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Misconception #1 - Making Candles

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At last it’s that time of year when I’m winding down on fairs until the new year, my stock is made and waiting to go out to that chap in the red coat, and I can finally take a breath between despatching orders.

Not a great believer in relaxing (much), I’m making an early start on next year’s resolutions.  People who know me won’t believe I’m early for anything, but this time it’s true.   My resolution is to blog more about my business, because if I don’t say what Pio Soaps and Mythology Candles are about, or what I am passionate about, then no-one knows.

Today, for the first time in ages, I’ve had a general google about candle making and was quite annoyed about an article I came across. It began by saying how easy candles are to make, and how easy they are to make money from.

Total balderdash.

Statements like that are really annoying, and also irresponsible.  They leave the reader with the idea that you can melt a bit of wax, stick in a wick, stir in some fragrance and hey presto, you have a candle that’s fit for sale.  Not in a million years.

The article didn’t reference the types of wax to choose between, all of the containers, the fragrances, not to mention the wicks.  Let’s not even get started on wicks…

It certainly didn’t mention the hours of testing, or the almost but not quite moments of success and failure.  The joy, and sometimes tears, when you do get it right, and you have a product ready for sharing.  A product made with love and care; an invention of time and knowledge.  And when, by crikey, you’ve made it to that point, there are the CLP regulations to abide by.

I believe my fellow small batch makers would agree… It might be easy to melt some wax, stir in some fragrance and stick in a wick.  But the art and science of chandlery certainly is not.  And it ain’t cheap either.