Meet the Makers: Isle of Skye Candle Company

This month we are delighted to introduce you to one of Scotland’s most successful family- run businesses, the Isle of Skye Candle Company, which began life in a country bothy

Isle of Skye Candle Company was started by Raghnall Robertson and his brother James in 2006 in a grass roofed bothy on our uncles’ croft on Skye. The idea for creating a candle company came to James when he was working for a local soap shop and discovered that there was no one making natural fragranced candles in the UK. At the time the only options for nice candles seemed to be ones made from paraffin.

This didn’t sit right with James as it didn’t make sense why anyone would buy something that wasn’t natural with no obvious benefits, if there was a natural alternative. With this in mind, he set out to create his own candles to try and make a product that would be good enough to get people to ditch these paraffin candles and use a healthier natural alternative. The candles are still all handmade on the Isle of Skye.

Is there a craft industry of small makers on Skye?

Yes, there are lots of cottage industry businesses in Skye. These range from chocolate companies to soap companies.

Are the candles inspired by the natural landscape?

We take inspiration all the time from the natural landscape. Our packaging incorporates sharp shapes which represent the jaggy Cuillin mountain Range. We also use the landscape for scent inspiration. From Highland Gorse to Scottish Bluebell, the plants we are surrounded by are a key factor in our products.

Do you feel proud representing the island with your products?

We are very passionate about representing Skye and feel very proud that our products are bought all over the world. Our Island economy is pretty fragile and has only recently seen the population start to stabilize from a rapid decline. It’s always been a sore point to have so many talented friends and family leave the Island to find work due to lack of opportunities here. Trying to change this has always been a major driver for us to grow and we will never stop trying.

Can people visit you when they travel to Skye?

We have a retail outlet in Broadford where people can visit and see our full range and meet Kenneth our friendly shop manager! We don’t currently do candle making workshops or tours but we are working on this so watch this space!

What are the Scottish Collection Candles?

These are our scents which are inspired by the landscape around us. We take inspiration from the Heather on the hills to the Highland Gorse by the shores.

What have you prepared for WeeBox subscribers?

We have supplied WeeBox subscribers with Lavender Votives. These are the perfect introduction to us. A lovely subtle scent in a cute little vessel. It’s a gorgeous gift.

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