Whether you’re looking for a Christmas gift for someone else or a festive treat for yourself, Kallisto Candle Co have the perfect gifts! We were kindly gifted the Merry Morning candle which filled the room with an amazing festive scent of citrus and spice, topped with a decorative dried orange slice, it looks and smells gorgeous!
Kallisto Candle Co are offering a 10% discount with the code CHILTERN10, discount valid until 17th December 2020.
We caught up with Abby Shapland, the founder of Kallisto Candle Co to find out more about her business…
Kallisto Candle Co creates unique, minimalist vegan candles and wax melts inspired by our favourite places, stories and smells. Minimalist in design, they will look great wherever you choose to place them. Every candle is lovingly handmade in Chalfont St Giles and we are committed to using cruelty free products.
When & why did you start Kallisto Candle Co? What inspired you?
Kallisto Candle Co. was launched in October this year after I went to a candle making masterclass and just absolutely loved it! I’ve always loved candles and fragrances, with how they can make you feel cosy and calm and completely transform a room. I wanted to start my own business and thought it was a great opportunity to trial my new skill, so here we are!
What were you doing before?
I’ve been working in Digital Marketing and Content Creation for 4 and a half years. Just before Covid hit I was working for a luxury travel company but decided to leave to work freelance, to give myself more time and more flexibility. I still freelance for a few clients and with the extra time not commuting into London, I run my small candle business from home!
What does a typical day look like for you?
Each day is completely different as I work for myself and I love not having a set schedule! The first thing I will do every morning is check for any new orders, pack up all the parcels and run them to the post office. When I’m not creating marketing content for brands, I will usually prep all my candle jars; clean them, stick the wicks and apply all the safety labels so they are ready to be filled. I usually need to set aside about 4 hours to create a batch of 15 candles and once that’s finished I can start on the product photography and upload them onto my shop.
What’s the process you go through when deciding new products?
Lot’s of testing and smelling, but I also think it’s really valuable to listen to your customers and find out what they are interested in. All of my Kallisto Candles are inspired by my favourite books, memories and smells so I start with pinpointing a specific area I would like to explore more, brainstorming how these memories or stories make me feel and start to match certain scents with those emotions and personalities to create a product that represents it well.
I created some limited edition three-wick Autumn candles which I decorated with mini butterflies and toadstools; they were adorable and I loved how they turned out!
Where can people buy your products?
I currently only sell online through my Etsy page but I’m looking to stock some in local shops soon!
Future plans for Kallisto Candle Co?
I’d love to scale the range to include other homeware pieces like handmade ceramics and soft furnishings. Keep an eye out!
AND JUST FOR FUN?
How do you spend your time when you’re not running Kallisto Candle Co?
I love making the most of the beautiful countryside around the Chilterns and walking my rescue dog Harvey. Lockdown life has also pushed me into finding a new appreciation for gardening but if I’m not doing that, you’re probably likely to find me at a local cafe for a nice cup of coffee and a big slice of cake, or making more mess in the kitchen baking something yummy.
Which part of the Chilterns do you live?
I live in the lovely Chalfont St Giles, on the edge of Little Chalfont so lucky enough to get the best of both!
Favourite local restaurant?
Rucola is a family favourite, we’ve been going there for years and the staff are so lovely.
Favourite local takeaway?
West Elm and Next Home for modern home furniture and Rockett St George for more eclectic and fun pieces!
Any local hidden gems we should know about?
Koho Coffee in Little Chalfont & Sycamore are my favourite coffee spots, both still open and offering takeaway options. The woods in Westwood Park are also so beautiful at this time of year for a nice winter walk and I think are often forgotten about.
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