Our Purpose

We are more than a candle company. We are a ministry that restores hope, an enterprise that values the discarded, a light that offers peace. Our mission is to create something beautiful and pure from regional and recycled products. To invest in the potential of our women and to be a light in our community. 

 

The Refinery was created in November of 2013 to sustain the home of Still Waters, a safe place for women and their children in south Georgia. We seek to provide job skills, develop opportunities and create a sense of community for our current and former residents. Our goal is to create something beautiful from regional and recycled resources; to invest in the potential of our ladies and to be an ever-present light in our community.

We take our name from Psalm 66:10 as we believe we are all in a refining process. We are carried through difficult times, we are stripped of things that seem to matter and we are being made new. We are best when we work together; rubbing like sandpaper at times to a smoother, softer, level surface.

 
 
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For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver.
— Psalm 66:10
  • Handmade in GA
  • 100% soy wax
  • Southern inspired scents
  • Cotton wicks
  • Recycled cans
  • Hand-stamped
 
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The Refinery is a non-profit social enterprise in Bainbridge, Georgia. All proceeds from sales go to employ residents and former residents of Still Waters.

Still Waters is a free faith-based residence where women are given tools to re-establish themselves through a variety of resources. We currently employ two former residents and we will expand our employment opportunities. With every purchase you offer hope. Still Waters, a division of Friends Ministries, operates solely on donations and receives no government funding.

The Refinery is open Monday – Thursday 8-5, Friday 12-4 and Saturdays 10-2. You are welcome to tour our operation and purchase candles during those times. Or our candles are always for sale through us at therefineryga@gmail.com and at these wonderful retailers (several of which have custom scents*):

Retailers

Georgia

ALBANY

Chehaw
229.430-5275

ATHENS

Simply Southern
706.546-8054

BAINBRIDGE

A to Z Children's Boutique
229.246-5350

Bella’s Boutique
229.246-1720

Flint River Outfitters
229.246-2112

Grimsley’s Pharmacy
229.246-7733

Hampton Inn              229.246-1341

*In the Garden
229.246-0966

*Mad Rose
229.248-0024

*Maiden South
shopmaidensouth@gmail.com
@maidensouth

*Reeves Gifts
229.246-2200

Sharon's House of Antiques   229.246-8999

Sterling IT Solutions 229.400-9005

The American            229.515-3098

COLQUIT

*Rugged Riches
229.758-8480

DONALSONVILLE

Backyard Stitchin’
229.524-2548

FOLKSTON

The Mane Salon and Spa
912.496-3740

STATESBORO

Stella
912.681-7008

THOMASVILLE

*Fuzzy Goat
229.236-4628

*The Bookshelf
229.228-7767

EVANS

Cricket Dry Goods  https://www.cricketsdrygoods.com

FLORIDA

TALLAHASSEE

St. John’s Bookstore
850.222.4990

Julie Guyot Studio    http://www.julieguyotstudio.com

HIGH SPRINGS

The Birds Nest                                     386-454-2200

MONTICELLO

Bachman Studios  http://www.bachmanstudio.com

PORT ST. JOE

Joseph's Cottage                                850-227-7877

NORTH CAROLINA

ASHVILLE

Embellish
828.656.1281

ALABAMA

TRINITY

Iris Jane Boutique             https://irisjane.com


Contact Us

Need a candle or two? Have questions about customizing an order? Want to smell all our lovely scents? Have time to volunteer? Email us below or contact us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we will get right with you!

Production/Retail Space
Historic Downtown Square
115 N. West St.
Bainbridge, GA

Hours
Monday–Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

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