The journey of Frieda and Gus started in 2013. A business born from a hobby. This hobby developed because I could not find a pure soy wax candle on the market. All seemed to have paraffin added and blended in. I wanted a pure soy wax candle, so I decided to start making my own. My mum and I would put aside a day each month to make up a batch of soy candles, and my house would be filled with the beautiful aroma for days. I always felt inspired and satisfied after a day of candle making, and I quickly realised it was one of my most enjoyable things to do, so I began making more, and more.
When friends and family started asking to buy candles from me, I began putting more time into making these soy candles that everyone loved so much. I believe when you find something you really enjoy and are passionate about you should embrace it, and find more time for it. So, I cut back the hours in my office job, and devoted more time to candle making. I wanted a natural top quality soy candle, and I spent many hours researching the best type of soy wax and products to use.
I am passionate about health, fitness, my garden, nature and of course SOY CANDLES! So for my candles soy was my only wax of choice, and lead free wicks it had to be! I have never made a candle using paraffin wax, and I never will. Each and every one of Frieda & Gus candles are individually made with love and care, because we choose quality over quantity.
By now you might be asking "Who is Frieda & Gus?".... Frieda and Gus are my grandparents (my mothers parents). I call them Opa & Oma. Their life story really inspires me, and is a long one, but I will try and tell the short version here.... In 1952 after world war II my grandparents lived in the communist and ruled over society of East Germany, and they knew they had to get out. Fleeing over the East German border with only the belongings they could carry and their babies. They migrated to Geelong, Australia for a new start - a better life. Like so many other immigrants during this time they arrived in Australia, with basically nothing, but a tea-chest and their children. They settled in, worked hard, and built a life for themselves and their 4 children, that then turned into 7 Grandchildren, 14 Great grandchildren & 2 Great Great grandchildren.
Frieda passed away in 2002, and although Gus missed her terribly he lived on until late 2014. His real name was August and this is where our male scented candle Mr.August gets it's name.
I hope you love Frieda and Gus products as much as I love making them and sharing them with you.
Paula Parrotta - Owner/Operator of Frieda & Gus