Alex Duckworth

I started candle making as a hobby in 2018, after I had an existential crisis, and for reasons I’m still unsure of, I chose to take up candle-making. I made my first tarts a few days after I got my supplies, and discovered I enjoyed the calming process along with the end result, while a bit on the rough side, ending up pretty good.

 

I pondered the idea of selling my candles for a while, as I refined my craft and my skill, but I ultimately started Gayest Witch after I encountered a mixture of annoyances when trying to find candles for my own home.

 

First, I had issues finding pure soy candles - the majority of mass-produced candles are made with either the petroleum-based paraffin wax or a paraffin-soy blend. Having done some research, I've found that the research about the environmental impact and safety of paraffin wax shows mixed results, and I decided I wouldn't run the risk and use paraffin or any material from non-renewable, unsustainable products.

 

As such, all of my candles are made from 100% soy wax. All wicks used have non-metal, cotton cores to help with burn time, while also allowing you to breathe easily knowing that your candles and wicks contain no heavy metals. Boxes are made from a 97% post-consumer waste recycled paperboard to provide eco-friendly protection.

 

The second issue I ran into was in finding candles that were simple. If I wanted to buy a candle that just smelled like lavender, it was next to impossible. I found notes of cherry blossom, citrus, or ozone in them, and that wasn't what I wanted. That's why I chose to offer basic scents such as Tangerine, Lavender, and Spearmint for those who just want something simple and timeless. A Lavender candle is going to smell like lavender first and foremost.

 

Every decision I have made surrounding Gayest Witch is geared towards supporting the push for eco-friendly products and allowing my customers the peace of mind that comes with knowing their beautiful, fragrant candle doesn't have demons in the closet.

Hours:
Mon 10–5
Tues 10–5
Wed 10–5
Thurs 10–5
Fri 10–6
Sat 10–6
Sun 12–5
Address:
118 E Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 972–9500
C’ville Arts offers a tremendous range of crafts and art, including decorative & functional objects for your home & garden, wearable art such as jewelry and scarves, organic balms, photography, paintings, sculpture, and more. As a cooperative, we work together to operate the store, helping keep our art affordable. Visitors are able to meet and chat with the artists who are on duty each day. C’ville Arts has become a popular place to find unique gifts for all occasions and locally made mementos for visitors to our area.
The Gallery is honored to be a part of the Virginia Artisans Trail Network, specifically the Monticello Artisans Trail.  “Choose from the many creative excursions and activities available as you plan your trip to Virginia!  The Artisan Trail Network will help you navigate a unique adventure.  We invite you to explore the byways and back roads, visiting craft artisan studios, agri-artisan gardens & farms, wineries & breweries, galleries & craft related venues, local businesses & eclectic shops and historical & cultural points of interest.”  The Gallery was recently featured in a video produced for the Virginia Artisans Trail Network.