An introduction to candlemaking as a business (with lunch included) run by Candlemaker of the Year 2020

An example of some of the items you make and take away with you!


This class is designed for total beginners, or those just starting out. It is beneficial for anyone considering starting a candlemaking business, giving you the tools to go away and start the experimenting you will need to do to make your business a success.

The workshop is held in a studio located in the stunning village of Lavenham, a medieval wool town, with stunning chocolate box cottages and independent shops.
This course focuses on the art of soy wax candlemaking, but does include a brief foray into paraffin wax.

It includes an introduction to materials, waxes/wicks/cores and containers. We cover the description of commonly used waxes, how to measure the correct quantities, perfume and their effects, pour temperatures and how to fix surface problems. The course will also explain the recent legislation changes and the CLP information that is required in order to sell your candles.

During the workshop, you will make and take away with you 1 x 250g glass, 1 x 3 wick candle, 3 x wax melt tablets, and 6 x paraffin wax, botanical/Christmas hangings. These are valued at over £65.00. We do not make tea-cup candles (these are completely unsafe and generally uninsurable) and we don't add botanicals to our candles - for the same reason.

I tend to have a maximum of 3 students, but can accommodate up to 8 for any special events (hen parties, etc.) at alternative premises nearby.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are included within the course, as are teas, coffees and a light lunch.

(Dietary restrictions need to be noted at the time of booking).


Jo Kendrick at The White Candle Company


The White Candle Co. Unit 8, Lavenham Studios
Brent Eleigh Road, Lavenham
CO10 9PE

Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


4 hours (10:00am to 2:00pm)

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Tammie Patterson - - #34359

I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in candle making. It was extremely informative and Jo is so lovely and down to earth. The studio had such a lovely energy and I left feeling so excited for my new venture.

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Claudia - - #34206

I attended this course yesterday with my friend and we both thoroughly enjoyed the course. Jo, is an exceptional teacher who is wiling to share her knowledge and experience about candle making. I came away from the day feeling inspired and looking forward to the next steps in my candle making journey.
This really is a great day out and a lovely learning experience. Overall this course is good value for money.

I wish Jo great success and abundance in all that she does. 😊

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Helen Ward jones - - #34202

This course was truly amazing !! From start to finish! It was so informative, creative and lots of fun !! The amount of different candles we mad red was amazing too packed in a gorgeous designer bag !! Attention to detail was amazing from the lunch to the questions the at Jo answered professionally!!Jo your a true legend I’ll be back !
Thank you💗💗💗💗

Response from The White Candle Company:

Ah thank you so much. What a lovely review. Im so glad you enjoyed yourself and the 4.5 hour journey was worth it! Keep in touch and good luck 😊

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Vicki Crawford - - #33986

Had a fantastic time on my candle course with Jo. She was so lovely, honest and friendly and has really given me the confidence to practice and go for it! Thank you so much Jo for all your help and for sharing your knowledge with me!

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Gail - - #33973

This was a great day and great value, I learnt so much about candle making Jo was so friendly and welcoming. Jo is so knowledgeable and passionate about candle making and was happy to share her knowledge with us. Her studio had such a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The best thing was we got to take home all we made. Thank you so much Jo for a really lovely day.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Gail. I wish you lots of luck in your "new life". Be brave, you can do it! x

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Debbie - - #33968

I had such a great day on this fun, informative course. Who knew that there was so much to learn about candle making! Jo is a lovely bubbly person and great teacher with SO much knowledge in her craft. I would highly recommend this course, whether you just want to learn how to make your own beautiful candles for yourself, family & friends or are considering candle making as a business. Take the course – you won’t be disappointed!

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you Debbie...glad you had fun. Ill be popping your candle in the post tomorrow!! 🤣🤣 ive managed to get rid of the Sweet Orange and Chilli Pepper from my body...eventually!!

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Vik Shuker - - #33961

A fantastic course. Jo was a great teacher full of information and helpful tips and I’ve come away with a large bag of beautifully scented things from the day. I will definitely be recommending it to all my friends and family.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Vik. Glad you had fun! Take care and keep in touch. x

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Ann - - #33960

Wow! What a fantastic course.
I’ve done candle making courses before and left feeling that there was still so much to learn. This one was by far the most informative and confidence boosting course I’ve been on.
Jo is friendly and fun and made the day so very enjoyable. I left having learned so much and can’t wait to get my business started.
Thanks Jo

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much for this Ann. It was lovely to meet you and Im ezcited to see where your journey takes you. Do keep in touch! X

