A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MAISON BLANCHE'S CHIEF CHANDLER
> 18 May 2017
Meet Mikey, he lovingly hand makes each Maison Blanche candle.
What is your favourite scent?
Cedarwood and wild patchouli – because its different from the rest, I like the muskiness.
How did you start?
Kristy taught me everything I know, I’m a slow learner but she has been patient with me. I started packing boxes, then cleaning the candles after pouring, and the eventually I learnt to pour.
I like it, compared to my other jobs, it is a lot more exciting. I feel like I’m actually achieving something, I get to make something from start from finish.
What’s your favourite part of your job?
Pouring, it’s the most satisfying. I like seeing things coming together; starting to look and smell how they should. It’s also where things can go the most wrong and I need to troubleshoot the process.
What’s the hardest part of making candles?
Temperatures. Colder temperatures make the candles set faster – but the cold makes the wax contract. So on a hot day candles can end up setting mushy and gross. They’re also prone to explosion! Jokes. I don’t know all science behind it, hot is bad, super cold is bad.
If you could capture any scent in a candle what would it be?
Campfire, leather or gunpowder. Taking something with a strong, powerful and recognisable scent, and turning it into a candle.
Why are hand-made candles better?
It’s all about attention to detail. Being handmade is a source of pride, it’s a craft instead of just a production line.
What’s your favourite part of working at MB?
The people. Even though I work alone most of the time these days.
Describe a day in your life.
I get up at 8:10am. I have a strong black coffee for breakfast and gauge what needs to be done. Every day at Maison Blanche is
different. Sometimes there’s a full day of orders to be sent out, but mostly my work day involves candles being hand poured.
What would you do if you weren’t pouring candles?