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The CandleStart Series – 005

Featuring founder of Smith & Lizzy – @smithandlizzy

Smith & Lizzy’s creations is so DIY. They handcraft each and every vessel. Find out more about their candle making start with a purpose!

In a Nutshell, what does Smith & Lizzy Candle Company do?

SMITH AND LIZZY how big is the “nutshell”? We have so many ideas and way too many brain tabs open. Our main purpose, however, is to create safe burning premium soy wax candles using sustainably sourced materials.

You guys are so DIY. How did you find out you could actually make a product people would come to buy?

Thank you for asking that question and the simple answer is – We didn’t know what the response would be. To be honest we really didn’t give that a second thought. We just knew we wanted to do things a little differently and that’s always a good place to start. Worst case scenario was that we would have candles for our homes, for life, and that’s not such a bad thing.

How do you find time to balance your craft with other areas of your life?

“Love what you do and never work a day in your life” It’s exactly like this . We do not over commit with our clients. We prefer to pour in small batches ensuring quality over quantity. This gives us time to enjoy a bit of everything.

Covid: What a year!! How have you adapted?

Day by day has always been our motto. We would like to think we have become more settled, less flustered and more focused on the things we can control instead of the things we cannot.

What is the biggest mistake that inexperienced crafters can make with jar candles?

We are all about safety first. For us the biggest mistake or oversight is not having a clear and concise knowledge of the supplies you choose. A clear understanding of your wax limitations, wick selection and fragrance loads are paramount, not only to the success of the end product, but also to the safe burn of your candle. We still get into lengthy discussions about little changes here and there. Candle making is not an overnight success story that is for sure.

How can your business compete with the discount jar candles available at chain stores?

We do not try to compete … there is enough business for everyone. Some like the overwhelming strong throw of paraffin wax and some like the more subtle aroma of a sustainable and natural wax. We stay true to our brand and that has what has given us our success to date.

What’s the best part about creating your products and what are your two favorite candle making products/tools?

Our start to finish is a little different to the run of the mill candle business. We hand craft each and every vessel. I think we would say that there is a huge sense of achievement reclaiming, recycling and repurposing glass bottles into SMITHANDLIZZY creations. Our glass cutting and sanding tools have to be high on the list of faves followed closely by fragrance oils.

Is instagram the most effective social media platform for you, and why?

We love a bit of insta .. is it effective? Our chat page certainly is 😬 We spend lots of time chatting with our suppliers, fellow chandlers and small business owners following the sustainable, eco-friendly route. We are happy to grow organically … there is no huge rush. We have some fun, we love our images and we endeavor to support small business whenever we can. We certainly have our “crush” pages, they give us endless amounts of inspiration.

What do you want to learn more about?

Where do we start? …. We have lots of new and exciting things on the horizon which I can 100% categorically assure you will keep us on the learning journey path.

Do you have any other advice or tips for beginner or aspiring candle makers?

Start the journey, it’s amazing! Ask lots of questions. Give yourself a few months of research. Start with quality supplies … we could go on all day. Do it because you love it and if it turns into more … well, that’s an added bonus.

What do you love the most about running your own candle business?

The endless supply of candles in our homes. I mean, who doesn’t love a candle.

Anything new we can do for or offer you?

Continued support for each other. We love a community like that.  

 

Find Lizzy and Smith & Lizzy: Instagram

#glamaccents #candlestart #dubai #dubaicandles #waxmelts


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The CandleStart Series – 004

Featuring founder of QAMAR WA SHAMS (Moons & Suns) – @qamarwashams

Raya is crazy about coloring & bedazzling candles. Also her candles givesback to NGO’s. Find out what inspired her & how she catapulted her brand QAMAR WA SHAMS using Instagram.

Can you give us some insight into your background; how did you first become interested in candle making?

Qamar Wa Shams products are inspired by my own spiritual experiences. Inner child healing reminded me of an excited 11 year old girl who made candles. I decided to honor my inner child and give candle making a chance!

We love the brand name “Qamar Wa Shams” – How did you come up with this name?

I believe we are all full of divine light that is both feminine & masculine when we are in balance. This inspired me to call my business Qamar Wa Shams to reflect my intention to help people center themselves and embrace both energies and alchemize them into one.

