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An extravaganza of events!

Here at Fenwick Candles, we’re all about scent. Fresh, fruity, spicy or sweet, our little business revolves around fragrances and the absolute joy they bring.

Sadly, the internet hasn’t yet introduced ‘scratch and sniff’ online shopping, so for a candle business, that can make life a little tricky when our customers can’t actually smell our gorgeous goodies before they click ‘add to cart’ (hence our very detailed scent descriptions!)

That’s why we love getting out and about at craft fairs and shows, where we can meet our lovely customers face to face, chat about all things candles and wax melts – and let our highly scented products speak for themselves.

And now that the world is finally returning to some sort of normality, this year we’re celebrating in style with some truly fantastic events lined up.

First up, we’re excited to announce that we’ve been selected to participate in the amazing two-day Battle of the Stalls on the Mall event at Wellgate Shopping Centre in Dundee on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 October 2021 – just in time to show off our brand-new Hallowe’en fragrances Witches’ Cauldron and Pumpkin Spice.

We’re joining more than 20 other independent traders who will be showcasing their goods on Level 2 of the centre from 9am to 6pm each day, and visitors can vote for their favourite stall for the chance to win prizes. Come along and say hello – we’d love to see you there (and we’d love it too if you’d like to vote for Fenwick Candles! )

Just a couple of weeks later, you’ll find us at the Blair Castle Art, Craft & Food Christmas Fair between 10am and 4pm each day from Friday 6 November-Sunday 8 November. This wonderfully festive event is one of the biggest and best Christmas fairs in the country (it even featured on Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Christmas TV show!) and we can’t wait to join all the other amazing artisan crafters and foodies at magical Blair Castle.

This romantic venue will be home to 30 stalls in the stunning ballroom and hall (pictured above, pic by Exclusively Highlands) and there will be a Christmas market village on the castle forecourt with a further 30 exhibitors, including Fenwick Candles.

It’s the perfect place to find amazing Christmas gifts for all the family, from jewellery and fine art to home furnishings and hand-crafted beers, delicious sweets and treats and, of course, our highly scented hand-poured candles. Make a note in your diary now and we’ll see you there!

If you can’t make it to either of these fantastic events, we’re also taking part in the Erskine Events Christmas Online Market on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November ( Shop from the comfort of your own home where you’ll find a wide range of gifts at the click of a mouse.

Our limited edition Christmas gift boxes – cuter than Rudolph’s red nose!

And finally, we can’t wait to see many of our regular local customers at Burrelton Christmas Market on Sunday 28 November from noon-3pm.

This small but perfectly formed festive event is very popular, so make sure you get there early to have the best choice of gifts from some amazing local craftspeople.

If you’re quick, you’ll be able to get your hands on our limited edition Christmas gift boxes that sell out every year!

Don’t forget, all of our highly scented candles and wax melts are available at our online store and we deliver across the UK. Happy shopping!

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A celebration of all things candles

Today, 1 March, is a very special day for candle aficionados around the globe – it’s World Candle Day!

It goes without saying that here at Fenwick Candles, we love candles. Our studio and home are filled with candles of all scents and shapes, from multi-coloured pillar candles too pretty to burn to quirky container candles that pack a real scented punch.

We’re firmly of the belief that a candle isn’t just for Christmas. After all, who doesn’t want a beautifully scented home all year round?!

By carefully selecting a scent, it’s possible to enhance the unique smell of each season with an evocative fragrance. From warming spices in winter to fresh flowers in spring, freshly cut grass in summer or pumpkin in autumn, a simple change of scent can bring a whole new vibe to your home.

Or why not go wild and mix it up? Who says you can’t enjoy the scent of freshly baked gingerbread in summer? Certainly not us – we love it all year round 🙂

Whether a present from a loved one or a gift to yourself (and why not – we all deserve to be spoiled!), candles are a little touch of luxury that create a feel-good factor no matter the time of year. They evoke wonderful memories, brighten up our day and bring a sense of wellbeing.

So today, on World Candle Day – and every day – light that candle, breathe in the gorgeous aroma, relax and enjoy the moment… you deserve it.

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Extended shipping options

Good news – we have added new delivery options to our website for UK customers. You can now select to have your Fenwick Candles products sent via Royal Mail by First or Second Class or by Tracked 48 service.

In addition, we are now offering a free pick-up option for customers local to our Perthshire studio (subject to COVID-19 restrictions).

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A scent for all seasons

The first real snow of winter has been falling outside our studio in Perthshire recently and with stunning clear blue skies, it’s been very picturesque. Sadly, it was short-lived and nothing like the snowfall in the image above, taken nearby a few years ago during a ‘proper’ winter.

For many of us, this time of year – with its short days and long nights, particularly here in Scotland – seems like the best time for lighting candles. Although the festive season is behind us, brighter days still seem far off, so it’s comforting to close the curtains, light the fire and cosy up with the warming scents of spicy Cranberry, Orange & Cinnamon or deliciously fruity Black Plum & Rhubarb.

But who said candles are just for winter? Scent, while seasonal, isn’t restricted to just a few months in the year, so why not bring it indoors all year round? Someone asked me recently what my favourite season is. My reply? “All of them.” It’s not a case of being indecisive – every season and its associated scents is special.

