Candle Making Business for Startup

Zaga Colovic British Perfumer and candle consultant


Starting a scented candle making business with purpose and sustainability, learning all know - how from the industry expert is crucial. Zaga Colovic, British Perfumer who is a member of IFRA UK, British Society of Perfumers and Cosmetic Scientists Society .

Zaga runs Home Fragrance Academy and will work with you on a bespoke training programmes to help you create candle and home fragrance business including professional formulating of reed diffusers. Her workshops are bespoke (this means that every workshop is designed and is based on the clients requests and specs so as to ensure that you work with her to develop your business and not someone else's) No two workshops are the same.
Her clients range from start ups to established businesses and entrepreneurs from South America, Italy, Israel, China, Singapore, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Vietnam, UK, Philippines , Malaysia and Dubai. She has done collaborative projects with Virgin, Carlsberg, Live Nation and most recently ITV Dancing on Ice Show.

Suitable for start ups and beginners however if you are in the business and need help this might be for you as well.

Following the workshop:
You will have a product development first phase covered and the steps and plan as to how to move forward.

Support after the workshop:
I do provide limited complementary support which will be agreed at the workshop.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

This workshop is made up of 3 parts: The workshop is 2 hours plus 1 hour to be held 7 days from the workshop date as there will be tasks and homework to do.

- Introduction to your business - developing your start up ideas and brainstorming with a trend in 2021 to 2027 in mind . As an Industry expert I will guide you in the right direction following and setting trends in candlemaking, perfumery and air fragrances which I have a direct access to by being a perfumer and working in the fragrance industry .

- The candle making process. Learn steps to make candles . This is easy part but you need techniques as so many things go wrong along the way of product development.
Fragrances - this is my favourite part and this is where 99% of candle makers go wrong. As a perfumer I will share my up to date industry expertise and trends with you and advise on the fragrance part of the candle product which is the most important aspect to attract paying clients or consumers.

Compliance forms two parts
Safety of your product - steps to ensure your product meets safety product criteria and your fragrances are listed according to CLP GB or CLP EU or other regulations dependent upon where in the world you operate from. I will advise accordingly.

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Zaga at Beauty Handmade

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559 Kings Road, Kings Court, Chelsea

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


3 hours (flexible times to suit)

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Hawa - - #29564

Zaga is amazing. This bespoke workshop got me thinking in more depth about the candle business. She was very honest and didn’t sugar coat her knowledge and skill set within the industry, which this is something I look for when needing support. I was free to discuss all my ideas and she even helped further develop them. No question was silly as that’s what she’s there for; to support as much as she can. We also made a candle with her beautiful fragrances, which smells amazing. This workshop was definitely worth it.

Naila Rahim - - #28796

Our team attended Zaga's course online. We were in Dubai & Zaga was in London. Zaga couriered all the materials to us. The course was exactly what we were looking for. We had learned all of our candle making through YouTube videos. Speaking with a candle master and a perfumer was a true awakening. We learned so many first principles of candle making which have helped us to take our candles technically to a whole new level. We also spoke with Zaga about our business & branding. She has soooo much knowledge about so many aspects of the business. It's really incredible and speaking with her helped us to think more realistically about our business. Zaga is very generous with her knowledge and is super friendly. When speaking with Zaga, it feels like she truly cares, and that she will be with you all the way along your candle journey. The candles we made during the class were amazing, and set a new bar for us ! I highly recommend this course !

Sophie - - #26164

If you are starting up your own candle business i would highly reccomend this course as it is difficult to find a lot of the information you need to start selling candles online especially legal requirments. Zaga has many years expirience so was able to give all the information i needed and point me in the right direction with my business.

Alexandra Sangster - - #17660

I learned a huge amount and left the course feeling inspired and motivated.

Zaga is a fantastic teacher and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this workshop :)

Zoe Wheeler - - #17524

A really relaxed and effective learning environment and so useful to help process my business plan and ideas. Zaga tailor made the workshop specifically to suit my current position and needs. Highly recommend.

Dean and Lizzie - - #17269

Learnt so much on this course! Getting to speak to an expert about our ideas and what we wanted to achieve was just what we needed and gave us a lot of food for thought. It really helped us focus our ideas on our new business venture. As an added bonus, we walked out with two beautiful candles. Definitely worth booking! Thank you Zaga!

