How it all started
Sat at home one late evening at the beginning of 2021, the conversation turned to what I was going to do once our youngest child started nursery.
Having relocated to Cheshire some 6 months earlier, our parents and eldest children were back home in Cumbria. This meant looking for a job that could accommodate school holidays too unless there was a way to work from home.
It was a flippant comment by Andy back then that stuck with me. “You can always make candles, I know a thing or two about making candles and diffusers” he said.
At the time I wasn’t convinced but a few weeks later something got me thinking again, and various ideas were thrown around, but it was still the candles idea that had sat in the back of my mind.
So, one morning, I said to Andy “I like the candle making idea” and that was that. I started searching the internet to see what was about and what packaging I might want to use. Andy shared some links too and ways to get started.
The thing was though, would I actually enjoy doing it? There was only one way to find out - so I bought various items from Hobbycraft, made my first candles, and I loved it!
Within a few more weeks a name was thought of, the look and design of the products started to come together and testing was underway. It was at this point it occurred that we were creating a product here and it needed to be sold - otherwise I would just have a new hobby.
The name came to me quite early on. "Our Time" just seemed right and fit in so many ways. I already had an idea of what I wanted as part of the logo but couldn't quite get it right.
I looked at various logo designer websites but nothing fit so we enlisted the help of a long time friend, Bespoke Logo Design, who also helped with social media design - not that I even knew what I was doing with any of it at this point. A website domain was registered and suddenly we have all of this activity going on at the beginning of April.
I picked a few fragrances, changed them, added more until 6 were settled upon. They were changed again, as it wasn't just about what I liked but what everyone else might like too.
How would they be projected? Do we start with 4 or 6 fragrances? Do we do melts as well or only melts? When do we look at diffusers? So many questions...
Well, if we're doing this then we're all in. Candles, diffusers and melts. Different fragrances for different moods and moments. Let the testing begin...the kitchen had never smelt so good...coming to think of it, our house is now a fragrant heaven.
You can be sure that when you use one of our products, not only have they been safety tested but they've been life tested too. Plus there is a fragrance strength test too - if both of us couldn't smell anything, then it was out. If it's in then that means we've both smelt the scent as, bizarrely, we both smell them all differently.
So there it is, from little more than a flippant comment back in March 2021, Our Time Candles & Diffusers was born.
Our Time Candles & Diffusers Ltd