So enough teasing about this new hobby I have… I started a candle business! Well, I don’t know how much of a business it is yet as I am just now getting them in shops.
I leave for Karnataka in just a couple weeks and have another secret little project this week, so knew I needed to get this in local shops & take a few photos to show you guys before I left.
The start of ISLA candles
When I came to Goa I was shocked to discover I couldn’t find really nicely scented candles anywhere. I even wrote about it in my packing list for expats coming to India. When I was packing to come back to Goa last June, I packed about 6 huge Yankee candles. My dad said, “why don’t you just MAKE candles there… you’d save so much space in your bag”. So a little bell went off and I thought yeah, I bet I could do that easily!
Well, it turns out it’s not SO easy to just start making things in bulk amounts. I worked with sources from all over India for each little part (like wicks, revets, dyes, stearic acid- yes there’s a science to candle making!, wax, and glasses) from Gujarat to Agra. I had to sample so many providers until I found quality supplies.
All my scents come from Ramkrishna in Mapusa who makes all his essential oils himself and is pretty famous for it. Because scent was what I wanted more than anything, I was willing to invest more into his pricey ones to make sure these smelled divine!
The scents I’ve made are all mixtures:
Apple & Cinnamon | enhance concentration, stop headaches
Lemon & Mint | increased energy, stress relief
Lavender & Vanilla | anti-depressant, anti-anxiety
Orange & Citronella | cheerfulness, mosquito repellant
Where you can find ISLA candles in Goa
I have already stocked some in Natti’s Naturals in Arpora near the water park. You’ll soon be able to find them in White Brick Wall in Panjim. I plan on selling some at both the Wednesday & Saturday market. Better yet, you can just email me at [email protected] and let me know which you’d like and I will bring them to you if you’re in Goa. I’ll be added them to more shops throughout the season & might even start shipping them on Etsy. Then again, if they don’t sell then I’ll just have hundreds of candles in my house and become a crazy candle lady.
I’ve only made so many, so once they’re almost gone I’ll decide what to do next regarding fragrances. Are there any mixtures you love and would like me to make!? I also think I’ll go bigger next time and have option between the 6 cm and add on a 10 cm candle.
I keep refilling mine at home and am loving the citronella/orange combo right now to keep away mosquitos.
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