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Illuminating Dreams: A Decade of Excellence in Candle Crafting and Empowering Women Worldwide

Welcome to the radiant world of Jo Macfarlane, an award-winning luminary in the art of candle making in the heart of Scotland. With a glowing legacy spanning over a decade, Jo has not only mastered the delicate balance of wax,  wicks and luxury fragrance but has also emerged as a guiding light for women seeking to ignite their entrepreneurial spirit.

Over the years, her commitment to teaching have propelled her into the limelight, earning her prestigious awards in the business world. 

What sets Jo apart is not just her exceptional talent for creating exquisite candles but also her mission to empower women to turn their candle-making dreams into reality. With a keen focus on nurturing aspiring candle makers, she has successfully guided thousands of women like you on their entrepreneurial journey, helping them start and scale their candle businesses.

Jo’s commitment to empowering women has evolved beyond local circles in Scotland. She has taken her teachings global, reaching budding candle makers in 17 countries. Jo will teach you the basics of candle making right up to the dizzy heights of owning your own candle businesses – Become a Jo Macfarlane Candle School Student HERE

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  • Getting the right matches for your candle is as important on the right candle- don’t you think? ⁣
I love our long matches that can light 7 candles in one go! ⁣
I do have a tiny gas filled flamethrower but it just doesn’t do it for me- striking that match and gently lighting the wick is so calming. ⁣
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‘Our light is not dimmed by lighting another candle’ - James Keller
  • 🌸🌸🌸the brand new summer fragrances are here for the Summer candle making workshops- they are so so gorgeous -I can’t wait to share with you 🌸🌸🌸⁣
We’ll still have a few of our firm favourites but I love bringing in new scents for you to experience. ⁣
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We are also going to be introducing a SPA fragrance workshops - this workshop might have to come with a pillow 😴😴😴 ⁣
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Sign up to my newsletter in bio to be the first in line for the new workshop.
  • Celebrating Archie’s 16th yesterday in Glasgow with his Royal Conservatoire fam then home for pizza and song with friends…..⁣
⁣
But wait….. in the words of Karen- tap dancing (with real tap shoes) in the kitchen, Bollywood lesson from the Mumbai Massive, singing Le Mis at the grand piano with birthday boy himself, cake, laughter, human flagpole, ⁣
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Today will be a quiet day!
  • My son Archie always gives my own brand of candles as teacher gifts at the end of term. 💙⁣
⁣
Because I have paused my own brand to focus on teaching you he’s going to make his own. ✅⁣
⁣
It’s going to be a lot! 18 candles to make! I can’t wait to see them - I’ll keep you posted! ⁣
⁣
So if your not sure what to get your child’s teachers this year, a candle is a great gift !!! They all love them ❤️⁣
⁣
Hop on over to the online ‘Candle Making Made Easy’ & start now. 🎉⁣
⁣
It doesn’t matter where you are in the world - I have sourced suppliers for you so you just have to concentrate what fragrance and gorgeous container you’d like to use. 🌍💫⁣
⁣
1. UK⁣
2. Europe ⁣
3. USA⁣
4. Australia ⁣
⁣
Candle Making Made Easy - link in bio to start making those candles today. ⁣
⁣
* lifetime access to video training ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Can’t make it to one of the in person workshops? ⁣
⁣
Want to make in the comfort of your own home with the EXACT luxury ingredients ( no low quality here) ⁣
⁣
We have LIVE zoom sessions every month at 7pm join whichever one suits you. ⁣
⁣
Order your kit now - link in bio ⁣
⁣
Look forward to welcoming you! ⁣
  • Do you often think what do us candle makers do in a day? ⁣
⁣
Most of the time it’s not manufacturing! ⁣
⁣
Read my latest blog to give you an idea of some of what goes on in my day.
Getting the right matches for your candle is as important on the right candle- don’t you think? ⁣ I love our long matches that can light 7 candles in one go! ⁣ I do have a tiny gas filled flamethrower but it just doesn’t do it for me- striking that match and gently lighting the wick is so calming. ⁣ ⁣ ‘Our light is not dimmed by lighting another candle’ - James Keller
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🌸🌸🌸the brand new summer fragrances are here for the Summer candle making workshops- they are so so gorgeous -I can’t wait to share with you 🌸🌸🌸⁣
We’ll still have a few of our firm favourites but I love bringing in new scents for you to experience. ⁣
⁣
We are also going to be introducing a SPA fragrance workshops - this workshop might have to come with a pillow 😴😴😴 ⁣
⁣
Sign up to my newsletter in bio to be the first in line for the new workshop.
🌸🌸🌸the brand new summer fragrances are here for the Summer candle making workshops- they are so so gorgeous -I can’t wait to share with you 🌸🌸🌸⁣ We’ll still have a few of our firm favourites but I love bringing in new scents for you to experience. ⁣ ⁣ We are also going to be introducing a SPA fragrance workshops - this workshop might have to come with a pillow 😴😴😴 ⁣ ⁣ Sign up to my newsletter in bio to be the first in line for the new workshop.
2 days ago
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Celebrating Archie’s 16th yesterday in Glasgow with his Royal Conservatoire fam then home for pizza and song with friends…..⁣
⁣
But wait….. in the words of Karen- tap dancing (with real tap shoes) in the kitchen, Bollywood lesson from the Mumbai Massive, singing Le Mis at the grand piano with birthday boy himself, cake, laughter, human flagpole, ⁣
⁣
Today will be a quiet day!
Celebrating Archie’s 16th yesterday in Glasgow with his Royal Conservatoire fam then home for pizza and song with friends…..⁣ ⁣ But wait….. in the words of Karen- tap dancing (with real tap shoes) in the kitchen, Bollywood lesson from the Mumbai Massive, singing Le Mis at the grand piano with birthday boy himself, cake, laughter, human flagpole, ⁣ ⁣ Today will be a quiet day!
3 days ago
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My son Archie always gives my own brand of candles as teacher gifts at the end of term. 💙⁣
⁣
Because I have paused my own brand to focus on teaching you he’s going to make his own. ✅⁣
⁣
It’s going to be a lot! 18 candles to make! I can’t wait to see them - I’ll keep you posted! ⁣
⁣
So if your not sure what to get your child’s teachers this year, a candle is a great gift !!! They all love them ❤️⁣
⁣
Hop on over to the online ‘Candle Making Made Easy’ & start now. 🎉⁣
⁣
It doesn’t matter where you are in the world - I have sourced suppliers for you so you just have to concentrate what fragrance and gorgeous container you’d like to use. 🌍💫⁣
⁣
1. UK⁣
2. Europe ⁣
3. USA⁣
4. Australia ⁣
⁣
Candle Making Made Easy - link in bio to start making those candles today. ⁣
⁣
* lifetime access to video training ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My son Archie always gives my own brand of candles as teacher gifts at the end of term. 💙⁣ ⁣ Because I have paused my own brand to focus on teaching you he’s going to make his own. ✅⁣ ⁣ It’s going to be a lot! 18 candles to make! I can’t wait to see them - I’ll keep you posted! ⁣ ⁣ So if your not sure what to get your child’s teachers this year, a candle is a great gift !!! They all love them ❤️⁣ ⁣ Hop on over to the online ‘Candle Making Made Easy’ & start now. 🎉⁣ ⁣ It doesn’t matter where you are in the world - I have sourced suppliers for you so you just have to concentrate what fragrance and gorgeous container you’d like to use. 🌍💫⁣ ⁣ 1. UK⁣ 2. Europe ⁣ 3. USA⁣ 4. Australia ⁣ ⁣ Candle Making Made Easy - link in bio to start making those candles today. ⁣ ⁣ * lifetime access to video training ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5 days ago
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Can’t make it to one of the in person workshops? ⁣
⁣
Want to make in the comfort of your own home with the EXACT luxury ingredients ( no low quality here) ⁣
⁣
We have LIVE zoom sessions every month at 7pm join whichever one suits you. ⁣
⁣
Order your kit now - link in bio ⁣
⁣
Look forward to welcoming you! ⁣
Can’t make it to one of the in person workshops? ⁣ ⁣ Want to make in the comfort of your own home with the EXACT luxury ingredients ( no low quality here) ⁣ ⁣ We have LIVE zoom sessions every month at 7pm join whichever one suits you. ⁣ ⁣ Order your kit now - link in bio ⁣ ⁣ Look forward to welcoming you! ⁣
6 days ago
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Do you often think what do us candle makers do in a day? ⁣
⁣
Most of the time it’s not manufacturing! ⁣
⁣
Read my latest blog to give you an idea of some of what goes on in my day.
Do you often think what do us candle makers do in a day? ⁣ ⁣ Most of the time it’s not manufacturing! ⁣ ⁣ Read my latest blog to give you an idea of some of what goes on in my day.
1 week ago
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FEATURES, PRESS & AWARDS

