2016 has been an incredible year for us, especially with the awards we've won, which just add to all of our other accolades that we've worked so hard over the years to achieve.
We're so proud of what we've accomplished that we've decided to give you a sneak peek behind our award-winning products in our award-winning factory.
We love to shout about how we make our products at our factory, based in the heart of the beautiful Lake District by people who love what they do and love where they live. Our dedicated staff are trained to the highest standard to make sure everyone can work safely and efficiently, which is why we've been BRC (British Retail Consortium) accredited since 2010, after passing their stringent testing.
It's these factors, along with one of our in-house PhD scientists sitting on the British Candlemaker's Federation that help make our candles so beautifully scented with the longest burn time possible. This helped us secure the win in the home fragrance category at the 2016 Gift of the Year Awards.
Fired Earth Chai & Lime Blossom Candle Tin before being wicked (yes, there is a special machine which wicks candles!)
Our candles are sent through the wicking machine and then filled with a delicate blend of wax and fragrance before they're sent down the line to cool, while being checked along the way for quality (because nobody likes a wonky wick)!
Fired Earth Emperor's Red Tea Candle Tins waiting for their lids.
Once all the candles have their lids and little card inserts, they're sent to our warehouse who despatch them all over the world. Of course, there are some which stay closer to home, such as the ones which end up in our shop in Lindal-in-Furness, which is literally metres away from where these candles were made (you can't get more carbon neutral than that!).
Speaking of being green, our factory won an award for its Green Innovation just a few weeks ago! A picture says a thousand words, so here's one of our biggest green achievements... a wind turbine! You can read more about what we're doing to minimise our impact on the environment in our Green Innovation blog.
Our landlord invested in a wind turbine to help generate electricity for the factory and to give electric back to the grid.
We're so proud that we can create these award-winning candles in our award-winning factory and we have our fingers crossed that we can scoop the Green Innovation Award in the Made in the UK Awards later this month!
So when you're at home and you light your brand new Fired Earth candle tin (or two, or three... we know it's hard to choose!), sit back and enjoy all our hard work - we do it all for you!