We’ve been working with Bryan from Ruslana Candles for a little while now, reviewing his handmade candles and wax melts, which we’ve been so impressed with, so we’re super happy now to be interviewing him for the latest edition in our Behind The Wick series.
So Bryan, tell us a little about yourself – what originally drew you to making candles and launching your own business?
I started working in a candle wholesale business about two and a half years ago in the warehouse side of things and working closely with the managing director, I slowly learned the trade of melting and pouring with the help of two of the biggest candle making businesses in both China and India. The MD was set in his ways with regard to sticking to a small number of selected fragrances and to my eyes the sales was becoming stale.
I found a fragrance and wax supplier close to myself and from that time I was buying the supplies to make my own soy candles, and using the scents that I was able to buy off the supplier, I helped the business expand into more scents and before the owner had to close the business down for personal reasons I started selling my range off around at markets and fairs. From that time I have slowly built my business in making both for private labels and my own brand.
The brand Ruslana is my partner’s name who is at the moment, a million miles away from me. I have set up the business hoping that one day when we are together, we can run the business together. The meaning behind Ruslana comes from Russia and means lion. Read More