Our Craft

The Charles Farris name has always been synonymous with candle manufacturing, British Culture and craftsmanship. We still use the same traditional methods from the Victorian era to make the best candles for modern day: slow-burning, long-lasting, and of the highest quality.

scented candle

Our Story

The story goes back to 1845. Charles Farris created a brand that supplied pillar candles to some of Britain’s most important buildings, including Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral. By appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, this historic London company is the ultimate candlemaker.

With 170 years of experience, Charles Farris has now created a range of eight luxury scented candles and reed diffusers. Working with master blenders to create unique and beautiful scents, we craft our candles using traditional techniques and high-quality ingredients. Our candles are encased in artisan, hand-finished glass.

We have benefitted from many generations of skilled candlemakers. The knowledge they have passed on has allowed Charles Farris to remain integral to the London scenery.

Making our candles

Our factory is based in the heart of Wiltshire countryside. We still use traditional methods to make our beeswax candles, which date back to medieval times. While we have been continually refining our wax blends and ingredients, many of our production methods remain the same. The dipping for each candle is a slow process and can take many days, but there is no other method to create tapered candles with such a beautifully smooth finish. Our candles are then hand-polished and checked for our high standards of quality, before being carefully wrapped for delivery.

making candles

Environmental Policy

Charles Farris Ltd was established in 1845 as a chandlers, originally manufacturing candles for the institutions and people of London. It’s tradition of candle-making artisanship continues to this day in rural Wiltshire whilst it still holds a retail presence in London.

At Charles Farris, we know that everybody and every corporate body has a duty to protect the environment and we are dedicated to minimising the impact of its activities on the environment. The commitment is embedded in our brand values and business strategy.

The key points of the strategy are:

  • Minimise waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are as efficient as possible.
  • Minimise pollution and reduce the impact on the environment.
  • Actively promote recycling both internally and amongst its customers and suppliers.
  • We are committed to efficient use of water and energy.
  • Source and promote a product range to minimise the environmental impact of both production and distribution.
  • Meet or exceed all the environmental legislation that relates to the Company.
  • Implement a training program for its staff to raise awareness of environmental issues and enlist their support in improving the Company’s performance.
  • Monitor progress against targets and objectives on a regular basis.
  • Consider environmental aspects and impacts as factors in business and operational decisions, always balanced with health, safety and quality considerations.
  • Support environmental initiatives in the local community.

Our business management system is the framework and foundation for all of the above. It will be continually improved as standards change and lessons are learned from audits, reviews, performance data and stakeholder feedback.

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