Back to Normality!

Back to Normal

And just like that, we are seemingly back to normal. Shops are open, countries are opening up, bars and restaurants are welcoming us back….it’s almost as if Covid never happened. Well that’s not entirely true. Here in the wax world, things are still taking time to return to normal. There are still huge delays in the supply chain, meaning that supplies are taking longer than ever to arrive with suppliers. There is still a glass and wax shortage and some things seem impossible to get hold of.

Christmas Planning

Is it too early to think about Christmas? Not here at Mind Retreat! Pre-orders have already been taken for our sell out advent calendars and our huge Christmas candles. The wax melt production line has already started and the workshop is bursting with autumn and winter fragrances – we haven’t even finished the summer holidays yet! I never thought I would spend my summer preparing for Christmas!!

Gift Ideas

We have some exciting gift ideas lined up for this year, alongside our usual treats and gift sets. We are launching a wider range of Christmas scents this year too. We normally try and stick to 3 or 4 key fragrances, however, feedback from the advent calendars last year shows that you all really do have different tastes when it comes to fragrance! This year we will try to cater for a wider range of scent preferences, so you can all have your homes smelling super festive.

Fragrance Restock

This weekend we have restocked the website after taking a couple of weeks off to spend time with the family. Some old favourites have made a return. Japanese Honeysuckle is finally back in stock! After being discontinued, it has been reformulated and restocked, which is amazing news for those of you who were desperate to see it return. Spa Time is also back in stock following a sell out after it’s launch earlier in the summer.

Make sure you follow our social media pages for updates on new fragrances and all of the exciting products and scents we have coming out over the coming months.


Mental Health Awareness Week

As Mental Health awareness week draws to a close, I think it’s important to reflect on your own mental wellbeing and those around you.

Global Pandemic

If a global pandemic isn’t enough to test your sanity and resilience then I don’t know what is! The past year has been almost been a blur. Did we really lockdown all businesses and schools and all stay home? It’s something I never though I would experience in my lifetime. However, the experiences and the lessons learned from the past year have changed many lives forever.

Mental Health Crisis

As we start the journey back to normality, thanks to the incredible vaccination programme delivered by our unbelievable NHS, we truly are entering a mental health crisis. Loneliness, a lack of support, lack of human contact, lack of routine….the list goes on when considering the contributing factors.

It’s more important than ever to check on loved ones, even if they ‘seem ok’. You never know what their lockdown experience brought for them. There is a lot of support available to help, but sometimes it’s the smaller things that can make the biggest difference.

Top Tips to Support Your Own Mental Health

  1. Fresh air! Get as much of it as you can – go for a walk, be with nature, sit on a park bench for ten minutes, anything that let’s you be outdoors.
  2. Take a relaxing bath.
  3. Meet a friend for coffee.
  4. Read a book – escapism really does take your mind of your current situation
  5. Take a digital holiday! Stay off social media and news for 48 hours – see how much more positive you feel when you don’t hear negative news.
  6. Surround yourself with positive people.
  7. Laugh! Watch your favourite film or TV show, or call up your funniest friend.
  8. Take regular exercise – walk, run, jog, swim…..just get active.
  9. Set yourself a challenge – have something to focus on achieving.
  10. Be kind to yourself.
  11. Light your favourite Mind Retreat Candle….sit down and relax.



Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has certainly arrived at Mind Retreat as testing of our new fragrances is well under way. We have been experimenting with some fresh, zingy fruity fragrances ready to fill your homes with the scent of spring. If you take a look on the website, you will see the addition of Wild Mint, a brand new gorgeous scent that we know you will just love.

Wild Mint

Wild Mint is a mix of crushed mint leaves and white tea. This is a deliciously fresh scent, ideal for burning in the kitchen. As all of our wax melts are on the 3 for £10 offer, you can treat yourself to a couple of packs, or mix and match with your other favourites.


Lighter nights have arrived, milder, drier days are here and the lockdown restrictions will hopefully soon be lifting. To lift your spirits and prepare your mind, try our second new scent – Grapefruit. This is a citrus, zesty, slightly sour fruit scent. Another perfect scent for spring and also on our 3 for £10 deal.

