*SORRY we're not taking on any more new students for this workshop until October*. If you'd like to quit the rat race and 'live the dream' running an ethical eco candle making business..then read on. Spend a weekend with award winning perfumer and chandler Kirsty Morrison at her workshop in glorious Tarbert, Loch Fyne, Argyll. The course was described by one student as a 'business in a box'. This intensive and personal one to one workshop will provide a firm foundation for anyone seeking to launch their own business making and selling entirely botanically sourced scented candles. The style of the course is informal to allow for as much flexibility as possible. The course is split into 4 x 3 hour sessions. A healthy hand cooked lunch is provided (order exactly what you fancy) as are regular cups of fresh coffee, herbal teas and chopped fruit etc. It's strongly suggested that regular short breaks are taken so that everyone can clear their thoughts and recharge their batteries as there's a lot to take in.
You will choose exactly how you want the course to be structured and you will select two different styles or candles and learn to master the techniques in making those in detail so you are able comfortably to pick up on these when you get home.
You'll walk off with any products made during the course of the weekend. We will also make up a starter kit in accordance with the candles you intend to market to enable you to start making product as soon as you get home.
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 invigorating, decadent, earthy, floral, herbal, and spicy notes.
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 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.
We usually find that the students like to quiz Kirsty on her experience of taking the product to market and shaping a product or range to suit the particular desired target market and price point. You will be drawing on Kirsty's 16 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.
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 12 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.
Tips on fabulous well priced local hotels or B & B's can be provided. A gift voucher can be provided free of charge for this unique and worthwhile course.
The starter pack will include the basic materials required to make a further 4 candles of your choosing in your own home. Kit includes glassware, wicks, wick adhesive, wax, essential oils, stirring spoon and your choice of two essential oil blends.
We only train a maximum number of 6 students to vocational (professional) level per annum so we apologise in advance if you may have to wait until the following year if all places are booked. 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.
In some circumstances if you're retraining to get back into the work place there may be financial assistance from the Department of Employment. We're happy to chat this through with you and explain what we know but clearly this is not something we decide on or have any influence over.