We also love the fact your candles give back to the community, could you tell us a little more about this?

Yes! We made candles to help support our brothers & sisters in Palestine by giving all proceeds to NGOs that align with our intention. I also intend to create candles for mental health awareness in the future.

In your candle collection, do you have a signature scent?

Champaka has been a best seller for over a year. People just love the scent of musk and powder that holds the scent together. This scent -like all of our scents- is multidimensional and has hints of champaka, jasmine & ozone to name a few.

How has the pandemic affected the way you operate?

When covid first hit we lost the ability to receive raw materials as well as cater to our clients. This however was temporary and thankfully things are slowly getting back to normal. When I couldn’t make candles because of wax & fragrant oil shortages I was reminded of my passion for candle making.

What’s the best part about creating your products and what are your two favorite candle making products/tools?

I love the first steps of concept curation, branding products & creating prototypes, it makes my inner child excited! I always push myself to create products that do not exist in the MENA region. Candle dye and glitter are my favorite tools which makes sense since little Raya is crazy about coloring & bedazzling candles.

Is Instagram the most effective social media platform for you, and why?

Yes, I can create cohesive grids, stories, reels & IGTV, also clients can easily feel our vibe online

What do you want to learn more about?

I am currently in a business accelerator program that is helping me learn business principles which otherwise I would find challenging to learn.

Do you have any other advice or tips for beginner or aspiring candle makers?

Yes! Be creative, do your research and be authentic in your work! No one can do what you do.

What do you love the most about running your own candle business?

I am a very strict boss but can be a lazy employee haha it gives me the flexibility to honor my mental wellbeing. I like to embrace both yin & yang energies depending on the day, some days I want to produce and make candles and other days I go inward and just be.

 

Find Raya Khatib and QAMAR WA SHAMS: Instagram

#glamaccents #candlestart #dubai #dubaicandles #waxmelts


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The CandleStart Series – 003

Featuring founder of GLAM ACCENTS – @glam.accents.bysaira

Saira has left a corporate job to raise her kids and to do something that she discovered a love for.

Tell us more about you…

I am based in Dubai and have lived in the Middle East all my life. I left a corporate job to raise my kids. As a kid I was always attracted to art and aesthetics. Candles were always a favorite! I still hold various old candles that remind me of special memories of my past, shared with family and friends. For me, they mean much more than just a source of light and that’s what I wish to share with the world.

What sparked the idea to start a candle business?

I loved candles since I was a kid. I had the love for it since as long as I can remember and I was always intrigued about the scents, oils, the wax the melting process; all of it. After the sudden loss of my mother, making candles became therapeutic for me. It became my happy escape.

What makes your brand standout from the rest?

My love, my passion, my individual attention to every detail and most of all, the aspect of sustainability. Keeping all that in mind I want to give something which is more than just a candle that you burn for fragrance or light. I want it to be a statement piece. a piece of glam that when people see it , they go like “oh is this a candle?!”

“Glam Accents” is an interesting name. How’d you settle on that for your business?

I wanted to add the word “glam” in it for sure! This all started keeping my MOM in mind. She was radiant, glamorous and warm ; just what my candles represent. And since this is a piece, a candle an accessory hence the “accent” word tagged along 🙂

What have you learned about toxicity and candles over the years?

Oh I learn everyday. My mistakes, my experiments make me learn something each day. I do my research and also love to explore brands that are in the market. I think its a very personal choice when it comes to candles, so I can only speak for myself 🙂

What are your two favorite candle making products/tools?

Essential / Fragrance Oils – eco friendly WAX.

How long did it take for you to master your candle making process?

I am still learning 🙂 Homemade handpoured candles can never be the same or perfect and that’s the beauty of it all.

Knowing what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently when you were first starting out?

I just wish I had started it much earlier.

Do you have any other advice or tips for beginner or aspiring candle makers?

Please take that leap of faith. It doesn’t matter how big or small. Start somewhere, do it for yourself, your friends, your family and the rest shall all follow.

What do you love the most about running your own candle business?

That I can pour my heart and love into each piece I create for YOU.

 

Find SAIRA and GLAM ACCENTS: Instagram

#glamaccents #candlestart #dubai #dubaicandles #waxmelts


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