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Gemma - - #33841

The course was great! Jo was really approachable and generous with her knowledge.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Gemma. Good luck with going forward x

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Matthew Butcher - - #33692

I have wanted to do this course for quite some time and recently attended. The course is aimed at total beginners and really gives a good grounding in how to make candles, wax melts and other decorative wax items. You learn about multiple waxes and Jo gives you a choice of materials so it is bespoke to you and your learning requirements. She has a fantastic range of fragrances to choose from so you can find fragrances that you love or would just like to try. Jo is happy to answer all your questions and talks about the practical side of a candle business including legislation and insurance. I came out feeling confident to explore and develop my own candle brand. I would definitely recommend the course.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you Matt and how exciting that you're already on your way to your own range. I look forward to following your journey and of course, will help wherever I can. All the best!

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Claire Savage - - #33691

I completed the course on Saturday and loved every minute of it. Jo has an incredible knowledge of candle making and the business element to the industry. She’s full of creativity and great ideas on how to build and drive your business forwards. Her studio is in a lovely location, the lunch was lovely and I met some lovely ladies on the course. I would highly recommend.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Claire for a lovely review. Wishing you lot of luck taking your idea forward. x

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Kate Spittal - - #33680

Such an excellent course, learnt so much in the four hours and went so quickly! It was really good fun and I came away with lots of ideas. Would highly recommend this course for anyone that has an interest in candle making whether that be as a business or just for their own enjoyment. I did this course as a complete novice and now can’t wait to get experimenting. Thanks so much Jo xx

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Jonathan - - #33594

The best 4 hours of creative okay, learning, sharing experience and building a basic knowledge base towards setting up a candle making business. Hi is a brilliant, skilled, and gifted teacher. A really enjoyable day. Thank you Jo for making the workshop both fun and a great learning opportunity!

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Amber-Rose Smith - - #33586

Last week I attended Jo's Candle Making as a business workshop and it was BRILLIANT. So eye opening and educational. Jo has such a wealth of knowledge and experience and she was able to answer all of the questions myself and the other attendee had. I learnt so much in the 4 hours which totally sped by and created some fabulous candles also. Now I have so many ideas and experiments to try and I truly cannot wait. A massive thank you to Jo for her professionalism, passion and generosity! Thank you Jo, I would absolutely recommend this course to anyone who's looking to make candles.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you Amber for such a lovely review. Keep in touch and do let me know how you get on! X

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Shelly - - #33455

Today I attended Jo's Candle Making as a business workshop and I can honestly say it was the fastest four hours ever. Jo was so welcoming and her enthusiasm is infectious. Jo is happy to share her wealth of knowledge and experience and I have come away with so many ideas that my head is spinning! Also so lovely that we got to make so many lovely things to bring home. I honestly couldn't recommend this course enough....thank you Jo!

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you for such a lovely review. It was so nice to meet you. I wish you lots of luck bringing your ideas to fruition. X

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Corinne Roberts - - #33434

Our two hour course was well organised, informative, professional and thoroughly enjoyable, we covered a lot in that time.
Jo was incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, generous and adaptable when asked to explore different ideas.
I will definitely be recommending Jo to my friends!

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Corinne. It was lovely to meet both of you and hope we meet again. Good luck!

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Sam - - #33334

What a great course and lovely lady. Jo is so enthusiastic and really knowledgeable about what she does and is happy to share it all with you. I came away with some great tips, ideas and products that we made. Would highly recommend.

Thanks Jo for a lovely day.

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Marie - - #33107

This is quite simply a brilliant course.
Jo is a very welcoming and warm lady. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, generosity of advice and experiences is just so refreshing.
There were two other participants - both with different knowledge and experience from myself, which made it even better as a broad range of questions were covered expertly by Jo.

Jo dispelled concerns I had about starting up and I came away buzzing with renewed enthusiasm - as well as a generous bag of candles and melts we'd made that day.
Great day and lovely company. Thank you so much Jo x


Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you for such a lovely review Marie. Wishing you lots of luck going forward - I'm sure you'll do brilliantly. x

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Zoë - - #33089

Absolutely loved my day with Jo! I’ve had an itch to make my own candles for a while now and was hoping to have a go and make some for myself and to possibly have as an add on to my jewellery business. Jo is super helpful, knowledgeable and happy to share all the tips she has learnt over the years. Highly recommend this course set in a beautiful part of the country.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Zoe. Lovely to meet you and best of luck going forward. x

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Jane Bruce-Veness - - #32509

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Kay Clarke - - #31910

Fantastic evening. Learnt so much and so relaxing and enjoyable . Thank you Jo for a great workshop.
And thank you Rosie Clarke for the perfect Christmas surprise . My house smells beautiful and have lovely presents to give .

