daughter two years ago. We love the product and enjoyed chatting with you. We really enjoy the candles and they are such an elegant addition to our home. It's great to know this American product is selling so well. See you in Wickford on our next trip.
Orien Reid Nixon
We were in the store about 4 months ago and purchased some candles and other items. I love the candles. You were right -- the scent, burn, everything! I guess I went nuts cutting and cleaning but they were great!
Thanks to your candle with Frankincense, I can now sleep through the night! I had a hard time sleeping, but the scent of the Frankincense candle just seems to fill me with a peaceful, restful feeling and it is just wonderful. I light it a few hours before I plan to retire and what a difference it has made for me. Thank you so much! I am spreading the word, and have ordered some Frankincense for friends with sleeping problems.
Essie, Even in the tropics it is nice to recall the harvest season so many times remembered. The Pumpkin Spice is just what the doctor ordered!! Thank you,
John & Ashley Harris
Since we have started burning your candles exclusively (we had some wax ones that we finished up) our dog's eyes have stopped tearing! The vet thought that it was allergies but now we contribute it to the wax candles that we used to use. Whether it was the overbearing fragrance or the soot we don't know, we only know that it has stopped. We all thank you, including Bruno :)
Hello Essie,I hope you remember me. I visited your store 2 weeks ago on Saturday morning with my boyfriend Benjamin. Last night I lit Frankincense. It was absolutely fabulous. I left it on all night, and it was perfect. Gentle, not irritating. Frankincense is a whole other experience. I never knew there was such an art and science to candles. I could never go back to wax!! But above all, I am not sure whether I am deriving more pleasure from the candles, or the experience of purchasing them. Your store is beautiful, but you are so sweet, kind, and absolutely a true delight. Thank you for such a wonderful morning and experience.Thank you as well for all your help on the candles, and especially for recommending Frankincense. I will surely visit you in Wickford on my next trip. Warmest regards, Roya.
My fiancee and I just received our candle that we ordered with the picture of the Italian Greyhound on it. It is absolutely beautiful! We loved the personal attention and the customized color on it. Thank you for taking so much time to get it perfect. We have never smelled such a pleasant candle before. You now have two more customers who will be telling everyone we know about your candles and terrific prices. Thank you again.
Essie, Your candles have graced our home for more than two years and we will continue ordering and using your fine product. We are especially pleased with the performance, fragrance and beauty of these candles from Ohio. The various aromas that we have sampled thus far (especially the Christmas Tree scent for the holidays) have all been most pleasing to the senses in their very graceful glass containers. Living in Florida, our favorites are the oceanscapes. Thank you for being there!!
John and Ashley Harris
My husband and I visited Rhode Island for the 1st time last year and fell in love with its charm and elegance, and the wonderful discovery of Gelissimo candles. Apple Pie and Jasmine are our favorites. Apple Pie reminds us of home in upstate New York in the fall months and the Jasmine reminds us of the South, where my family lives. What a wonderful scent! I try never to run out of my favorite candles!
Lori Brooks Singleton
Essie, just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for treating us so kindly this past Friday at your shop. My nephew was thrilled with his candle. It is shopkeepers like you that make living in Newport a joy. I will most surely let everyone know what a great pleasure shopping at Gelissimo is. Once again thank you. I will be seeing you soon in your new location in Wickford.
Dear Gelissimo, my sister-in-law and I along with our husbands were vacationing in Newport from Michigan and Maryland, respectively. While out shopping we wandered into your store. That was truly a turning point in my life. I immediately fell in love with the candles and upon learning how toxic the wax candles that I had been using were, I knew that I would never own another wax candle. As a matter of fact, I threw away all my wax candles when I returned to Maryland.
First, I wanted to thank you for the valuable information you passed on to me about the wonderful gel candles. They burn so lightly yet they are full of fragrance. Many of my clients are pleased with the arrangement and fragrance when they come inside my office. I compliment you on your uniqueness. I also thank you for the service that felt so personal. Hope everything is well!!!
