The Mum Club Featuring Só Soy Candles
Being mums we cherish things that make us feel good and that are just ours. From our favourite face creams, the expensive bottle of wine in the fridge (which we have a glass of daily) to of course our candles, especially when hubs takes the babes out and we can BATH IN PEACE with one or twenty lit around us!!! They are the perfect self treat and gift. So you can see why we love So Soy and had to catch up with Hannah, the founder of this little bit of luxury
MY NAME IS... Hannah Magee
MY BRAND IS… Só Soy (@sosoycandles). Luxury hand poured, soy wax candles.
I LIVE IN… walking distance of the beautiful Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland.
I FEEL MOST AT HOME… nestled up with some good food, tv, and company. I work full time alongside managing Só Soy, so I'm a sucker for a duvet day when I can get one.
I AM A BRAND OWNER AND.. a proud one at that! I'm blown away by the response from customers, friends, and family who genuinely love something that I've made.
THINGS THAT KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT… ideas! I have so many ideas for the future of Só Soy and being me, I get so excited and want to make them all happen at once. I always have to rein myself in and remind myself that it's better to focus on one really good thing at a time.
WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE... a graphic designer. When I was always itching to get to art class in school, I realised I wanted to have a creative job that involved design.
MY FIRST STEPS TAKEN TO START MY BRAND WERE... research. I think that candle making is a lot more technical than people first assume, and I really had to spend a long time perfecting my technique. I spoke to other candle makers who were extremely helpful and gave some really great advice.
THIS KEEPS ME SANE...candles! As cliché as it sounds, I really do find it easier to relax with a candle lit and usually something streaming on Netflix. My favourite changes with my mood, but I'll always have a special place for first-born 'Lemongrass, Lime & Ginger Root'. I also have a lovely other half who reminds me that things aren't so bad when I'm having a stressful day and normally overreacting!
I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT (PHYSICAL OBJECT)...my phone. Sadly, I'm an absolute phone addict. It's the first thing I'll check in the morning, and I'll struggle to get off it before bed. I don't think there's an hour in the day that I'm not checking emails or flicking through my favourite Instagram feeds. Don't get me wrong though - sometimes there's nothing better than a good 'switch off'.
MY BIGGEST RISK... was investing in myself financially. It's a scary thing to work your ass off in your day job, then put that pay towards something that realistically might not work out. Thankfully, I made the right decision to believe in myself.
MY BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT...is being selected to be part of mum and baby gift box brand 'The BeauBox'. I'm extremely proud to have Só Soy feature alongside some really amazing brands, and it was such a confidence boost to have founder Frankie reach out to me.
MY BEST PIECE OF ADVICE... is don't be afraid to ask for help. I manage Só Soy singlehanded, so it's great to talk to other other women in the same position and make new connections. I also have a great support system around me - a family who aren't afraid to give an honest opinion and even pack up the odd order.
I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS DIFFERENTLY… I wish I had realised the potential of Só Soy sooner. I first played around with Etsy and when sales started growing and customers kept coming back, I knew that it was time for Só Soy to get its own platform and that I had to invest more of my time into the brand.