Disclosure: My child was provided with a complimentary Candlefish Atlanta Junior Chandler Workshop experience for purposes of review. All opinions are my own.
Candlefish is located in Ponce City Market in the Midtown area of Atlanta and there is also a location in Charleston, South Carolina. Candlefish has the usual scented candles out on their shelves for purchase. What makes Candlefish unique, though, is The Library.
The scents are numbered, not named. They library of 100 different scents is split into nine different “fragrance families” such as floral, epicurean and so on. The fragrances are listed by number so that you can explore with your nose and discover scents without having preconceived notions of what something will or will not smell like in your head.
My youngest son and I were invited to participate in a Candlefish Atlanta Junior Chandler Workshop. My son (age 9) learned that “chandler” is a word to describe a candle maker. Candlefish has a beautiful room with plenty of space and natural light that is perfect for the workshops.
Each work station is set up with all the tools a Junior Chandler needs!
Our first task was “warm up” our noses. On the table were placed three different scented candles. In front of each was a card where we could write down what we thought the candle smelled like, how it made us feel and any other characteristics.
We talked about our observations and then were invited to head over to a counter to pick the scents we wanted in our own candles. We were encouraged to smell them all first before picking up the card near them and reading what scents were included in each candle.
Once we chose our scents, we were ready to get started! Our instructor, Jasmine, was great with the kids in the workshop. She gave them specific instructions and stood nearby to help anyone that needed guidance.
After we poured our oil, it was time to measure out the wax. In a Candlefish Atlanta Junior Chandler Workshop you will be using soy wax. It’s kept heated nearby and dispensed as needed. The children don’t get the wax from the dispenser; only the instructor does that. Jasmine allowed it to cool a bit before letting the children pour but still cautioned them about handling it carefully.
When it was time to pour the wax, the children measured it on scales like they did with the scented oil. They poured the wax into their container with the oil and carefully stirred.
To make the candle even more personalized, we were all given labels and allowed to create a name for our scent. Eternally hungry, I chose a scent that was a combination of caramel, nuts and vanilla – perfect for fall! My son chose a citrus-y scent and named his “Crazy Orange Delight!”
Once we set the wick, we were done! The candle does need to cure and you will have to come back to pick your candle up so you do need to keep that in mind. We don’t live close to Ponce City Market but my husband works near there, so he stopped by to pick up our finished candles the next day.
I really enjoyed how this engaged our senses and creativity. Yes, we “just” poured wax and oil into a glass container, but it was more than that. Really thinking about the scents, choosing one, and even coming up with your candle’s name was a way to make the process even more fun.
What’s great for kids is the amount of hands-on experience they got. The workshop is designed for kids 8-14 and they can truly say they did all the work, start to finish, on their own.
Where: Candlefish Atlanta, Ponce City Market
What: Junior Chandler Workshop
They also have adult workshops (BYOB, glassware provided!) that would make a fun group night out with a tangible keepsake.
Cost: $70 for the Candlefish Atlanta Junior Chandler Workshop. This includes instruction and two candles – one for you, one for your child.
The Adult workshop is $55 and also includes two candles. Participants must be at least 15 years old for the adult workshop. Other adult workshops include essential oil & fragrance blending and more.