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Rosie - - #31875

I booked this course as gift for my mum and I to help get our creativity flowing before Christmas. We had a wonderful evening, Jo made us feel welcome and relaxed and was very informative - we learnt much more than we expected about candles and candle making. We made some fabulous products to gift to friends and family... and for us too, our homes now smell amazing. Thank you Jo!

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Evelyn Davies - - #31863

This was such a lovely, warm, relaxing and informative day and with all the incredible scents it felt like a relaxation course. I am really pleased that I signed up for this course, Jo was brilliant.

Jo was a very good teacher and was well prepared with everything we needed to hand. Jo happily shared her knowledge and experience as well as a wealth of stories. We seemed to cover so much in one day. We made some fantastic candles and melts which were totally unique as we all handpicked our embelishments and fragrances and got to take them all home!

I think this course would be a perfect present for someone!

I now feel confident to make my own products and can't wait to get started, initially making gifts for friends and family, then moving onto more saleable products.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you for such a lovely review! I hope you're enjoying your candles and wish you loads of luck going forward x

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Kerri - - #30777

Had a fantastic day learning how to make candles with Jo, she’s so knowledgeable and friendly and I got to take home some beautiful products that she taught me to make. Her workshop smelt amazing too!

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Kelly Fairbrother - - #30661

What can I so glad I attended this course!
Firstly Jo is lovely, such a warm welcome and happy to share her experience and knowledge completely freely.
Personally I had watched every YouTube video, Googled everything I could think candle making related and followed every possible social media group I came across. For me the result was a scrambled mess of ‘knowledge’ with conflicting advice not to mention different countries so different rules!!
Spending the day with Jo gave me the correct knowledge and confidence to move forward with my ideas and start testing ready to finally start selling in the future.

Thanks again Jo x

Response from The White Candle Company:

This is such a lovely review Kelly. Thank you so much and best of luck moving forward, youll be fab xx

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Michele - - #30549

My friend and I loved our course with Jo, really relaxed, learned a lot and came away with some lovely products made by our own fair hands! Thanks Jo.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you Michelle. Youll have lots of time to practice over these two weeks!!

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Jackie Sweeney - - #30544

I travelled over from Ireland especially for this course. Jo is an absolute lady and so inspiring. The business she has built up from incredible hard work and dedication is evident. She was so informative with all of her advise and helped iron out all of the queries I had so that I now have the confidence to get down to work and take the next step. Very enjoyable day with very good company. Jo deserves every success.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Jackie, Thank you so very much for this lovely review. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and I wish you every success going forward. Thank you for making the trip x

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Louise - - #30196

When we attended the workshop due to the corona virus numbers were kept low, we were so thankful Jo still ran the workshop for us. What an experience, from the wonderful setting to the welcoming company from both Jo and Blossom is really was the prefect setting to take in the info on candle making. We chatted the whole time none stop, we went away with so much info we really did learn so much from it. Jo’s knowledge is fantastic all our questions answered and more. Thank you so much, we highly recommend the workshop 🙂

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Ree - - #30175

I attended the course with no preconceived expectations and was pleasantly surprised with the positive experience. Jo is such a nice person and best of all she is an expert in her field and immensely knowledgeable.

Whilst most people make candle making sound daunting, Jo completely put me at ease and made the whole experience so much fun and filled me with confidence.

If you have any doubts then forget about them and get yourself booked on this course it is an amazing insight into the world of candle making and candle maker of the year Jo is truly an amazing host.

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Claire Keen - - #30173

I participated in Jo’s course and I have to say it was absolutely amazing it exceeded my expectations by miles!!! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I couldn’t have wished for anything more.

Jo was so lovely I could have just chatted to her all day and not make any candles!!! Jo was so helpful, kind and patient with myself and my daughter and now she thinks Jo is the best thing since sliced bread!!!

