Every now and then, we get questions at Country Wickhouse Candles about our “production model,” or the process by which our candles are made. I’d invite anyone interested in watching our manufacturing process to drop by our megalithic, six-story, 90,000-square-foot factory, but we don’t have one. True, we are remodeling a studio apartment space above our garage so we can move our operation out of the kitchen and into its own space, but you won’t find a Country Wickhouse factory or plant anywhere in the world.
So what does this mean? It means exactly what our website claims about Country Wickhouse Candles: Handmade, hand-poured, all-natural soy candles. Every candle you order from us has been handled multiple times by an actual human being. And we can do even better than that—your candle order has been handled by only two people, me or my wife. Wax is melted, scent is pitched, and dye is added all on the white Whirlpool electric range in our kitchen. Tins and molds are filled and wicks are pinned on the counter next to the double-basin kitchen sink. Wax is set and released with the aid of the freezer in our Kenmore side-by-side refrigerator. All very technical and impersonal, right? Unfortunately, machines and robots can’t make a handmade, hand-poured, all-natural soy candle intended to leave our country kitchen and live in the warmth of your home, no matter what the container looks like. We don’t care what Yankee, Party Lite, or Scentsy want you to believe. It’s impossible to mass produce personality.
In the end, one thing is resoundingly true: Every Country Wickhouse candle, from the label, to the packaging, to the soy product, is carefully, thoughtfully, and personally created, not in a “production model,” but in our kitchen.
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P.S. We’ll post pictures of our new “factory” for our grand opening. Our 90,000-square-foot plans had to be cut down to 680 square feet due to budget concerns!