When I booked my stay at Whitney's home, I had no idea that she operated a candle making business out of her garage on weekends. We got talking about Thornbury Candle Co. one evening and the following Saturday, I joined her in her garage to make some candles.

I'd already sampled Barrel Aged Whiskey, her most popular scent, so we started by making the candle that wound up being my favourite, Spiced Rum & Ginger Ale.

These are the only two scents currently avaliable, but each scent takes a while to perfect - Barrel Aged Whiskey took four months. It's refreshing that she approaches her business from a place of passion rather than profit, choosing only to put out scents she personally loves and would spend the money on. Her autheticity shines through in conversation and online.

While we wait for the wax to melt, we get to work on gluing the wicks down to the jars. It's an easy enough task, but reptitive, and it seems like a hassel when the wicks don't stick down properly. As we waited for them to stick and the wax to hit the right temperature, we talked a little about her business.

Thornbury Candle Co. was born out of her passion for perfume and search for a candles that weren't so overwhelmingly feminine they make your nose itch. Speaking as someone who also rejects classical femine scents (sorry but your vanilla/coconut/cloud of flowers makes me want to vomit), it's a business I can easily get behind.  And though she makes candles now, she'd love to be making perfumes in the future - there's just a lot more red tape to get through before she can do that.

After talking a bit about her future plans, she sat down to crunch the numbers. Guys, candle making involves so many numbers. It's crazy. As someone who struggles with basic maths, just the thought of having to work with fractions to get the right formula for the amount of candles being created at the time... my head hurts. Luckily, I didn't have to do any of that because Whitney is an angel who let me stick to the fun stuff (like sniffing all the perfumes and eagerly showing her the two I've decided belong together).

Once she'd done the math and the wax had hit the right temperature, it was time to get measuring. Luckily, this is the one place I excel (assuming that the scales don't go off half way through). I seem to have a knack for getting just the right amount, whether it's flour or a mix of fragrances.

Once you've got all the fragrances and wax together, it needs to be mixed together. Then, there's more waiting while it hits the right temperature again. A lot of candle making, I've learnt, is waiting. It's a business that requires patience and if I had to do it alone... well, I wouldn't. But with company and conversation, the time passes a lot quicker.

Each scent is different and requires different temperatures and quanities of wax to fragrance, and all of them have different burn times too. Between the months it takes to develop a scent, the time is takes to make and the testing afterwards to ensure it's up to standard (burn time, fragrance release, etc), candle making is a science, art form and damn lengthy process that I have a new admiration for now I know all that goes into it.

I had a blast learning a new skill with Thornbury Candle Co. and am excited to see how Whitney expands the business over the next few years. With so many new businesses popping up every day, it's nice to take the time to get to know the creators behind them. Whitney's enthuasim for her company is evident as soon as you get talking to her about it and she had the patience to answer all my incesscent questions about Thornbury Candle Co. and candle making.

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