CHARLES FARRIS – Chandlers by Royal Appointment

Who knew? As well as being the name of Matthew Perry’s ‘Friends’ character on the oft rerun 90’s sitcom smash, it turns out that a ‘chandler’ is actually a candlemaker. And Charles Farris is the ultimate exemplar, holding a Royal Warrant as chandlers to Her Majesty the Queen.



Founded in Bishopsgate, London in 1845, the company has been creating candles for some of the English capital’s iconic ecclesiastical institutions, including Westminster Abby and St Paul’s Cathedral, for many years. Using traditional methods and skills developed over its 175-year history, many of which date to medieval times, the firm continues to produce the highest quality, slow burning, long lasting beeswax ‘pillar’ candles for which it has rightly become famous, in its factory in Wiltshire, England. Fortunately, for fans of the brand who are neither members of the Royal Family nor frequenters of London’s historic cathedrals, the firm has recently introduced a range of premium, scented, lifestyle candles designed for domestic use in contemporary homes, including those on this side of the herring pond.



And that’s where Retail Czar’s assortment of Charles Farris candles comes in. Dual-titled by roman numeral and name, all eight of the brand’s premium Made in England signature scented candles are on offer. Its most recent addition in the roman numeral series is number VIII, AKA the majestically monikered ‘Elizabeth’,  and like the other scents in the collection, is especially designed for home use, even if your official residence is not Buckingham Palace. Notes of jasmine, citrus and fresh mulberry combine to make ‘Elizabeth’ “a classic British fragrance with a youthful, feminine appeal.” Each candle in the at home range is available in a single wick, 210g size ($55), and a three wick, 640g size  ($110) on Retail Czar.


“Working with master blenders to create unique and beautiful scents, the candles have been crafted using traditional techniques, the highest quality ingredients and are encased in artisan hand-finished glass,” according to the Charles Farris Lookbook. “ We still use traditional methods to make our beeswax candles, which date back to medieval times. While we have been continually refining our wax blends and ingredients, many of our production methods remain the same. The dipping for each candle is a slow process and can take many days, but there is no other method to create tapered candles with such a beautifully smooth finish. Our candles are then hand-polished and checked for our high standards of quality, before being carefully wrapped for delivery.”



By sourcing sustainable raw materials, including natural waxes and cotton wicks; significantly reducing carbon emissions, energy and water consumption during production, and utilizing recycled or recyclable plastics and cardboard in its packaging, Charles Farris subscribes to the sustainability standards (environmental, social and economic) promoted by the Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA). It also supports local and national charities in the UK. 




“A Royal Warrant of Appointment is a mark of recognition of those who have supplied goods or services to the Households of HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh or HRH The Prince of Wales for at least five years, and who have an ongoing trading arrangement,” according to The Royal Warrant Holders Association (RWHA). Retaining a Royal Warrant also requires strict adherence to the highest standards. “A Royal Warrant is usually granted for up to five years and reviewed in the year before it is due to expire so that a decision can be made as to whether it should be renewed for another period of up to five years.” 


Which, I’m sure you’ll agree, just goes to show that no one else can hold a candle to Charles Farris.


IG Live event

Join Lisa Zampardi, Retail Czar’s Home and Gift Merchant, and Charles Farris’ Tim Duggan-Rees, Director of Retail, for an exclusive RC IG Live event on Thursday, February 11th at 11.30 am EST.