Kirsty Morrison chats to me about candles and all things candle in her wonderful Glasgow consulting suite in the West End. A converted family chapel in a substantial town house is the setting for our wonderful coffee and candle making workshop.



Kirsty  breathes a rare passion for the gorgeous Zing Organic candles that she creates in her workshop in Kintyre. Beautiful and 100 percent sustainable rapeseed wax candles which come with enhanced green credentials. Un-dyed and natural, the ‘Ivory Collection’ captures the essence of the purity of Kintyre.  As an optional extra candles can be presented with a measure of warm and shiny copper flake atop for the ultimate luxe feel.


Kirsty explains how Zing was born ” In 2000, while expecting my son Kirk, I became sensitive to synthetic perfumes and scents. This was when my journey into developing pure, natural candles began. Working with my aromatherapist I started to make my own candles and what started as a hobby became my passion.”

All Zing Organics candles are handcrafted in the Argyll workshop, set near the spectacular Atlantic beaches that run the length of the Kintyre penisula.  The flame is clear and bright and the wicks are non-smoking.  Only rare absolutes and essential oils of the highest quality are used as fragrances and all candles are dye-free.   Zing know that people care not only about what goes into a product but also how it impacts on the environment. That’s why all Zing Organics packaging is recyclable and reusable with carboard packaging tubes and glass votives.


Today I am photographing Kirsty and her consulting suite and learning how to make my own candles. It is typical of Kirsty’s sharing nature and passion for her product that she is happy to share her enthusiasm, skills and knowledge with others. Over the course of the morning, and many coffees and many conversational side streets with accompanying laughter I learn so much that I’ve had to list it for fear of forgetting!

– more about Kirsty, her background and journey

– health and safety precautions

– the equipment that I will need

– trusted supplier details

– choosing waxes and I learn about sustainability issues

– lots more about essential oils and their associated therapeutic benefits

– wicks and their placement

– fragrancing

– packaging and labelling

Phew. I was exhausted but extremely happy with what we had acheived. We settled down to chat some more over a glass of fizz. What a great morning!





Rosie x