Within a few months of tragedy striking Caroline, who has lived in Stoke Newington for the past 20 years, was made redundant from her role at St John’s Ambulance.
She started making candles and experimenting with different scents as a hobby and for therapeutic effect and recently launched House of Buckley – a business selling soy candles handmade in her kitchen with some wonderful and unusual scents.
She said: “I did six months research and bought good ingredients, at first it was something I was doing for me – because I loved candles and because making them brings me such pleasure and was a kind of therapy. When my friends started asking me to make them to order I thought ‘maybe this could be a little business’. “
Caroline hand pours the candles at home and makes small batches of between just three and six candles at a time. Scents include wild mint, lavender, jasmine and patchouli, black raspberry and peppercorn, whisky and Cuban tobacco and oak.
Her website highlights the role of aromatherapy in helping the mind and adds: “Research has shown that many moods and negative emotions can be lifted due to scents that are introduced to an environment.”
Soy candles burn much slower than paraffin ones and they burn without soot build up. A 9.8oz jar burns for around 45 hours.
Caroline’s daughter Charlie, 18, is an aspiring architect and helped with the look and feel of the website, which she built herself. “The children have been amazingly supportive”, added Caroline.
“I’m sure Stephen’s up there guiding me and supporting us along – he would say ‘go girl – keep doing what you’re doing.”
The candles are available to buy via www.houseofbuckley.com and there’s an option for those living locally to click and collect. House of Buckley often has stalls at local markets. They offer a 10% discount to members of the Local Buyers Club.
Caroline also runs Family First Aid courses for companies or in people’s homes.
Caroline hand pours the candles at home and makes small batches of between just three and six candles at a time.
Posted 3rd January 2018
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