Craft Focus - February/March 2022 (Issue 89)

76 Fragrance specialists Nicky Story, Director at Supplies for Candles Ltd discusses what the company has in store for 2022 Tell us a little bit about the company. Where are you based? When did the company start? Based in Mexborough, south Yorkshire, Supplies for Candles was established in 2016 and is an online supplier of candle and soap making ingredients to a growing craft industry. How has the company evolved? In April 2020, Supplies for Candles acquired the Devon-based Soap Kitchen, a £3.5m supplier of cosmetic soap ingredients which has established itself as one of the market leaders in the distribution of both candle and soap making supplies in the UK and Europe. We also recently acquired a third business, Glass Print Ltd, which was established in 2002 and prints on multiple glass products including glasses, perfume, and beer bottles. What do you specialise in? Supplies for Candles specialises in candle making supplies to the UK and EU, stocking a huge range of candle waxes, candle fragrances, wicks, candle making kits, candle dyes, essential oils, candle glasses and jars, reed diffuser supplies and more. Talk us through the current products you’re particularly excited about. Do you have a favourite? We’re particularly excited about our ProWax range which features our brand new ProSoy Pillar Wax which is an all-natural speciality wax made from 100 per cent soy, specifically for wax melts and tarts. It’s vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly. We’ll also be adding two new soya free waxes to our range which will not only be vegan and eco- friendly, but non-GMO (non-genetically modified) and palm free too. All our Pro Range waxes have been specifically formulated to hold high levels of fragrance oil, boast minimal frosting, and showcase vibrant colours when used with dyes. Do your products suit all levels of crafters? Yes absolutely. We have a dedicated area on the Supplies for Candles website called The Hub where customers can get free access to a range of how to guides, videos, inspiration, and customer stories to support their own craft at home. All our candle making kits come with step-by-step guides to make the crafting experience as fun and easy as possible. Craft has boomed over the last year! Have you noticed any new trends? Our best-selling products are always our fragrance oils, but our candle making kits have also been selling very well because people have been at home looking for something to do. How often do you launch new ranges? We’re constantly reviewing and adding new products to our range every month to give our customers the best products on the market. Even if we don’t have it, we’d @loulous_waxmelts