I’m based in London and currently in our third COVID-19 lockdown. The lockdowns have meant that I’ve been working from home from my full-time job as a marketing manager for a year now – this has given me more time to spend finding new hobbies.
Candle making happened to be something I discovered I loved, so I spent a lot of time researching the craft and eventually decided to turn that hobby into a business! I create both candles and candle trays – I’ve always loved design and homeware, so it’s really fun to get creative with different colors, shapes, and sizes.
I’m a Black-owned business; my business name “Mela” draws from “Melanin,” and I try to bring that out through my branding. My main focus is body shape candles – I try to redefine the term “nude” by giving a range of nude skin tones, with no single shade identifying as “nude,” which we do often see other brands do. My candles are also inclusive of different body shapes and sizes too. I really love this craft and am so passionate about it.
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