One of my goals with Moonflower Musings is to highlight independent artisans who are making awesome products. As a result, I spend a fair amount of time perusing art fairs, makers markets, artist collectives and social media. As is the case with any treasure hunt, I don’t always strike gold. However, when I do find a truly great product (my treasure if you will), I can’t wait to share my discovery!
Milwaukee Candle Company is one of the latest treasures I have stumbled upon and I am excited to share their products with you today. I came across their instagram feed (gotta love social media), saw that the company hosts open studio nights on Tuesdays (a night I was already conveniently in town), and the rest is history. Located in Walkers Point, just south of Downtown Milwaukee, this studio is a candle aficionado’s dream. For starters, the three gentlemen working the evening I stopped by were nice as can be and clearly have a passion for their craft. Getting to see behind the scenes of the candle making process was also a special treat for someone like myself who is intrigued and inspired by the artistry and craft involved in creating goods (in addition to the finished products of course).
As for the candles themselves, on the Milwaukee Candle Co. website they state: “Our mission is simple. To create the best smelling, highest quality candles at the most affordable price points.” I will attest that I have been regularly burning the Bergamot & Lavender candle for the past two weeks and have to say, as far as their mission statement goes these guys are really hitting the mark. The silage (still my favorite word) is on point! The candle itself burns down cleanly (is that a weird thing to say?) and the price point (from $15 – $30) seems incredibly reasonable for hand poured small batch soy candles. When I was at the studio I also picked up the ButterCream City Vanilla candle and the scent is what vanilla enthusiasts such as myself dream about, buttery and rich without veering into sugar cooking territory (my vanilla obsession previously revealed in this post).
If you are in the Milwaukee area check out their goods at their studio on Tuesday evenings (info here) or at several shops around town including The Wax Wing and Sparrow Collective. For everyone else, check out their online shop here. As for my scent recommendations, in addition to the two candles I picked up for myself, Lake Park Breeze & Jazzmine in the Park were my other favorites (and yes I smelled them all, including some very exciting not yet released scent combinations). I also will definitely be indulging in Pumpkin & Saffron and Macintosh & Maple come Autumn!
Check out Milwaukee Candle Co. today and support a small business (it’s good karma) and in case you were wondering, this post is not sponsored, I am just happy to spread the word about a really cool business with great products!