Studio Melissa Louis is a creative and interior design firm based in Hermanus. Melissa Louise Lawrence, the founder of the blog and studio, leads a candlemaking workshop in Salt River that covers vegan candlemaking basics in an intimate group of 5 to 10 participants.
The hands-on workshops are held once a month and last 3 hours. The fundamental focus of sessions is hand pouring vegan soy wax scented massage candles. Melissa uses traditional craftsmanship and pure ingredients to create high-quality sustainable products that smell amazing. Guests will learn about different types of candles and methods, the benefits of soy wax, what candlemaking equipment is required as well as how to take care of it and which stockists to purchase from.
The course doesn't stop with the beautiful handmade candles, Melissa then shares the basics of taking your product into the digital world and using Instagram as a marketing platform to create a personal brand. She shares her advice on apps and photo editing tools to use, as well as tips on how to grow your engagement.
Candlemaking equipment and tools, soy wax, essential oils, candle vessels and an apron will be provided to use. Bubbly on arrival and snacks and refreshments will be served during the three hours, the studio must be notified of any dietary requirements beforehand.
Guests leave the experience with a workshop booklet, two pull out motivational posters and personalised handcrafted scented massage candles to take home with them.