Meet the William West Candle Maker
Candle making is a historic profession, one that dates back hundreds of years to a time where candles were the only source of illumination on dark, cold winter’s nights. While today we think of candles as a thoroughly modern luxury, with their beautiful, evocative fragrances which imbue our homes with delightful scents, it is thought that the earliest beeswax candle was actually created by the ancient Egyptians, making the art of candle making a craft that has developed over centuries.To get more news about candle jars wholesale
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Here at William West Candles, we’re equally proud of our own long history in candle making. These historic roots are deeply interwoven with each candle we make, where our modern collection of candles is today made on the same site where candles have been made since 1661.
In today’s feature, we’re sitting down with our very own William West candle maker, Olga. She brings her artistic talent and nose for fragrance to our collection and works to develop our signature lines along with special candles to mark notable events, such as the Jubilee Candle launched to commemorate HRH The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
You may have also seen Olga in the press recently as a result of her work creating the Flame of Freedom, a charity candle launched to raise funds for Olga’s birthplace, Ukraine.
What type of training did you have to undertake? How long did it take?
I attended many different candle making workshops hosted by manufacturers and qualified candlemakers over the years. I have also experimented a great deal, perfecting my method and learning more about how different scents pair together. Candle making is quite an artistic profession, so it’s something that you can enjoy practising with.
What inspires you when you're working on new fragrances and scents?
I’m based in Windsor/Eton so I mainly base my fragrances on things connected to the area and to surrounding areas, such as Dorney. There is a lot of history here and I find that very inspiring.
How do you decide which scents go together?
Pairing fragrances and scents really is a process of trail and error. Sometimes you have a combination that you wouldn’t think works well together, but then you pair them and it does. When I am creating new fragrances, it’s important to know what others think, too. I have a few loyal existing customers and I give my new scents to test out and give me feedback. This part of the process is important and is something I really enjoy.
What makes the perfect William West candle?
For me, I would say it’s a combination of how the candle looks such as how the colours work aesthetically along with the way I make the candle. I spend a lot of time burning candles testing out various wicks and waxes so we’re always trying to improve and offer an even better product.
What tips do you have for someone choosing a candle for their home?
Make sure that the smell is something that you enjoy and that makes you happy, something that calms you down and you could smell all day. Also don’t be afraid to experiment and try something new. Layering different fragrances around the home can create a sense of different environments.
Why do you choose to hand pour your candles?
The reason I choose to hand pour our candles is because there are so many elements that must be correct and I feel like this can only be achieved hand poured.
What is a typical day like for you?
The very first thing I do when I arrive is process any orders that have come in overnight. I get these packaged carefully and sent off to the buyer. I can then spend the rest of my day making candles.