Manchester Makers: Albion Candle Co
You can't beat a cosy Christmas evening, watching a Christmas film, wrapped up in a blanket with a candle flickering away in the background. I love candles; they make the room feel instantly snug and make for the best Christmas gifts!
I spoke to Manchester based, eco-conscious candle brand, Albion Candle Co, on their range of environmentally friendly soy wax candles and how they're tackling the planet's waste problem. Keep reading to find out more!
Tell us about Albion Candle Co…
Our candles are hand poured in Manchester and everything from choosing our scents to packing our deliveries is done by us. Our candles are made from 100% soy wax and we take a lot of care to ensure they are of the highest quality.
Our priorities are great customer service, great quality products and being kind to the environment.
We also regularly launch limited edition candles in support of charities as we want to utilise our platform to help those in need.
We plan to grow our business over the next five years, continuing to make customers happy, deliver an excellent product and expand into a carefully selected range of fragranced items.
Who are the faces behind Albion Candle Co? What made you decide to start the business?
We are Sophia and Ollie, a couple from Manchester.
Albion Candle Co. was created in May 2020 during lockdown from our kitchen in Ancoats, Manchester. We were getting tired of the same routine staying in each weekend and decided to learn something new. We absolutely love candles, scents, incense etc, and wondered how we would go about actually making a candle.
What started off as a few candles turned into sourcing our perfect jars, trying out lots of scents, creating our logo and labels and getting our brand and social presence together.
We also work in marketing, customer service, branding and graphic design and always have had a desire for our own brand/business so thought why not!
What is Albion Candle Co trying to do to reduce its environmental impact?
We have a very conscious approach to sourcing and usage and care a lot about the environment.
All our candles are made from 100% natural soy wax and use phthalate free fragrance oils. All our packaging is recyclable and/or biodegradable. We encourage reuse and recycle of candle jars and want to make this as easy as possible for people to do.
We offer a 15% off discount for local customers who return their used jars and then we repurpose these jars to offer as a 'pre-loved' product. We also sell reuse labels on our website and offer advice on what you can use your jars for, trying to encourage less wastage! Reuse first, then recycle if reuse is not possible. We will continue to put this at the heart of our business.
What makes an Albion Candle the perfect Christmas gift?
We do our own special 'Flight of Candles' sets which contain 3 or 5 mini candles so our customers can try a selection of candles in a beautifully presented gift box. We also offer a personalised label option for all flights which make them the perfect gift.
What are you most looking forward to this Christmas?
We have just bought our first house together in Chorlton (Manchester) and are VERY much hoping to move in before Christmas so that is what we are most looking forward to
Favourite Christmas track?
Sophia - 'Merry Christmas everyone' Shakin' Stevens
Ollie - 'Driving home for Christmas' Chris Rea