Stall Stories Series - Meet The Soap and Candle Co.

We chat to Fiona from The Soap and Candle Co and The Perfume Oil Co about her secrets to sweet success and how she started her fascinating beauty industry journey.

What inspired you to start a small business?

I have always thought outside the square and I am definitely not a 9 to 5 worker.  I like to be creative and spontaneous – most of my ideas come to me late at night and that is when I am most productive. Hence, not too many job descriptions fall into that category, so I had to make one for myself. I have been self-employed for over 30 years now.

What did you do before market life took over?

I was a Hairdresser and Beauty Therapist.  I started working in salons owned by others, but soon decided to open my own in partnership with my sister.  I also worked in department store retail within the cosmetics industry, particularly with fragrance.

What top 3 items would you take with you to a desert island?

Assuming this is a holiday for a week or two, I would take an endless supply of Chocolate, Champagne and some good books.

What tips would you give stallholders new to the market scene?

Know your product, merchandise it well – display and packaging, offer excellent customer service, be organised – on time, set-up, float, storage of stock, food/drinks etc and…..

put your happy pants on!!!

How would you describe what you create?

Hand-made Shea Butter Soaps, Soy & Coconut Wax Candles and Roll-On Perfume Oils.

The perfect little gift or a special treat just for you!

Where can we find your products?

Products are available at - Moonee Ponds Central Market, The Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market, Collins Square and online.

What’s your favorite quote and who said it ?

Less is more! ( Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe 1886-1969) who was one of the founders of modern architecture and an advocate for the simplicity of style.

A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous! (Coco Chanel)

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a teacher or a hairdresser – I picked the right career path for me.

Chocolate or Cheese?

If I am going to that island, then I’ll take the cheese because I have already ordered the chocolate!

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