How It's Made: Behind This New Scented Candle Label
Welcome to How It’s Made. Each month, we’ll be going behind the scenes with your favourite brands to find out how their most popular products are produced. For our first installment, we headed over to The Candle Library’s warehouse in Byron Bay to find out exactly how the company's beautiful candles are created.
The Candle Library is Australia’s brand-new go-to destination for candles and is responsible for arguably the prettiest—and most-heavenly scented—new candles on the market, and we’re in love. Handmade in Byron Bay, the candles are housed in dip-dyed pastel and white ceramic vessels that you’ll want to keep forever—really. Keep scrolling to see inside The Candle Library warehouse and find out how the candles are made.
MYDOMAINE: How did your candle label launch? Where did the idea come from?
THE CANDLE LIBRARY: After starting our retail store, Liberty Trading Co., I was surprised at how many candles we were selling. This led us to explore and stock many different candle brands, and eventually, 12 months ago, we started playing around making our own candles. We decided to just go for it and see if we could do it ourselves! I have always been obsessive about scents–be it candles, perfumes, even things such as the smell of foods, so it seemed like a natural thing to delve into the world of scented candles.
MD: What was your inspiration behind both the design and the scents of the candles?
TCL: I wanted to create a product that was entirely reusable and Australian-made. The idea of still being able to use the candle vessel after you had finished burning it really appealed to me—the less waste the better. I wanted to create a product that was not only reusable, but also beautiful, so you would have no reason to throw it away after you were done.
In terms of drawing inspiration, I don't even know how to explain this one! For me, different scents always trigger different emotions and memories. Sometimes I even feel like a scent can take you to a place you've never been before. So, in my head, I created these little stories and what those scenarios would smell like to me that would translate with other people as well. From there, we set about creating the perfect, custom scents that I thought embodied those stories.
MD: Where are the candles made? Are they designed and made in-house?
TCL: The candles are all individually hand-poured in our warehouse space in Byron Bay. My husband, Tom, does all of the wax melting, mixing and pouring.
All the other components are Australian made as well. We worked with Robert Gordon Australia to produce a custom-made ceramic vessel that is hand potted in Victoria to house the scented wax. Our fragrance oils were all created specifically for us by an Australian fragrance house. Our packaging was designed by an Australian company, and the boxes are made and printed in Australian on a paper stock that carbon neutral, made from 100 percent recycled waste paper. We really wanted to focus on a reusable product, one that was entirely Australian made!
MD: What’s your best-selling design and scent?
TCL: We have only recently launched our range, so it's a little hard to tell at this stage, but I think Whisky O'Clock and Dixieland Jazz are frontrunners. People seem to be really drawn to our unisex fragrances.
MD: Talk us through the process from start to finish of creating a candle. (Step 1, step 2, etc.)
TCL: It is hard to give exact steps, as there are so many variables involved in candle making! The type of wax, amount of oil, vessel you're using, etc. can all affect the temperatures everything is done at. It is definitely a science getting it right!
Step 1. Set out all of the ceramic pots, and stick the wicks in place to the bottom of the pot.
Step 2. Melt the soy wax to your desired temperature (it varies depending in what wax you are using).
Step 3. Once your wax is at the correct temperature, allow it too cool slightly before adding the fragrance oil. Stir well.
Step 4. Allow to cool once more to a slightly lower temperature (between 64 and 70 degrees, depending on the type of vessel, wax, etc.)
Step 5. Pour wax and oil mixture in to vessel to your desired fill line.
Step 6. Put your wick holders in place to make sure they stay centred and don't drop down in to your wax.
Step 7. Allow to cool and give your candle at least 24 hours to "cure" (we leave ours for 7 days) somewhere away from direct sunlight and heat.
Step 8. Trim your wicks, and you're good to go!