Candle-preneur Kristy from Maison Blanche talks work-life balance

Why did you decide to create a range of candles?

For a long time I was looking for the perfect natural alternative to the candles I was burning but was never successful in finding one, so I decided to make one myself. It turned out so great that I made more of them for my family for Christmas that year, and they wanted to buy some for their friends as well. From there it expanded and in a little while I had a whole range of natural candles with unique scents.

What are some of your me-time self-care rituals to de-stress?

After a long day at the Maison Blanche warehouse I definitely need time to de-stress. If it’s cold outside, I appreciate nothing more than a warm bath with one of my Soak Society bath soaks (the Rose Wellness Soak is my all-time fave!) and maybe even a glass of white wine. If it’s a bit warmer, I like to relax on my balcony catching up with social media or go for a walk around my area. 

What does a ‘regular’ weekday look like for you and have you found ‘balance’?

A regular weekday would include me heading to the warehouse or heading to the office. These days are jam-packed with heaps of things to do, but the good thing is that one day is never the same as the next. At the warehouse I get to work on the creative aspects of the company, such as coming up with new candle scents, and at the office I focus on the administrative tasks, such as creating marketing ideas and fun initiatives for my customers. This helps me find balance in my work life, but I would like to improve a balance between my work, social and home life… because at the moment my house is a total mess!

What do you love most about the entrepreneurial lifestyle?

I love that I get to direct each day and I am in control of how I do my work. It’s hard to be self-motivated every day but it’s a challenge that I’m ready to tackle, and it’s a lifestyle that I’m privileged to have because it’s so rewarding when you see results.

You’re stuck on a deserted island, what 5 wellness or beauty essentials do you need?

  1. Sunscreen! People don’t understand the importance of protecting our skin from the harsh Aussie sun, and without sunscreen I would burn into a crisp!
  2. Toothpaste to have minty fresh breath for my rescuers.
  3. Iron tablets to give me energy because I couldn’t bear to kill any animals for meat.
  4. A book or two to keep me entertained. 
  5. My pillow… because no pillow is as good as your own!