If there is one thing we love (almost) as much we love flowers, it would be luxurious scented candles. Lucky for us, these make the perfect accompaniment for when you send a flower arrangement! We recently started stocking the incredible locally-made Maison Blanche range of candles, and couldn’t resist sitting down with founder of the brand, Kristy Payne, to find out more about the process of hand-crafting such a beautiful product.
FAM: Hi Kristy, tell us a little about yourself.
Kristy: Hi Flowers Across Melbourne. My name is Kristy. I’m the proud owner of Maison Blanche. I have an amazing cat called Mr President and I really love travel.
FAM: What does a typical day in your life look like?
Maison Blanche has just moved its HQ into a industrial space in the north of Sydney, so I spend most of my day in there doing everything from mixing new fragrances, pouring candles and answering emails!
FAM: Tell us the story of how you started Maison Blanche?
I’ve always loved candles and I would spend a lot of time and money trying to find the perfect candle with the ideal fragrance blend, made from natural local ingredients, lasted a long time and looked good in my house. I couldn’t find anything that ticked all those boxes, so Maison Blanche was born, purely to fulfil my candle addiction.
FAM: What is your inspiration?
Travel is one of my biggest inspirations. Whether it’s being inspired to work harder so I can travel more, making products designed for travel or taking inspiration from the places I’ve visited; it’s apparent in most of my business and life decisions.
FAM: What do you love about having fresh flowers around you?
I love being able to use them to bring colour and some softness into my home and office.
FAM: What are your favourite flowers?
I love White Tulips, Freesias, Snap Dragon and Cockscomb.
FAM: Which of our flower arrangements do you like the most and why?
Definitely the ‘Tropical Garden’! I love the billowing Snap Dragons and the colours of the orchids.
FAM: Tell us about your Koala partnership – we are thrilled to be stocking this special product.
Maison Blanche created a limited edition candle in association with The Australia Koala Foundation where each candle sold donates $10 to the AKF, giving them the funds to plant a eucalyptus tree for wild koalas. The candle fragrance is an ode to our dwindling native Koala populations; Lemon, Lavender & Eucalyptus. We have planted over 400 trees so far with the help of all of our customers and stockists like Flowers Across Melbourne.