I made a throwaway comment to a friend a few years ago about how I used to refill candles and loved messing about with candle moulds. That throwaway comment lead to a concept, one that was never going to be a reality but we had a good laugh deciding what the branding would be like and who we would market it to. We even drew up plans to knock down a hall to make way for a new one which would include a little shop just for local crafts. Caerlaverock sells itself he told me, a seed I never saw being planted.

Over the last year I started picking up on old hobbies and taking time to enjoy them again, but I hadn’t given much thought to those conversations over coffee in the Nith Hotel. That was until the yellow candle holder. I only bought it because it matched my bathroom decor so perfectly, it was to look at not to burn. Until the husband lit it of course, now I can’t complain because he’d ran me a hot bath and lit the candles but it did mean I was going to have to look into refilling it because I couldn’t bare to part with it and it seemed silly and wasteful to buy another one.

I refilled that little candle and then I refilled a few more round the house, then I refilled a few for some friends, then I poured a few as presents for friends. That’s when that little seed of Caerlaverock Candles began to grow.

I started testing melts, learning about waxes and wicks and from there, along with some serious encouragement from some friends I started to toy with the idea of this being more than just a hobby, of sharing these little tins with other people. Caerlaverock is stunning and every day I am reminded how lucky I am to know this little part of the world and to be able to call it home. I wanted this range to reflect this beauty spot, to be inspired by all the sights and smells of the local parish and I hope that this has been achieved.

It’s been a busy few months with testing waxes, wicks and scents, sorting out websites and branding but with the support of some incredible people, here we are, ready to launch. I wish my friend could have seen the results of our hypothetical, but now a reality, hair brained scheme.

And here we are now. Ready to launch and discussing terms with local businesses who are interested in stocking our lovely little range in their stores. Exciting is an understatement.

Reduce, recycle and reuse is at the heart of every decision I make for this business and I’ll share another post with how I came about choosing our materials, in the meantime let me know what you think of our branding and website.