Kväll Candles - competition!
So in my second side life (no, not the day job, nor the Rosie and the Recipes malarkey) I also make and sell Kväll Candles. I know, kind of weird but absolutely true. Kväll means evening in Swedish and they're made from eco soya. I base the scents on highlights from my travels, so each one is named things like Santorini Seaside or Belgian Patisserie.
Before I started candlemaking, I had no idea what I was burning with my shop bought candles but here are some basic facts that you folk might like to know!
1. Waxes like soy and coconut are natural, paraffin is not. I don't like the idea of burning paraffin in my living room, which is what spurred me onto start creating my own from more eco means! Soy and coconut wax candles also burn for much, much longer making them better value for money.
2. It takes a long time, and a bit of practice, to make a really good candle. Stuff goes wrong, quite regularly. Think bumpy tops, wonky wicks, unstuck wicks, glass smearing... the works! Whilst I've ironed out most of these, it isn't uncommon for 1 in 10 candles to not make my quality control (lucky friends, they get the off-cuts!)
3. In a brief nutshell, you double boil your wax in a pan (sort of like you might melt chocolate), remove from the heat and allow to cool before adding dye and scent at various intervals. Meanwhile, clean and heat your jars before glueing in wicks. Pouring your candles happens at a very specific temperature and you'll have to use pegs to keep the wicks in place! It's a serious process and it takes time. Once they've set, I usually finish the tops off with a blast from the hairdryer (weird but true) just to even out any cracks on the top which might have appeared.
4. If you want to give it a try, I recommend buying a candlemaking starter kit. Randall's Candles do a really good one (which is initially how I got started!)
5. I'm running my first ever competition on @slimmingworldrecipes right now to win free candles for the whole of this week. If you'd like to participate, just comment on the post and follow @kvallcandles on Instagram.
Any questions, feel free to post below.