Lucy Heale is the founder of natural scent company, The London Refinery. We visited Lucy’s studio in West London, to find out more about what it takes to make her unique scented candles, currently available to buy from not just a shop.
Describe your typical day
I’m also an art director so my typical day differs depending on whether I’m in The London Refinery studio. Studio days are normally at the weekend, when I’m busy developing new fragrances. I normally spend time replying to emails from stores before experimenting with wax and oils.
What are the key stages of your design and making process?
I start by thinking about the story or the feeling I want to create, e.g. whether it’s a candle for relaxing or revitalising, or a scent story from a memory. I use pure essential oils to create the fragrance and carefully consider their combinations. Fragrances are developed using top, middle and base notes; top notes tend to be more citrusy and herbal and base notes more woody and balsamic.