Behind The Brand

Candle up

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Tell us a bit about yourself 

I met a friend in Cambodia in 2014 who taught me Candle Making.  It soon turned into a hobby and then a passion. My connection with three beautiful countries, India, France and Cambodia has helped inspire and influence my artistic style. India is where I was born and brought up. France is where my husband comes from and Cambodia is where we lived post marriage.

Tell me about your product and brand?

Candle Up is an eco-conscious brand that started 7 years ago in PhnomPenh, Cambodia. We make 100% Soy Wax candles that keep your air clean while burning. We have also been refilling old candle jars since inception with an aim to reduce landfill. We are green & vegan. Each of our candles are hand poured & tailor made as per our customer’s needs.

What struggles have you faced when starting up a business?

I don’t believe in struggles. I don’t call it my business, rather it’s my passion. My entire focus is to create something so beautiful that people say “wow” when they see it. When I restarted Candle Up in Hong Kong, I saw it as a new opportunity to restart & reinvent the wheel and work with the materials and cultural influences around me.

Any advice for others just getting started?

For those who don’t have a business and have the desire to start something I’d say identifying your expertise is the biggest struggle. Once you’ve figured that out, the rest will flow. Most important is to stay true to what you believe in with your crafts. That echoes far & wide more than anything.

Do you have a favourite quote?

My favourite quote : Live in the moment. That’s all you have somewhat control of.

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