When I started to make candles, choosing a wax to work with was an easy and instant decision. As a candle lover, all year round, I was tired of buying candles that weren’t cheap, quickly lost their fragrance and produced black smoke.
Soy wax, was in my opinion a winner all round for the following reasons:
It is clean burning & sustainable
It burns more slowly than other waxes
Soy wax holds its fragrance till the end of the candle’s life
I’d decided, that in 2019, I needed to lead a more eco friendly way of life, so using soy wax, was a small step in the right direction
After weeks of experimenting and lots of frustration with a husband waiting for an evening meal, trying different wicks, fragrances, containers and conducting burn tests, I was happy with my candles. My family were bombarded with small candles and instructed to report back to me on how their candles performed. Finally, everyone was happy and the candles were ready to sell!
The latter part of 2018 became incredibly busy and at the same time exciting, as we participated in Artisan Markets and Christmas Fairs, meeting lots of interesting people and making new friends along the way. I can’t believe how many candles we sold and already happy customers are re ordering!
I’d made the decision to make soy candles earlier than I had originally planned. But I must admit, once I’d made a very small batch, I fell in love with them! When there was nothing to watch on TV, in the evenings, I found myself in the kitchen melting wax into the small hours of the morning. Our home had started to smell like Christmas, with rich cranberry, orange and frankincense fragrances wafting through the rooms.
The candles were made in small batches and hand poured into tins and vintage tea cups (which proved to be immensely popular) The beauty of using soy wax in the cups, is that when the candle’s life is over, the china can be washed in hot soapy water and re used or re filled with wax again.
For the remainder of January, I’ll be busy working on signature fragrances and I can’t wait to introduce them to my customers.
By the way, I haven’t neglected my soaps! A signature collection is now underway on the production line, so watch this space.
I’m also going to be posting some photos of Transylvania soon, the place that inspired me to set up the business (recent and from childhood visits) so you can see how beautiful it is.
We recently returned from another exciting adventure in Transylvania. Arriving home, at Liverpool airport, to rain bouncing on the tarmac, I was tempted to stay on the plane for the return flight. Earlier that morning, in Cluj, we’d left a glorious sunny day.
Welcome to Apold Apothecary, where, we as a family are passionate about natural ingredients that help to both moisturise and nourish the skin.
Three things inspired the introduction of Apold Apothecary into our family:
1. my childhood memories of making soap in Apold
2. a husband with extremely sensitive skin
3. a strong urge to reduce the amount of plastic containers in the bathroom
Your skin will, in time, thank you for using natural ingredients.
Our delicately fragranced soaps are sure to bring a smile to your face every time you use them.
They are mild, but at the same time deeply cleansing and are guaranteed to make you feel good.
Simply use our soaps daily, with warm water and create a luxurious silky lather. Inhale the scent and enjoy!