Wiccanwicks was created to offer truly pet friendly products, that are safe for us, our pets and the environment.
I am a long-term vegan myself; passionate about wicca & doing everything I can in day to day life to inflict as little damage to the environment as possible.
Before and during the start of Wiccanwicks, I spent a lot of time concentrating on a career in animal health. I studied animal care, animal management and eventually veterinary nursing.
During these times, I became more aware of everyday dangers that can occur for our pets, and wanted to make the safest possible haven for my furry best friend. This, along with my teenage thoughts of wanting my own magical shop one day, is what inspired me to start making my own candles for the first time ever.
As a student without a disposable income, I started by purchasing the minimal amount of products possible, stirring my wax with a chopstick (which you will see is still what I use to this day!) and making candles in recycled jam jars, knowing absolutely nothing about the process.
I eventually practised enough, that I was happy to share them with instagram and try my luck with opening my own etsy shop and then my own website. Shocked that I now have over 30k supporters on instagram; it has been a crazy, mental journey! I started with no knowledge of business, learning as Wiccanwicks grew.
I currently do not work with animals due to personal reasons, and due to the fresh trauma of nursing my childhood best friend through cancer.
Tilly was diagnosed with cancer which had spread to the lungs; we fought it together with tablet chemotherapy and lump removals for a year. She had improved drastically after this, was gaining weight and was happy in herself. Eventually, she took a turn for the worst and the chemotherapy wasn't working anymore. I had to make the decision to have her put to sleep in May 2019, a month before her 14th birthday.
This will always be one of the hardest times of my life.
Once her cancer had spread to the lungs, she became even more sensitive to everyday products, to which I'm glad that I managed to introduce safe candles to the home a long time before this. She will always be my best friend, the inspiration and face of Wiccanwicks.
Common shop candles are made with paraffin wax (an oil waste product) which is a highly dangerous substance, releasing toxins which are known carcinogens into the environment. This dangerous substance is then made even worse with artificial fragrances and chemicals (including essential oils) which have proven health risks for our pets. Although these chemicals and scents can definitely harm us (especially allergy sufferers) the risk for our pets is enlarged due to their smaller size and lung capacity. This can cause issues such as asthma, bronchitis, allergic reactions and other respiratory issues.
Wiccanwicks candles are made with 100% ethically sourced soy wax, natural colourants, biodegradable glitter and no fragrances - making them safe to use around yourself, allergy sufferers, pets and children (with fire safety care of course). The candles you will find here are as natural as can be, with a beautiful natural scent coming from the dried herbs used only. The products I use for my candles are expensive and high quality, including luxury fair trade vanilla pods.
I also use a range of wicks, that I have experimented with and best suited to each one of my candles - these wicks are lead free; made with the highest quality ring-spun cotton and include a self-trimming finish as it burns to prevent carbon build up. All products are presented in candle glasses/tins which are plastic free and can be washed and reused. To send your items, I package them in recyclable bubble-wrap, acid free tissue paper and recyclable cardboard boxes.
My name is Shirleen, I am a one person business and I promise - you wont be disappointed. Start your natural, pet friendly journey today.