Another homegrown brand I spotted which was vegan and smells so good from far was Artisan’s Garden Soy Wax Melts! Even before I could reach the booth, I could already smell the soft and gentle waves of aroma. When I came closer, I was even more mesmerized by the wide variety and beautiful scents. I am a huge fan of making sure my home smells good and fresh and have never come across a brand as good as this. I have bought a couple of soy candles around the world and on iherb but Artisan’s Garden choices are really rich in flavours. Most scented candles I purchased tend to always have a lighter tone but this product still smells as good and almost everyone who have been to our home have commented our home smells amazing. Here are some questions I asked Susan and here are her replies:
When did you start Artisan’s Garden?
I started it just before Christmas in 2013 when I initially experimented with handcrafted soaps, bath salts, balms, candle tins and wax melts as Christmas gifts to friends and family.
That sparked my interest in natural bath and body products after I left the corporate left after 20 years in the F&B sector. I took a short course in soap making and started developing an interest in soapcraft. I went on to take comprehensive courses in both soap and candle crafting in Seoul, Korea and Sydney.
Whilst in the US and Australia, I was introduced to the concept of wax melts and thought it was an ideal way of scenting a room without getting my burners all oily and burnt from burning essential oils. As I only wanted to deal with natural soy wax, I started developing different scents, initially for my own use- hence the birth of Artisan’s Garden Soy Wax Melts.
What are some of the challenges you faced?
Any candle maker will tell you that it takes a lot of trial and experimentations to get the right balance of the scent colour and burn. So at any one time, Artisan’s Garden would have no less than 16 different scents, with new ones being tried all the time.
What are your most popular scents?
Our most popular sellers are White Tea & Ginger, Ocean Breeze and Himalayan Bamboo.
When will you be having new scents?
I do them seasonally and this coming Christmas, I will be launching three new scents- Christmas Cedar (a woody homey scent), Home for the Holidays (a party mix of citrus, florals and woods) and Candy Cane (a pure peppermint).
Where are your soy wax from?
Artisan’s Garden uses only the best soy wax from the USA:
- 100& vegetable, made with Pure Soybean Oil, GUARANTEED
- All NATURAL and biodegradable
- Manufactured meeting FDA standards
- Kosher Certified
- NOT tested on animals
- Contains NO animal products
- Contains NO palm wax
- Contains No petroleum, paraffin or beeswax products
- Contains NO pesticides and NO herbicides
- Contains NO GeneticallyModified Materials
- Considered GRAS under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act
What are wax melts?
The melting of scented wax chips is still relatively a new concept in Singapore, compared to water-diluted essential oil. While wax melts are also placed in a tea-light or electric burner, the advantages are substantial.
- Wax does not evaporate, unlike water, thus no worry about drying up
- The scent throw of wax melts is wider and more effective than candles
- Melting wax gives you the scent much quicker than lighting a scented candle
How to use wax melts?
- Place 8-12 pieces of wax melts on burner and light tea light
- After the scent has dissipated, pour the liquid wax away (recommended into a paper cup- never pour down the sink)
- Wipe burner with tissue paper on napkin and place new wax melts to burn again
Tips on using the burner:
- Place burner on a stable and safe surface (eg. not on a wood laminate or paper surface as the base might get hot)
- choose a burner that is not too open or too high at the base, as the heat from the flame needs to melt the wax, neither should it be too low that the heat makes the entire burner too hot to handle
Why should one use soy wax:
For most of us in Singapore, we have a tendency to be enclosed in an airconditioned room- be it at home or at work. Soy wax is:
- Unlike the more common paraffin wax, soy wax is natural and non-toxic. With no petrol-carbon soot, it burns cleaner and is therefore safer to use in the home.
- Soy wax melts at a lower temperature, so it does not scald in the event of a spill, making it safer around children
- It is so easy to clean- just give your burner a wipe or simple use water and soap! No scraping needed.
- Soy wax is naturally biodegradable
- It is common for soy wax candles and tea lights to last 30%-50% longer than paraffin ones, thus giving you a much longer burn time
They also sell lemongrass lizard repellent S$10 a bottle which is all natural and does not harm the wiggly insects but yet wards them away. I thought it is such a brilliant and green idea!
Check out Artisan’s Garden latest pop up shop and happenings on their facebook page and be sure to get one to be in spa-mood everyday:) Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. They do home delivery services too.