In February 2018 I accepted my redundancy package and left my job as HR Manager for a major food retailer. We paid off our mortgage with my redundancy payment. I was already making soy wax candles and bath products as gifts for family and friends and I had this MAD idea that i could do it full time! With the love and support of my family I started my business and in April 2018 I registered Molly & Me Candles with HMRC. Suddenly it was all very real and the rollercoaster ride had begun.
I am a self-confessed candle lover and I was a VERY regular customer or a certain popular American candle retailer and whilst I had noticed the black soot around the rims of the candle jars I am ashamed to say I hadn't really made the connection that I was polluting our home environment until our home decorator gave me a lecture about them!
Anyone that knows me won't be surprised that I started to look into making my own candles. I was now very concious of the pollution aspect of burning candles and whilst I wanted to reduce this I still wanted to have my scented candles in my home. So I started searching for fragrance oils with lower toxic properties and found excellent suppliers of paraben and pthalate free oils. The rest is history. I now make candles using only soy wax and my oils are all paraben free and the vast majority are also pthalate free.