  • Winner Association of Scottish Businesswomen – Businesswoman of the year 2023
  • Nominated for Positivity Award & Female Founder – Women’s Business Club Awards 2023
  • Shortlisted for Bricks & Clicks – The Small Awards London 2023
  • f:Entrepreneur #iAlso100 2021
  • Shortlisted for Fife Chamber of Commerce – Greenest Business 2020
  • Plastic free champion awarded for the effort to reduce single use plastics in the business.
  • Finalist Best Business Women Awards London 2019
  • Attended House of Lords as a guest of The Lord Young of Graffam in March for Afternoon Tea to celebrate 100 Women Led Businesses in the #ialso Campaign run by f:Entrepreneur. Read more here on Linkedin 
  • A finalist for ‘Best Multi Channel’ Business with The Smalls Awards in Marylebone London.
  • I was invited to celebrate International Women’s Day at The Corinthia Hotel in London alongside 19 other Inspirational Women through f: Entrepreneur Top 100
  • In 2017 I won one of the Small Business Saturday 100 places, alongside 8 other Scottish Businesses. We attended Number 10 Downing Street for a reception. Read about how you can take part here. Small Business Saturday
  • In June I was at the House Of Lords for Lord Young of Graffam’s summer reception. As guest of the Small Business Charter.
  • I attended a reception with the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Number 11 Downing Street in December.
  • I won Small Business Sunday with Theo Paphitis, ‘Women on Wednesday’ with Jacqueline Gold and a handful of other Social Media Awards.
  • I have had paintings exhibited in galleries in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and even appeared on the TV show Magpie for a series (ahem who???).

WHEN NOT MAKING CANDLES 

Jo can be found running Marathons, Duathlon’s, skydiving, skiing, cycling and taking part in Triathlons – Read her embarrassing Triathlon Newbie Report here. Jo also enjoys painting, collecting art, wine & beekeeping. 

Jo has always been involved in Charity work for the past 30 years, from walking the Great Wall of China to swimming the distance  22 miles of the Virtual English Channel but in the freezing North Sea. She currently volunteers at her local community fridge. With a voracious appetite for reading she is currently reading 100 business & self help books in a year challenge for the second time. 

Jo published her bestselling book Ask & Act in lockdown. You can buy a copy here

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Jo winning Businesswoman of the year
Jo Winning Businesswoman of the year 2023

I previously supported Speepur in Bangladesh

Here are a few of the items I purchased for the orphanage.

Hey candle lovers! 

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