A few weeks ago my sister and I visited your store, she first with her family and then I arrived with my family along with my Cavalier puppy, Sophie. Anyway, Donna, my sister, purchased a bar of Wooof! soap. The soap/shampoo is awesome. I loved the store and I loved spending time with you. You were especially sweet to Sophie, who you gave treats and water to!!! Thanks! We love the gel candles - we bought 2 packs of tea lights. They do burn for so long and smell SO gooood! See you when we return to Newport!
Dear Essie, Wonderful to hear from you so quickly and personally. It is refreshing to see some businesses are still interested in customer service and satisfaction. I also am in business where I supply goods and services. It is also nice to hear from a real person rather than an electronically generated e-mail. Thanks again for your attention and kindness. Great candle! We will order more. You have another new customer.
My wife and I were in your store on July 3rd. We bought a couple of your gel candles and they are great! The candle we just ordered is a gift for my mom. We gave her one of the ones we bought from you on our last visit and she raved about it! Her birthday is in a few weeks, so we thought this would be the perfect gift. We are probably coming back to Newport mid-October and we will definitely visit your new location in Wickford. Can't thank you enough for all the info you provided regarding candles.
A couple of months ago, my mother-in-law stopped in your store and purchased several candles to hand out to the family. She gave us all "the talk" about Yankee Candle products and other environmentally unfriendly candles. She wants us all to burn your candles from now on, and started our collection with her gift. I want to tell you how much I love your candles. The fragrance is wonderful, they last forever, and they are so much safer for us!
I was in your shop and bought a number of your candles, intending to give away a couple of them as Christmas gifts. But they were so nice smelling, and they burn so cleanly, that I never gave any of them away after all! I am burning the last ones now, and am looking so forward to my new order!
Your candles are magnificent! I've bought all kinds of candles. This the very best candle I've ever had!
Mary Pat Colianni
My wife, a long-time friend, Betty, and I wandered into your store on a rainy, blustry Newport day just after Christmas. Betty bought a jacket while my wife and I bought Gel candles, including a six pack to fit out new pewter Tea Candle Ring.
We love the candles and Betty loves the jacket. Your web site is indelibly etched on our computer. And by the bye, the sushi resturant you suggested, Sushi-go!, was the best. They have, without a doubt in our mind, the VERY BEST GYOZA.
Thank you for your store and luncheon suggestion. We will buy more, long-distance for the time being.
Jim and Kathy Wells
For five years now, my husband and I have visited Newport during Winterfest. Each year we stock up on your candles and each time we've visited your store in Brick Market Place, you are always absolutely lovely, helpful and well informed. The first time we visited you, I was actually looking for the Yankee Candle store. Boy, did you give us an earfull about paraffin wax candles. Needless to say, we never left and you hooked us. It has been five years and yours are the only candles I buy. They really do burn longer and do not cause headaches!
I want you to know that all who received gifts from me from Gelissimo loved them! I heard from my Navy friend, Amy, that her husband did take her suggestion. He came into your shop and bought her some of the beautiful handmade jewelry and a candle! Lucky her!!!
Take care of yourself and thank you for your continued support of all of us who serve in the military! We really appreciate it! See you in your new location in Wickford when I am again in the area!
Capt. Mary Jo Majors
I just wanted to thank you for carrying such a great candle. Going back almost two years, I walked into your shop and purchased a #1 urn with a couple of friends. Now I just purchased a #3 urn online from you. Thanks for such a great order. The candle arrived quickly and in perfect shape. Very happy customer.
Hi Essie, I never got the chance to reach out and thank you for sending the Holiday Home tarts. We absolutely love the smell, so I will order a candle (along with a Log Cabin candle). Question - how do I use the tarts?
So much has happened since we last communicated. The hurricane caused quite a bit of damage to our home - mostly our finished basement. We had to throw away so many sentimental things...it just broke my heart. We need to have all of our appliances replaced, as well. We had no heat or hot water for weeks. In the scheme of things however, we have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. So many others who live nearby lost so much more.
Happy Thanksgiving, Essie. Thank you for continuing to provide such wonderful products.
