Candle Making Professional Level - Business in a Box.
First allocation - January 2018.
If you'd like to quit the rat race and 'live the dream' running an ethical eco candle making business..then read on.
This course will enable you to learn all the delicate steps involved in making and selling all botanical aromatherapy candles. Spend a weekend with award winning perfumer and chandler Kirsty Morrison at her workshop in glorious Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll. This one to one intensive is styled in a fashion that enables a total beginner to walk in the door on a Saturday and drive home on a Sunday fully equipped with candles to take to market straight away. The course is split into 4 x 3 hour sessions and a lunch break out of the building is critical to allowing both parties to clear their thoughts, focus their attention and recharge their batteries as there's a lot to take in.
The initial session involves finding out about the student's target market and demographic so we can determine what style and price point of packaging will most appropriate for the new business concerned. You will be drawing on Kirsty's 17 years of experience in this field where she has had to learn everything the hard way and she won't have you wasting time and will help you avoid any likely pitfalls in production, packaging, branding and marketing.
You will learn all about blending essential oils to achieve new and unique aroma blends. Blending essential oils for candles is an art in itself and even leading aromatherapists will have to be guided as to what essential oils produce a scent throw in a candle and what proportions should be used across the blend of essential oils. Master the basics of blending the categories of agrestic, balsamic, citrus, earthy, floral, herbal, marine, minty, spicy, woody.
All will be discovered about what type of containers, wicks and essential oils can be used. We'll cover how to make sure you purchase materials and equipment consistent with those Zing has had extensively purity tested along side learning how to handle materials to keep the end product as pure as it can possibly be.
All aspects of information that you might require to launch your own lucrative business will be laid bare and you can ask Kirsty any questions you have of any description.
We'll help you create 3 aroma blends in the one style of candle and you'll be walking off with 12 candles that you can take away, add your own brand labels to and start selling straight away!
We'll share what we've learned regarding legislation including the CLP Act brought into being in 2015, trading standards, personal testing, lab testing, and specialist insurance. By our estimates only around 10% of 'natural' candle makers use truly purist ingredients so you'll have a distinct marketing advantage before you even start selling! You'll be able to spot a 'phony' natural candle at several paces and explain to the consumer what makes your product stand apart from the others. We suggest you always engage your own local trading standards officer to ensure he/she is happy with everything you're doing as often there are different ways of interpreting what is required and what might be considered superfluous.
The fee for the course will entitle you to a future refresher course of 3 hours at a date to suit you in our studio and you can contact Kirsty on an ongoing basis for help, advice and updates for a period up up to 24 months after the course is finished.
Specific information sheets according to your needs will be typed up by Kirsty after the course and sent on to you to cover where to source supplies in bulk and also safety labelling information in precise detail.
The fee includes accommodation (B&B) for one night at one of the lovely hotels or B&B's in the village. If you need a driver to collect you from Glasgow airport that can be arranged at no additional cost.
In addition to the candles that you will be taking away ready to sell we'll also put together a starter pack for you so you can start making more candles straight away as soon as you want to.
The starter pack will include the basic materials required to make a further 8 candles of your choosing in your own home. Kit includes glassware, wicks, wick adhesive pads, wax, essential oils, stirring spoon and your choice of essential oils.
We train only 4 students to vocational level per annum. Please contact us for dates. During busy periods there may be a few weeks delay in scheduling the course. This is an intensive personal course and it's not advisable to tie this in with a family break or holiday as there's masses to take in to make the most of the course.
Testimonials can be provided. All the lovely letters of thanks we receive emphasise how Kirsty's raw enthusiasm and willingness to share all she can has helped new ethical entrepreneurs on their journey.
Let your new authentic and meaningful life commence!