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Made with renewable, biodegradable materials 100%
Hand poured for the best scent throw
All made in our studio in Shepperton by the river
With scents that are uniquely blended
Candles with you, and the environment in mind

Candles made with you, and the environment in mind

Here at Willow & Finn we create only hand poured, small batch, eco friendly soy wax candles.

And we're eco friendly because that makes sense right? our soy wax is ethically sourced, and is super friendly to the environment being completely carbon neutral. Our packaging all recyclable.

Our essential oils are pure, and our fragrance oils all paraben and phalate free

And finally, we create scents that help you get through the day, that invigorate and uplift you or send you to sleep at night. Our luxury home scents will transport you to a memory, a holiday in the sun, or a walk in the woods.  A place to feel the breeze, and create a quiet place just for you.

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And so to bed
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Comforting hug
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A woodland stroll
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Our Story

Willow is connected to my microbakery, I live by the River Ash in Shepperton, Surrey with a billowing Willow tree at the bottom of our garden.  It felt fitting that Willow became the name of the bakery.  And so 3 years ago Willow Microbakery was born.  With a passion for good bread, I created a bakery for the local community that now enjoys mostly sourdoughs through the month. 

But after a tricky couple of years nursing very poorly parents, I needed to find a way to nurture myself outside of making the bread. As a daughter, wife and mother my time was being split a million ways and finding me time was becoming more difficult.  I found solace in creating unique blends of essential oils for my own soy wax candles.  As a massage therapist I understood the therapeutic values of these oils, and as candle lover, for me filling a room with a soothing scent is my idea of bliss.  And so my journey started in creating candles with both mood and ethics in mind.  And then I was asked to create them for bakery customers, and friends.  And so it began.  Making more and more candles, until I realised I needed to step back and regroup.

So I re-branded with a label that I feel is soft, gentle and gloriously fitting for a home of either contemporary or rustic design.

Willow is our beautiful tree, and Finn our glorious 9 year old boy who has shown us how unconditional love can be.  He gives a helping hand in the bakery, as well as choosing scents for candles and working alongside me at market stalls.  All with energy and an unwavering smile.  It felt deserving that this little boy should become an integral part of the journey, and so Willow & Finn was born!

For the love of lavender!

For the love of lavender!

For the Love of Lavender!

A few evenings ago, we had dinner with some friends – a long overdue catch up. It was a beautiful evening and we were sat down at the end of the garden by the river with a G&T enjoying the late afternoon sun. There was still the flurry of activity around us from the bees and butterflies and the conversation turned to the beauty of summer and those times you can just sit and relax and enjoy nature at its best. Those creatures, so purposefully and happily attending to the task at hand is always a joy to watch. With the backdrop of the cloudless sky, nothing in the garden was more vibrant and alive than the lavender bushes, buzzing with life. It made me stop and think about our love of lavender and where it all began.

My first memories of the smell of lavender are from my Grandma. There wasn’t a time when her bathroom didn’t smell of lavender. When I get a strong smell of it now, it always takes me back to childhood and summer days spent in her little garden with the steppingstones and vegetable patch. I didn’t enjoy that intense lavender smell then but now of course I have a deeper appreciation for it. I think that’s why I enjoy it blended with patchouli. Almost every perfume I own contains notes of patchouli, and the two combined fill the air with a scent that’s impossible not to love.

The Many Uses of Lavender

Lavender can be traced back at least 2500 years. The Egyptians and Romans used it as a scent for skin and hair as well as in cooking and discovered its medicinal purposes. It became hugely popular in England during the Victorian period and that led to commercial farming and cultivating of the crop.

There are so many uses for lavender. All parts of the plant from the oil to the flower can be used for an array of different things. The essential oil is well known for its healing qualities and you can turn to it for all manner of ailments. It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties meaning its useful for minor burns, insect bites, and cuts as well as fungal skin infections and acne. It’s probably best known for its relaxing properties and is great for stress relief, anxiety and insomnia.

English lavender has endless culinary uses as well. It’s part of the mint family and has a herby flavor akin to rosemary or thyme which means it tastes amazing in both savory and sweet dishes. At the top of my list to try is a savory lavender bread, and a lavender sorbet. I also love the idea of an infused lavender sugar, which also looks stunning on the shelf!

The Essence of Summer

As lavender is in full bloom right now, I paid a visit to a local organic lavender farm in Surrey. Mayfield Lavender has been open since 2002 but the field itself is an original Victorian English lavender field.

Row after row of vibrant purple contrast beautifully against the luscious green of the grass and the blue sky above. You can see why it’s so popular and a perfect place for family photo ops. Standing at the top of the field looking down, there’s just a sea of purple. The air is fragranced with that sweet and fresh smell and you can hear the constant faint buzz of the bees.

It seems lavender has definitely become fashionable again and has long since shaken its old lady image. The shop at Mayfield Lavender has countless home and beauty products and honey made by their bees. Bunches of cut lavender are stacked high on the counter and the aroma is potent and powerful. The café there has an array of mouthwatering treats from lemonade to homemade scones, all infused with lavender. I picked up some lavender dark chocolate which I can’t wait to sample!

Back at home I lit and relax, while I got on with a pile of ironing. I have to say that even with my deep appreciation for lavender, the patchouli was a welcome aroma – more current and present. I’d been reminded of how powerful our sense of smell is once again. But although that intense smell is not something I’ve always enjoyed; it will never take away from my love of lavender. It really is the essence of summer. And next time I’m enjoying a G&T in the garden, I’ve made a mental note to remind myself to infuse it with lavender!

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