Mary Rose Cascio
Thanks for the prompt reply. I bought some products and really want to support you and the "local - USA made" industry. Love the Pet "stuff" too! Thanks, Leona.
Essie, I received my order last week and I am so happy with the candles! I wanted to thank you for your wonderful customer service and for replacing a #3 with a #4 when you realized you did not have what I had ordered. I love your products and look forward to visiting you in Wickford on our next family trip.
The candles I bought there last year are almost done. My sisters and I came into your store last year and just loved it. I can't say enough about the candles. I'm so glad that we stopped in your store. I was hoping to get to your new location in Wickford this year, but it doesn't look like that might happen. I love the smell of your candles and the way they burn. Hope to be back there soon!
Gelissimo candles are by far the best candles on the market. Their scents are pure and so enjoyable. If you have the pleasure of stopping into the store, expect to be greeted by a woman with so much heart and genuine goodness. She really takes the time to listen to what you are looking for. I highly recommend her products and I know once you try them you will be hooked like I am!
When I travel from Illinois to Rhode Island every year to visit family out east I ALWAYS look forward to shopping at Gelissimo. Essie is always in store to give me a warm, professional and friendly greeting. The store is beautiful and more importantly the products are A+ fantastic. I'm in love with her Frankincense gel candles. You must visit her store. You will fall in love with her products and become a lifer too.
Essie Dube's Gelissimo is the single best online retail experience I've ever had.
The candles are all of pristine quality, and in addition to the gorgeous scents available, they are exquisitely designed and enhance the look of any room they grace. Do not hesitate to order online. The service, is fast, safe and the items arrive perfectly packaged.
Dealing with Gelissimo, even through what is normally the stark digital world of the internet, you feel the warmth and friendliness of the staff. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Do yourself a favor and visit their website and experience Gelissimo.
Essie is the definition of the word exceptional. My husband & I found Gelissimo about 4 years ago during our annual visit to Newport's Winter Festival. I can honestly say, "we were hooked on Essie & her incredible knowledge of gel candles vs. wax candles."
She informed us of the health benefits of certain aromas & her words were 100% TRUTHFUL. The Peppermint scent does wonders for sinus issues and their tealights DO last 8-10 hours! Ordinary scented candles used to give us terrible headaches. Since we found Gelissimo...NO MORE HEADACHES!
The scents are authentic, crisp & delicious, burn 2x as long as "standard" wax candles, and come in reusable mason jars which are packaged with colorful tissue in lovely signature boxes (even for mail orders). Essie Dube does not just sell these beautiful candles, she truly believes in the product! Her store is a reflection of the person she is...WELCOMING, WARM, FRIENDLY & ORGANIZED. See you in Wickford, Essie!
It was by chance while traveling to the Cape Cod area during spring break in 2008 that I happened upon Gelissimo while visiting Newport, RI. The store is a true gem. It's gel candles are not only made in the USA, but are excellent and they have an vast supply of fragrances. Even though I hail from CA, I made it a point to visit again this year while on a cruise stop during Sept. 2009 as I needed more candles for the reproduction glass candlesticks I purchased from Sandwich Glass last year.
Essie is a gracious hostess, and now the shop has even more great items to choose from. I recommend getting on the email list so you can enjoy and hear about the products year round. I feel like I made a new friend the moment I stepped into this gem of a shop and you will enjoy it too.
Gelissimo is a must! Essie is excellent in customer service and always makes you feel special when visiting or online. She is very active in the green environment and I believe in this. Her products are very clean, attractive and priced well. We just love her and the product!
My only regret is that I live some distance from Wickford, as visiting with Essie is always a delight. The products speak for themselves, and thank goodness for on-line shopping. My entire family, and extended family, find that only Gellisimo Gel Candles will do. Thank you Essie for bringing them to my attention so many years ago.
Not local to the area, but whenever I am in the area I take the time to visit. Love that fact they support Made in the USA and keep me posted via email as to what's new/changing. Best tea light candles I've ever used too.
