Dun Laoghaire florist Lulabelle launches its first locally made candle collection
Surrounded by fresh-cut flowers and potted plants every day really helps you hone in on the aroma that most excite you, which is why Lulabelle Flowers are launching their own candle collection.
Lulabelle owner Betty Stuart is welcoming and warm to those popping into her George’s Street shop in Dun Laoghaire – locals passing by will often stop to say a quick hello, but are never so quick to leave.
Working as a designer for 20 years, Betty always had a good eye for aesthetics. Upon her return to Ireland eight years ago, she began making natural soy wax candles for weddings. “I had an eye to setting up a wedding and events design business,” she explains.
From there, everything developed very naturally, starting with selling a candle to a woman who liked Betty’s style and soon hired her to style her whole wedding, including the flowers. “It was from this moment on that I started creating florals and have been doing so for the past eight years.”
Now firmly established on Dun Laoghaire main shopping street, the interest in creating an atmosphere and feeling has never left Betty. Continuing to test out candle scents through the years, she has finally settled on five scents to join her flowers in the fragrant shop. These aromatherapeutic candles are made in Dun Laoghaire using 100% natural and locally sourced ingredients with a focus on seasonality and sustainability.
Pop in to pick up a candle imbued with Lemon & Jasmine, Eucalyptus, Lavender and Rosemary, Grapefruit and Sweet Orange, Basil and Frankincense for Christmas. They have a long burning life of 30+ hours and then when you do finally finish it, Betty encourages you to bring the empty glass jar in to be refilled rather than going into recycling or landfill.
Lulabelle Flowers also run workshops suitable for beginners or seasoned snippers, including an introduction to floristry, event florals, hand-tied bouquets and more, all in the relaxed atmosphere of the shop.
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