Process, production and the lifecycle of a product
4 September 2016
When you light your sweetly smelling honeysuckle Tea Time Tin candle, or your woody pipe tobacco spice tin candle you are probably not thinking about the long journey this little luxury has made to arrive into your home. Your candle has brought together components from 5-6 different sources and has been touched by about a dozen different people in the production cycle.
Himalayan candles has many collections all with their own distinctive look inspired by a time and place, a memory, a recreation of home. Together they will tell a story of fragrance, aesthetic beauty, functionality and reuse. But there is also a hidden story of love, labor, struggle, learning from others, stumbling over mistakes and growing stronger.
That burning candle is a unique hybrid of creative conception, direct sourcing and domestic manufacturing at a streamlined scale while still preserving artisan hand crafted touches.
A Himalayan candle starts out life as an idea, a finish or a look and that comes to life once all the parts are established. The manufacturing – how does one make an aged distressed tin or a vintage victorian glassware en masse? It comes from working closely with the right factory to come up with materials and techniques that can be used to make our unique containers at a reasonable cost. It will involve visits to the factory to work on the process. Our success is rooted in the relationships built with our makers over the years. The factories I work with like us and want us to succeed. They believe in our product as much as I do.
Once the vessel is made, loaded onto a container and arrives on our shores, it is unloaded into the warehouse where it will await the short journey to our production area. My production team is the true story of our product and the backbone of the business. It is the paramount reason we are able to succeed in a crowded marketplace and hold our own. Day after day and year after year they will transform empty vessels from the warehouse into the finished product through teamwork, discipline and attention to detail. Each piece is quality checked, cleaned and prepared. The wax and fragrance are poured by hand by the initial team of wax pourers, from there the labels, ribbons and dustcover are meticulously stamped and applied by a crack team of packagers who have been chosen and whose skills have been honed to tie a bow just right, and to stamp a fragrance just so. Each piece goes through a final quality check by the team supervisor before it is stored in the finished goods area where it will await eventual shipping.
- Posted by jleaphart