I have been looking for good quality and locally made candles for a while. On Tuesday I finally found what I was looking for at the Northumbrian Candleworks, which is based in Hexham. A visit to their lovely workshop and I was spoiled for choice, with a lovely range of sophisticated fragrances in their eco-friendly soy wax creations. Why Soy? well let Northumbrian Candles explain:
When we decided to make scented candles we didn’t want to do it at the expense of the environment, so we set about doing some homework. We aren’t eco-warriers but we do want to do our bit, so we decided to use soy wax for all our scented candles.
The soy wax we have chosen is 100% GM free and no pesticides or herbicides are used at any stage in its cultivation. Soya beans are, of course, a renewable source and the wax is naturally bio-degradable, so it is really is an eco-friendly product.
But we want to make absolutely the best quality soy candles too, and the great thing is that soy also has “excellent fragrance-holding qualities” – that means our candles give a long-lasting and even scent through out the time they burn, and they are cleaner burning and longer lasting than paraffin equivalents.
Soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax, which is made from crude oil, with no petrol-carbon soot that can blacken walls as well as releasing toxic carcinogens in to the air.
We don’t use colourants or dyes in our candles, so they are all white, or cream in colour, with a smooth and clean finish.
The only thing we add to the natural wax is high quality fragrance oil. We don’t add any other chemicals or artificial additives to our individually handmade scented candles. Our wicks are also 100% natural and are designed specifically to burn best in soy wax candles.
The soy wax we use has the following benefits:
- It is 100% vegetable, made from pure soybean oil
- It burns longer and more cleanly than paraffin wax without soot build up
- It is natural, biodegradable and free from pesticides and herbicides
- It is produced without genetically modified material
- It is easy to clean up with soap and hot water, eliminating the need for solvents
- It is not subject to animal testing
- It is a renewable, sustainable resource’
Happy Planet is stocking the 15 hour burn candle tin, which retails at £5.99. It is available from us in the following scents: Sandalwood, Honeysuckle & Jasmine, Frankincense and Myrrh, Vanilla & Orange, Sweet Violet, English Rose, White Gardenia, Mimosa & Mandarin, Peppermint Breeze, Lime Cooler and Lemon Drizzle. You are welcome to come and sniff ….. My favourite is the Frankincense and Myrrh, followed by the Honeysuckle & Jasmine, but the Peppermint breeze is proving popular.
If you are feeling like you want to be creative, I am also stocking their candle making kits, which are very well put together with everything you need to make two candles of the size we stock and have excellent instructions. These kits come in three lovely scents: Honeysuckle & Jasmine, Mediterranean Fig or Mimosa & Mandarin. The kits usually retail at £15.99, but we have them at an introductory price of £14.99
I feel that either the candles or the kits would make a lovely gift, I know I’d be pleased to receive one, so why not call in when you visit Whitley Bay, then you can see the great range of unique gifts we have by local artists, as well the candles.
I look forward to meeting you.