My friends and family always tell me that I’m notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, which I adamantly refute. Sure, I’m quite particular about what I bring into my home, the items I add to my wardrobe, and the products I allow into my beauty bag, but give me a pair of gold-toned, not too big, not too small, hoop earrings, a nude eyeshadow palette (matte pigments only, please), a puff-sleeve dress in off-white, or perhaps a scallop-edged plate, and I’m a happy, happy lady.
Okay, so after rattling off what turns out to be a very precise wish list, perhaps I am difficult to buy for. I always tell my nearest and dearest not to worry about presents—I’d much rather spend time with loved ones, anyway. Often this falls on deaf ears, but, as it turns out, having a reputation of being picky has had one positive side-effect. Now, whenever an occasion that calls for a gift comes around, my nearest and dearest default to one foolproof purchase—a candle.
It’s fair to say I’m borderline obsessed with candles. I have them on my dining table, in clusters on my coffee table, adorning the length of my living room mantle, either side of my bed, and on any windowsill wide enough to house one. I love candles of all shapes and sizes, with any scent or smell. As such, I get very excited when I happen upon a new candle brand—which is where my ramblings come to fruition.
Below, you’ll find an edit of my favourite independent candle brands. From the brightly-coloured tapers that are currently dominating Instagram to amber glass-housed soy formulas that never fail to make you feel cosy, these are the independent candle brands I’m currently burning in my home, and that I know you’re going to love just as much as I do.