A scented candle and wax melt artisan maker based in the Hampshire Test Valley village of Oakley.
When I’m pouring my candles or popping out the wax melts from the moulds, it puts me in a “good place”, it makes me feel fulfilled and full of joy. It’s actually relaxing for me to be creative and make something with my hands. I can’t NOT create. Hopefully, when my customers light their candle or wax melt, they feel joy like me, that they are right where they want to be in that particular moment; taking time to smell the beautiful fragrance and just relax. It’s a mini-wellness session in itself.
In 2018 I launched Chalk and Cheese Candles and Wax Melts. This was something I’d been wanting to do for a long time. After many years of experience in the luxury gift industry selling other people’s creations and owning an engraving service, I took the plunge and started making my very own products.
It is really important to me that everything is handmade from the candles and wax melts to the hand finishing of the labels. I spent 12 months before launching optimising the candles for burn and fragrance longevity, because I wanted to be absolutely certain that my products were some of the very best out there. There are so many variables that affect the final product. It’s like winning the lottery when you find a formula that works.
My wax is vegan-friendly, non-toxic, environmentally responsible and ethically sourced, and my packaging is either recycled or recyclable. When my customers buy one of my products, I want them to feel good about it, and when they light one of the candles or wax melts, I want them to feel even better.”