Founded in Dublin by John G Rathborne in 1488, Rathbornes is the world's oldest candle company. Candles which are produced today are still hand-crafted with many of the same skilled methods which they have used since the fifteenth century. They have been refining their candles throughout history, and taking the best from centuries of experience. This included developing new formulations of wax, moving from animal tallow to develop a special blend of beeswax and stearin during the industrial revolution. This technical innovation gave a cleaner, slower-burning candle for everyone to enjoy, and they remain loyal to their traditional methods of craftsmanship, still hand-pouring their candles today. "The soft, wavering glow of candlelight provides the same comfort and romance as it has for centuries."