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Meet Our Experts

Perfumery, wine making, floral design, events, styling, interiors and baking – just some of the roles of our expert panel, giving serious credibility when it comes to scent and style. They also happen to be fanatical about home fragrance, which is why they have loved testing our collection of scented candles, reed diffusers, room sprays and fragrance lamps.  

Find out what our Expert Panel have been testing - go to Expert Picks

Karen Eggleton - Wedding Stylist

Karen is the owner of Darby & Joan, an events and hire company based in Derbyshire who design, style and host beautiful weddings and events, taking inspiration from their love of quirky and unique pieces. Creating relaxed weddings and days made with real love and personality. Incredibly proud National Wedding Award Winners 2014 for Best Venue Stylists. darbyandjoanvintage.co.uk

Lorraine Love - Floral Designer

Lorraine is an award-winning floral designer from Essex with twelve years experience under her belt. Her work has appeared in front of the Royal family at Westminster Abbey, inside Ely and St Edmundsbury cathedrals, and she was awarded a medal for her work at the Chelsea flower show. Her work is now commissioned for weddings and she regularly offers demonstrations around Hertfordshire and Essex, sharing her expert knowledge and skill with others.

Kieron Atkinson - Winemaker

Ex-army Captain Kieron swapped leading troops in Afghanistan for managing vineyards and winemaking in 2010, and he’s been championing the English wine industry ever since. Kieron produces award-winning sparkling and still wines using grapes grown in the 40 year old Derbyshire vineyard he manages at Renishaw Hall in north Derbyshire. A ‘good nose’ and sense of scent – as well as taste - is vital for wine production and his skills as a wine maker are proven by accolades including the Decanter World Wine Award he received in 2013.  His wine is sold to a variety of outlets and individuals, from Chatsworth House to quality delis and shops. englishwineproject.co.uk

Deb Kendall - Owner of Fabulous Places

Since 2008 Deb has been running Fabulous Places, a website promoting handpicked places and makers in Derbyshire. In addition she produces the Handpicked Guide to Derbyshire twice yearly, runs Creative Business Workshops and presents three food and gift events each year at The Roundhouse in Derby. fabulousplaces.co.uk

Amelia Horne - Food Stylist

Amelia's ethos is simple; the finest fresh ingredients brought together in uncomplicated ways to produce mouth watering, inspiring and creative dishes. Amelia takes a refreshing approach to everyday foods shared through instagram @onceuponafork because all food has a story to tell...

Annie Maudling - Candlemaker

Annie set up her own candle making business in 1997 at her kitchen table in the small home village of Tissington in the peak district, Derbyshire. Through experimenting with different waxes, fragrances, wick and moulds she started to create her own ideas and designs concentrating on quality rather than quantity. On a Wick and a Prayer has grown now to employ her husband, 6 part and full time employees and her two spaniels who greet all our visitors. They now have two manufacturing premises supplying their own brand of candles as well as manufacturing ranges of candles for other companies. It seems such a long way from that first candle in the kitchen. Read our blog post about A Day in the Life of Annie here

Sarah Parker & Samantha Jayne - Lifestyle Bloggers

Sarah and Samantha are two very happy ladies with a candle and home fragrance obsession that lead to an amazing friendship and a very popular blog. Sure they get excited about shoes and throw cushions like most women, but home fragrance is a whole different story for them. They know everything about candles; what to do with them and what not to do, they know millions of tips and tricks and where to go to get the best deals. That’s why they started Vanilla&Lime, so they can share all of their wisdom and knowledge with you, along with reviews, product features, tips, tricks and general chit chat about pretty things. vanillaandlime.com

Susie Mandleberg - Actor / Blogger
 
Having been exposed to almost every candle brand under the sun from an early age, Susie's love of fragrance has been passed down from her mother. Having found herself disappointed with various fragrances from her favourite candle makers, she decided to reach out to other lovers of all things waxy to share her honest opinions and experiences, allowing others to get a better idea of the candle before committing to buy. With a popular Instagram page - 'TheCandleReviewer_' that's growing daily, when not lighting candles, Susie is usually touring the nation performing at various theatres or writing her own scripts.


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