LOS ANGELES — With a return to a less "corporate" ownership and a venture into bath and body care and perfume, candlemaker Illume appears fired up for its next phase in the marketplace.

The brand, among the pioneers of a thriving category that got consumers spending $40 for a candle and adding up to $2.4 billion in retail sales in 2001, according to Unity Marketing, claims a fervently devoted following for its mouth watering-scented wax works. Illume’s new owners are banking on that success, which reached $14.2 million in candle retail-wholesale sales last year, with three new lines of scented skin care products.

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