About us

About us

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!

Brothers Aidan and Ruaridh Blackett holding their favourite candle scents, created by The Victorian Candle Co and hand-poured in Carlisle, Cumbria

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!)

Ru Blackett selling The Victorian Candle Co's hand poured candles at the Lakes College Christmas Fair in Lillyhall, Workington
An Orange Zest candle - photo taken outside Carlisle Cathedral

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.

(Click here to see an updated list of team members!)

Business cards from The Victorian Candle Co in their workshop space, based in Carlisle, Cumbria
Aidan and Ru Blackett hold their business cards in the workshop space, based in the North-West of England

Exciting times were ahead as the Christmas rush began, and customers purchased thousands of gifts for their loved ones.

2021 has been incredible so far, and the entire team are excited to see what the future holds!

The original ideology and ethos of The Victorian Candle Co. has remained the same throughout the entire journey and beyond - making unique, high-quality candles and ensuring that each & every customer has a great experience are the top priorities and always will be.

Thanks to everyone for their support along the way! 🐝💕