How to make Candles a thoughtful gift this Christmas

Christmas season is almost upon us and as we begin to think about trees and decorating, visiting relatives, to do lists, turkey or goose, pudding or pie it’s also the time we start thinking about the Christmas shopping and making our gift lists for our loved ones, colleagues and clients, teachers and nannies and maybe a delivery driver or two.

 

Whoever you may be buying for, gift selecting can be a challenging task and while we often consider a candle as a great choice it can also be a bit impersonal.   To help inspire you, I want to give you some tips on how to make choosing a candle as a gift more personal.

 

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A candle just for you.. (or Laura in this case).  Photography courtesy of Jo Gray Photography 

 

Firstly, style and design. I know what you’re thinking, there are so many candles to choose from which is almost enough to send the savviest shopper into a frenzy of uncertainty! Sweetness and Light candles was inspired and created with the buyer and gift recipient in mind, so I ask you to think about these things.

 

What is their style? There are plenty of options from candles in jars, ceramic, stone and metal finishes. Our candles are all universally pleasing as it is a simple ‘whiskey’ style glass with lids in rose gold, silver or gold. We are proud of our design as we believe our selection caters to most. If you have a friend or a loved one who has a particular style you might find a tin is a good choice or if they are a bit younger perhaps you can add a motivational message. The beauty of our designs and options is we can work with you to customise the right style.

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Autumn/Winter scent, Vanilla Mocha – with or without the icons.

 

Our black glass range are uber sleek and a little bit special. The label is designed with a choice of either a geometric pattern or marble background. Perfect for people who have a very styled home and enjoy a very modern interior. And the black glass range are a bit masculine and an ideal choice for a bathroom or a man candle for that hard to buy male in your life.

 

Sweetness & Light are passionate about making candles special and personal.   Selecting the scent is the perfect opportunity to get something super special. When you have a range of scents to choose from, making a final selection can be tough! That’s why we’ve created beautiful descriptions of our scents, to help your imagination and pick something to match the person. Is it a gift for a new home or new parent, or perhaps an intrepid traveller who is notoriously difficult to buy for!

 

To further enhance your selection process, we have grouped our collections so you can browse by scent and gift type. And watch this space to browse by personality type in the new year! I highly recommend the Calm Cucumbers for the social butterfly – this scent creates a cool spa like zen to enjoy on a lazy Sunday or perhaps recovering from a late night out. Everyone knows a Social Butterfly, maybe you might be one yourself! Our Pomegranate scent is one of my favourites and a great ‘young couple gift’ and is so sweet, indulgent and just sings optimism. Classic floral scents are always excellent choices for Mums and Grandmothers though we are confident our Peony scent will be popular with hipster candle lovers who love anything new and in the moment.

 

When you have chosen a style and scent to match your gift recipient, make sure you include a lovely personal note to let them know why you have chosen it for them. Telling someone why it made you think of them is a beautiful touch and they may remember this memory when they burn and enjoy their candle.

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Sweetness and Light candles can be personalised with a message and for Christmas we will include a personal note to make it that extra bit festive and sentimental. You can browse our range here Happy browsing!

 

Kristie x

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Planning for Christmas

This month Christmas has been a big focus.  Preparing a product range that could add the finishing touches to a Christmas table or make the perfect gift.  I am pleased to say the Christmas range is now live!

Sweetness & Light are partnering with Grace & Violet for a Christmas campaign, combining candles and flowers.  Because really, what goes better together??!

Laura, from Grace & Violet began planning and and one of the last things was to get some professional shots for our campaign.  We were lucky to meet and work with Jo Gray, local Hertfordshire photographer.  Jo joined us for a photo shoot for the Christmas collaboration.

I hadn’t worked with a professional photographer since my own wedding, so when Jo turned up for the shoot I wasn’t sure what to expect.  We set up the Christmas Dinner table adorned with flowers and candles.  We had a sick child and excitable Dog and Jo was a complete professional (as was Harry the Cockerpoo).

Jo started by understanding exactly what we were after, how we would be using the photos to ensure we got everything we needed.  She talked us through her plan and showed us some of the shots throughout the session so it was all very exciting!  We have ended up with a fabulous portfolio of photographs to showcase our Christmas product range.

Our campaign goes live this week as we join the masses of advertisers hoping to gleam interest amongst the Christmas shoppers.  We have fabulous products and fabulous photos we can only hope our audience love our products as much as we do!

 

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Harry, professional model, Christmas is coming

My First Wedding Fair

This month has been a big month for Sweetness & Light.  Autumn scents launched, new black glass designed range and my very first Wedding Fair.

I met some fabulous brides at The Oakley Court fair.  It brought back memories of planning my own wedding.  I remember how exciting and overwhelming it was to meet so many suppliers and getting so much inspiration.  I could see that some of the lovely couples were quite overwhelmed by all of the information and some quite intense suppliers.

I set up my stall with three separate sections to inspire new ideas.

Table Name Candles

Using my own veil as a back drop with the the large size and Jumbo 3-wick candle to inspire Candles as the Table Names as part of an elegant decor scheme.

Wedding Favours  

Mirrors and Flowers brought to life how our scented candles can be used as Wedding Favours and double as your Place Name Cards.

Thank You Gifts

With a striking piece of marble, the example of ‘Thank You’ candles were displayed to show what a lovely gift our candles could be for Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and the cast of helpers who made the big day happen.

I have my next Wedding Fair this weekend, at Sopwell House in St Albans.  I am going to have a few new additions to the collection including some coloured glass options that will be available for the 2018 brides.  It will be great to get some feedback on these.  If you are coming to the fair, stop by and say hello otherwise please check out the details of our Wedding range here.

Summer scents

There are lots of great smells to associate with summer. Fresh cut grass, roses, sea air. But one of my most favourite smells of summer is hot asphalt even better is wet hot asphalt. Weird right? But actually these smells for me are some of my strongest memories of summer as a kid in NZ. Now, those who have experienced an NZ summer know it is generally pretty good but we do love a tropical storm leaving everything damp and humid and the fantastic lingering smell from the wet roads. As the hot tar cools off and we run off barefoot down to the beach or jump in the swimming pool in the rain. Before you knew it the rain stops the sounds of the cicadas reemerged and the sun came back out.

Sunday was an equally wet/sunny day here in Chorleywood. We took the dog for a walk and the faint damp grass smell lingered while the black clouds were looming and threatening overhead.

This is now actually a pretty typical summer weekend for us. Get up, muck about, walk in the common.

I wonder what smells my daughter will associate with this time? Maybe the smell of wood from the new woodland climbing area or maybe the smell of damp wool (less romantic) from the dog who has just rolled in the wet grass.

I have created a couple of limited edition scents for this summer to try and reflect different moments. Summer Breeze is a unique mix of English Rose and Pomegranate. It will appeal to those who love the more sweetness but the light floral tone will capture those who love more traditional scents. The Rose always reminds me of my nana as she had a lot of hand creams and soaps most were Rose scented.

I have also tried to find a scent that reflects our summers here in England. The 'Chorleywood Summer' is a blend of Mandarin, lime and basil is really unique and captures the earthy and grassy smells of a Sunday walk on the common.

I realise I must have suddenly become British as I right this post. It started out about the smells of summer but actually I realise it really is about weather!

Sweetness & Light is 1 year old!

I don't know where the last year went? It has been a very busy year personally and professionally.  I didn't expect to be here a year ago when I started Sweetness & Light.  I decided to turn my hobby into a bit of a passion business and it has gone from strength to strength.  My only limitation at the moment is my own time that I can dedicate to it.  But I have plans!  So watch this space!

 

What did your wedding smell like?

If you could bottle your wedding, what would it smell like?
Mine, I would say, roses and freshly cut grass. Because we got married on a hot summers day outside and I just remember the grass and I had the most amazing bouquet of roses and peonies.
In reality it would probably be Stilton and champagne and a touch of sweat. That is because we danced until the early hours, had a massive cheeseboard for supper and copious amounts of Louis Roderer champagne.
When A couple wants to have Sweetness & Light candles for their wedding I like to know the details about them and their wedding plans. The venue, time of year, the flowers, the decor. Where did they meet and where they are honeymooning can also help to pick the right scent.

All of these factors are key to finding the right candle scent to reflect their wedding. Traditional or modern. Fruity,floral or exotic and spicy.
I remember my wedding so fondly and actually while I joke about the scent of Stilton, I actually think most about the scents from our honeymoon. We travelled all over Italy so I remember the lemon scented shampoo in Amalfi, the delicious blood orange juice for breakfast in Rome and the freshly grated truffle on my pasta in Tuscany.

It was such a wonderful time and scents play such an important part in our memories.