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  • The Making of "Pup-In-A-Cup"

    I've been thinking about the design and creation of this Pup-In-A-Cup candle since my first pop-up in September 2021. So when one of my first customers - a Doxie mom, reached out to me and requested a repeat order of a Doxie candle I made in bulk for her friends and family in 2021, I couldn't say no. She let me have full freedom with the design and her only requirement was the addition of her little Doxie - Loki to this design again; so off to work I went, with a 2.5 day lead time, to craft another bulk gift order. Having studied Korean Candle making and completed two intensive courses by two different candle masters over the last two years, I knew in theory what wax components I'd need for this candle. However, I had to experiment with the temperature, the wax proportion and the quantity, so that I could bring to life the candle in my head and in the diagrams in my theory book. THE CANDLE: The base of the candle is made of regular Soy wax that's poured at a specific temperature after being mixed with premium Fragrance Oil, and left to cool for at least a day, so that there are no lumps and bumps in the wax and the candle compounds are able to bind together perfectly. The chemical proportions in the wax to fragrance ratio need to strike a balance to give out the perfect scent throw. While the base is cooling, I mixed the Beeswax to create the cute little Doxie/ dog shapes in a mould. Loki is a brown doxie, so to get the right shade, I mixed a few shades of gold, yellow and cranberry to get to the correct colour. These Doxie wax embeds take about an hour to cool, and once popped out of the mould, they need to "settle" for at least 2-4 hours so that they don't break if you handle them. The final part is the HARDEST part - making the frothy, foamy milk top texture. For this part, I use four different kinds of waxes in different and exact proportions, each having to be heated at their own temperatures, some reaching 100 degrees Celsius! I then have to blend them together with an electric whisk, making sure the wax isn't too hot, or I'll get burnt, or too cool - it will never mix. Once the wax has reached the texture I think is just right, I need to make sure I maintain the room temperature at a constant - this is very important as I need the wax to hold its "shape" in the piping bag, otherwise I won't have a consistent texture. *WHEW!* This last part is very intense and needs to be done very quickly, with warm wax literally in the palm of my hand. Once the piped wax has settled on top of the candle and I can see it is holding its shape, I can stick the dog embed in, BEFORE it hardens. 24 hrs later, I clean up the jars with Clorox wipes, remove excess blobs of wax, and add final touches before trimming the wick, labeling and packing the jars. So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading the (intense) candle-making process of the newest, cutest member of the candle art section at Penne & Co. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by, read, and if you have a moment, please leave a comment if you found this interesting or if you learnt something new. Shop Pup-In-A-Cup candles. PS I named this OG custom batch "Loki Latte" after my client's Doxie. Needless to say, the customisation was a big hit and I'll be adding other dog breeds silhouettes to the candles soon :)

  • Are Scented Candles Pet-safe?

    Short answer: We (the candle community) don’t know, because there’s no research SPECIFICALLY done on/with animals to prove this. Disclaimer: I’m no Vet, and not a GP, so please consult your own GP re: respiratory issues, and do your own research too. "Pet Safe" Candles: I’ve received questions from a few fur-moms and dads, asking if “pet-safe” candles are a real thing, and if scented candles are pet-safe. [The question relates to inhaling the fumes from a candle, not eating the candle. Please don’t eat candles!] So, I did some digging, and found that there’s no definitive answer to the “are candles pet-safe?” question. Let’s break it down with logic, common sense and a healthy dose of science -- Some humans (like me), have a slightly weaker respiratory system that’s susceptible to pollen, dust, fresh cut grass (my husband), and it manifests itself in different ways. Pets are the same. Speaking from experience, and probably having the world’s MOST allergic dog, I have to be careful of the things that Paco - my Havanese, might come in contact with, that could trigger an allergy. Air fresheners, car scents, sprays, oil burners -- have chemicals in them that could irritate the respiratory system of a living being. One of my triggers for an asthma attack would be certain scents. Yes! It's usually not a problem till you discover it is a problem, and then you can take precautions to prevent it. One of the things I practice is, buying things that are as natural as possible, and avoid synthetic. Fact – if I blend a scent, and the supplier hasn’t mentioned there is a synthetic component to it, I’ll know, because it manifests as a headache. There are no "pet-safe" essential oils or fragrance oils that I know of. See point #1. Candle combustion - This is the interesting part -- when you light a candle you use the candle's wax as fuel for a chemical reaction called combustion which involves reacting hydrocarbons with oxygen, breaking them down into carbon dioxide and water. Fun Fact - combustion takes place in the human bodies too, though not as rapidly as in a burning candle. This combustion in the human bodies generates heat and this body heat is what can be seen on infra-red sensors. So, we create our own light! Isn't that magical? :) What about candle fumes? Some might argue that inhaling the fumes from a lit candle is unhealthy. Sure, it is; But fumes from a burning candle are emitted in such a minuscule quantity, they are incomparable to the pollution that we inhale every single day. There are some brands that claim that their candles are safe for use around pets, pregnant ladies, etc., but if I were you, I’d ask these brands for proof or the study they’ve conducted, to validate these claims. (I have asked Kin + Kind about their pet-safe candles and I’ve no response yet. Penne & Co. candle ingredients: The ingredients and components used in the candles I make are of the highest quality, sourced from ethical suppliers in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Korea. The wood for the wood wicks are sourced from U.S.-based Forest Stewardship Council Certified Mills, made in the U.S.A., and are a sustainable, natural, and eco-friendly wicking option. The scents I use are phthalate free, eco-friendly, and my suppliers provide ingredient transparency, and pure formulations, which is why I trust them, knowing they provide me with the very best. No Nasties! If you’ve read all the way here, thank you. If you’ve links to research or articles that show that certain scents or candles are indeed safe for pets, please share. I’m always keen to learn, and share. Questions/ comments/ healthy debate? Drop me an email, or start a discussion in the comments below. Spark Joy, you luminous beings <3.

  • Going Green?

    When I started thinking about launching this business, one of the key things I wanted to address and solve was the recycling problem associated with container candles. Over the years, I’ve collected a multitude of candle vessels and cleaned and recycled them, but I always wondered if there was a better solution. 🌿 My mom reminded me that “in ancient times” we lit candles in candle stands and other forms of illumination were hurricane lanterns and oil lamps. These are now objects of novelty, part of “rustic decor” and “barnyard chic” IG posts. 🌿 Lighting a pillar candle might need a bit of a clean up of the wax pool at the base of the candle holder, but I think that adds to the charm and uniqueness of the candle, don't you? 🌿 I see the words "sustainable", "eco-friendly" being bandied about by brands; but I believe that if we don't make the effort to conserve what we have, consume consciously, and buy purposefully, we just continue to be part of the cycle. What does going green mean to you? 🌿 -HP

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