Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Choose Joy


For such a small word these three letters hold potential for monumental impact on our journey in faith.

Joy easily spills out in moments of blessing, when life is well. When God feels close. The light of His favour burns bright and we feel this resource rests happily at our fingertips.

But could we have been so foolish to presume that in the context of Christian living, joy is inevitable?

What if there could be a different kind of joy other than what the world offers, Something More?

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Facebook: Something More
Instagram: @somethingmoreuk
Twitter: @SomethingMoreUK

Friday, 24 June 2016

Isle of Skye Candle Company

Scottish brands proud of who they are, where they've come from and completely owning their story. That is a joy to behold.

It is pleasure to watch the regeneration and awakening of Scottish business. Seeing new quarters of the city developed and restored. Looking on as new businesses create and launch, and small companies with humble beginnings flourish into something both striking and beautiful. Each has their own personal story to tell and one such example is the Isle of Skye of Candle Company.

Having used their products over the last few years I was very keen to take a step behind the scenes to speak with them on a more intimate level. I adore hearing the excitement of how and where it all began.

What does their individual story demonstrate about brand identity?

What do they long to achieve?

What dreams do they have for the future?

You know what they say, location is everything. The Edinburgh branch of Isle of Skye is perched on one of the most picturesque streets in the entire city, so they couldn't wish for a more idyllic setting. The shop sits pretty as a picture as the cobbled sweep of Victoria Street stretches up to the Royal Mile. Perfect for locals and tourists alike to steal a little piece of Scotland for their own home.

You can't always be in Scotland, but if it was just for a season you can still treasure the memory. What could be better than something that translates the very fragrance of this incredible land into your living room?

Isle of Skye Candles use only the finest quality soy waxand linen wicks in their candles for a long/clean burn. They burn at a lower temperature than your average candle so this results in a greater scent throw. With 21 scents listed in their range, and 4 in the Scottish Premium Collection, Isle of Skye offers something to suit every taste.

Amongst my favourites are Mango and Pimento and Cranberries, saving Winter Warmer for the chilly season as we countdown to the holidays. Each scent is available in votives, small/large jars, travel tins and reed diffusers so you can enjoy it however you please.

It is quite clear that they are very attentive at every level of the business process from paper/glass recycling, to upcycled units within their shops. Through every step of their journey they emphatically communicate some core values of being handmade, green and Scottish.

The Isle of Skye is central to their brand, from the company's first inception on the island by founder James and family, until the present day. Inspiration from the island is continuously channelled back into the brand from scent creation and staff selection to aesthetic and ethos, which for me, allows them to stay completely unique.

From modest bothy beginnings, the company expanded from workshop to web. As popularity has grown so has their reach, with multiple stores popping up in some of Scotland's best loved locations including Edinburgh, Inverness, St Andrews and Glasgow. They have invested in collaborations, collected awards and have thoroughly cracked the mainland.

They are constantly developing and keep dreaming big to match the scale of their vision. Taking pride in everything they touch, this company take time to perfect the things that truly matter to them. Luxury ethical packaging. Building a loyal customer base. Creative scent creations and ensuring that quality products and happy customers remain at the heart of what they do, all the while remaining true to origin.

The journey doesn't end here, they have big plans for the road ahead. They even plan to launch a personal blog so that avid candle fans can get to know their team and gain a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes at Isle of Skye.

Isle of Skye Candles want to engage with a larger market to share their colourful collection with the world. I believe that even as they continue to grow they won't lose the personal nature and inherent Scottish roots that make them special.

For those who heart the personal touch or are in the market for a new pen pal, why not send a postcard to their island home and they might just gift you a little treat so that you can sample their heavenly scents for yourself.

No matter how you choose to connect with Isle of Skye, they will not disappoint and are only at risk of leaving you wanting more. I look forward to new products as they emerge and championing them as they take on the world with a young, vibrant team firmly behind them.

Where to from here? Hopefully the sweet aroma of success.

The Skye is the limit...

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes only. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

How can I connect with Isle of Skye Candle Company?
Facebook: Isle of Skye Candle Company
Twitter: @skyecandles
Instagram: @skyecandles
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