Candle-Making: A Must-Do in Charleston

I don’t usually do travel posts on the blog, unless of course it involves seeking inspiration through food travels. When I took a candle-making class at Candlefish this past week however, I knew I had to share my experience!

One of my college roommates relocated to Charleston after we graduated and while I don’t make it to visit her as much as I should, when I do visit she makes sure to pack our time full of delicious food and fun activities. That’s the perk of surrounding myself with equally crafty and curious friends who love to get to know their cities, I always know I’m in for a good time when I visit!

The store is filled with lots of delicious smelling candles from Candlefish's sister companies

The store is filled with lots of delicious smelling candles from Candlefish's sister companies

If you are heading to Charleston in the future, make sure to check if Candlefish’s classes! Whether you’re on a date, hanging out with friends or celebrating a bachelorette, you’re in for a good time. I would know because I saw all of those around the table.

Now that I’ve gotten my hard sell out of the way, let’s dig into what made my candle-making so memorable (besides the wonderful company of course - Thanks Morgan!).

In case you haven’t noticed from the photos in this post, the Candlefish space is BEAUTIFUL. Everything was light and bright and it was filled with more candles and prints than one should ever buy in one sitting. Don’t worry, I tried.

The store’s centerpiece is its library of one hundred carefully curated scents. And that’s where our class began. Before we crafted our candles we had to pick our scents! We got to make two candles each with the same scent so Morgan and I each picked one that the other liked so that we could swap candles once they were set. With one hundred options to pick from, it’s no wonder we ended up picking two different candle scents! I went with No. 4, a woodsy scent full of eucalyptus, fir balsam and woodland pine while Morgan went with watery and fresh No. 9, full of stone fruit, rose, moss.

Once we the scents were selected, we put our measuring skills to the test. Thank goodness I use my scale on a regular basis for my baking so I poured like a champ. I know it wasn’t a pouring competition but the ratio of essential oils to candle wax is important to stick to. Go too far one way and the candle won’t smell. Go too far the other way and it won’t burn.

It takes the candles a few hours to solidify so we had to wait until the next morning to come back and collect them. Since I overpacked for my 48 hour trip, I actually had them mail my candles back to me, along with a few other goodies I picked up in the store. Needless to say I’m anxious for them to arrive next week so I can start enjoying the new scents!

Next time I have people over I’ll be able to show off the candles. And the fact that my name is listed as the chandler. That’s right, I’m an official chandler after just one class. I’m going to have to add that to my resume. Charlotte: baker, chocolatier and chandler. I like the ring of that.

Well, there you have it, all the reasons I loved my Candlefish candle-making class and why you should check out the shop next time you’re in Charleston! My next trip is to Boston so if you know of fun crafty destinations in the beantown be sure to let me know!