CREATIVE: Wendy's Soy Wax Candles can fill just about any glass or ceramic container to make beautiful gifts.
CREATIVE: Wendy's Soy Wax Candles can fill just about any glass or ceramic container to make beautiful gifts. CONTRIBUTED

Wendy's creativity fills the air with pleasant aromas

WENDY McCaul's handmade soy candles have been adding fresh new aromas to the market scene each week.

Wendy was working at a café in Maroochydore when it was suggested that she give candle-making a go.

It didn't take long to become a hobby and now a part-time business, with stalls at Yandina Markets and Fishermans Road Markets.

Wendy uses soy wax as opposed to the traditional paraffin wax for a number of reasons including its eco-friendly qualities and cost-effectiveness.

Soy wax came from the oil of soybeans, and because it was all-natural, the smoke it created didn't contain toxins and carcinogens that could be found in paraffin candles, she said.

Western Australia's Aussie Candle Suppliers provides Wendy with the materials she needs, which includes her 164 different fragrances.

The standard vanilla and coconut are still the favourites, despite such a vast range of scents.

However, some lesser-known fragrances such as Egyptian Amber have recently gained popularity.

Wendy said she had noticed younger men in particular had shown interest in the aftershave-smelling Cuba Gold.

The fruit-scented Monkey Farts always causes discussion and laughter, too.

"That's why I bought it,” Wendy said.

The majority of her candles take the form of a standard glass jar, but she also sells her own novelties such as wine glasses.

Customers can even bring in a container of their choosing and ask for it to be made into a candle.

Wendy once received a teacup that belonged to a deceased loved one and was asked to pour wax into it.

Making such special mementos for people is particularly satisfying for her.

The people she meets through running her stalls is the reason she loves the markets so much.

One lady has been a customer since Wendy first started at Fishermans Road almost a decade ago.

Customers can order candles through Wendy's website (www.soywaxcandles.net.au) as well as the market stalls.

Learn more about the process of making candles by watching her YouTube videos.



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