As much as we love our candles for the cosy winter nights, we have to admit we are a huge fan of wax melts during the summer months. They are strong, powerful little cubes of fragrance heaven. With the windows open and the scents flowing throughout your home, wax melts really do come into their own at summer time.

Monthly Subscription Box

Our popular monthly boxes contain 3 different wax melt snap bars in limited edition scents. They are delivered through your door each month, an exciting little treat for yourself or a gift for your friends. Take a look on the website to subscribe today.

Keep checking our blog for new product and fragrance updates as we approach the long awaited summer!

The Importance of Giving Back

2020 has been a year like no other. The global pandemic has impacted absolutely everyone, whether on a personal level or through business. So many businesses have had to close their doors and redundancy levels are the highest they have ever been.

Many charities saw the impact from a significant decrease in fundraising events due to social distancing and limits on numbers allowed to gather. At Mind Retreat Candles we believe it is important to support local charities and give back to the community. Not just in times of need, but always.

Growth and Success

2020 has been a turning point at Mind Retreat. The new website was launched, the monthly subscribers to the wax melt subscription box tripled and the Christmas gift collection sold out time and time again. It certainly wasn’t an easy feat trying to meet the rising demand for local business. We are unbelievably grateful for the support our customers have shown us, through what has been an incredibly tough year for most. The business may have grown but it certainly hasn’t been without it’s challenges.

Out of Wax!

The candle industry as a whole has had it’s own share of problems. Wax has become almost impossible to get hold of and supply is struggling to keep up with demand. Many of the raw materials used to develop the fragrance oils have become impossible to source, resulting in certain fragrances being discontinued. Sourcing glass has also become a whole new challenge in itself. As a result of this, candle companies have had to become pro active to the situation and change many of their product lines and fragrances. Once wax and other products have become available, prices are higher and stocks levels are still incredibly low. The hard work going on behind the scenes to keep candle businesses running and their customers happy is incredible. We have managed to keep stocked and fulfil all of our orders throughout the festive period and are now ready for a huge restock for the new year.

Supporting Charity

As Christmas approached, Mind Retreat Candles decided to run a charity Christmas raffle to raise money for the Pendleside Hospice. The hospice is located in Burnley, our hometown, and serves the whole community and their families. As a charity, it relies solely on fundraising to remain open and continue to offer the essential services that it provides. We produced a total of 12 raffle prizes, all gift wrapped and delivered, totalling a value of over £200. We launched the raffle on our Facebook page and ran it for 3 days, managing to raise a massive £726.00 for the Hospice. We are unbelievably grateful to everyone who bought tickets for this incredible charity. We can’t wait to raise more funds for them throughout 2021.

Jordan North, the I’m a Celebrity runner up, Radio 1 DJ and local lad from Burnley, is an ambassador for the Pendleside Hospice and continues to support the charity. He recently raised over £2000 in a live Instagram Q+A about his time in the Castle.

Giving Back

At Mind Retreat we believe it is so important to give back to the community, especially at a time like this when community is what has got everyone through the past year. We will continue to support Pendleside Hospice, and other charities where we can, not only to thank them for what they do for our community, but to thank people for the support they have shown our business too.

Happy New Year!

As we leave 2020 behind, counting our blessings and hoping for a much better 2021, with a vaccine rolled out and the hope of a return to some sort of normal, Mind Retreat Candles would like to wish all of our customers, friends and family a Happy New Year.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas

Is it just me or is Christmas shopping getting earlier every year? It may be due to Covid and the fact that people are worried of another impending lockdown, but October has been a record breaking month for Christmas gift sales. We have a fabulous selection of Christmas gifts, stocking fillers and hampers. Read on for some ideas to get your list started.

Mind Retreat Gift Hampers

The launch of our gift hampers at the start of October has seen us sell out of these, not once, but TWICE! We are now down to limited stock. These beautiful hampers are made in a reusable storage box (perfect for storing Mind Retreat goodies in). They are filled with recycled shredded paper and a selection of our products. The hampers cater to any budget, however our best sellers are the wax melt and burner sets. These contain a small wax burner and three packs of Mind Retreat wax melts (in either a random mix or your choice of scents).

Stocking Fillers

We also have a huge collection of stocking fillers. First up is our stocking filler box. This is a small box filled with a scented sachet, 2 scented tea lights and a pack of 3 wrapped melts. These fit perfectly under your tree or in a stocking, and priced at just £7 they are a truly affordable gift.

