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The Journey of a Thousand First Starts

When I first decided to learn how to make candles back in 2018, I had no idea how long it would take to get it all figured out. I started out with a simple candle making kit and began my journey by researching and practicing. I learned from others by joining online candle makers groups where I was able to discover so much about the science of candle making. What I couldn't have anticipated was how long it would take to get things figured out. You see, it's not just about finding pretty containers and lovely scents. There is so much more invloved that takes weeks, months, and yes, even years to perfect.


The frustrations sometimes outweighed the fun of it all and there were more times than I can even count that I had decided to throw in the towel, call it quits, and move on to the next adventure. But after all the months and years (and dollars) spent on trying to create perfect candles (yes, perfect because the idea of perfectionism is in my genes) I just kept going. I constantly felt like I was taking three steps forward and two steps back. Progress was slow and even when it was faster, I would invariably run into another wall, a major set back. Ugh.


When you're almost at the end of your journey (as far as you can tell) it doesn't make sense to turn back. It always seemed like I could see that proverbial "light at the end of the tunnel" so always after a day of feeling frustrated and sometimes even feeling like a failure and deciding to call it quits, I would pick myself back up and keep moving forward.


For some people, it seems like things just come easily and everything magically falls into place. For me, this journey of becoming a maker of plant-based scented candles felt like a journey of a thousand miles that just kept starting over and over again, like the movie Groundhog Day. It was messy and unorganized which is the exact opposite of where I function best. It felt like chaos sometimes. It felt like I was starting over a thousand times.


When the pandemic hit, it seemed like every time I would sit down to place an order for the wax, vessles, oils, or wicks, etc. they would be unavailable, either out of stock for weeks on end or just plain discontinued. I had to start over twice with different wax types, which meant testing in each vessel and with each fragrance to determine the correct wick. This is a slow process as I have to wait two weeks between pouring and testing. I finally realized that I just needed to surrender to all of that chaos and go with it. To not stress about the time it was taking and to laugh at the set backs.


I persevered and feel like after all those years and frustrations, I have finally made it! Fingers crossed that all the supplies I have settled on (for the 3rd time) will remain in stock, constant, and readily available. Now I can in all honesty and self promotion say that Pyper and Finn candles are amazing! I have found the PERFECT formulas to create some pretty incredible candles and I am proud and excited to finally launch my online shop and start sending these works of art out into the homes of people who will love and appreciate them. I'm so relieved to have reached the end of this thousand mile journey and so excited to begin the next phase.