Greetings from Yiwu, China. Where I have just arrived.
Last week I was in Bali, Indonesia and learning interesting things about the meaning of Denpasar the main city on Bali. You can read about it here.
Since then I have traveled to Hangzhou in China, and by car to Yiwu about 90 minutes away. Regular readers will know we have a warehouse and office here in Yiwu. Some of you may know we also have a small candle factory producing soy wax candles with European fragrances and essential oils from AW. Why? simply because this product is hard to find and impossible to find with nice fragrances in China.
Soy wax is the future of candles, regular candles are made with paraffin, and many cheap candles (especially from China) have all sorts of nasty stuff in them, so sooner or later we reckon the world is going to stop wanting to breathe in petrol fumes and switch to the clean natural burn of soy wax candles. And support farmers rather than oil companies. Check out our soy wax products below. Naturally, from our own factory, you can be sure of quality and prices that give you a serious competitive advantage.
So it was great to visit the factory yesterday and see things in full swing, and we are working on a number of new products including some beautiful wax melts in nice hipster glass jars. If you have any ideas for candle products please don't hesitate to drop me a line. One of the things I want to work on while I'm here is the next range of products.
Today I went to the mega-market that defines Yiwu. They claim it is the biggest "small commodity" (that includes gifts) market in the world. There are around 90,000 showrooms in this city, every factory in Northern China has a presence here, and the surrounding area is stuffed with big and small businesses supporting this market. Of course, we like to source from the smaller family run businesses that produce the more artisan products, and over the years we have developed good relations with numbers of really nice producers.
Today I visited a few old suppliers to see what's new...