Today we get to hear from the very beautiful , insanely talented , inspirational, always encouraging , most humble and down to earth lady ; Melissa Louise. Todays post is a real treat and I know it will inspire you on so many levels! Melissa will touch on her latest venture, which will enlighten you on so many levels!
My name is Melissa Louise. I’m an Interior Designer by qualification, and I am currently based at Zana. I am a busy body by nature and love being involved in creative projects and collaborating with likeminded people. I am a freelance blogger, social media manager and content creator for various brands. My newest adventure and creative outlet is Studio Melissa Louise.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR CANDLE RANGE ?
Candle making is something I do for fun. I don’t know about you, but I often have moments where I sit and think about the world. The world as a whole, the impact people have on it and how I can help make this world a better place. As a little girl I always hoped to leave a lasting impression on people and the world and maybe just maybe my scented soy candles can do that.
A CLOSER LOOK
We mix and produce hand-made vegan candles for your home. These candles are hand poured by me in my kitchen. Melissa Louise candles contain 100% organic essential oils.
We specialise in two signature scents:
- Ylang Ylang’s powerful floral aroma is soothing and calming. Known to ease stress and act as an aphrodisiac.
- Invigorates, revives and energises. Boosts the body when recovering from illness or jetlag. A good insect repellent.
Today, most candles are made of paraffin wax and come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and in almost any scent that can be imagined. However, what many do not know is that there is an alternative to the commonly used paraffin wax called soy wax. Soy wax has only been around since 1991 but is much easier to work with, it is dissolvable by water. How cool?
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING SOY BASED CANDLES ?
Five Reasons to buy soy candles instead of regular paraffin candles:
ONE || Use your soy candle as massage lotion
Simply light the candle and wait about 20-30 minutes until a melt pool forms. Extinguish the candle, dip fingers into the oil (or drip onto the body) and apply directly to the skin. If you would rather not burn your candle, scoop a little out using a spoon or finger and simply rub it directly on your skin.
FAQ: Will I burn myself?
Soy is only slightly warmer than your body temperature, but you may want to blow out the candle to avoid being burned by the flame. The only thing that can burn you is the actual flame. By using soy oil rather than traditional waxes, such as paraffin or beeswax, the candle is safe and comfortable to use on your skin. The warmed oil can be directly massaged into the skin, leaving the skin smooth, soft, and pleasantly scented.
FAQ: Where can I use the lotion?
The all-natural ingredients are safe for the skin and can be used all over the body. Recommended use for anywhere you would apply other beauty products. It has wonderful effects on dry scaly spots like elbows and heels. Try it on your cuticles too. Soy candles are great for massages. Remember to use sparingly, a little goes a long way.
* Those allergic to nut based products should not use Soy candles on the skin because they contain soy and sometimes other ingredients such as: jojoba or other nut based shea oils. Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs.
TWO || Cleaner Burning
Paraffin candles are associated with the blackness that accumulates on their jars and on surrounding walls and counters. However, soy candles give off little of this soot for a more pleasing appearance and easier breathing. In addition, soy candles are non-toxic.
THREE || Renewable Resources
Paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum and is not a renewable resource. Soy candles are made from hydrogenated soybean oil, which comes from the soybean. Soy is biodegradable and cleans up with water. Melissa Louise candles are vegan.
FOUR || Cooler Burning
The melting point for paraffin wax is between 120 to 160 degrees. Soy candles burn at a lower temperature. While this means that soy candles will melt if kept in a warm locations, it also translates into a slower burn and a longer-lasting candle.
FIVE || Great Aroma
Although there are some fragrance-free candles, most are loved for their pleasing aroma. The aroma in soy candles typically comes from essential oils. Because the candle burns so slowly, the aroma is released gently into the air creating a softer scent.
WHAT INSPIRED THE BRANDING AND DESIGN ELEMENTS OF YOUR RANGE ?
Being your own client is the toughest job. I struggled with deciding on one creative direction and sticking to it. Looking back I am so happy with the direction I went, I am so inspired by the feeling candle light provides, it’s soft, soothing and gentle. I wanted my branding to reflect this.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU CREATIVELY ?
I am constantly in awe of the beautiful creative content people come up with and share on platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram. As an entrepreneur I am so inspired by the current ‘buy local’ movement in Cape Town. It is so special that people from all over the world come to our city to experience this.
ADVICE FOR FELLOW ENTREPRENEURS
I feel like maybe it is too early in my journey to be giving this kind of advice, but based on how far I have come I would say the distance between dreams and reality is action. Don’t be afraid to act, act quick or take time to think and then act as long as you are doing something you are one step closer to your dreams.
CONNECT WITH MELISSA
I bet that you have fallen madly in love with these beautiful Studio Melissa Louise candles! Hey, I don’t blame you, I am absolutely smitten myself! So, to play fair, we thought we would spoil one lucky reader with one of these gorgeous candles! Yay!
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