My Home comforts: meet the Cotswold Candle Co
Nothing adds a sense of 'aah' to a home more than a luxury, scented candle. We chatted to candle-maker Polly Oswald from Cotswold Candle Co about her beautiful, hand-poured candles (inspired by the scents of the Cotswolds), and find out what makes a house a home for her ...
How did the Cotswold Candle Co begin? …
I have always loved candles, then seven years ago I happened to read an article in a magazine about a woman who had left her job and moved to the country and started making candles. It sounded like a dream life, I absolutely had to give it a go! I played around for two years until I finally had a candle I was happy with. It took that long!! There are so many variations of wax and wicks and fragrance that it is quite tricky to get the combination just right so you get a candle that burns perfectly, but once i had my candles I launched and have never looked back. As a mum-of-three now I love that I can do it from home and have a family life.
Where do you get your inspo from?
I’m inspired by the beautiful Cotswold countryside and also by scents that evoke memories for me. Although the range has grown, I still hand pour every candle in the same way I did when I first started out. I continue to source everything in the UK – from the glass, soy and mineral wax, wicks and fragrances to the beautiful packaging.
Tell us your top scents for 2021?
I’m loving Geranium at the moment, but moving into Spring you can’t go wrong with Bluebell.
Any exciting fragrances or products in the pipeline?
I’m working on my Cassis & Rose fragrance, just tweaking it a bit as I find it a bit sweet. I will most certainly be adding new fragrances throughout the year but yet to be revealed. They will be delicious though!
Where can we find you on a day off?
Pre-lockdown you would have likely found me sipping on a cold glass of Pimms in a pub garden after a long walk with the children and dogs. Currently just the walk with sadly no pub to look forward to at the end but can’t wait until we can revisit with friends.
Your dream setting for a candle-lit chill?
Somewhere on a Greek Island, having dinner outside on a balmy evening, looking down at the turquoise sea, just bliss.
What three tips would you give to wannabe candle makers?
You have to be in it for the long haul not just a quick fix. I’m seven years down the line and only just feel like it’s starting to take off. You also have to love what you do and look forward to going to work every day. And remember that failures are a learning curve. You should see my candle graveyard of test candles that didn’t work out. I have a shed dedicated to them!
What’s your favourite homeware accessory?
I’m currently a bit obsessed with my spiralizer! I love dicing up veg with it.
Item you couldn’t be without in your bedroom?
My electric blanket. I’m always cold. Plus a Cotswold Candle Co reed diffuser of course.
Which is your favourite room in the house and why?
We live in a beautiful old stone farmhouse in the heart of the Cotswolds so I’d say the kitchen is my absolute favourite place. It’s the heart of the home and where we all gather to come together after a busy day.
What three items are you coveting for your home?
I’m saving up for an Anna Cox Home rug, I’d also like some Jo Deakin cups and saucers, they are really beautiful. One day would love a Maker and Son sofa – they look so comfortable.
Share your favourite homewares shop or website?
I am a big fan of Cox & Cox for homewares, beautiful homewares and furnishings.
What’s your go-to shade of paint for a room?
It has to be Squid Ink from Paint & Paper Library 9.
Your guilty pleasure place for buying furnishings?
It would be Rockett St George – they have a fantastic range of eclectic products and some really great wallpaper.
Best bit of tech in the house?
Am I allowed to say my phone?! That’s about it!
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