About a year ago, our feeds exploded with artisan candles. They were EVERYWHERE.
Some say the pandemic ignited this candle craze, with more of us wanting to make our homes cosier now that we were trapped in them 24/7, and more of us looking for a new craft to try out before we collapsed with boredom. A whole load of celebrities got involved with it too – remember that GOOP candle that was meant to smell of Gwyneth Paltrow’s… downstairs?
You might have tried your hand (and failed) at candle-making during lockdown, too, or at least tried to empty out the very last bit of a candle into the sink so you can re-use the jar. It’s no easy feat and will only leave you with wax everywhere and a draw-full of moulds you’ll never use again. It’s definitely best left to proper candlemakers.
If your dressing table or shelf is looking a bit drab, and you want to find an easy way to bring a pop of colour and whimsy back into your space, buying an interesting candle will do just the trick.
Here are some of our favourite makers who create totally lit candles:
Sustainably made, hand-painted candles that will make it look like you’ve got actual fruit in your house? Sign us up.
Unique, sculptural candles is just one of the many gorgeous things the Nata Stores sells, and they’ve collaborated with some dreamy big brands too.
The beautiful hand-made candles from Pastel Palette have been seen in Vogue, Stylist, and The Independent already! Run, don’t walk, when they next do a release.
Hero Creates make their delicious candles using vintage jelly, soy wax, and natural dyes. These inspired by the 60s & 70s candles look good enough to eat. But don’t eat them, please.
Kalon Candle Co’s beautiful candles are all about body positivity and acceptance. They took the body-shape candle trend one step further, and made sure that a much wider range of people can see their bodies represented in their work.
The Waxory create the perfect candles for anyone who wants to keep their decor subtle and classy, but wants to add a bit of a spark into their displays. Next Christmas we HAVE to get our hands on one of their beautiful Christmas tree candles.
BLOH’s signature flat shape makes them stand out from the crowd. We’re obsessed with the textures BLOH uses on their candles, including a new series based on the draped fabric effect seen in ancient sculptures.
The Waxness create various styles of amazing, quirky candles, but we especially love their cloud and flower designs where the shapes protrude from the sides of the candle. So satisfying. Surely these are edible!?
We adore Pepper Loves Candles’ typographical candles. They’d make a perfect gift for someone’s birthday, an anniversary, or as a subtle flirtation…
MAZA’s candles are so adorable – especially their mushroom style – and we’d love to have a whole army of them along our mantle piece. They’ve been seen in British Vogue, The New York Times, plus ELLE Decor and others.
We can’t get enough of the textures of Habit Haus’ sorbet-coloured candles. Plus, they’re packed with recyclable packaging and are female-owned!
Author: Verity Babbs