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North East candle company wins national gift award

A North East producer of hand-crafted scented soy wax candles is celebrating great success in The Giftware Association’s Gift of the Year 2017 competition.

Northumbrian Candleworks, based in Hexham have been crowned  winners of the Home Fragrance category of the Gift of the Year awards for their unique candle making kits.

With twelve different occasions and scents available including Honeysuckle Jasmine and Mediterranean Fig, the candles are simple and straightforward make, with no need for specialist equipment, rather using household items including a bain-marie or water bath jug and wooden spoon.

Commenting on the award, Peter Cooke, business owner of Northumbrian Candleworks and head chandler, said: “We love the art of candle-making, and to be able to share our passion and give people the chance to enjoy the experience of creating their own scented soy wax candles is very exciting. To have our candle making kits range recognised by The Giftware Association is a huge honour and we’re proud to be flying the flag for the North East.

“This year’s Gift of the Year competition was bigger than ever before and we were up against some fantastic products in the home fragrance category. We’re very proud of the feedback we have received from the competition judges who commended us for entering such a unique gift into the competition.”

Organised by the Giftware Association, Gift of the Year showcases new and innovative products while raising the profile of forward thinking businesses such as Northumbrian Candleworks.

Northumbrian Candleworks pride themselves on using 100% GM free soy wax which is made from pure soybean oil. By using soy wax, the artisan candle producers can ensure that their candles burn longer and more cleanly than paraffin wax.

Mr Cooke continued, “Our award winning kits contain the same, high quality soy wax, wicks and fragrance oils which we use everyday in our workshop so those who buy our kits can be confident that they are purchasing a high quality product.

“Our Candle Making Kits are perfect for anyone who wants to try their hand at something a little different and fill their home with beautiful, natural scents.”

Candle Making Kits from Northumbrian Candleworks are available to trade customers and retailers. Each kit has an RRP of £15.99. Customers are able to order the award winning kits online from

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