Huon Candle Co. was established in 2019 by myself, Nina Haugland. I am a full time stay-at-home mumma of two little ladies & we live in the 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 diagnosed with the condition depression is something that takes a 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 AND our family.
Despite some incredibly dark times (past & present) I continue to fight my arse off everyday to keep my demons at bay. Some days are more difficult than others but I try to only look forward - often easier said than done.
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 it may be to face. I was constantly told my feelings of depression were "normal" & "understandable" after the arrival of my girls, which was absolute BS. Of course we all have good & bad days but PND is a completely different level! I continue to struggle with guilt & anger at the thought of what I missed during the first months & years of my children's lives while suffering an unrecognized & untreated severe mental illness.
There is no quick fix for a mental health disorder & I continue to struggle with my own condition each & every day. In my own experience having a conversation with someone (anyone) about how you are feeling is often the first step to conquering the battle...
Anyway.... back to candles!
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 changing. 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.
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. See below links to some helpful PND & Mental Health resources
PANDA Beyond Blue Quest For Life Foundation Raising Children