Today’s blog post is a guest post interview with Amy Crossland, the founder of Aubrey Bay Candles! I put together a few questions for her husband to ask so you can find out a little bit of their company history and information for yourselves, so enjoy!
Q1) Amy, for those not familiar with Aubrey Bay can you tell us about the brand origins and a little bit about yourself.
As life for everyone today can often be fast-paced and stressful, I’d often like to relax and unwind on an evening by buying myself little luxuries like candles. I found them an amazing de-stressor especially with a nice glass of wine!
I’ve always loved candles and would buy them wherever I could. One day, I read an article in the newspaper about how harmful cheaper, paraffin-based candles were in the home. I started to investigate healthier candle options which were more ethical. I started to buy hand-poured soy candles.
I quickly realised that there were a few issues with the ones I bought. For example, one didn’t get delivered and I was refunded my money. The next was delivered after 3 weeks. And another didn’t burn very well at all. I then had a light bulb moment! I knew I could create something that was an affordable luxury, well-made and could be delivered on time to the buyer.
Aubrey Bay was born. A brand that makes luxury-feel products, that perform beautifully and are natural and ethical.
Q2) Why do you use soy in your candles?
It’s a great question. A huge part of my belief is that our products should help create healthy homes for women and their families. Although there are many reasons why soy is a great choice for a candle, two important ones are the health benefits and the cleanness of the burn.
Soy wax is a healthier alternative to paraffin wax in that it does not release dangerous carcinogens into the air when melted as paraffin wax does. Burning and melting paraffin releases at least 11 known toxins including acetone, benzene and toluene. And this is something we wanted to avoid. And on the burn, a candle made from soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released. Paraffin candles often create a significant amount of black soot that collects on the jar, as well as on your walls and other surfaces of the home.
For us, it was a no-brainer. Soy gives us the health properties we were looking for. If you want to dig a little deeper and learn more about the benefits our soy wax, you can check out our post ‘reasons to choose soy wax candles’.
Q3) How long have you been in business?
At the moment, we have been live for 1 month. We are a new business, but we have big plans. We’ve created great products and already have some really happy customers who come back for repeat buys. This gives us a great feeling, and excitement, for the future of Aubrey Bay.
Q4) Any Struggles along the way when setting up your business?
One of the biggest struggles we had when creating Aubrey Bay was product development. Creating candles that burn beautifully, give off the right scent profile and are consistent is no easy task. It’s easy to get it ‘not quite right’ and as a perfectionist, I really wanted to perfect ours.
Q5) What is your favourite scent in the range?
I love all the scents. In the testing phase, we must have tried over 30 different scents. It took months of development. In the end, we factored them down to the 6 in our range (black amber & lavender, lychee peony, lemon & freesia, orange & white lotus, coconut lime and wood sage & sea salt).
If I had to pick, lychee peony and lemon and freesia are beautiful (lychee peony is also our best seller!) I believe, for women, all of our scents will make you feel good and this is the main drive for our products and business.
Q6) Why did you call yourself Aubrey Bay?
The brand name, Aubrey Bay, comes from two distinct sources. Aubrey has roots on my side of the family and is a nod to strong females in my family
Bay, on the other hand, comes from one of our favourite family places in the world the beautiful Druridge Bay in Northumberland.
Q7) What’s the best thing about having a home business?
The best thing about having a home business is that you are the creator of the product. You can create something that you know is really great; because if you love it other people will too. Life is stressful and we want to give people a little bit of luxury to alleviate this.We love our job!
Q8) As a husband and wife team, how does this work?
It works perfectly. Andrew works the website, deliveries and social media. This gives me lots of time to test fragrances, make candles and develop the look and feel of the product. We are really excited about the future and getting to know more about our clients. We like to add a personal touch to our business – it’s really important to us.
If you’d like to find out more about Amy and Aubrey Bay soy candles UK, then follow the link to their site.
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