Olu - - #17141

This course met my every need especially as I was a beginner through and through but I understood fragrances a bit. I was able to make my very own Scented Candle on the first day and learnt to make other products subsequently. Believe it or not, I have started my own thriving Candle business in my country and we have received testaments that our products are top-notch!
Zaga, is an extremely warm and helpful tutor who will hand hold you through the entire process especially as she is very eager for you to succeed. Thanks so much Zaga, I am now a Candle making Instructor too. I strongly recommend this course if you are looking to start a profitable and leading Home Fragrance brand as a business or perhaps a hobby.

Sarah - - #17109

Thank you Zaga for a great workshop this weekend!
Having been self taught for 1 year, Zaga quickly showed me where I was going wrong and also gave a wealth of knowledge with regards to the candle business, technical and compliance information.
Zaga is very warm,friendly and professional and I highly recommend her.

Amanda - - #16307

For anyone who is serious about making candles and a candle-making business - Zaga is the person to go to. She really is a gem and offers a unique opportunity for anyone wanting to get to grips with this industry and art.

In addition, she is friendly, fun and very generous with sharing her experiences and knowledge. She goes above and beyond. Thank you!

Catherine - - #15816

What a wonderful day!
For making beautiful scented candles. The one 2 one workshop with Zaga help me focus on how to move my start up business foward. Zaga understood where I was with my brand. She help me to set goals and deadlines.
With my new found knowledge of CLP, I am aiming to make and create beautiful scented candles. Once again Zaga thank you for the lovely advice and continuing support after the workshop.

Kind regards Cat x

Anjela Jay - - #15240

I feel very fortunate to have discovered this bespoke workshop with Zaga. I do not live in London, so had to make the trip from the Midlands to attend, but I can honestly say it was worth every penny to do so. The opportunity to spend one-to-one time with an expert in both candle making and brand building was unique and hugely valuable. Zaga is a great teacher, and warm host, and really does care about supporting you with your ideas. Thoroughly recommended.

Response from Beauty Handmade:

Thank you Anjela so much. I wish you every success in this world and I know you will have created a remarkable brand.

Emma - - #14738

I found this workshop with Zaga very useful as a starting point for setting up my own candle business. Got me on the right path with suppliers, candle making and legislation, saving me lots of research time and uncertainty with information found myself.
Would recommend.

Response from Beauty Handmade:

Dear Emma,

Thank you for your kind review. Please keep me posted of your progress.


Adam Stoneham - - #14563

I found the workshop very worthwhile. I learnt lots from Zaga who was very open, welcoming, honest and very knowledgeable. I went away with lots to think about, but feeling very confident. I would certainly recommend the course.

Chanelle - - #14079

I had the most enjoyable morning with Zaga doing the candle making course. She creates such a comfortable environment to learn and ask any questions you want. Her knowledge and the research she has done is invaluable. What I loved most was her willingness to share! I will most certainly be doing the other courses in due time!!

Rachael - - #13198

I really enjoyed this course with Zaga. She was very through in explaining the regulations and knowledgeable in all aspects of making a candle.

I was able to have my various questions answered in a helpful and enthusiastic manner which really made the course so worth while.

I now feel confident to try and make some more candles as well as starting to sett up my business.

I would happily recommend Zaga to others seeking to make a go of their candle business .

Dani - - #13121

I had a candle business workshop with Zaga a few weeks ago and it was really insightful. I had done a lot of research and candle making prior to this workshop but Zaga was able to inform me of certain legalities and tips that I had not considered.

It was nice to hear her story and some of the work she has been a part of. She is really friendly and answered all my questions! I want to also go on to learn about making reed diffusers and will be booking onto a course with Zaga.

Filipa Vasconcelos - - #13111

This as so very enlightening. Zaga's availability and easy going have made the two hours disappear in less than nothing but the will to learn more and get hands to work is immediate!
Thank you Zaga for teaching your little secrets!

Lisa Hammett - - #13014

Loved the course could have stayed longer was so enjoyable and informative.

Kriszta K - - #11813

Thank you Zaga for the great course today. I came with very litttle knowlidge,she explained every single detail very clearly, it is worth every penny. Very friendly and helpful. Highly recommended. Just excellent.

Mary-Ann Aveline - - #9550

The course is very informative and good for those wanting to pursue candle making as a business rather than a hobby. It was great to have one to one Training so I could ask any specific questions I had as a lot of information you find online is quite contradictory. Talking with an expert has given me more confidence in creating my own candles. It has also helped me to think about pricing my candles for wholesale.
I had a few questions after the workshop which Zaga kindly answered by email which is really helpful. My candle making business is still very new and it's good to know that Zaga is happy to help even after the class.

