Skip to content


Your cart is empty

Article: Inspiring a life of wanderlust

Inspiring a life of wanderlust Makers & Merchants Barossa
for home

Inspiring a life of wanderlust

Meet the maker - Mel, from Nomad Candle Co. 

We are so excited to welcome Mel and her beautiful brand into our Makers & Merchants Barossa Collective. A teacher by trade, last year Mel left her full time role to focus on the brand she's been building since 2015. Now spending her time perfecting her craft, each candle is designed and made in her Barossa Valley studio. They evoke a sense of adventure and wanderlust, so that you can bring the feeling of exploring new places into your home.


Nomad Candle Co
What do you love about your brand?

The story. The all round good vibes. The experiences of being a creative maker with my Grandma when I was younger became a big part of why I began Nomad in 2014. I love that it has the potential to take me anywhere. I have taken a break from teaching to fully focus on Nomad over the last year - as it has grown beyond my wildest expectations. 


The journey so far has been an exciting one...

Highlights have been working with Adelady, being involved in significant high end market events in Adelaide, supporting other local creatives with the release of The Artist Collection which features the tropical artwork from Natalie Broham Artistry; and the soon to be released The Artisan Collection featuring reusable porcelain vessels by Ringwood Arts Co. I will be continuing to collaborate with other SA creatives in the future. I am in the middle of working with another creative with an exciting top secret release coming soon!

Nomad Candle Co
Tell us something not everyone knows about your business...

Everything I know is completely self-taught. It's been an incredibly long journey to this point. Whilst I have no formal qualifications, I have spent years perfecting my skills and knowledge. There's no better satisfaction than to say, "I did that". The other hard thing is that as an artisan candle maker, I'm also the entrepreneur, bookeeper, marketer, inventory manager, social marketer, retailer and creator - everything for my brand is done by me. The only aspect that is outsourced is my photography, taken by Jade from Fable and Fig Photography and graphic design work by Bec Evans Design.


Nomad Candle Co
discover more in store

What we love about these candles are the perfect scent combinations, which you can test for yourself in our Tanunda store - Lemongrass + Sage, French Pear, Cactus Flower to name a few - they make the store smell amazing!!

We love that they are hand-poured and finished with the great attention to detail and quality that only a small business owner like Mel can provide. She lovingly creats scents ensuring that each one meets her high standards for quality and craftsmanship.



Whether you're a local or visiting the Barossa, Makers & Merchants emporium is a must-visit Tanunda shopping destination. Select from a curated, seasonal selection of premium artisan products from the Barossa's most exciting makers and merchants.

3/117 Murray Street, Tanunda | Wed - Sun 10am-3pm | send the Barossa anywhere

Leave a comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

All comments are moderated before being published.

share our stories

Read more

For our Mums Makers & Merchants Barossa
Mother's Day

For our Mums

There are so many women in our lives who have inspired us, encouraged us and brought out the best in us. Today we would like to celebrate all those mothers who have made such a difference in our li...

Read more
Building Connected Creative Communities Makers & Merchants Barossa
Meet the Merchant

Building Connected Creative Communities

Building community through collaboration Makers and Merchants Barossa has shown there are opportunities for collaboration. The retail shopfront model provides a space for makers to run workshops, a...

Read more