Car perfumes are little bottles of luxury, ideal for your car and priced at only £6. These are available in the full scent range and fit perfectly inside your stocking.

We also have a small box filled with Christmas scented wax melt snap bars. These are lightly dusted in bio-degradable rose gold glitter and will fill your home with that gorgeous scent of Christmas. These are priced at £6 and are available on the website now.

Next up is the Christmas wax melt jars. These are round glass jars with glass screw on lids, filled with wax melts in a range of festive shapes. Also priced at £6 these are an adorable novelty gift.

Luxury gifts

The rest of our luxurious candle range make perfect gifts. You can choose between our regular candle, priced at £18, or our huge 3 wick candles priced at £35.

All of our candles are made using high grade soy wax and luxury fragrance oils to create the perfect, relaxing candle. We have scents to suit all tastes. If you love a fruity fragrance then choose our Lychee Peony or Black Raspberry and Vanilla. Citrus lovers will fall in love with Wild Lemongrass and Persian Lime. If a touch of luxury is what you are looking for, then try Black Pomegranate or Lime Basil and Mandarin. Both of these scents are unique and offer a high quality fragrance. Our Black Amber and Lavender will help you drift off into a peaceful sleep, whilst Coconut and Lime will have you dreaming of your next holiday on faraway shores.

All of our fragrances are available in reed diffusers or tea lights, which also make ideal Christmas gifts.

Whatever your budget, we can create a bespoke gift for that special someone. Visit our website at and follow us on Facebook for more gift ideas and inspiration this Christmas.

Surviving Lockdown

Lockdown: The Making of Mind Retreat!

Just 12 months after opening Mind Retreat Candles, and working tirelessly to build up the brand, Boris announced a national lockdown.

I must admit, I felt crushed. Years of hard work, planning, testing, investing in growth….all just ground to a halt. Events cancelled. Candle parties cancelled. A huge portion of the nation on reduced income or furlough, and even worse, no income. I couldn’t help but think this was the end of the business before we had barely begun.

Customer Service is Everything

I am a strong believer in building a relationship with your customers. Customer service is everything. I loved working events, hosting stalls and meeting the people who would be buying and using the products that I poured hours of my time into producing. I loved giving them the background into how the products are made and the ethos behind the brand. How could I possibly survive now I could no longer see my customers face to face?

One week into lockdown and I suddenly saw an increase in orders. Many via my Etsy shop or through my social media pages. Also, my local following of loyal customers continued to place their orders. I found that as the brick shops closed, people moved their shopping to online. It was more convenient, and given the lack of choice in shops for things such as gifts, Mind Retreat Candles suddenly seemed to be the gift of choice.

New Website Launch

Orders continued to flood in throughout Lockdown, and the addition of a private VIP group on Facebook meant that I was able to connect with customers on a different level. The next natural step was to launch a brand new website, with the help of Nathalie at WOW Design 

Monthly Boxes

Along with an increase in gift orders, the monthly wax melt subscription boxes, that were only launched a month before lockdown, saw a significant increase in subscribers. As people were at home more, home fragrance had suddenly become important. It was particularly important that the fragrances supported our ethos of relaxation and self care. As these continue to grow, at Mind Retreat we are constantly exploring new ideas and ways to make to make our whole product range better.

Stockists and Partners

As shops re-opened and life starts to return to some new level of normal, Mind Retreat products have been fully restocked at our local stockists.

 Joules Designs, a stunning gift shop in Burnley town centre had a full wax melt restock. They sell beautiful wax melt warmers and burners, that compliment our product range.

TurtleBee are a plastic free, weigh and go style outlet. Their ethos is entirely focused on reducing waste, plastic and being as sustainable as possible. Claire has worked tirelessly to find stockists that support her own ethos and we are proud to develop a product range specifically for these stores. There are currently two Turtlebee stores, with a third one due to open this Autumn.

Acacia Style is an online fashion retailer who also stocks our full range of products. Katie has fully supported Mind Retreat Candles throughout our full journey and previously stocked them in her store at The Rock in Bury. She has since moved her store to a fully online outlet and sells the most gorgeous clothing.

