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Sustainable Stories: eco friendly indie makers Hazel & Blue Soy Candles

Sustainable Stories: eco friendly indie makers Hazel & Blue Soy Candles

As an indie sustainable beauty brand, we're always interested in discovering local businesses with the same ethos as ours. So we've decided to start a new series of blogs: Sustainable Stories with Hairy Jayne. 

Becky Avery from Hazel & Blue Soy Candles is very serious about sustainability and is heavily inspired by nature. She makes hand poured scented candles in her Wiltshire Farm Studio, near Bath, using all natural and sustainable ingredients sourced within the UK. Her candles are ethical, vegan and eco friendly and the packaging is 100% recyclable.

Becky also teaches candle making workshops throughout Wiltshire and Bath and has beautiful candle making kits for sale online, encouraging customers to refill their empty candle containers themselves. We love that!

The fragrance oils she uses are free from palm wax, beeswax, petroleum, herbicides and pesticides for clean burning candles. The natural wicks are made from cotton and linen. Becky has blended her passion for making handmade candles with her love of nature and scent.

 

1. Why did you start your eco friendly natural candle business?

I started Hazel & Blue because I wanted to create really good quality eco friendly soy wax candles. At the time there wasn't a huge variety of soy candles in the market so I wanted to showcase the benefits of using soy wax in your home.

I knew that once people had the opportunity to smell and test the candles, they would see the benefits for themselves. I specially wanted to make candles with scents inspired by nature so no artificial scents, just lovely nature seasonal scents in our soy candles.

2. Why did you decide to make sustainability a big part of your small business? 

Right from the beginning, I wanted to use the best quality eco friendly ingredients available, as not only would it benefit the customer, it would also benefit the environment. Sustainability is at the core of our products and before we create anything new, we ask how does this product affect the environment? How can we recycle or reuse it? 

3. How does sustainability come in to the day-to-day running of your small business?

We are in the process of going through B corp certification (we are right at the beginning) so it comes into everything we do, from suppliers, staffing, our studio environment, our packaging and how we recycle everything. We are building a foundation of sustainability so it can branch out into all aspects of our business, we still have a lot to do, but we feel positive about making the right changes and implementing the right things as we grow.

4. What's a small creative step you've taken behind-the-scenes to be more eco friendly?

We encourage our customers to reuse their candle vessels after they have burnt their candles. We have quite a few customers that return their vessels to us to refill and it is a win win as they only pay a small amount and it is better for the environment. We also use reusable coffee and tea cups and plates for our candle making workshops which our customers love. 

5. Tell us a little about your favourite Hazel & Blue product and why it's important to you

Our soy candles are our favourite products, but our soy candle making kits are just as important. I created our soy candle making kits based on how I teach in our soy candle making workshops, they were definitely a labour of love! I wanted to create our candles in the form of a kit using the eco friendly ingredients we use.

The packaging is FSC certified, we do not use any filler, recyclable glasses, cotton and linen wicks and vegan friendly candle oils. We have 14 variations of candle making kits in our collection, from essential oils to calming cosy scents, candles with dried flowers and crystals. We also work with other small businesses and collaborate with them using there handmade pots for our customer to make candles in them at home. I love our Sea Salt and Wood soy candle, it was inspired by my childhood in New Zealand and reminds me of home and the beaches I use to swim in.

6. What's the next step you are taking to ensure your small business is kinder to the environment?

Starting our B corp journey will really help build solid sustainable foundations for us here at Hazel & Blue. Lots of work but it will be so beneficial to our customers, our business, our community and of course the environment.

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Find out more about Hazel & Blue and Becky's candle making and candle refill workshops in Wiltshire and Bath by visiting their website:

https://www.hazelandbluecandles.co.uk/

Or following them on Instagram @hazel_andblue and Pinterest at Hazel_andBlue

Our top 7 sustainable living blogger influencers (UK) in 2022

Our top 7 sustainable living blogger influencers (UK) in 2022

 Living a low impact, sustainable lifestyle doesn’t need to be hard work or lacking in any way. Since the issue of climate change has become more and more pressing, more people are looking for guidance and inspiration for how to live a greener life that’s less wasteful and more impactful.

sustainable blogger typing on laptop laying on couch

Fortunately there are some very inspiring and knowledgable eco influencers and bloggers sharing their top tips about how to live an eco friendly lifestyle. Our favourite blogger influencers are creating great posts that are not just stylish but also well informed too. From slow fashion to zero waste beauty, vegan recipes to grow-your-own-veg tips, these are the people we think are worth a follow.

Here is our list of top 9 British bloggers and influencers for 2022:

1. A Considered Life

Sophie is a writer and jeweller (I love her sustainable brand Oh My Clumsy Heart) who I met IRL quite a while ago. Not only does she have lovely long hair, she has a beautiful blog dedicated to simple, sustainable living called A Considered Life. She has great advice about capsule wardrobes, minimal living and looking after house plants.

Follow Oh My Clumsy Heart on Instagram

 

2. Zero Wasted

Cassy started her blog Zero Wasted to help people make better informed decisions when trying to buy things more consciously. Her shopping guides specify how much products cost per unit (ml/g) to make it easier to compare value for money. She also has lots of offers and discounts as incentives to try sustainable products that she likes.

Follow Zero Wasted on Instagram

 

zero-waste-toothbrush

 

3. Ethical Unicorn

Francesca Willow’s posts on her blog, Ethical Unicorn, are all about sustainable living and social justice. She’s interested in the bigger picture and systemic change – particularly a combination of consumer choice, collective action and policy change.  

