My Story

Hej I'm Lotte, the founder of Lanxel Candles. 

I'm Danish so candles have always been part of my everyday life.

Without candles where's no hygge!!!

OUR CANDLES

I like to think of my candles as full sensory experiences—from the artful minimal packaging to the warm candlelight and delicate aromas that fill a room. So, go ahead, light one up.

  • My candles and perfume scents are petroleum, phthalate and cruelty-free & 100% vegan.
  • I use pure rapeseed wax for all my candles. Rapeseed wax offer you a clean and eco-friendly burn.
  • Furthermore I source all my wax in Europe. This mean a very low carbon footprint.
  • All my candles wicks are made of pure natural cotton without the use of chemicals or heavy metal.
  • This ensure a safer and healthier candle for you and our environment.

 

 

OUR WORK/SHOP IN CRAFT FACTORY

My workshop is based in the Craft Factory in Geneva. Here we have created a creative hub of craft makers, offering many types of workshops. Each candle is wicked, poured, and labeled by me and my small team.

 

The long story about me

Hej I’m Lotte, the founder of Lanxel. I am originally from Denmark but by now I have spent more time out of Denmark, living and working in many different European countries. I settled with my family in Geneva in 2012. But the candle making goes back long before then, when I started making candles on raining days with my daughter in Brussels, Belgium.

Ever since, my passion has been to create beautiful natural candles at an affordable price. ​I am passionate about clean candles and my story about how I started Lanxel Candles is a true illustration how a passion can became a business. It’s a part thriller, a good dose of "I have no idea how to do that but I love doing it, so I’ll work it out", a dash of tension and plenty of delightful thrill and passion thrown in.

So if you want to read on, light an eco-friendly candle, grab yourself a cup of something warm, snug up somewhere cosy, and I’ll tell you. Long before making candles, I trained as a reflexologist. As it happens my tutor knew how to make candles, using natural wax, such as soy bean and rapeseed oils. I was mesmerized. Really!!! Is that possible??? "Please, please teach me", I asked her!!! And she did.

Candle making became rainy Sunday afternoon occupations. At that time I lived in
Brussels in Belgium and there were plenty of rainy Sundays. I loved the candle making hobby but my work life as a cosmetologist, masseuse and reflexologist got more and more demanding. I had opened a spa shortly after qualifying as a reflexologist and my team and I were kept busy with a large selection of treatments.

Eventually, making candles was put on the back burner. I liked my job but the passion was missing. Sadly my husband had passed away shortly after the birth of our daughter, so being a single parent, my first priority was her and earning a living. In order to generate the right atmosphere and create special moments for the customers in the spa, we burnt tons of candles. But due to lack of free time, making the candles myself was unthinkable. At the time it did not occur to me that candles could pay the bills - duhhhh...

In between all that work, a fun-loving guy came along and stole my heart and my
daughter stole his. This is when the story could have ended. After dating the fun-loving action man for over two years we moved all our furniture together and we could have lived happily forever after in Belgium. But no, we don't do things that simple! My gorgeous man came home one day, and said he thought it would be a good idea to move to Geneva, Switzerland. Well, I thought, a spa in Brussels or Geneva.... what difference can there be? 

I was very wrong! There was a world of difference. Not because of Geneva but because I had fallen out of love with my role as a beauty therapist. Looking back I guess I had suffered a burn out. At the time I just felt as if I was well and truly done. Things quickly got a little too slow for me in Geneva though. Our house was the tidiest in the neighbourhood, and there were no piles of ironing anywhere to be seen.

Luckily my daughter also got the candle bug, just like me. One day she wanted to go to a large Swedish warehouse company for some berry scented candles for her room. "Nooo way” I told her, “We will make them together”. This is when the fun started. First batch of dark red berry scented candles was done. Next, a request for sweet strawberries and champagne and one for green apples. My daughter and her friends loved them. I also started using my candles as gifts for friends and family.

And then, along came Susan!!! Having been lucky enough to join a group of amazing women entrepreneurs, Susan was one of the very active members. She invited me to be part of an artisan market she was organising. My daughter strongly encouraged me to take part and suddenly our kitchen was turned into a candles making workshop with the counters covered in newspaper.

I had 6 weeks to find wax, wicks and containers, to make beautiful candle fragrances, working out sale prices and coming up with a label design. I started off with a 1.5 litre bain-marie, a double boiler, in which I could make around three or four candles at the time. Many batches of almost finished candles had to be re-melted or binned. I created some obscene smelling stuff. The sink got blocked twice and the house was a mess. But I got there. The day arrived. I packed the car. Drove to the artisan market, opened my stall and on the first Saturday of May 2015 the idea for Lanxel Candles was born, after having sold my first candles. 

To this day each candle is hand poured in small batches with great love and attention to all details. I am still the one who checks every single candle before they leave the workshop, ensuring they have pass my quality control. The bain-marie has been replaced by large melting tanks and we work tireless to keep up with the demand.  To this day I still get the biggest thrill when an online order ticks in or a customer pops into the shop to buy my candles or seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they take one of my candle making workshops.

Love and Light Moments,
Lotte Lanxe
Founder of Lanxel