Until recently, I’ve never really been much of a candle person. The only time I lit candles was at Christmas or if I was having friends over for dinner. But lately, I’ve been lighting one almost every night before I go to bed. Even if I only light it for 10 minutes, the gentle flickering light and also the mild fragrance is all really soothing and helps me relax before I have to sleep. I finally get why people like candles.
My favorite kind is the soy wax variety. Unfortunately, they’re not so easy to find in Korea…. Obviously bees wax isn’t vegan so I avoid them, but I also don’t like using paraffin wax candles because they give off more soot and unpleasant air pollutants. Which is why I was so excited to meet a Korean soy wax candle maker who has her own line of products called ‘Mellowsong.’ She provides gorgeous artisan candles for Botton cafe~ Infact, you may have seen some of her candles in the background of some of my food photos. Her candles have a lovely fragrance and they don’t emit yucky smoke and make the sides of the glass all black with soot. I just feel good about lighting them~
Well, about 2 weeks ago I got to attend a workshop by her (yay, got to cross it off my 101 List)! She doesn’t do workshops on a regular basis, but every once in a blue moon, Botton Cafe will clear out the cafe and host it. I was lucky enough to snag a spot in her last workshop~ :)
First, we melted down the soy wax pieces in stainless steel pot. Doesn’t it look like white chocolate? I could just gobble it all up~ You can get many of these materials including the soy wax chips at Bangsan market.
After the wax was melted, we mixed in some essential oil in two separate batches (lavender and peppermint), and then poured the wax into our cups & mugs. Yet another thing to note is that none of the essential oils she uses are tested on animals and have the certified ‘against animal testing’ on them. So all her candles are cruelty-free, and also environmentally friendly.
Here are all our candles cooling slowly~ What’s also cool is that a lot of Mellowsong candles use wooden stems, instead of the typical string wick. So when you light it, it makes this slight crackly sound (like you’re at a very tiny fireplace), and it just looks natural and pretty. Gosh, there are so many things I love about her candles.
If you would like to order some of her beautifully crafted candles, you can email her and she’ll send you a price list with photos. Her English is good too, so you can email her in English! :) Email her at shallowmellow (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also check out her website (in Korean): http://mellowsong.egloos.com/