After having lived in Charleston for over 15 years, I no doubt have a great love for this city. Since moving away 5 years ago to Miami, and most recently, Italy, being away from home made me appreciate where I come from even more. Especially after it being voted #1 city in the world time and time again (this year it’s #2). I mean…are you surprised? The charming roads of Charleston are lined with history, art, culture, and so much more.
I have been back in the States for a few weeks now and I am excited to be spending so much time in this beautiful city this summer and am always on the lookout for new things to do around the low country. As I was on social media, I came across the mention of Candlefish. Candlefish is a candle shop located in Charleston, SC as well as Atlanta, GA where you will find a fragrance library (pictured above) of handcrafted candles with 100 different fragrances to choose from. In addition to their products, they also offer BYOB Candle Making Workshops and a curated selection of unique candles, gifts, and accessories.
I was able to attend a candle-making workshop this past Saturday, August 5th. Here is how it went…
My friends and I arrived for the 2pm class and were greeted with a full table of guests along with our instructor, Rachel. We were then told to put on an apron to protect our clothes and such during the workshop. Rachel gave us a brief introduction of Candlefish and the workshops.
We started by picking out which fragrance to put in our candle. Since there are 100 options, we were obviously not going to go through all of them so the staff picked out 20 for us to choose from. We were able to keep track of the ones we liked with this little sheet.
We went on to measure the fragrance oil to pour into our candles. Next, we poured and measured the wax that our candles would be made out of. Then, we mixed the fragrance oil into the wax and gave it a quick whisk. While that was sitting, we went on to hot glue the wick of the candle into the bottom of the glass containers.
Above, is the final product, after pouring the wax and oil mixture into the glass jars. The popsicle sticks are just used here to help straighten out the wick. While those were sitting, we walked around the shop a little bit since we had 15% off the entire store the day of the class.
The class lasted about 2 hours long. We weren’t able to take the candles home the same day, just so they wouldn’t get ruined in the runny state they were in, but they were available for pick-up the next day.
I can’t wait to light my candle at home! One thing the instructor, Rachel, told us about these candles that differ from others is that because of the type of wax they use here, the candles can burn up to 60 hours with good care. Also, even though the scent from these candles won’t fill up a room as quickly as say, Yankee Candles would, they won’t cause headaches as you would normally experience with a very strong scented candle. In the shop, they normally burn up to 8 candles at a time without anyone being bothered!
Workshops are available all week at various times. To check out the schedule, click here. They also sell candle-making kits to make in the comfort of your own home for a fun and different date night idea. 😉
Have you taken a candle-making workshop or visited a Candlefish location? I definitely recommend stopping by if you are near the Charleston or Atlanta location.
“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” -Albert Camus
All my love,