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Adelaides Foodies at Unley Gourmet Gala on King William Road

One of Adelaide’s most prestigious events, the Unley Gourmet Gala is an exciting outdoor gourmet experience showcasing some of South Australia’s finest food, wine, fashion, music, entertainment AND (of course) our candles and accessories! Read Newsletter

Worlds largest candle (maybe)

Well, maybe it's not the worlds "largest" candle, but as a candle artisan Mel loves to push boundaries, so I thought you might like to see her latest creation. It's 10cm wide x 70cm high candle and its bigger than the collection of elephants we have at home! Scented with the tropical fragrances of freshly cracked coconut and hints of a boozy pineapple cocktail it will take you back to a sunny holiday on a tropical beach in Thailand! Read Newsletter

Win a $500 Christmas Voucher

Win a $500 King William Road Shopping Voucher Spree - just vote for Chandelle Galerie in our Spirit of Christmas Competition to be in the running. Read Newsletter

Chandelle's Candle School featured in SA Life Magazine

We are very proud to have Chandelle's Candle School featured in SA LIFE magazine, December 2014 edition, titled: The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker, which promotes Mel, our shop and growing candle school.

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Vote for Chandelle Galerie (Rescue-My-Site)

Pay it forward with a VOTE for Chandelle Galerie by doing a random act of kindness! 

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Mel's House of Wax has a new name and location!

Mel & husband David, spent months searching for the right name and location when they decided it was time to move their growing business out of the home and into its own retail space.

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Becoming a Chandler

I am often asked how I turned my part-time hobby of making candles into a full-time career, so here is my story. 

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Buying essential oils in Cuba

The Cuban Government adheres to strong socialist principles in organising its state-controlled economy.  It provides very basic health care and education and hands out monthly rations of food staples to its citizens, but to exist, all Cubans must work.  Cubans are paid similar wages regardless of what they do, so it’s not uncommon to see experienced doctors, engineers, scientists and other professionals working in restaurants or as taxi drivers.  Why does this happen – because in Cuba “all people are equal”!

How does this relate to candles? 

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Candle colours and their meanings

Anyone who has followed my sea change from corporate life to candle making knows I am passionate about my business, my craft, my family, my friends and my beautiful dog! An emotional creature, colours play a big part in my life. I choose colour carefully because I know it can dramatically affect my mood, feelings, and emotions. I see it as a powerful communication tool that we use every day to signal action, influence mood and cause physiological reactions.

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In loving memory of Lester

Life has a way of re-directing our path; our inner voice tells us what we should do, but we ignore it – often because the risk of change is too much for us to cope with! 

Last year our much-loved dog, Lester, who we re-homed at 7.5 years old, died suddenly of cancer, aged 12.5 years. 

Our pets are part of the family, so we were totally devastated.  After his death, we went looking for a memorial tribute, but everything was too expensive so I came home and made my first personalised memorial candle.

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Welcome to my passion!

Mel's House of Wax is my "baby", so I thought I’d tell you why I became a candle maker and why it's my passion. Nelson Mandela is quoted as saying: “There is no passion for being found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”. While I don’t presume to compare my business with one of the 20th century’s greatest men, I do recognize a little of myself in what he is saying.

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