Fragrant and festive

Dusk manufacturing operations manager John McFee inside the heart of the candle making industry.www.community.pix.com.au d412269
Dusk manufacturing operations manager John McFee inside the heart of the candle making industry.www.community.pix.com.au d412269

‘Candle making is much more of an art form than a science,’ the Victoria Park resident said.

As the company’s candle and fragrance expert, Mr McFee can spend up to two years developing a new product and said it was all about getting the right mix of waxes and scents.

‘I do plenty of research and we use the best suppliers and perfume houses,’ he said.

But environmental factors such as humidity can affect candle making, which is why Mr McFee said it was a constant trial and error process which he likened to cooking.

‘It’s recipe based and there’s a finite number of ingredients, but little tweaks can be made that change the whole thing.’

Christmas is a high sales period, but the preparation for the festive season actually occurred in July, when Mr McFee and his team worked around the clock, hand pouring around 20,000 candles a day.