6 of the best… candle subscriptions
Ooooh, something smells lovely! If you're into home accessories, these clever candle subscriptions make a thoughtful and stylish gift (even if it's for yourself - shhhhh, we won't tell).
Did you know that Tan France of Queer Eye fame has a candle closet? Literally, a cupboard just filled to the brim with beautiful candles for him to sniff when he’s stressed. Ever since we spotted it on Architectural Digest, we’ve coveted a closet of our own – which is where these fabulous candle subscriptions come in. Instead of schlepping round the shops for your latest candle score, simply have a new one sent through once a month! Genius. Of course, you don’t have to keep all the goodness to yourself – a candle subscription also makes a great present if you’re feeling generous, and you won’t even have to wrap it. (Lazy, us? Er, well yes actually).
Expand your candle horizons with Light Box, delivered to your door every month (or on a 3, 6, 12 month basis or one-off). Every month you’ll receive a handpicked artisan candle chosen for its gorgeous scent, long burn time (30-50 hours), as well as sustainability creds using natural wax and ingredients. In each beautifully presented box you’ll also get an ‘about the candle maker’ card, sweet matchbox and a surprise treat. £19.99 with free P&P.
The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted Brighton-based SevenSeventeen kicking around Muddy before, but did you know that they do candle subscriptions too? You can pick from 3 or 6-month subscriptions in a variety of candle sizes, and depending on which one you pick, you also get a lovely smelly sachet of lavender bath salts or a set of steel wick trimmers (which are v. useful, but also make perfect Instagram props if that’s your bag). Prices start at £48 for 3 months.
There’s nothing worse than a scented candle that doesn’t actually, you know, smell of anything. You know the feeling – you’ve sniffed it in the shop, hurried it home, lit it immediately and… nada. No such worries with Warwickshire-based perfume queen Rebecca Tracey, whose gorgeous scents include Lemon, Patchouli & Lemongrass and Black Pepper, Lemon & Geranium. Her candle subscriptions run for 3,6 or 12 months and see a full-sized 300g botanical candle popped through your postbox every month. Prices start at £95 for 3 months.
If reading a good book by the light of a gorgeous candle sounds like your perfect night in, then Berkshire beauty Literati & Light should be right up your street. Its candles are inspired by the great works of fiction – so, Wuthering Heights smells of heather and rain, and its Narnia-inspired number is scented with Turkish delight, pine and snow. The brand’s Book Club candle subscriptions come in Classic and Modernist versions (above), or you can even choose a Book and Candle subscription, which includes a beautifully-designed Penguin classic with your candle for £70 for three months. Prices for the Classic Book Club start at £50 for 3 months.
Fancy mixing it up a little? Enter The Botanical Candle Co, a Dorset-based company with so many subscriptions we can hardly choose. You can take your pick between full-size candles, wax melts and tea lights in a variety of sizes, with prices starting at a penny-pinching £8 a month. We particularly love the Collaboration Subscription, which includes various goodies such as plants, soaps and stationery as well as their beautiful handmade candles for £34 a month.
If a monthly candle subscription sounds a bit much (what will you do with all the empty jars?!),then why not plump for candles every season instead? Hazel & Blue in Wiltshire offers a quarterly candle subscription that costs £94 + P&P for 4 boxes, which means as the changing seasons roll around you’ll receive a large scented soy candle, a medium candle, and a chic accessory to pair with them. With scents like Raspberry and Peppercorn, Rhubarb and Plum, and Sea Salt and Wood, we’ll have one for every room, please.