BRIDGE PARK CANDLE COMPANY HAS A SHOP!
I am so excited to announce that I have my very own shop. After almost 3 years of attending regular artisan markets and craft fairs, to sell my products, I have decided to put down some Bridge Park Candle Company roots. I’ve signed a lease on the cutest little shop in Denbigh, here in beautiful North Wales. After doing my first pop up shop in September which I thoroughly enjoyed, the opportunity of taking the shop on a long term basis was presented to me and somehow it just felt right. Tucked away in a charming little courtyard, I am am fully aware that I’m going to need to up my game on social media and promoting my products.
Both the exterior and interior decor leave a little to be desired. I do have plans to paint it and brighten it up. For now, however, I’ve hit the ground running and put in some old bookcases, loads of fairy lights and just filled it with as many of my products as I could. My attempts to display them as attractively as possible needs some fine tuning but I’m sure I’ll get there.
My first official day of opening on October 30th was everthing I wanted it to be. The wonderful people of Denbigh came out in force to support me. I received so much encouragement and positivity.
Don’t worry, if you’re not anywhere Denbigh, my soy wax candles, tea lights, wax melts and reed diffusers, are available to purchase in my online shop.
CANDLE SEASON HAS ARRIVED
Yes, Candle season has arrived again so it’s time to hunker down and get cosy. Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons. Lighting candles at any time of the day or evening during the dark months of Autumn or Winter is one of lifes’ simple pleasures for me. With this in mind, it’s a good time to plan ahead. Make sure I have everything I need to ensure the cosiest time possible and enjoy candle season as much as possible.
Having access to all of the candles I want is certainly a bonus in my home. However, burning my own candles can sometimes be problematic for me. Despite having tested every candle rigorously before launching it, I find myself worrying that everything is ok with it. Whilst I should be relaxing and enjoying the experience I find myself constantly checking to see if the candle is burning properly. As a result, it’s like being at work and I’m constantly on the lookout for potential problems. Does the candle smell strong enough? Has the wick mushroomed? Is there any soot on the edge of the jar? On and on it goes, being a perfectionist can be debilitating at times!
I have to remind myself sometimes that it’s ok to worry. Having done everything possible to ensure that my customers have the best possible experience, I can’t really do any more other than deal with a potential problem if one occurs and get on with the business of enjoying my favourite time of the year.
So here are my recommendations for the perfect Bridge Park candles to ease you into the coming season.
BONFIRE HEART CANDLE
My favourite recommendation for Autumn is our limited edition Bonfire Heart Candle. If you love Diptquyes Feu De Bois fragrance you will love this. A warming, woody, smoky fragrance. Creating the perfect, cosy Autumn atmosphere in your home. Also available as wax melts, tea lights and reed diffusers.
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SPICED ORANGE CANDLE
I am never without a spiced orange candle, or diffuser somewhere in my home. However, in the autumn and winter it comes into its own. Orange, softened and warmed with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. This candle fragrance is not just for Christmas. Also available as wax melts, tea lights and reed diffusers.
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MY TOP THREE TIPS ON HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR CANDLES WHILST BURNING THEM
WHEN I’M CHATTING TO PEOPLE AT MY ARTISAN FAIRS AND MAKERS MARKETS I OFTEN MENTION MY TIPS FOR ENSURING THAT THEY GET THE MOST FROM MY CANDLES WHEN THEY GET THEM HOME. I’VE LEARNED THAT WHAT IS OBVIOUS TO ME AS A CANDLE MAKER IS NOT NECESSARILY OBVIOUS TO OTHERS. WITH THAT IN MIND, HERE ARE MY TOP THREE TIPS TO ENSURE THAT YOU OBTAIN MAXIMUM BURN TIME AND ENJOYMENT FROM YOUR BEAUTIFULLY FRAGRANCED CANDLES
BURN YOUR CANDLE FOR LONG ENOUGH
Candles are an absolute treat and you want to make them last for as long as possible but by blowing them out too soon you might actually be shortening their life. Candle tunnelling leaves walls of wax that can stifle the candle and can even drown the wick completely. Always light your candles for between 2-4 hours at a time or until you have a full pool of melted wax.
TRIM THE WICK BETWEEN BURNS
I can’t stress enough that wick trimming is absolutely paramount. If the wick is too long the flame will be larger than it should be. This means that it will burn through the wax more quickly and may smoke. Always trim your wick to 5mm each time you light your candles.
DON’T BURN YOUR CANDLES IN A DRAUGHT
They may be invisible, but draughts can cause real problems when you are burning your candles. If you notice your flame blowing to one side or that you’re left with wax on one side of your jar it may be that your candle was in a draught. Keep a close eye on them and if you spot the flame being blown around, extinguish the candle and move it to alternative spot.
Candle care can prolong the life of your candles and result in a safer, cleaner burn. Always follow the instructions included with my candles and if you have any questions please contact me, I’m always happy to help.
Autumn is now well and truly underway. The streets are blanketed with fallen leaves in hues of russet, orange, red and yellow. There’s a crispness in the air and a definite drop in temperatures. With daylight hours diminishing, and longer, darker evenings drawing in, this is the perfect time of year to start filling your home with warm, cosy autumnal fragrances. Here are our top three fragrance recommendations for this wonderful season. We’ve included some old favourites and added a stunning new limited edition autumn/winter fragrance.
BONFIRE HEART – LIMITED EDITION
A strong, warming, earthy fragrance with notes of woodsmoke, cedar wood, oak moss and just a hint of patchouli. The unmistakable aroma of a cosy log fire burning in the hearth. This is the ultimate fragrance for creating a perfect cosy, ambience your home.