These candles are wonderful. I have a very sensitive nose due to my allergies and cannot use many candles. I cannot even go into some candle shops. I have not found one candle in Gelissimo that bothers my senses and have enjoyed every one I've bought. I also enjoy the fact they won't harm my family while burning. With a child with bad allergies, that is a blessing.
Gelissimo candles are the highest quality, most elegant, amazing smelling. Need I say more? Well I will! The customer service is unsurpassed and Essie is just a great person.
These candles rule. They burn clean and keep their scent throughout their life (which is generally rather short in our house as we burn them almost always). The internet service has been spot on with no damaged product arriving at our doorstep and all orders have been on time or earlier than expected. Best of all...all products are made in the USA.
I received the order yesterday and fell in love with the Peach scent. So much so that I am going to order more for gifts!
I love your candles!
Thank you for calling me so quickly to help me resolve this order. Customer service is so important these days and rarely done as well as you handled it. We'll continue to tell people about 4gel.com.
Best candles I have ever purchased, even better everything is made in the US. We need to keep our own people in business. The owner is very knowledgeable and is a peach!!! Check out the Pet Page on her website. Her emails make my day and give me a smile/chuckle!!!
I've found that Gelissimo candles live up to their promises. They burn clean and smell great. They make terrific gifts. Great customer service, too!
Gelissimo's unique line of candles is really amazing, made even more impressive by their lack of soot production while burning! Essie is a genuinely delightful person who is tops in customer service.
N. Wayne Gowdy
If you haven't tried these wonderful candles, you should. They are better for you than most, and they are made in the good ole USA!! I live in Nevada so I order them online. It's quick and easy, and we are so glad to have these healthy candles. Thanks Essie.
Imagine the best in candle ambiance -- clean-burning, aromatic fragrances, long-lasting scents, lovely designs, priced right, American made beauties. Then, try a Gelissimo candle ... and enter your imagination !!!
I love the candles, they are the only ones I purchase. I also buy them for gifts for family and friends. You get a lot of value with each purchase since the candles last so much longer than regular wax candles and they have none of the harmful issues of wax candles.
I purchased the toppers in peppermint a few years back. I received more compliments on how nice they glow and look with my copper candlesticks. The scent is light and clean. Perfect for the holiday dinner table.I just ordered another 2 sets!
During the power outages associated with Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, in our area, your candles not only provided safety and light but pleasant
frangrance, helping to pull us through that time. Thank you, Essie!
Sheryl and Tim Gomolak
My husband and I found your store in 2007, while we were visiting family for the holidays. I have ordered from you at least once a year since. The quality and fragrances of your candles are exceptional. It's quite funny to me when my husband (who works in construction) tells me, "We need to order more of those candles!" I've also got my friend/neighbor hooked. She's a candle fanatic. I gave her one last year as a gift. This order is being split by the two of us. I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot more ordering from you too once I start getting your specials. Your slogan, shop us once, love us forever.....So True!
Thanks again for your exceptional service, Essie, not to mention a very nice personal touch! And thank you for offering such elegant, aromatic and therapeutic candles. You can be certain I'll be touting the beauty as well as US origin of your lovely candles. I am an extremely happy and loyal customer and applaud everything you're doing to support the American economy by selling only products handcrafted or manufactured in the US.
My family lives in Massachusetts and Rhode Island so when I go to visit from Arizona, one place we ALWAYS go is to Gelissimo. I find these candles hold their scent and burn so cleanly and long that I could not believe it the first time I bought one. Now I order regularly online but still look forward to being able to visit and check out new scents in person. If you haven't tried it, TRY IT!!
As to the gardenia, when I can order more I will order at least 3 so that I can have them in my bedroom, great room and den. I cannot tell you how much I absolutely love the fragrance! MOF, if I were in a position to do so I would order at least 5 for my dearest friends to each have one but alas, my retirement fixed income doesn't allow for such special indulgences all at once so I'll have to do that on a one-by-one basis. You can be certain you'll be hearing from me again quite soon! If more people would support our local businesses we'd see an immediate turn-around in the state of our economy and no doubt a reduction in crime and violence caused by people who are so stressed because of their financial situation. Best of luck to you and thank you again for your outstanding products, not to mention customer service!
