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Our Cosy Christmas Collection

It’s official! It’s officially the cosiest time of the year! In our opinion, there is nothing better than curling up in front of the fire, with a hot chocolate and an Eddo & Dandy candle!

At Eddo & Dandy HQ, when we do Christmas, we really do Christmas and go all out! We’ve already started watching Christmas movies, looking at festive recipes and slowly but surely I’m sneakily starting to put decorations up!

With the darker evenings and winter drawing in, we love making the house all cosy and festive. We are delighted to bring our festive fragrances back on our shelves!

Our Christmas Collection has been carefully curated to provide a range of both familiar, yet distinctive fragrances that get you ready for Christmas!

Mulled Wine Candle

A rich composition of fruits and winter spices with top notes coming from the fruity zest of orange, encased in the richness of spicy, yet homely, cinnamon sticks. Perfect for a cosy night in, or a night wrapped up at the Christmas Markets.

Frankincense & Myrrh Three Wick Candle

A dark, mystical fragrance with notes of frankincense, tuberose, violets, myrrh and amber. The ultimate luxury fragrance!

White Christmas Candle

Scents of fresh snow and cool, crisp winter mornings are encapsulated in this scent. We have carefully blended White Christmas to bring back those crisp winter mornings after a fresh snow fall.

Gingerbread Wax Melt

Exquisitely balance sweet and spicy notes create this festive blend reminiscent of festive gingerbread houses.

When I was in college every Christmas one of the pastry classes would make the most spectacular gingerbread scenes for the front entrance of college. To this day, every time I see any form of a gingerbread house, I’m automatically transported back to there!

Eddo and Dandy cosy christmas candle, diffuser and wax melt collection. made in skerries dublin ireland

Christmas Market in Vienna

We love nothing more than wandering around a Christmas market with a some chimney cake, roasted chestnuts and a glug of mulled wine! With it’s crackling wooden wick, we’ve encapsulated those crisp evenings browsing stalls in Christmas Market in Vienna.

Christmas Market in Prague

Christmas markets in Prague have some of the best gingerbread houses and decorations ever! The buzz of Christmas songs and crackle of festive energy is something we love!

Christmas Market in Prague has sweet notes of anise, brown sugar, maple syrup and coumarin.

Business at Christmas

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is literally just around the corner. Usually we’ve concerts and festivals and holidays to look forward to and act as markers throughout the year. This year, like last year, had very few of these markers what with, well you know.

So with Christmas only a few weeks away, this means that this time of year will the busiest for lots of small businesses. We’ve heard lots of our small business pals taking about the ongoing global supply chain issues and stressing the importance of shopping early. At Eddo & Dandy we want to be completely honest with you about how the next few weeks may play out.

We have been squirreling away supplies such as glass, wax and packaging since the summer, so much so the studio is bursting at the seems. We have placed large orders with our suppliers for raw materials, which as a small business, was a tremendously brave step. These supplies won’t last for long though and we can see the impact of shortages already beginning to take effect in the wider candle industry. Throw Brexit on top of this and overflowing ports, it’s a bit worrying.

This all sounds pretty scary and for a small business owner, it’s kept me up a lot! Along with plenty others!

What Does All This Mean?

-We will always maintain the same quality that we have worked so hard to perfect. That is a guarantee!

-We are going to going to be with you guys until Christmas Eve for local deliveries and dispatching national orders until the 20th December. We will also be at a variety of Christmas Markets, check out Eddo & Dandy on Tour for a full list of dates and locations

-If there is a particular product you are looking for which is out of stock, turn on the out of stock notification for the product and be the first to hear when it’s back in stock.

-Shopping early is key and this goes for most businesses. We are also acutely aware that the luxury of shopping early or at all isn’t always an option for everybody. If you have gifts in mind, reach out to us and if we can, we will hold items for you until closer to Christmas.

We will never put any pressure on anybody to buy anything. Whether you follow us on Instagram or Facebook or you stop by to say hi at any of our farmers market stalls, we are so grateful to have you with us! It means so much to us!

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

When we come back from a cool, crisp Autumn day at the farmers market there is nothing we love more than a homely bowl of pumpkin soup! All of the ingredients needed are available at Skerries Mills Farmers Market

This our go to recipe and we think you’ll like it as much as we do!

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pumpkin
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 carrots
  • Olive oil
  • 800ml chicken stock (but you can use vegetable stock)
  • Seeded bread
  • Pinch of ground chili
  • Salt and pepper

Method

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the pumpkin into 3cm chunks and peel these chunks. Keep the pumpkin seeds for later! Our favorite chemical free pumpkins and vegetables are from Primal Produce https://primalproduce.com/

Step 2: Peel and chop the carrots, onion and garlic cloves.

Step 3: Add 4 tablespoons of olive oil to a large saucepan over a medium heat. We recommend Sal Y Sol https://www.facebook.com/producersandimporters/!

Step 4: Add the chopped onions and garlic and sauté for about 5 minutes until golden and soft.

Step 5: Next, mix in the chopped pumpkin and carrots and cover for a further 5 minutes.

