Huon Candle Co. was founded & established in late 2018 by myself, Nina Clare. I am a full time stay-at-home mumma of two little ladies & we live in our small country hometown of Cygnet in the Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania.
My girls are my world but being just 15 months apart, life has been busy. Not so busy that Postnatal Depression didn’t have time to sneak into our lives & take hold of me. I say “our” lives because even though I was the one diagnosed with the condition, depression is something that takes an enormous emotional toll on the entire family & our family are no exception. My mental health condition was left undiagnosed for over 18 months which nearly broke me, as well as our family. Despite some incredibly dark times we continue to stay strong together. I will be forever grateful for the support & patience of my partner & the unconditional love in the eyes of my two beautiful babies.
Undiagnosed Postnatal Depression is something that no mother, father or family should have to endure, & more light needs be shed on the condition,to ensure it is recognized, no matter how uncomfortable or awkward it may be to face & discuss. There is no quick fix for mental health disorders & I continue to struggle with my own condition each & every day, as do many others. In my own experience having a conversation with someone (anyone) about how you are feeling is definitely essential in conquering the battle*
Not long after my diagnosis I happened to stumble across a candle making tutorial while searching for DIY gift ideas. I quickly fell in love with candle making & it quite literally became my light in the darkness.
Huon Candle Co. played an enormous part in bringing me out of the darkness. To have something for myself again was life altering. Exactly what I needed during that particular time in my life. Being a stay at home mum is an incredible roller coaster ride that I wouldn't trade for the world, but when you catch yourself telling "that poo story" for the third time within a week you know its time to find something for yourself again, whatever that may be.
Now, with the support of my family & friends I am taking the plunge into this new venture and am so proud to bring Huon Candle Co. to the world!
I hope you love these products as much as I have loved creating them for you, may they bring light & beauty into your world while reminding you that you are not alone & we will be strong together xx
*I encourage anyone who may be experiencing any dark times or know someone who is, to reach out & discuss how you are feeling
See links for some helpful PND & Mental Health resources