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

This is me! I can't wait to welcome you to my Lavenham Studio


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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In-person course
Emma Khan - - #35103

Highly recommended! There are many candle making courses out there, but I'm so glad I picked this one!
I chose this course over others to learn about the business side of things, as well as making candles. Jo's knowledge is invaluable in this department and was happy to answer all questions in depth. For anyone embarking on their candle making career, this really is a fantastic course.
The day was thoroughly enjoyable; we made a variety of candles and wax melts and came away with a lovely goodie bag and gorgeous products, that I can't believe I actually made!
Thank you Jo for a fantastic day!

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Michelle - Mish - - #35089

Wow, what can I say a truly fantastic day in a beautiful setting. You think you know how to make candles and then you attend Jo’s course and realise you know nothing! She explained everything so thoroughly and also offered valuable advice, whether you need the course for just making candles for yourself or setting up a new business 🙏🏻

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Michelle. It was really lovely to meet you and I'm excited to see your onward journey. If you need help, shout! x

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Donna Dickens - - #34687

I love candles and was bought this as a present from the hubby. The workshop is set in a beautiful little village. It was absolutely amazing... I loved the day! I just love candles and did not realise there was so much involved... or that I was doing everything wrong from how I burned them to how I extinguished them! Jo is an awesome Tutor and a lovely person. I learned so much from this course.... I will definitely be back.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Donna for a lovely review. Was great to meet you and look forward to your return! Be in touch soon. x

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Alice Youngs - - #34627

I can't recommend this course enough for anyone who wants to learn the basics of starting a candle company. Not only does Jo know her stuff she also recommends brands, products and tips of the trade. I had no idea how technical working with wax could be however Jo presented a booklet full in information which it great for jotting down extra notes thought out the class.

I can't stress enough how informative and interesting I found it. Jo also taught me about the requirements you need to get in order to sell your products. I left the class with no questions unanswered she also was more than happy answer any emails if I had an follow up issues.

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you Alice. So excited to see you onward journey! Do keep in touch and take care lovely. x

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Heidi Hayes - - #34514

We really enjoyed the course and found it very interesting. Jo provided us with lots of information and some very good tips! We are looking forward to being able to put what we learnt into practice! Thank you Jo for the great day we had at your studio

Response from The White Candle Company:

Thank you so much Heidi. Hoping you both have lots of success going forward and that you get to your dream home in Suffolk over the next couple of years.

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Rachel - - #34392

Such and great course and I couldn’t recommend it enough! I went to the course with no candle making experience and left feeling confident to start experimenting on my own.
Jo is fantastic! She shared all her invaluable knowledge and is a great teacher. Her workshop is lovely and a great setting for the course.

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Ollie Moore - - #34372

Just superb. A wealth of information without getting bogged down. Everything you will need to get on the right foot for a new candle business.
Jo is full of energy and a great "teacher". Can't reccomended highly enough in all honesty!

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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 😊

In-person course
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!

In-person course
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

In-person course
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