Step 6: Pour in the stock, add a good pinch of salt and pepper and stir. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

Step 7: While the soup is simmering, wash the pumpkin seeds and remove any remaining orange colored flesh. Roughly dry in a clean kitchen towel and spread evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle the remaining olive oil over them and add a pinch of salt and pepper and mix to cover evenly. (For extra flavor why not try some chili flakes or coriander!) Add to the oven for 10 minutes and toast until golden brown. If you’re in a hurry, why not try Bare Necessities selection of seeds https://www.facebook.com/BareNecessitiesIreland/!

Step 8: To make the croutons, slice the seeded bread and cut into cubes. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and fry the bread cubes until the become crisp. Our favorite breads are from The Gluten Free Bakery https://www.theglutenfreebakery.ie/

Step 9: Once the vegetables in the soup are soft, remove from the heat and puree using a hand blender. Taste and season with the salt, pepper and powdered chili as necessary

Step 10: Serve soup in a bowl, scatter croutons and toasted pumpkin seeds on the top to garnish and enjoy!

Let us know if you try our recipe and be sure to tag us in your pictures using the hashtag #eddoanddandy

It’s Sweater Weather!

As much as I love the summer, not needing to wear a jacket, finding the balance between glasses and sunglasses and the long evenings. I am embracing the cooler autumn days! I love the crisp autumn air, the colors of the leaves and the trick or treaters at Halloween!

For Autumn (aka sweater weather!) we have developed two limited edition fragrances. We are bringing back everybody’s favorite Autumn Leaves from last year and introducing Sandalwood & Orange.

Autumn Leaves

Embrace the cooler autumn days with this warming fragrance combining a subtle base of creamy vanilla with spicy notes of clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon, rounded out with top notes of mandarin and lemon.

Autumn Leaves is a stunning late autumn leading into winter fragrance. The cosy glow of an Autumn Leaves candle is perfect on long evenings. Our diffusers offer up to three months of fragrance, making them ideal to see autumn out and welcome in winter!

Sandalwood & Orange

With smooth hints of chocolate warm the zesty tones of mandarin and bergamot as the fragrance blooms. A sweet heart of jasmine and amber is wrapped in floral notes of lavender and lily, before drying to reveal a soft base of vanilla musk.

Each Sandalwood & Orange candle has a burn time of approximately 40 hours, perfect for early autumn! Want this scent for longer, why not try a diffuser

Our autumn fragrances are also available in wax melts, diffuser refills and in our gift sets!

We are also delighted to introduce our new range of wax melt burners! Two designs available in both white and grey!

No wax melt burner is complete without a selection of Eddo & Dandy wax melts!

Share Your Eddo & Dandy Photo To Win €100

We love seeing your photos of your favourite Eddo & Dandy products!

To celebrate your photos and show them off, we are rewarding the best photo with an exciting prize in our May Competition.

The competition will run throughout the month of May and you can share your photo at any time this month for your chance to win this prize.


What Can You Win?

Our winner will win €100 to spend in our online store and their photo will be featured on our Instagram grid and Facebook page with you tagged as the fabulous winner.


How to Enter Your Photo

To enter simply take a snap of:

You with your favourite Eddo & Dandy product
OR
Your Eddo & Dandy products styled in your beautiful home

Once you have taken your photo:

  • Add the image to your Instagram grid or Facebook (not your stories)
  • Tag @eddoanddandy
  • Use the hashtag #eddoanddandy

Competition closes 31st May 2021

Please note: If you have a private Instagram account, we won’t be able to see your entry even if you tag us, send us a message via Instagram and make sure we don’t miss it!


T&C’s
The Eddo & Dandy team will select 1 winner at the end of May, winner will be announced the first week in June. The winner will receive a gift card code for Eddo & Dandy website. No money will be exchanged. This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.

All The Ways We Aim to be Sustainable

Happy Earth Day!

At Eddo & Dandy we are passionate about being as sustainable as possible, while also offering beautiful collection of products. Below are some of the ways we do this:

The Wax We Use

We use only sustainably sourced soy wax in our candles and wax melts. This wax is sourced from the US where the soy bean crop is grown on farms where they have invested heavily in irrigation systems to reduce water waste. Soy wax is a better choice compared to stearin (made from animal or vegetable fats) or paraffin wax, which creates toxic chemicals when it burns. These chemicals can be as harmful to you as second hand smoke.

Glass & Wick

While glass is sustainable, the process to recycle glass does produce some chemicals, to minimize our impact we offer candle and diffuser refills for our Eddo & Dandy glasses.

The wicks we use are pure cotton with a paper core, which produce less soot than standard wicks. If you see some soot at the top of the glass, simply trim your wick for the next burn as it may be too long!

Packaging and Labels

All our candles and diffusers are packaged in boxes that are fully recyclable and are shipped to us unfolded and flatpack, reducing space required and extra packaging. Our wax melts are packaged in clamshells, made from 100% corn oil, which is completely biodegradable. The labels we use on all products are made a using vegan adhesive and paper from responsibly managed forests, a more ethical choice.

