Rachel Vosper Candle Boutique Rachel Vosper Teaches Me Candle-Making Art and Etiquette by Jamie Roy 03/8/11 2 Reactions 3 Shares Print 0 2 1 0 0 Earlier this week I made my way over to a charming windy mews in Belgravia to explore the art of candle making with shop owner Rachel Vosper. Rachel, who began her career in candle making over 16 years ago, got her start in Barbados. She then moved her company to Devon and finally to the heart of London. Her clients include politicians, celebrities, and socialites, and she has even collaborated with other well-known brands to create bespoke scented candles. In the two afternoons that I went to visit Rachel in her newly opened boutique, her passion for candle making and scents is not only apparent but infectious. Her range currently contains six fragrances, which include Jasmine; Tuberose; Choisya (orange); Echinacea; Sandalwood; and Cedar, Rosemary, and Mint. However, she did give me a sneak peek at three of her seasonal Christmas scents, and I was able to create my very own candle using them! Read through to learn about her special services, how I created my candle, and how to keep your candles and wicks in tip-top shape! Rachel Vosper What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rachel uses fragrance oils from a company in Lancastershire. Prices for her products range from £26-£48 for a standard size candle. Rachel also offers a range of votives along with three different bespoke services: The candles that you buy from her shop can be refilled for a fraction of the cost. Private and group candle-making courses are available upon request. Candles can be made bespoke. You can create your own fragrance and you will wind up with about 100 candles. Isn't that a wonderful way to put your signature touch on a wedding or other large event. 1 / 7 Where the Wax Gets Heated What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tip one from Rachel: Allow a candle to burn long enough so that the surface is molten across. This way, your candle will burn and the wick won't tunnel. 2 / 7 Tools Used in Candle-Making What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tip two from Rachel: Trim your wick unless you have a hard wax so that it doesn't generate that much heat (and will ultimately burn longer). 3 / 7 My Finished Product (With One Wick Still to Be Cut) What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Tip three from Rachel: It's alright to mix fragrances. This means that you can have several different scented candles burning in the same room, as long as the scents blend well together and one doesn't overpower the other. 4 / 7 Grey Glass Jar Wth Candle (£42) What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Rachel also taught me a bit about wicks. For example, in a container, cotton-braided wicks are used, but they have a special zinc center to keep the wick standing upright. 6 / 7 Glass Box With Candle and Four Wicks (£46) What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 Here's how to make a candle from scractch: First, prime the wick by dipping it into the wax (a mixture of paraffin, beeswax, and vybar) and letting out all of the air bubbles. Then, let the wick dry and measure and cut the wick to fit the container. Next, ladle the wax into the container and fill it until the container is two-thirds of the way full. Use a wick fastener to ground the wick, and place it into the bottom of the candle after the wax has sat for about 15 minutes. You can use a wiki tool to secure the wick in the bottom of the container. Repeat the pour and let the wax dry; however, this time you will use less wax than before. Once the wax is dry, repeat the pour for the third time, let it dry, and cut your wick to your desired length. 6 / 7 Rachel's Charming Belgravia Boutique What’s Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 The shop is a lovely place to visit if you find yourself in central London. Pop in with a girlfriend, a group, or a special someone to choose or a create a special candle for yourself. 7 / 7 0 2 1 0 0 Back to Homepage Comments Read More Rachel VosperCandlesDIYHow To Candles Add Candle-Making to Karl Lagerfeld's Ever-Growing Beauty Repertoire 23/7/13 Do You Splurge on Designer Candles? 04/12/09 littlemunchkin 2 years Oooh I love a nice scented candle, and I've never heard of Rachel Vosper before! Usually I like Jo Malone ones, but I'm going to see what these ones are like!