Follow Ethical Unicorn  on Instagram

 

4. Moral Fibres   

Wendy Graham’s aim with her blog Moral Fibres is to simplify sustainable living to encourage more people to do it. Her beautiful book about natural cleaning, Fresh Clean Home, has lots of recipes for making your own household products that are kind to both your skin and the environment. Her Instagram account is very informative, it covers many topics related to sustainability and shines a spotlight on any greenwashing.

Follow Moral Fibres on Instagram 

 

5. Sustainably Vegan 

Immy Lucas has a blog and YouTube channel called Sustainably Vegan. Not only vegan, she lives a low impact zero waste lifestyle and encourages conscious consumerism. From making your own peanut butter, to capsule wardrobes, to zero waste makeup, she has made videos that cover a lot of every day topics.  

Watch videos on Sustainably Vegan YouTube channel

 

 

 

6. Curiously Conscious

If fashion is your thing, conscious consumerism is very important if you want to be truly sustainable. In her gorgeous blog, Consciously Curious, Besma questions whether the materials and actions of fashion brands are as sustainable as they claim. She also writes about cruelty free beauty brands, and her travels, too.

Follow Curiously Conscious on Instagram

 

plant-in-jar 

7. The Woodland Wife

Jessica, aka The Woodland Wife, is living a slow lifestyle inspired by family, nature and simplicity. She lives in the woods and spends a lot of time outdoors amongst the trees for her wellness and wellbeing. Topics also cover eco parenting, her sustainable home and slow fashion. 

Follow The Woodland Wife on Instagram

 

There’s so much inspiration on the internet about living a low impact life that’s sustainable and eco friendly. Hopefully our list of our top blogger influencers for 2022 will help you discover some new ways of tackling the issues of climate change and waste through more sustainable living.

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Floral inspired vegan and sustainable beauty routine edit for Spring 2022

Floral inspired vegan and sustainable beauty routine edit for Spring 2022

At last the temperature is creeping up and Spring is in the air. The wintery start to the year can feel long and tedious but the beginning of March puts a spring back in our step as the blooms start to appear and we come out of hibernation.

pink flowers against a blue sky

The floral clothes come out in honour of Spring and the emerging natural world, so why not align your sustainable beauty routine with a floral inspired theme. Bouquet scented beauty products and hair care that are vegan and cruelty free, of course. 

Our favourite eco friendly beauty picks that are floral inspired for Spring 2022: 

Floral hair perfume with heat protection by Hairy Jayne

https://hairyjaynehandmade.co.uk/products/hair-perfume-with-heat-protection 

The ultimate Spring-themed hair care product has to be our Floral Hair Perfume. Our Floral fragrance features Geranium, Bergamot and Vanilla and a spritz in your hair will certainly put a spring in your step. Geranium is a very uplifting essential oil, quite close to Rose, so the scent is reminiscent of Turkish Delight.

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hair perfume with flower for spring

Bloom body oil by Nathalie Bond

https://hairyjaynehandmade.co.uk/products/body-oil

Rose Geranium and Patchouli are our two favourites of all the essential oils. The body oil can be used from head to toe, and also as a luxurious bath oil. It features moisturising plant oils jojoba and avocado as well as floral safflower and calendula oils. Nathalie Bond make their gorgeous vegan beauty products from their workshop in Wales.

Visit Nathalie Bond online

Follow Nathalie Bond on Instagram

 

Lavender blossom soap by The Printed Peanut

https://hairyjaynehandmade.co.uk/products/lavender-blossom-soap

This handmade vegan soap features both lavender essential oil and lavender blossoms, as well as a beautifully box by The Printed Peanut, whose illustrations we love. Lavender is known as a relaxing essential oil and has a soothing scent. This vegan soap is sulphate free, paraben free and palm oil free, too.

Visit The Printed Peanut online

Follow The Printed Peanut on Instagram

 

Flower shaped natural loofah 

https://hairyjaynehandmade.co.uk/products/flower-natural-loofah

This cute flower shaped natural loofah will add a touch of Spring (and fun) to any zero waste bathroom. Loofah is a plant-based, natural exfoliator that softens when wet and is completely biodegradable. A lovely alternative to a traditional shower puff that's typically made from plastic.

flower loofah with peppermint soap and reusable razor on pink

Solid moisturising bar by Authentic House

https://www.wearthlondon.com/eco-moisturiser-bar

They might look a little bit like chocolate, but these vegan zero waste solid bars are designed to melt as you glide them over your skin. There are a few essential oils blends to choose from, and for Spring 2022 we think the Rose and Bergamot blend is a perfect addition to a sustainable beauty routine. 

Visit Authentic House online

Follow Authentic House on Instagram

 

Rose complex butterbalm by Savon Stories

https://savonstories.com/product/rose-butterbalm-lip-balm/ 

There's a calming floral bouquet of Rose, Geranium and Palmarosa essential oils in this sustainably packaged lip balm. The potent mix of 100% organic butters, oils and plant wax will give your lips a protective layer of long lasting hydration during this Spring and beyond.

Visit Savon Stories online

Follow Savon Stories on Instagram

 

Flower power! As well as lots of floral inspired beauty products with essential oils for Spring 2022, we have many more items for a zero waste bathroom and sustainable beauty routine in our Hairy Jayne shop. All of which are eco friendly, plant based, vegan friendly and cruelty free. 

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