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candles on the half shell

July 27, 2016

Oyster Candle


Louisiana’s Robin Pannagl started making soy oyster candles as gifts more than 20 years ago. But after the Gulf oil spill in 2010, she thought it was important to sell them and promote the state’s oyster industry, which was in jeopardy.

The company: InHabit started in 2008 in Fairhope, Ala. It is now based in New Orleans, where the candle soy oyster candles ($10 to $24, depending on size and boxes) are poured.

The founder: Pannagl earned degrees in fashion merchandising and a master’s in social work from Tulane. After moving to a plantation home on the river in Plaquemines Parish, she discovered the area scattered with discarded shells and started collecting shells and making candles. She works full time as social worker and runs her Candles on the Half Shell business on the side.

What popular: The “purse box” candle ($10 to $12) with seasonal ribbons.

Where to buy: In New Orleans, candles are available at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (; and specialty shops, including the 1850 Shop ( and the new Katie Koch home store (




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  1. Love this!

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Me too. II bought one at the Ogden Museum when we were in New Orleans last fall, She is setting up a website but you can order from her or the museum. Hope you are doing well. Miss seeing you.

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