Ah, fall. As much as I adore summer, fall comes around and reminds me to slow my roll. I decorate mantels and entries. The days get shorter, the sweaters get unpacked, and my favorite fall candles are lit.
Nature in Northwest Ohio in the fall is nothing short of spectacular to the senses as long as you pay enough attention to appreciate it. September’s sky is infinitely blue and the leaves that start to change their colors pop against it. The cornfields look lit from within when the sun hits at just the right angle. See?
When fall comes around, I have to get in a few good walks at our local Metroparks. The smell and sound of the crunchy leaves underfoot mixed with the coolness of the air and the taste of the fresh cider I sip does wonders for the soul. I highly recommend it!
Once I break out fall sweaters and blankets, my favorite fall candles get lit. There’s something about a candle burning that’s so soothing and comforting when the temperatures start dipping.
Years ago, I was loyal to a large, national candle making chain. I confess I still like some of their classic fragrances. It doesn’t hurt that I’m constantly sent specials and coupons to buy more! Unfortunately, there have been a few I’ve purchased that give Matt and our two daughters headaches since they’re highly fragranced. One, in particular, I can’t even light with Matt in the house. Within a minute, he finds it and blows it out because it bothers him so much. A few others I’ve purchased and ended up not liking because they were either too strong or the scents were too “fake” for my liking.
Today, there are plenty of independently owned candle makers out there that could use some business. Therefore, I thought I would share a few of my favorites with you. Perhaps you’ll find a new favorite of your own!
My Favorite Fall Candles Lineup
Antique Candle Co.
I discovered this brand from another blogger. They’re a small, family-owned business located in Indiana. But let me tell you, their customer service is unparalleled. I love their candles for quite a few reasons:
- Sample packs. I can be a little indecisive about candles when I can’t smell them directly, so I’ve ordered seasonal sample packs in the past. Sometimes you want all the candles, and the minis help keep that impulse in check. They’re just the right size to trial without committing a lot of dollars.
- Simple labels. I like that this brand has really minimal, subtle labels. It helps them blend into your decor, no matter your style.
- The fragrances are quite pure and not overpowering. No cloying scents that are too sweet. Apple Pickin’ smells like a fresh and ripe apple with no cinnamon or other spice added.
- Any time you order from them, they send you a sample of another candle they think you may like. Weirdly, I had been wondering if they had a lemon fragrance the last time I ordered, and my sample ended up being Sweet Lemon. It was like they were listening to my thoughts! Or, more likely, noticing what I clicked without adding to my cart.
I discovered Modern Forestry’s soy candles at The Country Living Fair in Columbus last year and I loved their story. The owner and his wife founded the company after his wife developed migraines from paraffin candles. Of course, she didn’t want to give up her love of candles, so they set out to create a different kind. Because soy doesn’t burn as hot as paraffin, you can actually use their candles’ melted wax as a lotion too. I picked up their Garden Mint, which I lit many times this spring, and their Appalachian Maple Bourbon is my favorite pick for fall.
Another CLF find, two sisters founded Hoosier Sister. It’s a fun name to say, right? if you’re looking for a “different” kind of candle, one with fragrances that are more unusual and sophisticated, I recommend these. The size of the candles is generous, which makes them a great value. Each candle comes in either a round or square concrete container that suits both traditional and modern decorating styles, and the containers can be repurposed. I have purchased both Huntsman and the one I’m burning now, Lodge.
Swan Creek Candle Co.
Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up Swan Creek Candle Co. They’ve been a local favorite for years, and their list of fragrances is quite vast. You can even buy supplies to make your own candles! One of my sisters bought me a wax warmer and some melts in their best-selling fragrance, Roasted Espresso. Trust me, they’re amazing candles, and just like Modern Forestry’s, they are made of soy and not paraffin.
What are your favorite fall candles or ways to stay cozy when fall hits?