Tree Planting

While we make every effort possible to source materials from suppliers who share the same ethical and environmentally friendly ethos as ourselves, we aim to further reduce Eddo & Dandy’s impact on the environment. Which is why we are proud to support tree planting on the island of Ireland, by planting one tree for every order received or purchase made at any of our farmers markets.

What Are Wax Melts and How to Use Them

Wax melts are highly scented and wickless pieces of wax that melt atop a wax burner. Essentially candles without a wick, that originated from chandlers (candle makers) who wanted to find a creative way to scent your home using a smaller amount of wax.

Over the past few years the popularity of wax melts have soared for a few different reasons. Which we believe include:

Wax Melts are typically less expensive than candles and are a great way to try a range of new scents.

As they melt in a wax burner, the tea light burns out after the 4 hours and extinguishes itself.

What’s in Our Wax Melts?

Our wax melts contain only sustainably sourced soy wax. This wax is a denser version of the same wax we use in our Classical and Explorer Collection Candles. They are scented with the same vegan friendly and cruelty free fragrance oils that we use in our candles and diffusers!

How Do You Use Them?

To use your wax melts, simply place one to two cubes from your wax melt clamshell into the top of your wax melt burner.

Place a lit 4 hour tea light underneath. The heat from the candle will melt the wax melt.

The fragrance from the wax melt will burn off after a few burns, but the wax will remain. Once the fragrance has disappeared, you can take the wax out of the burner and replace with a new cube.

The easiest way to remove the old wax is to let the wax harden and then place a lit tea light underneath for between 10-20 seconds and then slide the disk out. Once removed, simply wipe with a dry cloth to remove any access wax and then add your new cube!

Why not try Eddo & Dandy’s Classical Wax Melts!

Get the Most from Your Candles

The scent of an Eddo & Dandy candle can beautifully transform a room. But you may be missing out on hours of burn time by making these common mistakes.

We all love nice smelling candles and want to keep them for as long as possible. But by blowing them out too soon, your candle won’t last as long. Not allowing your candle to reach a full melt pool can result in candle tunneling. This can leave a well in the candle and can often cause the wick to drown.

When you first light your Eddo & Dandy candle, be sure to light the candle for 4 hours, or until you reach a full melt pool. A full melt pool is when the top of the candle has completely melted to the edge of the container. For every subsequent burn, light candles for between 2 to 4 hours or until you reach a full melt pool.

Ensure you trim your wick! Wick trimming is so important and we cannot stress this enough! If the wick is too long, the flame will be larger than it should be. This will burn through the candle more quickly and may cause the container to get hotter than it should. We recommend trimming your wick to 5mm each time before your burn your candle.

Lastly, make sure your lit candles are not placed near a draught. If you notice that you are left with wax on one side of your candle, it may be that your candle was in a draught. If you notice your flame ‘dancing’, blow the candle out and carefully move it* to an alternative spot. Then relight to achieve a full melt pool.

*be careful when moving your candle, as the draught may have caused one side of the container to become hotter than normal.

Our Commitment to the Environment

At Eddo & Dandy, we try to be as environmentally conscious as possible. We never choose materials that will have harmful effects on the environment and we have taken time to select the best materials and packaging for all our products. All of our soy wax is sustainably sourced and originally comes from farmers who have used less water to grow the soy bean crop. All our packaging is recyclable and we use biodegradable packing peanuts when sending out orders via courier. From time to time, you may see plastic bubble wrap, this we have received in orders to ourselves and have reused this so that as much use can come from this as possible before it is sent to landfill.

Of course it is not possible to be 100% environmentally friendly, which is why Eddo & Dandy are proud to donate a percentage of our sales to support tree planting across the whole of Ireland.

We are now also  delighted to offer a candle refill service. When you have finished burning your Eddo & Dandy candle, you can return your glass jar or candle tin to us at any one of the markets we regularly attend and we will re purpose your container to remake your candle. We will clean the jar, re label and pour your chosen scent and you will receive €5 off your new candle. If you cannot attend a market near you, contact us via info@eddoanddandy.ie or message us through our social media and we will arrange pick up. In the coming weeks, you will also be able to order a refill kit for your reed diffusers through our online store, which will contain new fragrance and fresh reeds. We will announce when these are available through our social media!

Why are Soy Candles Better than Paraffin Candles?

Even when Eddo & Dandy was only at the concept stages, we knew for certain that we would only use enviromentally friendly and sustainable waxes. After much testing in the studio, we found a wax that ticked all the boxes, it’s eco friendly, burns cleanly and holds scent without any chemicals.

Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. The majority of soybeans are grown in the United States, particularly in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana (all the I’s!) and are a completely renewable resource, while paraffin wax is non renewable and is a by-product of refined petroleum. Paraffin wax is commonly used in most mast produced candles, largely due to it being cheaper and more accessible compared to soy wax.

While also being sustainably produced, soy wax, unlike paraffin wax are also 100% biodegradable.

Not only is soy wax better for the environment, it also has a higher melting point meaning that your soy wax candles burn longer (happy days!). Soy candles also carry scent significantly better than paraffin candles, reducing the need for chemical additives or amplifiers. All candles emit soot when they burn but soy candles emit significantly less which in turn helps to maintain pure air quality in the home.