Who doesn’t love a candle? I have a slight obsession with purchasing a candle nearly every time we go somewhere…so much so that I’ve probably got enough stock to open my own candle company! My sister also loves a candle so when I saw that Hazel & Blue we’re running a candle workshop we signed up.
Ran by Becky, Hazel & Blue is named after the colour of her children’s eyes. The business started during a summer holiday when boredom was starting to set with the children. An eBay search found an at home candle making kit and this was the start of something new.
After LOTS of practice, friends and family suggested that she sell her candles. It was in January 2017 that Becky made the decision to set up Hazel & Blue. The inspiration for her signature scents are seasonal living and nature combining natural simplicity, creating beautiful calm and cosy scents.
At the start of 2018, Hazel & Blue joined forces with the Courtyard Gallery in Trowbridge and introduced quarterly workshops. We joined for the Christmas session.
The table was set up for 7 of us which was small enough for some group interaction and plenty of opportunity for questions. Becky started the session by measuring out enough wax for everyone and setting up the bain marie.
Whilst everything was melting down and getting to temperature we discussed our favourite scents or perfumes. People will often fall into one of 4 categories, these being fresh, floral, woody or oriental. Both Sammy and I fall into the fresh category. As this was a winter workshop, the fragrances we worked with all had those wonderful Christmas scents to play with.
We were provided with our candle vessels, these being Hazel & Blue’s signature dark smokey jars. Of course, you can make a candle into pretty much any vessel such as teacups, votives, jam jars…the list is endless!
Strangely enough, the whole group made Spiced Orange candles. To ensure a good throw of scent, the fragrance should be a maximum of 10% of the wax volume. Once we’d measured out of fragrance, then it was onto the mixing.
I don’t want to give too much away about how to make candles as you really should get yourself booked on one of Becky’s courses! I will say that it was great fun, everyone learnt a lot and we all came away with our own hand poured candle!