The Victorian Candle Co.'s journey started in late 2018, when brothers Aidan (20) and Ru (17) noticed a lack of high-quality candles in their hometown of Carlisle, Cumbria.
After many long hours of experimentation and learning, their new business venture was finally ready to release - on March 1 2019, The Victorian Candle Co. was released to the public!
At the time of the release, Aidan was completing his course at Northumbria University while Ru was studying at a local sixth form.
The remainder of the year was full of excitement - from releasing new scents (such as Orange Zest, Strawberry & Rhubarb and Blueberry Pancakes) to attending a Christmas Fair at a local college, Aidan and Ru were spending any and all of their spare time on the growth and development of the business.
In late 2019, the boys secured their first stockist and the candles could be found on sale in a physical shopfront for the first time.
(Their candles can now be found throughout the nation - click here to see an updated list of stockists!)
Moving into the candle workshop!
Word of the business soon began to spread around the city of Carlisle and beyond - things got a lot busier toward the start of 2020, and the boys took over an entire room dedicated to candles in their home!
March 2020 took the entire nation by surprise. The coronavirus pandemic was a growing concern throughout the world, and a national 'lockdown' was called in late March. The boys focused on supporting the people of Cumbria during this time, and aimed to bring a bit of light to peoples lives by supporting a number of important local charities and organisations.
Operations were moved to a dedicated workshop space in June 2020, and the first team member was hired later that year.