by Kathy Dumbleton
Owner of White Oleander Candles Melissa Darlington is set to launch her new look 100% soy based candles at this year’s Callide Valley Show on May 17.
A year and a half ago Josie Rigney from Biloela small business incubator The Kariboe St Collective suggested Melissa make candles to sell in their store.
“I’ve always loved candles, I looked online and ordered a candle making kit,” Melissa said.
“I made about 20 hand poured, soy wax candles with six different fragrances to stock in store, and they sold really well.”
A stall at the local Biloela markets followed with the candles being well received by customers, however it was the Biloela Craft Fair that showed Melissa the possibilities of her new business venture.
“The response was huge,” Melissa said.
From her initial candle making kit offerings, Melissa is now set to launch her new line featuring a sleek modern look and more than 40 different fragrances.
“My best sellers are musk stick, cilantro and orange zest, and ambered sandalwood,’ Melissa said.
Your first chance to check out Melissa’s new line is at her stall in the pavillion at the Callide Valley Show on Friday, May 17.
They’ll also be available at The Kariboe St Collective and Biloela’s Oasis Bar and Cafe after the show, and you can place orders through the White Oleander Facebook page.
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