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Pulham St Mary woman makes hand-poured candles with no harmful chemicals

A Norfolk candle maker has created luxury candles which are clean and safer to burn around the family, after falling pregnant with her daughter Ruby.

Christina Brand gained inspiration for her candles after her daughter Ruby was born. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Christina Brand gained inspiration for her candles after her daughter Ruby was born. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Christina Brand, of The Candle Brand, in Pulham St Mary, makes hand-poured candles using soy plant, wooden wicks and ingredients that are free of severe health hazards.

The 29-year-old said: “I’ve always really loved making candles and through all of the testing and investigations to do with them, I found that there were so many things that you shouldn’t burn.

“For example paraffin wax, which is found in a lot of high street candles is made from petroleum by-products, so it’s like burning fuel in your home. I also only use fragrance oils, which don’t have any harmful chemicals in them.”

There has been quite the controversy around paraffin wax candles, with some studies suggesting they can release cancer-causing chemicals that can also be harmful to people with respiratory conditions such as asthma. Others say there is no direct evidence those candles are linked to developing cancer.

Christina’s product range includes The Classic 55 Hour Candle, The 35 Hour Candle and a flower diffuser, which is an entirely unique creation she has come up with.

Christina's unique flower diffuser.
Christina's unique flower diffuser.

Christina combined reeds and cotton rope flowers, which diffuse a strong and lasting scent through their petals, and the product has been so popular that it is currently out of stock.

All of her creations come in six fragrances such as lychee with peony and tropical fruits.

“What I enjoy most about my business is watching it expand and grow. I would also love to have my own shop and host workshops to show people how to make candles,” said Christina, who runs the business with her husband Colin.

“In the future, I would like to make some smaller candles and scoop-able wax melts,” she added.

In the next few weeks, she will attend the British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate, where Christina hopes to gain some more stockists to eventually “conquer” the UK.

People can buy her products either via her website at www.thecandlebrand.co.uk or at Papillon in North Walsham, Walter & May in York, at Happy Soul in Scarborough or at various craft fairs she attends.

The price for candles starts at £14.99, depending on the size.

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