So when, and how did you start making candles?
It was one summer holidays. I have always been creative, and we were looking for something outside the box that we could make together, instead of just baking, and came up with candles or soap. We settled on candles, I bought a kit, and we just loved everything about it! We loved the process, we loved the way everything came together, we loved how beautiful they looked, and we loved how they smelt.
I bought more and more kits, and ended up with a house full of candles! Then that Christmas I gave everyone home-made candles as gifts, which I was quite proud of. I got some labels done and everything! All of my friends and family said “these are so good, you should sell them!” So I approached a local market, worked with a friend on the logo, and started researching around for the best ingredients. At that point I don’t think soya was was as popular, but the more I researched it the more I thought this is what I want to make my candles from. Then I started testing it, and I noticed that with soya wax, really nice fragrances, and even cotton wicks, you end up with a candle that is just a better product, that lasts longer, and that customers really love.
When did you go full time with your business, because you started it alongside your day job didn’t you?
I was making candles, doing the odd market, setting up a website, and then slowly getting into retail over a year and a half or so. I then went full time eight months ago, at the end of January, when I left my job in health care. It was very exciting!
Why do you love candles so much? What is it about them?
Every time you light a candle it can evoke lots of different things in you, so if you have a particular fragrance or scent that you love, it can feel like a real treat. When you light a candle it’s you taking time for yourself to relax, and for me that is a real act of self-care. In addition, for me, I also find the process of candle-making very relaxing and cathartic, so it is both the process and the outcome that I love. So it’s a win-win!