Looking to light up your home with a locally made candle? Here in Metro Vancouver, there are a number of candidates who deserve our spotlight.
Featuring a number of brands that pride themselves on using quality ingredients, creating handmade products, and supporting a number of worthy causes, here are eight Vancouver candle companies made right here in the city. or in the surrounding communities.
Mala’s soy wax candles come in fun scents like Mimosa (tangerine, grapefruit and currant), Garden Party (agave, chrysanthemum and eucalyptus) and Strawberry Charlotte. They also plant a tree with every purchase made.
These elegant jar candles are made with all natural soy wax, lead and zinc free cotton wicks and a blend of premium scent and phthalate free essential oils. Plus, Homecoming candles are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and petroleum and preservative-free. This Vancouver-made brand’s range features evocative scents with complex and often herbaceous or spicy notes, such as amber + bitter orange, firewood + saffron and black tea + pepper. As an immediate incentive, Homecoming donates 10% of its sales for the month of June 2020 to Hogan’s Alley Society in Vancouver.
Made from apricot and coconut wax in their Vancouver studio, You + Me candles contain scent oils and cotton wicks. Handcrafted from start to finish, all of their products are also cruelty-free and vegan. Founder Patty Abbott says she started the brand after working to remove toxins from her home and researching a clean burning candle. The fragrances in its range are inspired by memories, featuring “smells of childhood, travel and the natural scents of nature”. These scents include A Walk in the Woods (pine and balm) and Mina (orange, berry, tangerine and smoky vanilla) which was inspired by breakfast cereals and an iconic local drag queen.
Here is a candle light business born in our time – the COVID-19 era. Launched in March 2020 and based in Vancouver – you guessed it – West End, this local newcomer to the candle game makes 100% soy wax candles, inspired by Vancouver birds like Heron, Crow, Hummingbird and Chickadee. Their candle boxes are reusable and West End Wicks box returns / refills are accepted. $ 1 from each candle sold from the Birds of Vancouver collection will be donated to the Wildlife Rescue Association of British Columbia.
We travel a bit out of Vancouver and go up the Sea to Sky to Whistler for Hollow tree, a candle-making company with its own manifesto on the importance of honoring our trees. The brand says they “share the love and magic of the impossible fairytale forests of the Pacific West Coast with you.” Look for scents like The Lions from their Library of Trees collection, named after the North Shore mountains of alpine fir, balsam fir and cypress. Or there’s the whole Backpacker series, inspired by the incredible outdoor adventure sites of British Columbia, like Shannon Falls or the fireweed meadows.
Canvas Candle Company was founded in 2016, in Port Moody. Their candles are made from 100% North American-grown soy wax, phthalate-free fragrance oils, as well as pure essential oils, natural cotton wicks, and reusable containers. Their candle “#vacay” will take you right out of a June release in Vancouver with its blend of pineapple, coconut and sweet basil. Or you can celebrate being exactly where we are with “Best Coast” and its mix of evergreen trees, cedarwood and vetiver.
Based in Richmond, BC Candles specializes in beeswax candles. Launched earlier this year, it is a candle light company that focuses on their product and their cause, and how they are deeply connected. Their round beeswax candles are made in Vancouver and are about design and ingredients – not scent. Here is how they explain their mission: “BC Candles is proud to support Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C). Together with the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), they are dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of pollinators through conservation, education and research. continued support goes to the provision of newly restored pollinator habitat. “
6th Scent, based in Langley, is the side project of a local early childhood education specialist, who says “having a candle in my room brings out the best in the environment and inspires me to be a better one. teacher”. Her soy wax candles come in boxes and jars, in scents like Apple Cinnamon, Coffee Bean and a few inspired by another great product from British Columbia: wine!
PREMIUM: Want to make your own candles? Support local and shop on Drill bits and wax, a company with roots dating back to 1959 in the beeswax business. They stock 25 types of paraffin and microcrystalline waxes, soy waxes and other palm oil products. They also sell wicks, molds, and perfumes to get you started. Most of the small local businesses above also have candle making kits to help you get started. Light this up!