You guys already know that I’m a big supporter of small businesses, so when I got chatting to Emma from The Wilton Street Craft Co via Twitter recently, I was looking forward to discovering her products, origins and more.
We had the opportunity to meet face to face at The Gin Society festival in Manchester a few weeks ago where I got to check out some rather special gin-related items. Let me introduce you to Emma and her trusty business partner, Lady The Dachshund. This description (taken from her website) sums it up beautifully and really resonated with me.
‘The Wilton Street Craft Co. was born out of adversity and serendipity. Emma is a qualified doctor who became unwell with depression and was no longer able to keep well working in that profession. Turning to her other passions, namely creativity, nice smells, and getting a bit messy, she discovered a talent as a mixologist of scents.
Having always had a love for candles it was a natural progression into candle making. Bringing with her a precision and attention to detail from her work as a doctor, a keen nose for a good scent, and a commitment to eco-friendly, high-quality ingredients, she created a range of scented candles bearing the logo of her business partner and best friend, Lady.’
I don’t about you, but knowing more about the faces behind a business makes me feel connected and informed about where I’m actually buying from. Oh, and I’ve also come to the conclusion that Emma is potentially my kindred spirit after getting to know her a little better!
So what exactly do The Wilton Street Craft Co offer, you may ask? Candles are their speciality but these are not just your ordinary, mass produced candles. With innovative and clever fragrance combinations such as Tomato Leaf, Lime, Basil and Mandrin, Sloe Gin and Earl Grey Tea, they are certainly standing out from the crowd. All of the products are handmade, vegan and ethically sourced.
I tried to make my own soy candles once and it turns out that it actually takes a great deal of talent (and a great nose, which I guess is where Lady may come in handy) to get this stuff right so hats off to Emma for mastering this surprisingly difficult craft with perfection!
Being a fan of all things juniper, I decided to try the classic Gin and Tonic fragrance large jar candle for myself. My husband Adam did roll his eyes as he heard me gleefully declare that we had another candle to add to the ever-growing collection and that this particular one was brilliant as it combined two of my favourite indulgences (gin and candles).
Undeterred by his apparent lack of enthusiasm, I got to work. The first thing I noticed was the pretty packaging. Encased in a simple brown box with vibrant green string, the elegant glass jar features the simple yet eye-catching silhouette of Lady and comes with a metal lid to preserve the candle when not in use.
Upon lighting the pure cotton wick, the quality of this item was obvious. With paraffin candles and synthetic wicks, you may find that the flame can ‘spit’ however, this one provided a clean, beautiful glow. The blend of soy wax and essential oils was rich and slow melting, infusing our home with a delicate fragrance of lime and of course, fresh hints of gin, without leaving a synthetic or overpowering trail.
Another bonus to using natural products is that they don’t fill the air with nasty toxins and chemicals, giving a soothing, soot-free burn. The aroma lingered for hours after being extinguished and may have just upped the bar for my own candle buying habits in the future.
Hand poured in small batches, they’re ideal as gifts or a treat for your home. This 200ml jar has a 40 hour burn time and I’ve finally learned that the old ‘quality over quantity’ logic really does count for a lot. Emma’s website (I personally love the awesome images on there) makes for a relaxing online shopping experience.
From just £12, you’ll find an array of tea lights, classic jars, large jars and gift packs available. The Wilton Street Craft Co also offer bespoke commissions (ideal for weddings) and unique candle centrepieces in vintage glassware, alongside box sets of aperitif glasses in their original vintage boxes. Each glass in the set contains a different scent too for a little variation.
The Wilton Street Craft Co will be at the Arts & Crafts at Manchester Cathedral next Saturday (25th March) so be sure to go and say hello if you’re in town. I may even see you there!
*Contains PR samples