June 21, 2019

Yes, that’s a word.

‘Scentscaping’ is the art of selecting and/or designing scents specifically for certain spaces and or events. Only a few years back this tended to be something kept for high-end and big budget weddings or events, but these days that is not the case and scent is something very accessible and is a lovely addition to a wedding day or any event.

Previously it would have just been about wearing a particular perfume or cologne but these day's it's bigger than that and it's about incorporating a scent to fill a room through the use of scented candles, and has the ability to encapsulate memories of the day to come through the power of such a scent. 

Now, to help explain how to go about Scentscaping I’ll tell you about how I came to decide on the scented candles that I made for my own wedding day...

Back in 2014 I was planning my wedding, and due to the fact that I’d recently started making scented candles myself, I knew I wanted to have scent involved in our day. The first place I started to think about was where that might be. We had chosen our venue of Ramster Hall which we fell in love with as soon as we saw it. The whole place had lovely high ceilings and a warm feeling to it. There was one room where we had our reception drinks, and then a separate hall where our guests would all be seated for our wedding breakfast. Initially I wanted the scent to be the first thing our guests smelled when they walked into the venue but then the further along I got with what that scent would be, I decided to go with placing our wedding candles on the tables in the main hall, to burn while we had our food and into the evening celebrations.

When it came to scent, I was already in love with the scent of Rosemary & so that was the first thought that popped into my head (and luckily my husband Jon agreed!) Our wedding held a subtle Christmas theme so naturally those festive scents of Cinnamon & Fir Needle were what initially sprung to mind, but we really wanted something a little less explicitly Christmas but with a warmth and freshness and so Rosemary ticked the box for that. I played around with a few blends with Rosemary at the forefront and ended up adding a little additional lift of Eucalyptus to it, to create what we called ‘Rosemary Romance’.

I really liked the way that although it was a scent I already knew well, in creating our own unique blend for our wedding candles, we were creating a brand new memory which it would trigger for years to come. This is something to think about if you’re choosing a scent for your big day. As tempting as it can be to choose a scent you already know and love, I strongly recommend creating a unique blend for you to ensure that when you smell that scent for years to come, it’s not diluted by other memories and takes you right back to that one wonderful day.

Like the sound of this and would like to discuss adding scent to your wedding or event? Please do drop me an email to laura@bylauralondon.com or have a look here for more information.

 Photo credit: Laura Martha Photography 

January 25, 2016

"How did you get into making candles?" This is a question that I am asked a lot and therefore I thought I would share my story for anyone that might be interested, or looking to kick themselves into doing something more creative or crafty.


I used to buy a lot of candles. Cheap ones, more expensive ones but always, always scented ones. I love lighting a candle and enjoying the mood that it sets in a room. My husband noticed this border-line candle obsession emerging and suggested to me one day that I should try and make some myself. We did some research and before you know it had worked out what I needed and how much I could get of it to make myself a few basic scented candles of my own. On my first go I probably made 2 or 3 candles which I set in recycled glass jam jars and china cups. They got some very good feedback from friends and family so I just kept making them and started charging a very small amount for friends to buy for their friends.


During this time I got engaged so I was then in the world of wedding planning and came up with the idea of making candles for my wedding favours. I could go on about this but I think there's probably enough for another post on this so watch out for that one, coming soon!


After the success of these candles I got on the hunt for weekend markets in south London, and came across Oval & Herne Hill markets . I must admit I was a little nervous for my first market but everyone was really lovely and it was great to hear peoples (generally glowing!) opinions on my candles. Previously I'd only ever really sold to friends and family so this was a really important time for me.


Since then I've continued going to (and thoroughly enjoying!) Herne Hill market on regular Sundays and therefore signed up to a lot of Christmas markets and fairs. They're such a lovely opportunity to meet customers face to face and also chat to other crafty makers.


Christmas time was a very fun period for By Laura and I'm loving every single minute. If you have an idea or can create something that people like then give it a go, I cannot recommend it enough!

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