The Mum Club Featuring HYP candles
Having a baby is by far one of the hardest things you'll have to do and if you're like us you'll spend a long 9 months hyphenating trying to find things that make you feel amazing whilst you swell and hit the hay at 8.30pm most evenings. Which is why when we heard about 'HYP' Candles we knew we had to share them with you. They stand for 'Help your pregnancy' and contain all organic ingredients which are toxin and pollutant free, making the perfect gift or self gift for any preggo. So much of pregnancy is focussed around the baby that it is so nice to find a brand that focusses on mum. If mum feels great then she can give her newborn exactly what it needs, and that is what is most important. So we spoke to Rebecca, the founder of HYP Candles to find a little more about her mum championing brand.
MY NAME IS Rebecca, Founder of HYP Candles
MY BRAND IS…HYP Candles – we launched on 6th February which is VERY exciting indeed. We’ve created candles to provide support and balance throughout pregnancy, helping out with some of the symptoms often experienced by expectant Mamas. Everything we make contains all-natural ingredients and we source only organic essential oils. We hand-pour our products in England using 100% clean-burning, natural wax which is toxin and pollutant-free.
I LIVE IN…Hale, Cheshire. We’ve been here for the past year after relocating from London for my husband’s job. It means we’re a little closer to my Mum and Dad in Sheffield which has been a brilliant help, and so good to be able to see them more often.
I FEEL MOST AT HOME… when I head to Sheffield. If you asked any Sheffielder, I’m sure they’d agree there’s just something about that City that feels like home no matter where you go and it’s something that anyone not from there really doesn’t understand! That said, this is the first time I feel like I’m putting roots down somewhere new in our first proper family home. I suppose having children throws you out there and makes you get stuck into meeting new people, even when you don’t think you can face doing it. I’ve met some amazing Mamas and they’re really making Hale feel like home too.
I AM A MUM AND a wife, an Event Manager, a Hypnobirthing Teacher and now, a candle maker. I do all of these things from home so sometimes have to remember which hat I have on!
I was so lucky after my maternity leave that my employers in London were totally on board with flexible working so I was able to return to my job even though we’d moved half way across the country, so I now work a couple of days a week from home. I don’t underestimate how fortunate I’ve been and what a battle so many women have to try and balance work and life, particularly when children are thrown in the mix. Obviously HYP Candles is now a big part of my week and I’m doing what I know a lot of parents do when launching a start-up alongside all other life commitments and that’s working through nap times, evenings and into the night, but it’s a totally new challenge and it’s so exciting to be learning new things at this stage in life. Above all else, trying my best to be a brilliant Mum is my priority every day. I don’t think I am by any means but I try hard to make sure that Orla is growing up as a healthy, happy, confident and kind little girl. She blows my mind every day with the things she does and I couldn’t be prouder, so I suppose the hard work seems to be paying off.
THINGS THAT KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT…well currently it’s my daughter Orla… fairly consistently. She was a great sleeper from about 10 weeks to 18 months and we thought we’d completely lucked out and also got this parenting lark totally sussed. Something happened. What? We’re not entirely sure, but, we now have a regular visitor in our bed at around 3am most mornings and we’re both feeling a bit jaded as a result. Everyone says it’s a phase. We just hope it’s a short one. Obviously on top of that, the process of starting a new business definitely gets the brain switched on late at night. I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself with HYP Candles and hope that with some hard work it will be a success, but at the same time, I really want to enjoy the challenge without it causing me massive amounts of stress.. famous last words, no doubt!
WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE… well, I never had great aspirations to be anything in particular except a dancer! I was always a bit of a performer (and can still be fairly dramatic at times) so I’m pretty sure it won’t have been a surprise to anyone that at five I saw myself heading to the West End. Sadly, I had to settle for an annual dance school show at Sheffield City Hall but I suppose everyone has to start somewhere right?
MY FIRST STEPS TAKEN TO START MY BRAND WERE…having Orla. We were attending hypnobirthing classes and I wanted to find an aromatherapy candle to use when practicing (if you do this with a calming fragrance such as lavender, you can ‘anchor’ that smell to the feelings of relaxation – so, in labour if you have the same smell around you, it will help you to trigger the same response to relax. It’s just like when a smell or song reminds you of a place or a person). I then studied to teach hypnobirthing and my plan was to give a candle to each of my clients and I just thought, why would I do this with someone else’s product when I could look at creating my own? So, I met with an aromatherapist and I did! For this reason, our Calm candle came first and is our signature fragrance, designed for use with relaxation/hypnobirthing practice. From there I realized that there are other ‘symptoms’ of pregnancy that could also be helped by aromatherapy, so we designed Energise, as a pick me up for tired Mamas-to-be, Restore which is a really refreshing and fresh scent to help alleviate morning sickness and then Breathe which is an amazing cleansing candle which is designed to decongest stuffy noses which can be caused by changes in hormone levels during pregnancy.
THE HARDEST PART OF MOTHERHOOD IS… that it’s relentless and it can be pretty exhausting giving every ounce of yourself to someone else. It’s taught me the true meaning of selflessness – it’s an overwhelming feeling when you know you would do literally ANYTHING for another little being and put all of their needs before your own. I think it can be very easy to lose yourself a little bit in the quest to be the perfect Mum and I’m still trying to get back to truly feeling like ‘me’ 20 months in. I’m trying to get better at early nights, eating better and exercising more, but the sofa, box sets and bread are still winning out as I convince myself I deserve all of them as a treat for working hard!
THIS KEEPS ME SANE... probably my Mum. She’s my go-to person, she’s honest and she keeps me in check. Seems the apron strings never really get cut!
I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT (PHYSICAL OBJECT)...so many things, but day to day probably the radio. I always have the radio on at home – music has always been an important part of my life. I feel like having the radio on keeps me company at home without having to put the TV on!
MY BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT...has to be Orla. She amazes me every day. She’s a livewire, constantly busy, frighteningly independent and an absolute ray of sunshine and I already know she will achieve great things in life. I’m SO proud of her.
MY BEST PIECE OF ADVICE… in motherhood, enjoy every minute. It’s SUCH a cliché, but it does go so quickly. I just want Orla to stop changing right before my eyes. In business, from my limited experience to date, just go for it. I’m not sure I’m getting everything right with starting HYP Candles, but I’m working through it and learning as I go and it all feels like such an achievement, even the small things. And in life, look after those around you (one for me to try to do a bit more) as nothing has made me appreciate a support network more than having a baby and starting a business. My husband, parents and friends have been amazing and I’m not sure I give back nearly close to what they put in to supporting me and I really, really should!
AND LASTLY A PERSONAL ONE! I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS DIFFERENTLY IN MY LABOUR… well, I felt pretty in control of my labour and birth experience and I totally put this down to hypnobirthing, so I look back and wouldn’t have done many things differently. I would definitely say Jaffa Cakes were a BAD choice of snack and I wish I’d eaten more to keep my energy up. Secondly, I would have worn my dressing gown when I went for a walk outside to help things progress. A vest, pyjama shorts and flip-flops at that stage in labour are fine, if restricted to your birthing room. To the man eating his lunch in his car in the maternity car park at the Lister Hospital that day, I am truly sorry and I hope I didn’t put you off your sandwich..