We are also working with some other local companies to supply products for a whole range of concepts. Keep an eye on our social media updates for more on this.

New Workspace

Our new workshop is fully up and running and provides a great space for the production of all of our products. The website is seeing new orders on a daily basis from up and down the UK and we love welcoming new customers to try our products. There is lots going on behind the scenes and it’s an exciting future ahead for Mind Retreat Candles. We look forward to sharing the journey with you all.

The Importance of Mental Well Being

Taking care of you!

Everyone knows you need to exercise and eat well to stay healthy don’t they? We see the news, we hear Jamie Oliver promoting healthy eating is schools, we see celebrities promoting health and exercise, it’s everywhere we look. The government have taken steps to encourage us to lead healthier lifestyles. But how do we know we are taking care of our mental health too?

Mental health and well being is just as important as taking care of the rest of our bodies. Too many people suffer a silent struggle, afraid to ask for help as it is seen as a weakness. Yet if you felt physically ill you would go and visit the doctor wouldn’t you?

Mental well being

Mind is a charity that offers a wide range of support for people suffering with their mental health. Throughout September, Mind Retreat Candles will be donating 10% of all website orders to Mind charity. This is because Mind Retreat Candles truly believes in the importance of self care and looking after your mental well being.


The whole ethos behind the brand is about taking time out for you. The scented candle range is designed to promote a sense of calm, relaxation and well being. The oils used in the scented candles and wax melts are luxurious and high quality, and are chosen for their ability to relax you. The soy wax that is used in the products is a sustainable wax and offers a much cleaner burn than many other waxes, which results in a less toxic environment in your home when burning candles. Fragrances have a way of evoking memories. A certain scent can transport you back to an amazing holiday or place in time. These happy memories, can increase the level of happy hormones in your body, in turn improving your mental well being and mindset. Try the Paradise candle  from Mind Retreat Candles if you want to reminisce of faraway shore s or that perfect holiday. The smell of cinnamon often triggers memories of the festive season and being surrounded by family and friends. Lavender can promote sleep and bergamot can reduce stress levels.

Self care is important

The ability to relax and switch off from the world is key to a healthy mind. Having a self care routine is so important. Many of us get bogged down with work, children, school runs, house work, seeing family and friends and at times it can become too much to cope with. There is often a guilt associated with taking time out for yourself. This guilt then results in you working harder and the time for self care just does not happen. If you don’t take care of yourself and allow yourself some time out on a regular basis then you become over whelmed with life in general.

Whether it is going for an evening walk, a run, a massage or spa day or simply locking yourself away with a good book and a relaxing candle, make sure you prioritise this in your week. Meditation and yoga are also wonderful ways to promote relaxation and well being.


If you are struggling emotionally or would like to access some support, visit the Mind charity website for more information. Make yourself a priority, buy that treat for you, take some time out, switch off from the world and lose the guilt of it. It will change your life and your mindset.

Are Candles Good For The Soul?

Switching off 

When do you burn a candle? For me It has to be the right time of day, usually early evening. The room I’m sitting has to be clean and tidy. The kids need to be in bed and their toys out of sight.

Now I can relax. Switch off from the world and recharge from the hectic day before me. The flicker of a candle flame is said to promote a sense of calm and well being. Throw in some certain oils and you can almost create your own little spa or haven. But why? Why are candles good for the soul?

For the love of candles

Back in time, candles were the only source of light. They provided a much needed security from the darkness. Candles are used in church and can be very spiritual. They are lit at christenings, on a Sunday service, at Christingle (one of my only visits to church each year but I absolutely love it!) and often in remembrance. Candles are lit on birthday cakes and used as a celebration. They are in the middle of tables at restaurants and weddings. In fact, when you think about it, candles feature in a lot of our every day life, particularly when we are celebrating!

The flicker of a flame can instantly promote a sense of calm and well being. This is their main reason for being used in a spa or health retreat – they are perfect, flickering away whilst you indulge in a relaxing massage. That flicker can be quite mesmerising.


Purchasing a candle for the home is a way of bringing that sense of relaxation and positivity into your own environment. The use of certain oils in candle making has meant that not only can the ambience of a spa be recreated in your very own lounge, but the scent of one can ignite those memories and promote calm and relaxation whenever you choose.

