In the January issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine we featured Diane from The Vintage Chandlery. Based in Lancashire, England, Diane creates Soy wax candles and wax melts showcasing the best of British and European vintage heritage.
When asked about how she started her business Diane told us;
“It started as a hobby to be honest, I never really expected to start to sell them as a business as candles are everywhere! I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use a natural plant wax rather than paraffin wax – we use 100% Eco Soy wax which burns cleaner and slower and is also water soluble which is perfect for our business, meaning when the candle is spent, the container just needs a quick wash in warm soapy water and it is restored to its original vintage state for reuse. I gave some candles as gifts in vintage glass trinket jars last year, was then asked to make some for a friend, and so it began. Very quickly my husband Darren and I realised it could turn into a viable business.”
Diane very kindly also shared the best piece of advice she has been given;
“Remain unique & remember people’s love for the hand made. There’s a huge amount of personal passion and love that goes into any handmade item as your readers will know and people will gladly pay for something that’s been hand crafted. Absolute perfection comes from mass produced, factory based products – our Soy candles have been melted, blended and poured by either myself or Darren which means sometimes due to the nature of the natural wax the surface is slightly uneven or there may be an occasional air bubble, but none of this affects burning in any way. I like to think that when you look at our candle you see a little bit of our character in it.”
Here at Bustle & Sew HQ we absolutely adore Diane’s candles – they smell divine! If you’d like to get your hands on one of Diane’s hand poured creations, just pop over to her Etsy shop or Facebook page.
You can read the full interview with Diane in the January issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine.