Welcome to my blog! Candle making is a fascinating hobby. Check in with me regularly to read about my new ideas, industry trends and products we feature.
How Candlehaven.ca Was Born
I first learned to make candles with my Mother when I was a young girl. She is a deep pool of creative talents of which I’ve never seen the true depths. I remember my fascination as I watched her ready the wicks, the wax, and the moulds. I would stand beside her on a stool and watch in awe as the wax melted in a double boiler on the stove. She explained that we would add colour, scent, and dazzling enhancements to make each candle unique and special; that when they were done, they would be one of a kind, and even more beautiful than what you could buy in a store; that when we lit them they would glow and make any room feel warm and inviting.
My Mother managed to make our modest home a haven every single day with her kindness, her warmth and her love, and somewhere in the background, always a homemade candle glowing. Because of her, candles always make me think of home, and love.
Throughout the years, I have lived in many homes. Each has had one thing in common; the radiant ambience of candles. I have always strived to re-create the same haven as the home of my youth. It is in this spirit that I decided to take what I had learned about creating candles from my Mother, and apply it using the newest and most luxurious products on the market. I set out to make masterpieces, inspired by two generations of artisans, our love of candles, and the warmth they evoke.
I want to share the gift of happiness that candle making has brought to my life. Browse our supplies and make the candle of your dreams. If you don’t want to make it yourself, you can still enjoy a candle custom made to your liking with my signature custom candle line, iLite Candles.
Each candle is hand poured in Toronto, Canada using the finest quality materials. From the elegant vessels, to the cotton wicks, and the natural, clean-burning wax, no detail is overlooked to ensure quality and elegance at every step.
Sept 8, 2021
Our Candle Supplies
In my previous life before I was a candle maker extraordinaire, I worked in international trade. This taught me all the complexities of importing and exporting. Though this was not necessarily a career befitting an artistic candle maker, these skills have proven to be invaluable in the business of candle making and candle supply.
In my quest to make the worlds most perfect candle during a global pandemic, I used the few hours before lockdowns began at craft stores such as Michaels. Michaels is a great craft store located in Canada, but their candle making supply section is limited, and in my opinion, a little over priced. I then started sourcing throughout North America, looking for those candle making supply stores that were rated very highly in the Candle Supplies Directory for North America. I became very excited when I found the store CandleScience located in the USA but CandleScience does not ship to Canada. I then found the Wooden Wick Co. I love their supplies. They are also located in the USA and they have a wide range of products. As their name suggests however, they carry wooden wicks, and not the non-wooden varieties. I also found their supplies expensive. Next I found Lonestar Candle Supply. Lonestar is not sexy, but they have a wide selection of wicks, and information related to Candle Wicking. I learned so much from their website.
Finally I came upon P&J Trading Co where I found an extensive selection of premium fragrance oils. Sourcing oils from P&J allowed me to begin combining to make my own custom scents as part of my candle making kits and my line of customizable candles.
All of this was wonderful except for the fact that importing from the USA is expensive. I did find some supply stores in Canada, specifically Western Canada, but by in large the best supply stores were in the USA. I decided to change that. I celebrate these companies. There is room for all of us in the Candle Supply space, but I made it my mission to sell quality products of every kind, and because of my skill set, to make the supplies available for seamless export worldwide. This is what candlehaven.ca can offer that no one else can; One stop shopping and the ability to export anywhere in the world.
Sept 12, 2021
Our Customs Candles
When I set out to make the most perfect candle the world had ever seen I came upon coco apricot creme wax. It is stunning, luxurious, and is unmatched in beauty when you see it in glass. I chose and designed opulent signature scents. I sourced beautiful vessels, multiple candle enhancers, elegant custom fit packaging, and the perfect wicks….and then…..the pandemic struck again, and global importing slowed to a crawl. I could not import quality vessels in high enough quantity from anywhere.
Because my elegant (and expensive packaging) was custom made for my vessels, there was no option to begin mass production of candles, and so for almost a year I focused my efforts on candle supplies and carried only a limited supply of candle jars.
I became a content creator on TikTok, Instagram and Youtube to teach my customers, my subscribers and followers how to make candles, and the many types of candles they could make using my products. This was and is still fun for me. It allows me to make candles every day. I love the feedback and the community of candle makers and candle lovers. What I found though, was as much as I tried to convince prospective customers to buy candle making supplies and make their own custom candles in the most cost effective way possible, that some customers preferred to have ME make candles for them.
This was so flattering to know, and so I enthusiastically began making signature candles for sale. I use only the finest ingredients, and I lovingly hand pour each candle. Every candle I feature, is a candle requested by customers. They are all customizable. The social media platforms allow me to know exactly what my customers like and I appreciate every word of their kind feedback. This month I am featuring Glow in the Dark Candles, Sprinkled Candy Candles and Naked Candles. All are limited run, limited edition. Get yours, while supplies last!
Sept 12, 2021