For those of you who regularly follow along, you will know that I grew up in Ballarat (about an hour and a half out of Melbourne) and I often head back home to visit family and friends. A few months ago when I was back home I was gifted the most beautiful homemade soy candles by a brand called Scentscations, I later found out they had been made locally in Ballarat so I wanted to find out how to get my hands on some more!
Patrice and Kate Flynn are the sisters behind the brand, they create all their products from their home in Ballarat and they are some serious competition for the likes of Glasshouse, Dusk and Ecoya – the candles smell just as good and are half the price! A perfect idea for Christmas in five weeks!
I recently caught up with Patrice to ask her a few quick questions about how Scentsations was born and where you can buy some of the amazing candles and melts…
How did the idea of Scentsations come about?
Scentsations Flynn candles all started because I was tired of buying candles that were too expensive. I had so many jars left over from previous bought candles and thought I would make my own candles instead of buying more. I began to buy soy wax off a local supplier and experimented with fragrances, labels, jars and tins.
How did you start selling the candles?
Through word of mouth my friends started to buy one or two candles here and there. I designed the branding and made a simple rustic label. An Instagram page was made and we started selling the candles through there. I was then approached to put them into a local beauty shop in Bunningyong, “YellowRose Beauty Studio”. Since then, people have been ordering wholesale orders for different types of fragrances and styles of candles. Kate, my sister also became a partner in the business and since then the business has grown significantly as she has been representing us in Geelong and signing us up to markets to get our name out there and more known. Our small business is growing every day and now our candles and soy melts are in a few small boutique shops in Ballarat.
What fragrances do you have available?
- Lemongrass and ginger
- Champagne and strawberries
- French Pear
- Very Vanilla
- Vanilla Caramel
- Crème Brûlée
- Chai Latte
- Brown Sugar and Fig
Describe your candle products in three words?
Homemade, Natural and Rustic.
Where can people purchase Scentsations candles?
- You can place orders through our Instagram page: www.instagram.com/_scentsations/
- Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scentsationsflynncandles/
- Locally at Yellow Rose Beauty Studio in Ballarat: 317 Learmonth Street Buninyong, Victoria 3357
- Or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org