About Us

About Mel, David and Chandelle Galerie

The Journey Thus Far

Very regretfully, the Chandelle Galerie shop in Hyde Park closed on 31st January 2017.  

After trading for more than 9 years, the last 3 years as Chandelle Galerie, Mel & David made the decision to close the doors of their bespoke candle shop, citing ever-increasing financial costs and health issues as reasons for closing. 

Mel & David wish to advise customers that their environmentally friendly candles and candle making supplies are still available online.

After being inundated with requests for the Chandelle Galerie Candle School to continue, Mel & David relocated the school to their 20-acre property at Kangarilla. The school is now housed in a modern spacious purpose built facility with views overlooking the stunning Kangarilla  hills and valley. Classes have a revised format and now include a gourmet lunch and glass of bubbles so clients can truly relax and enjoy the day.   

A Candle Maker's Progress

Mel is one of Australia's most respected Candle Artisans, renowned for creating original works of art in wax. She discovered candle making in 2006 as an escape from the stress of a busy executive career, but after only two years of enthusiastic hobby candle making, Mel established Mel’s House of Wax as an on-line candle boutique. An on-line candle making supplies business and South Australia's first Candle School were natural extensions of her growing interest in working with wax.

When Mel started out, candle making was a closely guarded secret and many of her techniques evolved through trial and error, but she also eagerly sought out teachers. As part of her journey, in 2011-2012 Mel studied natural fragrance blending techniques in Cuba & Indonesia with traditional practitioners. Nowadays, Mel's luxury one-of-a-kind statement fragrances are developed in conjunction with Australia's leading ISIPCA trained perfumers.

In 2013 Mel travelled to the charming Provencal 15th century village of Biot in Southern France, to train privately with Europe’s leading Candle Designer, owner of the famous Candle Academy, and in 2014 completed a qualification in Candle Design and Manufacture, via distance learning. 


One Door Closes and Another Door Opens! 

Mel & David thank their incredible customers for their loyalty, concern, good wishes, and hugs on being told of the forthcoming closure.  David says: "so many customers have become our friends. We are very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people. Our story does not end here .. life is changing, life is exciting, and life is about to become a lot more fun!"