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We understand the importance of keeping go-to a stash of scented candles at the ready. But if the collection doesn't include an option from some of the best Black-owned candle brands, chances are your trusty rotation will never be complete. Many of these companies not only feature stylish, counter-worthy vessels, but also artisanal note blends with longer burn times to elevate any space.
To help you narrow down some of the best Black-owned candle brands Bazaar editors love, we've listed a few must-haves favorites. From Harlem Candle Co.'s range of retro-inspired gems to Jackie Aina's playful Forvr Mood best-sellers, read on for a short list of beloved picks we're betting you'll burn until their wicks burn out.
The Whitney Collection's eco-friendly candles are the perfect finishing touch for a freshly cleansed space. Unwind as you relax near the fireplace with their birch, juniper, and cedar Birnam Wood scent, or transported to a backyard dinner in Tuscany with the amber, fig, and tuberose Garden Fig candle, among others.
22-Karat Gold Nightclub Map of Harlem "Savoy" Luxury Candle
If you like luxury, vintage design, and excellent fragrances, then it's time to meet the Harlem Candle Company. Inspired by the art and culture of the Harlem Renaissance, these candles are almost too gorgeous to burn. Almost.
Left On Read Scented Candle
In the world of Jackie Aina, Left on Read is a delicious tropical affair, complete with amber, coconut, and sea salt. Your actual results might vary, but regardless, this candle will help you unwind any time of the year.
Sensual Candle Co.'s signature wooden wicks turn into mini bonfires the moment you light them. Plus, each of the brand's rich and unique fragrance blends fill up an entire room. We have our eyes on the brand's Shai scent—it expertly combines soothing lavender with bright citrus for ultimate woosah.
Classic Collection No. 4 Palo Santo + Sandalwood Candle
We'll be the first to admit that our candle stockpile isn't small, but tiny elevated details help make Reisfields NYC a stand out. While well-known for their dual-wick, recycled craftsman cement staples, this streamlined favorite from their classic collection puts a unique spin on the classic palo santo scent.
CDG - Paris Roses Musk
It’s easy to daydream about your next travel adventure after unwrapping Terminal B’s range of scented candles. The brand’s thoughtful packaging includes a candle bag, priority boarding pass with a scent description, along with curated scents that coordinate to travel destinations like Hawaii, Singapore, Paris, and Buenos Aires.
Lavender Moon Wood Wick Botanical Candle
Ardor Bin's hand-poured candles are extremely earth-friendly, and contain crackling FSC-certified wooden wicks for that true campfire effect. Their minimalist aesthetic and fragrant note selections can fit any room with ease.
Bright Black aims to use their coconut and soy wax candles as a medium to share positive narratives about Black culture. This one in particular features a wooden wick and a blend of vibrant eucalyptus, hemp, and citrus notes that burn for up to 80 total hours.
Ya Thamani was concepted in London, England, and developed in Los Angeles with the intention of featuring a smaller selection of soy and coconut wax candles. In addition to the oak elm, tobacco and sandalwood-noted SE23 candle, the brand also offers an SE6 scent that combines olive wood, bergamot, and rose.
Wash Day Candle
The fun names of Cavo's soy wax candles make it easy to know exactly when to light them. Their Wash Day candle is scented with pineapple, mango, coconut milk, and a dash of sugar, for all of those tropical deep conditioners you've loved before.
Pillow Talk Candle
Blk Sunflower is based in Lakewood, Washington, and aims to provide their customers with clean burning candles made using coconut-soy wax, cotton wicks, and non-toxic dyes. Pillow Talk has an earthy, gourmand scent that burns for up to 65 hours.
Large Mason Jar Candle: Signature Scents
Add Southern charm to any space with these delectable mason jar candles made in North Carolina. The fantastic performance and cheeky candle names don’t miss. A few of our favorites include the peach- and champagne-noted I Love Jesus but I Cuss a Little, apple crisp-inspired Gimme’ Some Sugar, and pumpkin and cinnamon Fixin’ to.