Thanks Zaga!

Dipti - - #9477

I'm so glad I came across this workshop with Zaga. I was about to attend a general candle making workshop before I saw this. This was exactly what I needed, to go through ideas and how tos, and what ifs. I wish I had prepared more questions, but Zaga is happy to answer them by email, which is fab! Much recommended if you're serious about candles.

Natalie - - #9476

This is an excellent course if you are in the process of or thinking of setting up your own candle making business. Zaga is extremely knowledgeable about the industry and challenged my business plan to help put me in the best position possible when preparing to launch. The course environment is very relaxed and Zaga is absolutely lovely! I would highly recommend this course to any aspiring candle makers.

Stef - - #9475

If you are looking at setting up a candle making business then this a good course to attend. Zaga seemed to know a lot about the industry and can give you helpful advise on how to set up your business and all the legal requirements that go with it. She makes you think about the bigger picture as well as the smaller details.

Alfred - - #9461

The two-hour course was in two parts. Making a candle and discussing business ideas. The candle making part didn't take long as all the ingredients were pre-weighed. Zaga guided me through the process. There were some reading to do but if you're a fast reader it wouldn't take long to go through the notes. The second part of the course was down to what you want to discuss. Can be your ideas, strategies, marketing, branding, etc. Overall an enjoyable course. Zaga seemed to be knowledgeable. The one aspect I would have changed was the selection of fragrances that you could choose to put into your candle. They were all bought-in pre-formulated fragrances. As Zaga also has a course on formulating perfumes/fragrances, it would be an ideal opportunity for her to show us what her own formulated fragrances smell like and use them in the candle.

Melissa - - #8605

This course covers everything you need to know. I can't recommend Zaga enough, she is knowledgeable,friendly, helpful and the course was so informative- I'm so excited to get started. Thank you Zaga

Annabel - - #7913

A super course, very informative and must know facts if you choose candles as a business venture. Equally, really fun to learn as a hobby. Ideal and cost effective for personalised gifts.

Hayleigh - - #7858

My mum and I attended the course which we thoroughly enjoyed. Zaga is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic! We left feeling ready and raring to start our business. I would thoroughly recommend the course!

Alison and Sally - - #7818

Very informative course. Was able to answer all our questions. Very knowledgeable about all aspects. An excellent way to get started.

Faye - - #7778

Very good. Answered all questions I had. Gave me information about branding, packaging and all to start my own business. Highly recommend to anyone starting a business.

Amanda Macken - - #7725

We are a small candlemaking business that needed some help in perfecting our scented soy wax candle using essential oils. We booked on a bespoke course with Zaga and it was the best thing we did. Zaga was very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to put right some of the problems we had been having. Am pleased to say we are now very proud of our candles and get some good feedback from our clients.

Simone - - #7634

I attended the class one on one with Zaga and it was a truly pleasant experience. The knowledge Zaga has of the industry is amazing and I learnt so much in the amount of time. I strongly recommend this class for anyone needing guidance to start a brand or simply just to learn about candle making. I can't wait to start my journey into the candle business and I will be staying in touch with Zaga for feature guidance.
Thank you Zaga x

Heenal - - #7593

I did this workshop with Zaga, and it was amazing! She was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, and made the idea of starting a candle business less daunting! Would definitely recommend Zaga's expertise and this workshop to anyone who is interested in starting a candle business!

Ali - - #6904

My wife & I went to the candle making course & found it extremely informative, we made a candle each to take home & are now looking to start our own candle business :-)
Zaga is an incredible instructor, I strongly recommend her.

Luke Giles - - #6759

I would like to start by thanking Zaga for her fantastic service and sharing her expertise. Myself and my partner thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, we got everything we expected from the course and more. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for some trusted advice and guidance in the art of candle making.

Kay - - #6563

It was very useful to have a one on one session with Zaga. All my questions were answered and the session was helpful for me generating ideas for my business going forward as well as gaining confidence with candle making.

Laura Richardson - - #5706

What a fantastic couple of hours, Zaga, as well as being very friendly and helpful, has a vast amount of invaluable knowledge, and having a 1-2-1 session made all the difference with regard to brand strategy and pricing, rather than online and books. I'm looking to start up my own candle business and now feel even more inspired to take my ideas this space! I thoroughly recommend this course, you will leave buzzing with ideas and enthusiasm.

