I feel like I start every blog with “it’s been a while, huh?” but this time it actually has. It’s well over a year since I wrote anything personal, and that’s for several reasons. One of those being that I pretty much write for a living now, which, on one hand, is great but it also means that my little grey cells are quite knackered by the time I come to think about stretching them any further.
But I am back…kinda. I am going to try and pop back in here more now because there really is a lot going on in my life which I would like to share with you guys. One of those things would be my new little side hustle: Malachite Candles.
I mean, it’s 2020. Who doesn’t have a side hustle thanks to the joy that is Coronavirus Lockdown? I needed a hobby that wasn’t sitting in front of Netflix or baking. I mean I could have baked and written about it I suppose, but I live alone and that is a lot of cake to eat by myself. Giving it a little search I settled on candle making. It’s something I did as a kid with my mum, and I do absolutely love having different fragrances waft through my little flat, so candle making made sense (or is that…scents?).
At first, it was never anything that I wanted to make money from. I thought I’d make a dozen or so and then give them out as gifts to friends as and when, for birthdays and the like. But then I realised that I could probably pop these on Etsy and see if they got any traction. Turns out they did, and Malachite Candles was born. I’m only in week two but I’m really chuffed with how things are going. I’ve nearly broken even for everything I have invested so far (I had to get more supplies, packaging, Etsy fees yada yada yada) which I am so proud of. If things keep going and I make this a success then I will certainly be thinking of branching out onto my own website. But baby steps, Cruse, baby steps.
Let me tell you a little about what I have in stock now.
I want to keep a basic collection going. I’m not sure what to call this yet (always open to suggestions) but it comprises of at least one floral, one citrus, one fruity, one savoury, one warm. For the warm, I’m going to stick with the Vanilla scent, and for the fruity the Rhubarb + Plum sold out in two days so I think it’s safe to say that is a winner. Currently we have Sea Spray as the savoury one which is my personal favourite. I grew up next to the sea so that is a little homage to home; I love how fresh and clean it smells, with a little musky undertone. I might shake this up as we progress but, for now, Sea Spray it is.
August is going to be my time to experiment with the citrus and the floral. I have a floral candle at home I keep burning trying to work out which scent it actually is; so far I’m getting sweet honeysuckle and jasmine vibes so that could be exciting. Citrusy one is going to be trickier. I have some lime left over from a summer scent I’ve done (more on that later) so might do a lime and orange, or a lime and grapefruit. I’m just not sure! More thinking required on that one for sure. I’d like to get some herby ones in there too, like lavender and sage or something, as they’re something that I really like burning.
Seasons are important as well. I plan on doing some special seasonal scents which will be in for a short amount of time (two or three months probably). For summer I have done Coconut and Coconut + Lime in two sizes: 200ml and 400ml. The 200ml Coconut + Lime sold out super quickly but I still have the bigger 400ml size available for now. I had to wait for the pure Coconut to cure to check to see if I was satisfied with the scent, but now they are live and listed! As of writing this, there are two 200ml candles up for grabs and one big 400ml boy. I might get some more coconut scent because a lot of interest was shown in them, hmmm…
Autumn is (scarily) just around the corner and I have some nutty appley based smells which are brewing and taking my fancy, then winter and Christmas maybe some spice? Gingerbread everything is my favourite at that time of year, especially when it has a bit of cardamom and cinnamon in too, so that is the plan for now.
Coronavirus has meant that markets are pretty much a no go at the moment, but I’m keeping an eye out for news for later in the year or 2021, as well as any online markets which are going on (honestly whoever came up with that idea is a genius!). If you have any insight into artisan markets in the Bristol area then holler at your girl via email or catch me on Instagram.
Anyway, I’ve blabbed on enough. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has bought a candle or two so far. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you come back for more and more and more! Go check out Malachite Candles on Etsy to see what I am all about.