Vela Negra scents are inspired by Afro-Cuban and Guyanese heritages, with options like Ashé and Azúcar (a sugary sweet ode to salsa icon Celia Cruz) that make this candle line sparkle in a sea of options. Their signature black wax aims to dispel negative energies while supporting new beginnings. Plus, the crackle each candle's wooden wick delivers make for some serious ASMR.
As BLK Essence puts it, their candle collection is a place where high-quality craftsmanship meets mindful living. It’s easy to see why fresh floral scents like Sunday Morning along with gourmand ones like the shea butter-, vanilla santal-, and coconut cream-noted Cuffing Season are fan favorites.
Magic Hour Soy Candle
From heady mixes of rum, caramelized sugar, and vanilla to botanical aromas of green tea and lemongrass, you’re sure to find a thoughtfully crafted candle scent—and room mist, wax melt, incense, and reed diffuser––for any occasion or mood. Major plus: You can start off with a quick scent quiz online to find the right aromas to elevate your space.
Oud Bergamot Limited Edition Candle
Laguna Candles’s multi-colored ceramic collectables are wonderful statement pieces that also happen to make fabulous gifts. Select a signature home scent from options like Mahogany Palo Santo, Oud Bloom, Pumpkin Soufflé, with vessels that are a joy to reuse vessels once your candles reaches their end.
Founder of The Black Home, Neffi Walker, applies the philosophy, "Life should be designed beautifully" to each of her creations, including this scented candle from her brand. Remember that line, “You a bad girl and your friends bad too,” from Beyoncé’s song,"Party"? This popular sandalwood, jasmine, and white tea candle quickly adds celebratory It Girl energy to your space.
Cocoa Butter Bby
Soul Food Candle Company is an Afro-Latino company that expertly transitions cultural rituals into deliciously fragrant scented candles (though we don’t recommend tasting them). Along with aromatherapy-inspired scents, the brand also features a range of signature gourmand and earthy fragrances, like the jasmine and amber Cocoa Butter Bby, lavender, bergamot, and cedarwood Sandalwood Silked Waves, and more.
Onyx Plus-Size Pregnant Candle
If you love decorative candles that double as works of art, CTOAN Co.’s celebration of the human form is a breath of fresh air. The hand crafted wax creations––thick thighs, belly rolls, back fat, dimpled bottoms, and more––are infused with good energy and are quite the conversation starters.
Joy Luxury Candle
Each candle from founder Reggie Hathorn’s namesake brand is named after a phase of healing and growth. Entering your “selfish” era? Savoring all the good in your life? There’s a vessel for that. Along with the brand’s good vibrations, their candles’s sleek presentation and a fantastic range of scents will undoubtedly turn you into a repeat customer.
The Glory Candle nicely donates proceeds from each candle it sells to help support a school in Haiti. Why not add calm to your bed or bathroom with the brand's French lavender candle? Its soft glow paired with a mix of scents like floral and cade wood makes this mood-setting effect perfect for a relaxing soak in the tub.
Cashmere and Amber Candle
Applewood Honey and Clove, Cashmere and Amber, Italian Blood Orange, and more? Sign us up for all of them. Mount Airy Candle Co. scents provide delightful offerings of floral, earthy, and seasonal blends that are perfect to enjoy all year round.
A visit to New Orleans may not be feasible at the moment, but the Parish Scents candle brand aims to bring a taste of the city’s magic directly to you. Quickly transport yourself to the French Quarter, with popular gourmand scents like Beignet, Bourbon St., French Market, and A Streetcar Ride in either eight- or 12-ounce sizes.
If you’re looking for pleasing home scents that also help motivate you on the regular, allow us to introduce the Atlanta-based Burn.in Candle Co. These beloved candles combine aromatherapy with positive affirmations to combat the grind culture that lead many to experience literal burnout. The company infuses spaces with their signature essential oil blends in candles like Energize, a sweet and spicy mix of orange, patchouli, incense, cedar, and clove.
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