Winter wonderland

Meet the neighbours – the secretive red squirrel

For some, winter is the time of year they wish away – it’s cold, bleak, never-ending and lifeless. Or is it?

We’re surrounded by countryside here and blessed with numerous walks on our doorstep. There’s no better way to spend a morning than walking through the woods, branches heavy with ice and the sounds of the forest dampened by a blanket of snow.

Deer, red squirrels, pheasants and hares all live in these woods and it’s fascinating to see their tracks in the snow as they go about their secret lives. Take a deep breath of the cold air and the scent of pine fills the lungs – fresh, invigorating and clean. Perfect for blowing away the cobwebs.

Nature springs into life

There’s always an excitement about the arrival of spring. In the garden, plants – long forgotten during the depths of winter – begin to peek above the soil. Snowdrops are first to arrive, followed by daffodils trumpeting their arrival with a sea of bobbing yellow heads.

There’s an earthy smell as the ground slowly begins to heat up and indoors, in a frenzy of spring cleaning, freshness is the order of the day. For me, a scent like Fresh Linen is the essence of spring – if we’re lucky, it’s warm enough to hang out the bedsheets to dry in the breeze. Who can resist burying their nose in freshly laundered and air-dried washing? It’s impossible, like trying not to chew a fruit pastille!

Summertime and the living is easy…

Summer – where to start with the scent of summer? It’s a positive flurry of fragrance. Every flower in the garden throws out its scent to entice the bees and butterflies. Some, like the heady aroma of carnations, is almost overpowering, but it’s a joyous season for the nose. Fresh-cut grass, sweet pea, barbecues, the seaside – that’s what summer smells like!

Our northern latitude here in Perthshire might bring us long, dark winter nights, but in summer, it rewards us with an abundance of daylight. Despite the rumours, the sun does occasionally shine in Scotland and to sit out in the garden at 11pm, still in daylight, is something special.

Even the late hour doesn’t dampen the scent of summer. Phlox, tobacco plants and honeysuckle come into their own as dusk falls. All that’s needed is a G&T with a slice of lemon for the perfect end to the day. And if it rains? Well, simply put a Paradise Beach wax melt on your burner and imagine you’re lying on a tropical beach somewhere!

Autumn arrives… and autumn leaves

What is there to commend about autumn? It’s damp and windy, the shortening days remind us that winter is just around the corner.

But it’s also harvest time – Perthshire is prime farming country, perfect for growing wheat, potatoes and, most famously, soft fruits. Raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries – in fact, if it features the word “berry”, it more than likely grows here! Our nearest town, Blairgowrie, even goes by the nickname Berry Town. Yes, berries are summer fruits but they also straddle into autumn, so they deserve their place here!

If fruit is too light a scent for your autumnal tastes, try pumpkin – sweet and warming. But for me, nothing sums up the scent of autumn more than bonfires – rich, smoky and woody.

As we say here in autumn, the nights may be fair drawing in, but the smell of an open fire reminds us that summer is over, winter is coming and with it, the fabulous scents of a new season as the cycle begins again.

So no matter the time of year, light that candle, put on one of your favourite wax melts and bring the scents of the seasons indoors.

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Wake up and smell the coffee

Have you noticed how scents have an amazing ability to evoke memories and affect our mood?

As a candlemaker, I’m surrounded by incredible fragrances in my studio. I often tap into the power of scent. If I’m missing the sun in the depths of winter, I’ll make a few Paradise Beach melts to lift my spirits. I love watching a roaring fire – the dancing flames can mesmerise me for hours. But when I can’t justify lighting the log burner on a dull July day, Fireside conjures up that warm, cosy feeling.

The downside of continually being surrounded by a heady mix of scents is that it can sometimes lead to becoming a little ‘nose blind’. The intensity of the strongest-smelling fragrance oils (gingerbread, I’m looking at you) seems to lessen as the day progresses. I then begin to wonder if my lovingly crafted candles have any scent at all.

A top tip among chandlers afflicted by nose blindness is to sniff a few coffee beans. Their strong aroma swiftly resets the sense of smell and it’s back to that fabulous smell of home-made gingerbread.

Alas, that solution’s not for me. I’m one of those strange individuals who detest coffee (and tea, for that matter). Mr Fenwick Candles, however, is a coffee fiend whose idea of heaven is a No.5 Javan roast – dark, rich and sultry. Sadly, Mr FC is none of these… And now that he’s treated himself to an Aeropress, he’s been like Tigger on steroids.

Mr Fenwick Candles, however, is a coffee fiend whose idea of heaven is a No.5 Javan roast – dark, rich and sultry. Sadly, Mr FC is none of these…

Coriander (cilantro) is another no-no for me. Ever been told to ‘wash your mouth out’ for uttering an expletive? Chewing coriander would have the desired effect on me as it tastes like a bar of Imperial Leather. This time I can blame my parents. Being in a global minority for whom coriander tastes like soap is, apparently, all down to my genes.

A little coriander with your soap, Madam?

It’s these delightful little quirks of nature, though, that make us who we are. Like taste, our sense of smell is unique to each and every one of us and, as a candlemaker, I celebrate that uniqueness and individuality; otherwise, the world would be a duller place.

But don’t expect to see a Fenwick Candles Coffee & Coriander candle any time soon…