20 Black Women-Owned Candle Companies to Up Your Home Decorating Game

I like to buy candles like I like to buy lattes – every day, if possible, and in small independent shops. The good news? There are a ton of black women-owned candle stores (as well as neighborhood cafes) that make it easy for me to indulge my shopping habits. I want pastel pillars that glow by my side as I lean into Zoom and tiny tealights that line my bathtub. I want candles that I light exclusively to read novels and scents that fit my skincare routine. If I could, I would have little brown packages arriving around the clock to help light my way through this sad and anxious time. The urge to set the fire has never been stronger, but neither has the desire to make the house a warm and beautiful place.

It’s a tricky age for those of us who like to shop online. Impulse buying can be a kind of dopamine crash, so my solution is to try to limit myself to books and candles in circulation. These are small luxuries, minor expenses with a major impact on lifestyle. I buy them from companies that reflect my values ​​- if I have to spend the money, I might as well support the creators I believe in.

We’re living in a kind of candle renaissance – the factory-made bits of wax with the smell of soap are out; hand-poured, vegan, eco-responsible and ethical candles are all the rage. They are not pretentious, they are just well made. Compare candles from some big companies with, say, Bright Black, a five-year-old family-owned candle company that aims to “pay homage to black greatness” with every candle. Or the “After a Good Cry” candle from Cavo’s millennial founders, who use biodegradable packing peanuts and create Spotify playlists to accompany each creation.

It’s the age of giving yourself little treats, and those treats can easily support a big business owned by black women. Times are certainly still uncertain, but get yourself a really good candle and see if things don’t improve.

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Elizabeth J. Harris