The Gardenia scent is so lovely. I use it right before bed while I am reading and it really relaxes me. It's not too strong and not too weak. It's perfect. Keep the great scents coming!
The Gardenia candles are wonderful!! I had them burning for 3-4 hours before my husband came home. I was worried he might find the scent too "girlie," but not at all. He didn't even notice it. So it is a new winner for me!
I cannot tell you how much I absolutely love the Gardenia! MOF, if I were in a position to do so I would order at least 5 for my dearest friends to each have one. But alas, my retirement fixed income doesn't allow for such special indulgences all at once so I'll have to do that on a one-by-one basis.
Love the new Gardenia fragrance. In my opinion most Gardenia fragrances can sometimes have a floral/spicy scent, and at times can be overwhelming. That is to some extent what I was expecting, but to my surprise and delight your Gardenia fragrance is very soft and floral. Hope you keep it as a stock item!
I very much appreciate the time and care you always put into the orders. I'm looking forward to trying the Gardenia, and the Rose has always been a favorite. Your products, service and kindness make it such a pleasure to buy from Gelissimo.
Thank you again!
The Gardenia scent is totally awesome and should be experienced by anyone and everyone who ever sniffed a live Gardenia. I am also very committed to Rose. It is the essence of love and peace and joy and passion. These are the very best candles available. Please, please, continue to buy American. We are the best!
Hi Essie, I just wanted to let you know I received the Memorial Candle. You did a beautiful job and my friend loved it. Thank you again!
Just wanted to let you know my sister Barb absolutely LOVES the candle toppers! Thank you again, Sue
Like millions of others, I was a big user of paraffin wax candles. What a mistake! The owner of this shop showed me EPA study results that revealed 3 cancer causing agents we inhale while wax candles are burning. Gelissimo's products are all made in the USA and the prices are unbelievable! The owner is passionate about selling only USA products, and I like that a lot. Great selection of products as well. You will become hooked just the way I did. The products are top-notch and prices have not been increased in several years. Definitely consumer-oriented. By the way, you will LOVE the candles. Beautiful, clean, cool burning and scents that do not cause any kind of allergic reaction. And now that the store has moved to Wickford, it's even closer to my home!
Hi Essie, I had to let you know that Log Cabin is my new fave scent! Obviously you can tell from the 2nd order I placed. I'm always a little apprehensive when introducing new scents to my family. They can be tough critics. However, when they walked in and I had Log Cabin burning, they loved it as much as I do! Will this regularly available or is this just a seasonal scent? Thank you for introducing this scent.....it's a definite "comfort" scent for us. :-)
OMG love love love the Log Cabin! Awesome! I can wait for the others, as I'm currently burning Log Cabin and Bayberry, so there's enough left to last! Love buying American (funny, Yankee Candle is 1/2 hr away and I don't think of them!) and love your candles. Can't wait to smell Christmas Tree.
Essie, thank you for calling and reading my mind. I'm delighted what I wanted could be poured. You are the best!! Whatever I get is always wonderful, so I'm never disappointed. Keep doing what you are doing because you make a difference! Thank you so very much.
Hi Essie, isn't it great that so many people love your products? No problem and I thank you for the note. You make our world more beautiful with your bright personality and fabulous customer service.
Hi Essie! I just love the personal touch you provide to your customers. Thanks so much for taking care of this for me. I really botched this order. I thought I clicked on the Cinnamon Rush with the Christmas red gel. Can you change that for me? Thanks again for your personal touch, it is priceless!
Hi Essie, I received the memorial candle yesterday. It was a quick turnaround time and you did a great job on the artwork. It came out awesome. Thank you! Debbie
Just a note to say the Christmas Tree and Cinnamon Rush are ABSOLUTELY SUPER!! Thank you so much.
Thank you for the amazing, excellent and personal customer service!
Got my candles today! They smell AWESOME! I love them and can't wait to burn them. I certainly have enough! Thanks!