Today we meet Becky from Happy Hippie Candle Co. who makes beautiful natural soy wax candles in recycled glass jars.
Tell me a little bit about you and your business?
Hello, I’m Becky – a 30 something mummy of two, wife, teacher, maker and lover of all things eco. In my spare time I love to exercise and grow my own fruit and veg. I also love going for walks in the lovely Lincolnshire countryside with my family and pooch.
My business is Happy Hippie Candle Co. I make 100% natural soy wax candles with therapeutic grade essential oils set in recycled glass jars.
What made you open your own business?
I LOVE candles, I always have one burning – summer or winter. Over the years I have worried about chemical fragrances that are in so many shop bought candles. I want a chemical free home so started to look at more natural options. Whilst researching natural candles I decided to give candle making a go myself, incorporating the recycled jars idea and the feedback I got was overwhelmingly positive. I then took the leap and started up Happy Hippie!
I love that your candles are eco-friendly and are in recycled glass jars also that you encourage people to bring back their used jars to be refilled. Why is this important to you?
The environment, looking after our planet and sustainability are very important to me. I’ve always been eco-conscious – I try to recycle, reuse and refill as much as possible, choose plastic free and natural options as much as I can. So when I decided to open my business, re-using of glass jars was a central part of my business idea. Instead of making more glass and creating a product that adds to the waste pollution issue – Happy Hippies are a sustainable product that gives used jars a second (third or fourth) lease of life!
Your candles are so pretty and I can’t wait to get my order in. Do you have a favourite that you’d recommend for my first Happy Hippie candle?
My personal favourite is Eucalyptus and Peppermint. I love how crisp and fresh it is!
What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?
To be honest, I’m really surprised (and thrilled) at the response I’ve had. It’s only early days for Happy Hippie Candle Co. but I’m really proud that I’m getting such a great reception so far. Thank you all!
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own business?
Do lots of planning and get lots of feedback (you can tell I’m a teacher!). Reach out to your target market and get feedback on your product. Be prepared for trial and error but keep persevering and keep learning as you go. It’ll be worth it.
What is the best and worst thing about owning your own business?
Best – all the lovely kind words of support and seeing people loving my candles.
Worst – I haven’t had any bad points as yet but it’s a relatively new venture (fingers crossed!)
What do you have planned for your business in the future?
For the immediate future I’m working on some Christmas blends for my Happy Hippie Christmas range. Longer term I’d love to host a stall at a craft fair and maybe even stock my candles at another shop.
Do you think there is a lot of support in Lincolnshire for independent businesses?
I have stumbled across a number of small business helpers that have been really helpful such as Made in Grimsby and Loyal to Local. I’m quite new to this world so I’m still learning a lot and meeting new and like-minded people all the time.
Where can people find your products?
I have candles stocked at 19 Seventy 9 in Abbeygate in Grimsby as well as Monks Wood Nursery at Elsham Hall. I also have a new Etsy page coming soon. Announcements about this will be on my Instagram page!