The Art of Candle Making

There is something about candles – they set the scene for relaxation or meditation, add a romantic touch to a meal or lend a cosy atmosphere to an evening in. And who does not enjoy candle lit relaxing bathing……?


In the past candle making was a task almost every family would undertake on a regular basis. The candle business has gone through quite some changes in the recent years. Machine made candles are being bought in through the Far East and have cornered the market. Nowadays they are readily available from many shops and we are spoilt for choice! But is it all as ‘nice’ and ‘relaxing’ as it seems….?


Did you know?


o Paraffin based candles emit a mixture of chemicals that are carcinogenic – including benzene, carbon tetrachloride, toluene, and naphthalene. “Candles are fast becoming one of the most common unrecognized causes of poor indoor air quality,” says Diane Walsh Astry of the American Lung Association of Minnesota.


o Some candles have metal wicks. Lead emitted by this type of candle is a serious health hazard. It has been associated with Attention Deficit Disorder in Children and many health problems!


o Aromatic candles may be scented with synthetic oils that are petroleum based, rather than with the natural essential oils that most people expect. This provides an additional source of exposure to petroleum based fumes. Those most at risk from the fumes released by scented candles are pregnant women, children, and pets.


The good news is that all those problems can be avoided!

Course Details:


Come and join us for a fun day of truly natural and safe candle making! Save yourself a fortune and learn how to make your own candles for pleasure or to sell on our 1 day workshop. Making handmade candles is a rewarding and fun skill for all abilities.


Learn how to make your own poured soy candles! Once you have discovered the many benefits of soy candles you will never look back. You will be able to produce high quality soy candles that are non-toxic, biodegradable and environmentally safe.


These soy candles are clean burning candles that produce little to no soot. You will use high quality soy wax that is not derived from oil refining, but instead comes from a natural grown renewable resource, the soybean. In addition, with such a huge variety of fragrance options using essential oils you can make candles to suit your needs.


Learn all about:


  • Health & Safety Issues
  • Equipment required to make candles
  • Understanding wicks and waxes
  • Colouring and fragrancing candles correctly
  • Packaging and decoration techniques


By the end of this hands-on candle making course, you will be able to design your own handcrafted candles to treasure and enjoy as well as gaining the confidence to create many more on your own at home. We will explore the ins and outs of candle making and make some poured candles to take home with you.

Who can attend?

Open to anyone

More Information

Please note: Some materials will be provided by the school. You will also be required to bring some items of equipment to class, details of which will be sent with the joining details upon booking. Please closely follow the guidelines and start gathering the equipment straight away allowing enough time to collect the necessary items.


Duration:  1 day


Course fees include:

~ All class tuition
~ A comprehensive course manual
~ An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
~ Candles made in class to take away
~ 5 cpd points
~ Tea and coffee throughout the day



Tutor: Lucy Bush – see our MSCM Tutor Page


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