Mind Retreat candles offer a range of fragrance oils that have been specifically chosen to promote relaxation and invoke positive memories. For example, Mind Retreat’s Amber and Lavender is a sleep inducing fragrance. When burnt in the evening before bed, the soothing lavender helps with relaxation and inducing a restful sleep.

Calming scents by Mind Retreat

Paradise by Mind Retreat is just that. A truly beautiful fragrance reminiscent of holidays and faraway shores. Burning this at any time of day can instantly transport you to memories of blissful summer days.

Mind Retreat Candle’s Thyme, Olive and Bergamot is a true spa experience. Research shows that Bergamot, when used in oil form, is proven to naturally reduce stress and anxiety. Mix this beautiful citrus fruit with Mediterranean olives and the fragrant herb of thyme and the result is an unbelievable spa type scent.

Mind Retreat Candles offer a wide range of fragrances, each one is hand made using the highest quality oils and soy wax, The scent throw is unbelievable and if you are looking to turn your own space into your own little relaxing haven, I think we can definitely agree that candles are truly good for the soul.

Visit Mind Retreat Candles and browse their scented candle collection. Bring a little piece of relaxation into your own home. I promise you won’t regret it.


From Classroom to Candles


Starting out

Mind Retreat started in my home kitchen in Burnley, Lancashire. There were many reasons behind the launch of the business but I never expected it to grow so quickly and become a thriving business.

As a busy lecturer at my local college and a mum to three boys, time for anything else was not really an option. One day I decided to make it an option and made some huge lifestyle changes.

Scented Candles

Candles have always been something I have invested in over the years, and despite buying all of the major brands and receiving many candles as gifts over the years, I never quite found one that gave me the powerful scent throw I wanted. We were gifted a beautiful Coconut and Lime candle for our wedding 5 years ago. I adored the scent and the hot throw was amazing. Once I had finished the candle I tried to source another but found it was discontinued. I tried many smaller brands too but still never found the ‘right’ candle for me.

Lots of candle testing!

When discussing our future career plans one day in the office with my lovely team, the suggestion was made that I should start my own candle company. It seemed a crazy suggestion at the time, however once I started to research the candle making process, I was hooked. I joined some supportive candle groups on Social Media and through lots of money, time and testing, I perfected my small candle range. Five signature scents to cater for different scent palettes.

The candle testing process is long and there were many times I almost gave up. The science involved in candle making along with wicking, choosing the right wax, sourcing quality oils and all of the other factors that affect the perfect candle, was enough to blow anyone’s mind. Not to mention the legal aspects such as CPL labeling, UFI registrations, insurance….the list goes on.

All about fragrance

I sourced my own Coconut and Lime fragrance oil that smelt incredible. It was the first candle I ever poured and to this day is still one of my personal favourite scents.

Anyway, once I found the perfect technique and wax, wick and oil blends, Mind Retreat was born. Choosing the brand name was actually the easiest part. For me, lighting a candle symbolises my down time. It’s the time of day when I try to unwind and switch off the stresses of the day. It’s a time for head space and to retreat my mind from all of the days thoughts.

In the beginning, I was lucky to have some very talented friends who helped me with the technical aspects of developing a website, setting up an Etsy shop, the relevant business social media pages and taking some beautiful product photography. I am forever grateful for their support (you know who you are!).

Wax melts and more

As Mind Retreat grew (rapidly) I moved from the house into my own workshop, which is the perfect space for not only storing all of my supplies and making the products, but also provides me with the space to run my own ‘pop up shop’. I opened the doors to my first pop up shop last week and it was just brilliant. I will be looking to host more of these in the future. Candles are hard to smell on the screen so it was great for my customers to come and test out new scents and smell the full range.

The rapid growth meant that the website needed developing to a fully functioning eCommerce site. Burnley based company Wow Design came on board and built us a brand new website that went live this month. I could not be happier with the final results.

Rapid growth

Over the past 6 months we have seen significant growth in our monthly subscription boxes, which are hand wrapped and boxed each month by my lovely auntie and uncle who have mastered the art of it! Our product range is ever growing, as is our list of fragrances. And with Christmas just around the corner, festive planning is well underway.

I am so grateful to the customer base that we have and to the support received so far. I hope you will all continue to follow us on our journey to see where the future takes us.