Let’s Get LIT: Local candle businesses

The weather is cooling QUICKLY in Pittsburgh which means candle light season is in full swing !! Everyone loves that warm fall scent of pumpkin pie or that fresh scent of fallen snow in winter, so now is the time to refuel! While there are hundreds of places around town to buy candles, we love to support small businesses, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite local candle businesses. From those typical seasonal scents to scents specific to Pittsburgh, we’ve got you covered. And hey, it’s not too early to start your holiday shopping!

First off, Oakmont Candle Works is based in Oakmont, you guessed it. These handmade Oakmont candles are pure soy and full of incredible scents. Currently they have their collection still available and then their favorite fall collection. Many people think fall means pumpkin fields and apple orchards, but Thanksgiving is also fall. Oakmont Candle Works has kept this in mind with their collection, as some of the sweetest smells are from Thanksgiving dinner. The blueberry cobbler and the hazelnut are two of our favorites! If you’re not sure which scent will be your favorite, order a few 8-ounce mason jar candles to test out before committing to the large 2-wick wick. Their still available collection has the typical scents like eucalyptus, French vanilla and sandalwood, but also unique scents like cooking herbs, morning tea and poppy pipe. If you’re interested in fundraising their spring and summer fundraisers will open soon, so keep an eye out for their website. Oakmont Candle Works also offers parties for the holidays! Bring your group for $ 20 / person, which includes choosing an 8oz candle or cast iron container, sticking the wick, mixing your scent, pouring in the wax, and creating your own. ‘a personalized label. Perfect for birthdays or a date night!

If you are a local candle lover, chances are you’ve heard of PGH Candle. This popular local brand can be found at stores like Wildcard and Love in Pittsburgh. They can also be found at pop-ups like their kiosk on the lower level of Ross Park Mall next to Starbucks from November 1 to December 31! PGH Candle is known for its neighborhood-themed candles and local collaborations. All of their neighborhood candles have the same scent of musk oakmoss and amber. These are the perfect gift for loved ones who have moved to another state or those who have moved to one of those neighborhoods. It doubles as a gift of nostalgia or a welcome gift! Other PGH Candle collections are the Originals (12oz or 20oz), Shine Series, Palm Stone Series, PA Wildflowers and their Seasonal Collection. Some local collaborations they have made are the Mediterra Cakehouse Banana Bread and Hofbräuhaus Fresh Baked Bretzel. Is it just us or could you just make a living from these two scents alone ?!

Sweet Aroma is a local candle company available only for online orders. They boast that their soy wax candles are completely vegan and eco-friendly with no paraffin wax or dyes. At Sweet Aroma, you can choose from 8oz or 16oz candles or wax melts. Their autumn scents are divine! From apple cider donut and blueberry pumpkin rack to super fun pumpkin and coconut latte, there’s no shortage of perfectly crafted mixes. Refuel out of season with their summer candles currently on sale. Mango sorbet, watermelon lemonade and pink shores are just a few of the candles on sale right now! One of our favorite things about these candles (besides the scent) are the adorable labels! Owner Amber creates all the labels to PERFECTLY match the mood of each scent.

We spoke with Amber from Sweet Aroma and asked her what was her favorite part of her business and she said, “I would say my favorite part about owning / operating Sweet Aroma is the community that I have. built around me. I have met so many small business owners and clients, both virtually and in person, who have supported, uplifted and inspired me. Owning a small business in Pittsburgh is like opening your own little world of support, especially from women-owned businesses! And of course my house still smells good, so that’s one of the best things too! Keep an eye out for their holiday collection which will go live on November 1st!

Formerly known as Candle Lab, Mix Candle Co. is the new name for the fun butler street candle-casting experience in Lawrenceville! Make a reservation so your group can enjoy this fun activity, plus it’s BYOB so don’t forget a drink if you’re of legal age. The way the process works at Mix Candle Co. is that you will start by sampling over 120 scents. You will receive a small card to jot down some of your favorite scents so you don’t have to remember them all yourself. After you have a few that you like, you will speak to one of the fragrance advisors who will help you choose the 2 or 3 scents to mix according to their expertise. You’ll design a pretty label, pour in the wax, then wait. It takes around 90 minutes for your candle to cool so they recommend going to a local restaurant in Lawrenceville as Mix Candle Co doesn’t allow food, only drinks. Stop after eating to pick up your candle or pick up another day if you can’t stay for 90 minutes. When you come back to buy, take a look at their prefabricated candles to add to your purchase. All candles range from $ 20- $ 35 depending on size, but all buy 3, get one free!

If you like the simple minimalist look, Soyil Candles is your jam. These are all-natural, dye-free scented candles that come in many different shapes and sizes. Depending on your aesthetic, you can decide which is the best fit! The scents are also varied. Macintosh, home sweet home, and almond cake are just a few. All of the candles are white with a small tag, so if you want to burn off a few different scents at once, their look will always be clean and chic. Greta has been making candles for 10 years now and is very good at what she does in her studio located in Mount Washington. She’s almost completely sold out in her fall candle supply, so hurry up to her site and order what you can before the holiday season drops!

There are plenty of other local businesses and businesses that we love, but we wouldn’t be able to list them all, there are too many! Get your hands on these candles ASAP, because fall is moving fast and winter will be here sooner than you might think. Stock up on all your favorite scents from these local businesses now!

This content has been provided by a local independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.

Francesca Ferrante

Francesca Ferrante aka The412Franimal is a blogger / influencer for travel and ALL things in Pittsburgh. Typically, you can find her all over the United States exploring the best adult food, sights, and drinks, or at a local PGH brewery watching any seasonal sport. Passionate about helping others create the best memories, she loves sharing recommendations and tips for restaurants, events, happy hours and more!


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