All of their products are handmade in small batches in their East London workshop. Their packaging is recyclable and biodegradable. The products they make are inspired by their experiences together. Made using only natural or toxin free ingredients and minimally packaged in eco-friendly materials.
Homework's candles are hand poured into steel tins manufactured in London using solar power and which can be infinitely recycled. They wrap their soap bars in recyclable, biodegradable and compostable glassine bags.
Their goal is to be part of the shop slow movement and to make thoughtful approaches when buying. They carefully curate pieces from other local and international independent makers and choose well-made products that are sustainable, timeless and designed to last.
With this in mind, they also source old preowned lifestyle goods, showing that recycling and reusing can be on trend.
Their candles are made using a blend of soy and coconut wax and scented with toxin free fragrance oils and natural essential oils thus giving you a longer and cleaner burn to scent your home. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your sustainable candle.
The first burn is the most important. It’s best to light your candle for at least 3-4 hours at a time, to allow the wax to melt right to the edge of the tin. This will help your candle to burn more evenly and for it to last longer.
Remember to always trim the wick before relighting your candle so that the flame doesn’t get too large and produce unwanted smoke. Investing in a wick trimmer will make this easier for you especially when you get towards the end of the candle.
Avoid placing your candle in draughty areas such as your window sill, as this may cause what we call the ‘tunnelling’ effect where the candles do not burn to the edge of the tin.
When your candle is not in use, store it in a cool dry place and cover it with the lid to protect the wax from dust which can dull the scent and cause problems when burning.
Rather than blowing out your candle, invest in a snuffer so that smoke doesn’t fill the room which you’ve just scented. You can also place the lid back onto the candle to reduce the oxygen getting to it. Just be careful not to burn yourself!
When you’ve finished with your candle, simply clean any wax out of the tin before placing into the recycling. Alternatively, you can re-use it as a container for any household items or you can bring it back to our store at Netil Market in Hackney where we offer 10% off your next candle purchase.
Each of their soap bars are handmade in our East London workshop using the cold process method. They are made with 100% natural ingredients and therefore contain glycerin, a natural by-product from the soap making process. Glycerin is great for the skin as it absorbs water from the air and thus attracts moisture to your skin but may result in the soap bar not lasting as long as conventionally manufactured varieties.
To help your soap bars to last as long as possible here are a few useful tips:
Store your soap bar away from any water source and direct stream of the shower. A constant flow of water could disintegrate the soap and cause melting.
Let the soap air dry. Allowing the soap to dry inbetween uses will make the bar of soap harder and therefore last longer.
Use a well draining soap dish. This will allow for air to flow around the whole bar of soap and make the soap dry in between uses.
Use a washcloth. Our hands are less able to retain lather from soap than other materials. If you use a washcloth, this will create more lather with less soap.