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the ultimate gift guide for candle lovers

Use this gift guide to make your loved ones feel super fancy with this awesome list of the best luxurious candles.

I really want to dispel the notion that candles are a cop-out gift that you give to your great-aunt because you have to get her a present. Candles are a wonderful gift for the right person –  that person being a candle lover. How do you know if someone’s a candle lover? They probably have six or seven candles (or more) placed elegantly around the house, all with burnt wicks.

I’m one of these people. There are three candles on my desk right now, one by my bed, one in the bathroom, and another two in my living room. I think they’re romantic and moody, and complete rooms with a glowy, warmth.  I light different candles depending on how I want to feel – energized or relaxed.  I love them, and I put a lot of thought into the candles I buy, so do most candle lovers.

Why do candles make good gifts? Really nice candles can cost a good chunk of money. It’s hard to justify spending $45 on something that you plan to burn. But the fancy, sophisticated feel they add to your day is priceless.

Buying candles for other people can be tricky. Cheaper candles often hit heavy with a chemically smell. The best candles are light, airy, and clean burning.

To help you in your search, I’ve rounded up the best scented candles on the web.  These super-fancy candles will make anyone feel special. Don’t worry, you won’t find any Yankee Candles in this list.

Fifth-and-Madison-Cosmopolitan-SohoFifth & Madison Cosmopolitan Candle – I’ll start with my favorite first. Fifth & Madison are amazing candle makers. Their product smell fantastic and burn light and clean. People always ask, “where is that candle from?” when I’m burning a Fifth & Madison candle. The Cosmopolitan is a good candle for a sophisticated New York girl who likes sweet and fruity scents that aren’t overbearing. I also suggest the chai pumpkin latte and joie de noel as seasonal gifts.

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Jonathan Adler Champagne Pop Candle – JA’s candles have been my long-time love. Their elegant jars and scents make me feel just a bit rich. I’ve loved Jonathan Adler’s Champagne candle for a long time. They’ve expanded their boozy scent collection to include vodka and abesinthe, which I’m absolutely obsessed with. Burning these candles makes me feel so classy.

Henri Bendel CashmereHenri Bendel Cashmere Candle – Did you know Bendels has its own candle line? How refined does this cashmere candle seem? Looks like they removed it from their website today, of course (possibly sold out?), but I suggest browsing their other candles. I’d definitely take a risk on the white pepper.

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Voluspa Prosecco Bellini – I own two Voluspa candles (they sell them at anthropologie) and love them both. The milky, classic jars are elegant, and the clean-burning fruity scent of Prosecco feels like such an indulgence.

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Terrain Hot Cider Candle – I cannot get over how perfect this candle is! That mug! Once you’ve burned the entire candle you can use the mug. And apple cider is the perfect holiday scent. This one is definitely on my wish list.

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K. Hall Studio Moss Printed Candle – My friend made fun of me when I said I owned a moss-scented candle, but the scent is somehow perfect and comforting for any time of year. I can’t wait to burn through it (120 hours) so I can use the screen printed jar as a vase.

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Luminous Candles Old Books Scented Candle – One of my favorite things to do is light a candle, curl up on the couch and read a book. How great would it be if my living room suddenly smelled like a library? This one is definitely a candle for the bookworm.

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Bath and Body Works Fresh Balsam Candle – I was really hesitant to put a Bath & Body works candle on here, but I own this one and I really do love it. It leaves the house smelling like Christmas trees. This  candle does hit heavy and fills the room, but the eucalyptus and balsam make it very pleasant.

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Terrain Moscow Mule Candle – Another perfect candle from Terrain. Of course, I mostly want this for the mug (they retail around $30!), but filling my home lime and ginger reminiscent of a delicious cocktail doesn’t hurt.

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Laudrée Brioche Candle – Take a quick escape to the French countryside with this candle. Who doesn’t want a house filled with the soft, sweet scent of baked brioche?

Molton-Brown-Vintage-2015-Single-Wick-Candle_with_box_CAN181_XLMolton Brown Vintage 2015 Elderflower Candle – This festive and luxurious candle is filled with grapefruit, elerflower, and vetiver, and feels very special.

dip candle workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the dip candle workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Brainery, it’s a Brooklyn gem that hosts all sorts of classes ranging from d.i.y., cooking, history lessons, financial education, and many other topics. They even taught me how to use my DSLR camera!

Dip Candle Workshop at the Brooklyn Brainery

The workshop itself was a lot of fun. Our fabulous teacher, Jessica Kaufman (above), was a pro at dip candles and she gave us the rundown. We learned a bit of history, technique, and how to make patterns with the wax.

After about ten minutes of introduction, we got right to work. The format of the class is engaging and hands-on. In two hours we received instruction and technique, then spent the rest of class socializing while dipping our candles. At the end of the class we walked away with a finished product and a new skill.

Dip candles are remarkably easy to make. If you’re at all interested, there are great tutorials on Youtube and the equipment costs are low. The basic process requires dipping a wick into a pot of melted wax in a double-boiler.

DIY Dip Candles

Wait a few seconds for the wax on your wick to cool slightly, then dip it back into the wax. You do this multiple times until you build the shape and pattern you’re looking for.

DIY Dip Candle

They start off small, but eventually grow in size as you add more wax.

DIY Dip Candle

At the end you walk away with absolutely unique tapered candles.

DIY Dip Candle

What do you think? Is it something you’d try? If you’re in the New York area, be sure to check out the Brainery!

spooky halloween candle DIY

Halloween Candles

I snagged these candles at the dollar store and had serious plans to decorate them for Halloween. And how cute are they? I can’t stop smiling when I see them. Oh, and those fake leaves? Also from the dollar store. I felt like a rock star when I left. Cheap craft supplies and tacky photo props? Sign me up.

Supplies

Candle Supplies

This craft probably costs less than $6, if you’re buying all the supplies from scratch.

– dollar store candles, with labels peeled off. I used white for the ghost, orange for the pumpkin.
– high gloss black acrylic paint (or black nail polish)
– sharpie. I used the fine-tip for better detail.
– paint brush
– Q-tip for fixing mistakes. 

Use your sharpie to outline your shapes. Tip: You can use a wet Q-tip as an eraser. It will take the sharpie right off.

Here are my outlines. They’re not perfect, because I was going to paint over them anyway.

Jack O'Lantern Outline

Ghost Outline

Fill in the outlines with black paint. Make sure you don’t have a lot of paint on your brush when you’re trying to do edges and corners. It will make the fine detail much easier. You can also use Q-tips here to fix mistakes. I did two coats, letting it dry for 10 minutes between coats.

And you’re done!

Halloween CAndles

This whole craft took less than 20 minutes. It’s so fun to create something from start to finish in one sitting.  My original intention was to paint these using black nail polish, but I didn’t have any. I’d like to find a black candle and do something with white acrylic paint.

Spooky Halloween D.I.Y. Candles

I hope you have fun making these. You can do all sorts of designs, but I decided to keep it simple with the ghost and jack o’lantern. Let me know what you make.