This limited edition fragrance is only available during autumn and winter, so grab it while you can.
BLACKBERRY & BAYLEAF
What could be more autumnal than blackberries? This classic fragrance combines the sharp, sweetness of blackberries and the herbal notes of aromatic bay leaves. A year round favourite but a particular favourite for this time of year.
TIBETAN CEDAR & JASMINE
A beautiful blend of cedar wood, jasmine, sultry amber and soft musks. This softly enveloping fragrance is both soothing and relaxing. The perfect choice if you need to de stress at the end of a hard day.
Creating a wonderful, cosy autumnal ambience in your home will be easy with any of these beautiful, unisex fragrances.
Well, it’s September and I hate to mention Christmas but I’m afraid I just did! As summer fades and Autumn approaches, I know that many people start to think about Christmas and begin to purchase their gifts in advance to save a mad rush at the eleventh hour, (which is always what happens to me).
Earlier this year I joined in with a campaign to support small businesses like mine called JUST A CARD. This was started as a result of a small independent gallery going under after which the owner said that “if everyone who had complimented our beautiful gallery had bought just a card, we’d still be open”. That message really hit home with me. After hearing that terribly sad story I made the decision that this Christmas I am going to buy all of my gifts and cards from independent businesses. I know it would be so much easier to do it all online from large retailers, but for the first time in my life I am going to start planning ahead and really make an effort to support other small, independent businesses. How lovely it will be to give unique gifts to all of my family and friends this Christmas and know that I’ve helped other independent businesses in my own small way.
I hope that if you are reading this post you will consider giving small business owners like me the best Christmas gift ever by purchasing a unique gift for someone this year from one of the many truly creative individuals trying to make their way in the world doing something they love. As a small business owner, I rely on my customers to keep my little business afloat and really do appreciate every sale, however small.
Starting and running my soy wax candle business has been one of the most difficult but rewarding things I have done in my life. After making my first candle in my kitchen two years ago, I’m still finding my feet and trying to get to grips with the weird and wonderful world of candle making. One of the highlights so far has been having an article about Bridge Park Candle Company printed in the North Wales section of Cheshire Life Magazine. After attending the Royal Cheshire Show last year I was approached by a journalist who subsequently visited my garden workshop in Denbigh, North Wales to interview me. I’m so happy that he did and am delighted with the resulting article.
Among the numerous notable dates during the month of March is National Fragrance Week which takes place from the 5th to the 11th March.
Interestingly, when reading an article on the Fragrance Foundation website I discovered that the word Perfume is derived from the latin per fumum (through smoke) due to the fact that the ancient Egyptians burned perfumed resins as offerings to their Gods. As a fragranced candle maker this certainly resonated with me, and reminded me that the burning of fragrance has been an integral part of human existence for millennia.
Whilst the popularity of burning fragranced candles has without doubt increased over recent years, it is certainly not a new trend or passing fad. Our sense of smell is directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient and primitive part of the brain, which is thought to be the seat of emotion. Click on the link below to read more about the Fragrance Foundation. http://www.fragrancefoundation.org.uk
Although Autumn officially started on 22nd September, it’s always 1st October that really
confirms the change in seasons. Pumpkins start flooding the supermarkets, the streets are blanketed in red and orange leaves and the air becomes crisp. It’s also the best time of year to start filling your home with warmer, more festive scents adding that extra bit of cosiness on the darker evenings. Here’s our top three scents for this season, some oldies but goodies!
Blackberry and Bayleaf:
A beautiful classic scent that gives off a slight sweet smell from the blackberries which is complimented by the earthy smell of bay leaves. Although this is an all year round fragrance, it really comes into it’s own in the Autumn.
Tibetan Cedar and Jasmine:
This is one of our more intense scents that is perfect for this time of year. It has a mixture of notes with sweet cedar, floral jasmine and warm amber. This scent will fill your house with a beautiful musky fragrance.
A personal favourite… This scent gives off all those festive smells of cinnamon, orange, cloves and nutmeg. If you’re a fan of those Christmassy scents, then this is a perfect way to ease yourself in and get ready for our Christmas collection!
I’m amazed at just how quickly the days, weeks and months are rushing by this year. It’s nearly August and what a year it’s been so far for Bridge Park Candle Company. After nervously setting out my stall and selling my first candle at Denbigh Town Hall last November, I’ve launched a range of mini candles and wax melts and 3 beautiful new fragrances.
I’ve been all over North Wales and the North West, Shropshire and Birmingham and have met so many lovely people along the way. My wonderful husband John has been with me every step of the way. He’s chauffeured me around with boxes of candles and melts, fetched the bacon and egg sandwiches, coffee & biscuits and provided lots laughter, chit chat, good advice and all round general support.
The presentation of my stall has evolved from a row of lonely looking candles lined up like soldiers on parade to a full, colourful, display which is not exactly my perfect stall yet but is well on it”s way. It’s been a super busy time so I’ve had to introduce some extra discipline and structure to my days in order to keep on top of it all.
When I reflect on the year so far though, what stands out most for me is the fabulous support and encouragement I’ve had from my wonderful family & friends and of course all of my lovely customers, some of whom I now consider to be friends.
I’m excited to see what the rest of the year brings. I’m busy testing new fragrances so watch this space for news of my next new fragrance launch, and of course I’m already planning my range of Christmas fragrances and gift packs.