I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to start a candle making business, learn a new skill or if you would like a great day out.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Ah! Thank you so much for this lovely review Claire. Amelia and you were both a pleasure to have in my studio and I look forward to seeing you again. x

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Michelle Mills - - #30123

I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Jo and her gorgeous pup Blossom. The course was perfect and answered everything I needed to know about getting started in the candle industry. The setting was beautiful, easy to find, with plenty of parking and a very smiley Jo ready to greet you with a warm welcome. I left the course feeling excited to start making my own candles with the knowledge and advice Jo had shared. I would highly recommend this course for anyone interested in setting up their own candle making business or just for pleasure.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Michelle. Wishing you the best of luck with your venture! x

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Nicola - - #30118

Had a very pleasant day learning to make candles with Jo. She covered the required labelling and answered all of our questions about starting a candle business. Her workshop is easy to find, in a lovely setting and with plenty of parking. This is a great course to get you started if you're thinking about making candles to sell. Came home with a lovely bag of goodies that smell fantastic. Thanks Jo! x

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thanks Nicola, glad you enjoyed yourself and wishing you the best of luck! x

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Helen Vine - - #30113

What a great course to do if you're interested in candle making. I did this yesterday (21/7). Beautiful setting wonderfully friendly Jo and her gorgeous pooch Blossom. Learnt a lot and gave me so much to think about which I hadn't before in regards to legislation and wicks etc and also on top of that left with some great goodies in candles and melts we made that day. Relaxed and very friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.. 5*.. Thank you Jo xx

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Helen. Good luck with the next step of yiur journey xx

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Jessica - - #30102

Thank you so much Jo - had a lovely time on the candle making course. I learnt everything from the legislation required, to wick and wax recommendations - the course flew by and Jo was so lovely. Had lots of lovely goodies to bring home and would highly recommend to anyone - thank you so much Jo! X

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you Jess. Was lovely to meet you (and your mum!) x

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Clare - - #30099

I would highly recommend this course with Jo. Jo is super friendly, very experienced and generously transparent with her advice. I learnt technical aspects, legal requirements and lots of invaluable tips from Jo's experience of candle making and running a business.
The setting in Suffolk is lovely.
On top of all of that I came away with a bag full of goodies I had made on the day. A really relaxed and informative day - thank you Jo:-)

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much! Look forward to seeing your onward journey! x

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Evie - - #30098

I would highly recommend this course. Jo was very helpful and an excellent teacher. We made a variety of lovely scented candles and melts which we got to take home in a beautiful goody bag. I really enjoyed my day and would recommend this course as you gain experience . Also Jo was happy to answer questions and give general tips . Also the venue is beautiful.

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Katie - - #30038

I would highly recommend this course. The day was fun & informative & Jo was super friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgeable and I came away with plenty of top tips, confidence & a bag full of gorgeous candles that I’d made! This course is an absolute must, thank you!

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Becca - - #29977

Just an amazing workshop. I absolutely loved it. The workshop was generous with delivery and product.
It was real and human- just perfect.
I’m leaving my candles to ‘mature’, but have been using the melts, all just so lovely.
Thank you

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Kelly - - #29968

I recently attended the candle making for business course with Jo & absolutely loved it. It was so calm & relaxed & I learnt so much about candle making. It has given me a lot more confidence moving forward & starting my own little empire. I would highly recommend this course.
Thank you Jo. X

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Anne - - #29129

Had a lovely morning candle making - Jo is very friendly and generous with her tips and knowledge of the business. The company and lunch were good too! It was a bonus to leave with beautifully packaged candles and visit the pretty town of Lavenham.

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Caroline - - #28790

What a great course - I learned so much about the art of candlemaking thanks to Jo and had a lot of fun along the way. Who knew wax has a memory?! We came back laden with beautifully scented candles of various sizes as well as melts and much more. Jo's knowledge and enthusiasm is infectious and she's inspired me to have a go at making my own candles. Her workshop is in Lavenham which is a great spot to explore afterward too.

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Joanne - - #28320

I attended the introduction to candle making course as a business.
Jo was an excellent teacher, really warm and friendly and so knowledgable with everything she taught. Small group sizes means that everyone was attended to fully. There are several important and pertinent safety and legal implications that one should know about if considering doing this as a business.
We made a few different selection of candles to take home with a few different choices of scents, these make wonderful gifts! The day was laid back and informal and I can't rave highly enough about the lovely Jo and her assistant all so friendly and helpful.
I highly recommend this course to anyone, plenty of free parking at the venue with facilities. Lovely area of Lavenham which is so beautiful to visit after the course.
Gift vouchers available which I believe make wonderful gifts for anyone that likes crafts.
A really enjoyable and fun day, I can't recommend highly enough.
Thank you so much!

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Brian Petchey - - #28307

Attended the candle making course, only two "students" and Jo, and we had an amazing day. Not only did we learn how to make candles but also the legalisation concerning the selling of the products. The puppy was adorable ....