Ten years ago, when Cochine was first started in Saigon, our founder Kate searched far and wide to find a specialist candle factory to bring her vision to life. She found a family owned factory on the outskirts of Saigon, run by two brothers who would go on to become our partners in everything we do. After a year of testing wax, wicks and burn times, our first White Jasmine & Gardenia candles were produced back in March 2010 and now, ten years on, our latest candle fragrance Orange Amère & Star Anise has just been made in the very same place.
In that time, so much has changed. The factory has grown exponentially, expanding their capacity to make our travel and 4 wick candles, and moving into producing our reed diffusers, while providing secure and fulfilling jobs to the wonderful artisans that work there. Some things, however, remain the same. Every single scented candle they produce is still checked by hand before it gets filled, and after. The most exciting place to be is still their candle testing room, where we meticulously put each new fragrance through its paces in a temperature controlled cabinet, assessing burn time, the ‘throw’ (how much fragrance they emit), wick size and more. And, the most thrilling thing we all experience together is still the wonderful moment when the process has been completed, an idea has been brought to life, and we all know that we have alighted on something truly unique and special to share with you all.
We couldn't do any of this without our wonderful partners. It’s a relationship we cherish, and we’re so grateful to you for your support as you continue to help us grow and develop products in just the same way we set out to do together 10 years ago.