6 Candle Manufacturer Success Stories [2023]

Updated: January 18th, 2023
Become A Candle Manufacturer

Candle manufacturing is one of the best small business ideas you can start from home. Making candles comes with a low startup cost and does not require much equipment. If you plan to start a candle manufacturing business, hone your craft and get comfortable with the candle-making process.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a candle manufacturer:

1. Headline Solar ($6M/year)

Kevin Gillespie (from Schaumburg, Illinois, USA) started Headline Solar over 4 years ago.

$500K / month
2 founders / 20 employees
Schaumburg, Illinois, USA

Case Study

My name is Kevin Gillespie, and along with Garrett Le’ Tourneau, we created Wax & Wick, the 100% soy candles with wood wicks.

Some notable differentiation between Wax & Wick and traditional candles is that our branding is simple, the style of the candle will fit with any decor, and we use only 100% soy wax and Fsc-Certified wood wicks. Our impact on the environment is intentionally small.


2. Vintage Vegan Candle Co ($48K/year)

Adam James (from London, UK) started Vintage Vegan Candle Co over 3 years ago.

$4K / month
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hi! My name is Adam and I run Vintage Vegan Candle Co. We make homemade soy candles and diffusers from our home in London, England. All our products are fully recyclable, sustainable, and sourced from materials which we buy from small independent businesses who follow a similar ethos to us.

What initially started as a bit of a hobby and an aim to make £5000 in our first year has led to a fast-growing business which has generated £15000 in the first 10 months.


Learn more about starting a candle manufacturer:

Where to start?

-> How much does it cost to start a candle manufacturer?
-> Pros and cons of a candle manufacturer

Need inspiration?

-> Examples of established candle manufacturer
-> Marketing ideas for a candle manufacturer
-> Candle manufacturer Instagram bios

Other resources

-> Candle manufacturer manufacturers

4. Supplies For Candles ($12M/year)

Nicky Story (from Doncaster, UK) started Supplies For Candles over 7 years ago.

$1M / month
1 founders / 100 employees

Case Study

I’m Nicky Story, I’m 30 years old and went from having a side hustle business in my garage to a multi-million-pound business empire! I am the CEO of Supplies For Candles, The Soap Kitchen and Glassprints Ltd – this b2b empire, is the go-to for candle and soap making ingredients and products.

It’s always been a dream of mine to own and run my own business and after graduating, I started and initially failed – I was miserable. People look at me today and talk about overnight success. I’m a millionaire before the age of 30, but I don’t believe there is such a thing as overnight success. It’s just that most people don’t see what it costs you and how many times you’ve had to adapt and change as you learn the ropes. That’s why I’m so open about my challenges and how I overcame them. I want to encourage and assist as many entrepreneurs as I can so that they don’t give up!


5. Winding Wick Candles ($70K/year)

$5.83K / month

Case Study

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