Darrell Wilson - - #5196

Would really recommend this course if you either just want to have some fun and make your own candles, or if you are considering setting up your own business. The workshop was fun, engaging and hands on with Zaga sharing lots of experience and knowledge about candle making and the industry in general. Learned a lot :)

James Colville - - #5135

Brilliant course! I learnt a lot more then I expected too and felt inspired to follow my ideas into the candle making world. I would highly recommend this course as it was also great value for money.

Rose - - #4760

Our class with Zaga was excellent! We had a brilliant midday session, and everything was very professional and informative. We were amazed at how much we learnt in Zaga's class, and found all of her tips very useful! The workshop was very relaxing, and fun. We'll definitely be making more candles in the future! Would recommend her class to anyone interested in making candles. Thank you Zaga!

Philomena - - #4569

Really enjoyed the class with Zaga. She was very knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. I learnt a lot and immediately put my new found skills in to action. Very professional course with lots of information, guidance and tips.

Preya - - #4251

Really enjoyed the class. Zaga was warm and welcoming. Learnt a lot, everything explained simply. Was given lots of tips and answered all my questions. Overall friendly and informative session, would definitely recommend to those enquiring about Business start up!

Feven Iyassu - - #4174

Really glad I came across this class and attended. Zaga is one of the nicest teachers you could meet. The process was explained simply and she gave us tips all the way through - whether its for making your own candles to sell or just general care of your candles. Zaga is extremely helpful and offers great insight/advice for anyone looking to make or sell candles. I emailed her after the class with a few questions and she was very helpful. I've never done a crafts course before and this class was brilliant and a must do for anyone who wants to make candles. I would definitely go back if there were further classes.


I attended this class with my husband and 14 year old daughter, we thoroughly enjoyed the day and found it very informative and Zaga very accomodating with excellent knowledge of candle making would definately recommend this class.

Jo Archer - - #4145

My mum and I really enjoyed this class. Zaga was very knowledgable and taught us alot! We came home with a delicious candle each.5

Harriette Mason - - #4121

Myself and my family had an excellent day with Zaga on a beginners candle making course! Zaga is really knowledgable and helpful, and gave us helpful tips to make candles in the future and care for our candles in the best way.

Location is perfect - just behind Oxford Street.

We were spoilt for choice with all the different scents we could choose from and the glass candle jars have a nice sleek, modern design.

Would definitely recommend this workshop! Thank you!

Anna - - #4035

This was a really fun workshop for a birthday. A lot of time is spent waiting for the candles to set, but Zaga is really knowledgable and gives you lots of info about the candles so it's very sociable. You come away with a lovely homemade candle at the end. Next time it would be great if we could try a few different scents within the class. Thank you!

Azima - - #3948

I'm so glad I attended the workshop, what a lovely lady! Zaga was very informative, she gave lots of advice and answered all of my questions both at and outside the class. This workshop is a must and I would highly recommend.

Catherine - - #3903

I attended this class with a friend and found Zaga to be very personable. She has an extensive knowledge about both the science of making candles and the industry and I feel that the course was the perfect entry level introduction to the whole process of making candles. I have also already fully utilised the candle we made in our lesson (lovely) :)

Antonella Hamilton - - #3856

I found this class very interesting and full of knowledge.I attended it with a friend with a view to creating my own bussiness and I learnt a lot which infact save me a lots of time and money in researching for suppliers, business legislation etc.
The candle scents offered were amazing and some of them were signature Beauty Handmade blends.
I am definitely recomending this workshop as it is a great value for money taking into account that it is held in the heart of London.

Aisha Jones - - #3749

I took the scented candle workshop with Zaga a few weeks back and was absolutely thrilled with all the techniques and information she taught us that evening. She really took her time to explain every question we had and has been a great help since whenever I have had any more to pester her with!
Couldn't recommend more- such a fun skill to learn and would be such a great thing to do as a group I.e. Hen party etc .

Lucia - - #2855

I found the workshop very relaxing and full of information. It was very useful to have it delivered at beginner level as it was the first time I had attended. I enjoyed the technical and social parts of the workshop and the fact that I was free to express creativity and personalize my creations. :)

Barry - - #2641

My wife attended this excellent class. Candle burns nice and clean. Very professional course with lots of information and guidance and would recommend anybody who is interested in candle making attends this course.

Billie - - #2639

Went along to this class and was amazed how easy it was to make the candles, the instructor was extremely pleasant and very easy to get on with, she made it all very simple. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and will be re-visiting her body scrub class soon.
Excellent :)

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