Okay candle-lovers, this one’s for you: a list of Black-owned candle companies on Etsy. Scented soy candles, funny candles, cool body-shaped candles, wood wick, soy wax melts and more!
Candles are something that will never go out of style, and there are so many incredible candle-makers out there. But when you search for candles on Google, whether luxury or not, it’s clear that the top options are ummm…very much dominated by one demographic…And that demographic is not predominantly Black.
So some might wrongfully assume that there are no Black-owned candle makers out there.
When it comes to Black-owned candle brands, you may be familiar with Jackie Aina‘s Forvr Mood, or maybe even the Harlem Candle Company, based (of course) out of New York City.
But did you know that there are a ton of incredible Black candle businesses of all sizes over on Etsy?
To make it easy for you (and because I love Etsy), I’ve assembled a list featuring 40 different Etsy shops and will add as I find more that fit!
We’ve got a wonderful variety of candles, with the majority of them being hand poured and scented soy wax.
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Black-Owned Candles on Etsy
As I mentioned above, this list is extensive.
The creativity and variety I’ve seen in these Etsy shops is incredible. From different cool shapes, scents, and funny sayings, there are so many candles to choose from! (Sorry to your bank account in advance).
To make it a little bit simpler, I’ve grouped them into different categories. But wherever a brand might fit several, I’ve chosen what best fits the majority of the shop’s candles. (That’s why you’ll want to make sure you scroll through everything.).
Motivational and/or Funny Candles
First up, we have the candles that are set apart by their unique labels. They might be funny candles, punny, quotable, motivational, or have otherwise noteworthy labels on them.
Of course these candles smell great and might have other unique qualities about them, but the primary reason you are buying them is because of that label you won’t find anywhere else.
These candles make the perfect gifts for friends, or the perfect addition to your bedside table to look to and smile.
1. Petty Candle Co.
You may have already seen them featured in my List of Black-Owned Etsy Gifts for Men (where I listed some great cheeky ones for the man in your life).
Based out of Texas, USA, Petty Candle Co. candles make absolutely perfect gifts. They have a big selection of funny, tongue-in-cheek, candles so I couldn’t show all of them, but make sure you click through to peruse at your leisure!
From left to right, top to bottom: Don’t Touch My Hair, Red Drank – Juneteenth Edition Strawberry, What The F**k is That Smell, Thicker Than a Snicker Doodle
“Hand-poured by the most gangsta candlemakers”; a Black-Owned Canadian Candle company based out of Montreal, Quebec.
Hilarious labels adorn these awesome candles. Whether you’re looking for the perfect graduation, housewarming, or funny birthday gift, Thug Candle Co has hit the sweet spot in his design and idea.
You go to their Etsy page, and almost every candle is saved to people’s baskets.
Is he a candle-maker? Yes? No? B*tch he might be.
From left to right, top to bottom: F*ck Racism, Talk Thirty To Me, Funny Gift, You Should Have Moved Closer, Is You A Doctor
These Black-owned candles are marked with incredibly relatable and often-funny labels. Whether you’re looking for something humourous, motivational, or something to make you feel great on a self-care night, these are the candles for you.
These vegan soy wax candles also have great burn time. You get 40-60 hours out of their 9oz candles, and 80-100 out of their 16oz ones.
From left to right, top to bottom: Look At You Bring Productive, Lets Be Honest, Keep It Lit, You Don’t Need That Job
Looking for less-funny and more motivational candles, marked with affirmations? Look no further than EssentialsbyEmerie.
Their Me Thyme and Grown AF candles include wonderful affirmations on the front, while Shai can remind you or the person you are gifting it to that they themselves are a gift. They also carry a selection of bath products and skin cleansers, all of which are handmade with love.
It’s also noteworthy that these scented candles are coconut soy with wood wicks. (You haven’t lived until you’ve heard the crackle of a wooden-wicked candle).
From left to right, top to bottom: Grown AF & Me Thyme, Cocoa Cashmere
You can be “Minding your Black Owned Business” while you “Quarantine and Chill” with these soy blend candles from this fantastic creator!
I definitely recommend scrolling through their Etsy shop, because whether you just need a laugh, validation, or encouragement to block that boy’s number, this Black-owned company has you covered with a mix of funny and relatable candles.
From left to right: Quarantine and Chill, Lori Harvey Date them All, Minding My Black Owned Business
Cool Shaped Candles
Now we’re on to the Black-owned candles that are so unique and beautiful, that you will almost be afraid to burn them.
Whether we’re looking at torso/body shaped candles, cool squiggly ones, or something completely different, these candles are wonderful aesthetic additions to your home.
This unique company is one I’m definitely bookmarking. They have a fruit loop candle that I am completely in obsessed with, twisted (get it?) candles, and an array of body shapes!
In addition to the female body candle pictured below, they also have a male torso, a plus sized, and a pregnant one.
Candles are all soy and hand-poured!
From left to right, top to bottom: Body Candle, Fruit Loops, Bendy Candles
7. O’Chan Made
Based out of London, this Etsy shop has super unique candles that will burn bright in your room or windowsill. Taking body shaped candles to the next level with metallic foil, and featuring head candles adorned with turbans and fros.
From left to right, top to bottom: TurbChan Extra Large, Body Candle Set, ChanFro Extra Large, Baby Girl With Ponytail
I am so incredibly fascinated by these cool shaped candles. They come in decadent dessert shapes like milkshakes, cupcakes and much, much more! I honestly consider them to be a work of art!
In addition to candles, Succulent by Stacey also carries a variety of 100% soy wax melts shaped like cinnamon buns and macarons.
From left to right, top to bottom: Milkshake Candles, Birthday Cake Milkshake, Cupcake Candle, Hazelnut Coffee Scented Coffee Mug
Based out of Toronto, Ontario, this Black-owned candle company provides cool seashells, bubbles, and female body shaped candles. They even have a coca-cola bottle candle for all you pop lovers out there!
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From left to right, top to bottom: Bubble Candles, Female Body Candle Supa Pink, Seashell Black, Cactus Candle
I love these cool shaped candles! With their muted colours and unique shapes, these 100% soy candles are perfect decor pieces.
And SkiinTones doesn’t just do candles! Providing handcrafted home goods, jewellery, skincare and more, their unique designs are sure to spark your interest.
Left to right, top to bottom: Vertigo Pillar Candle, Staire Pillar Candle, Assorted Candles
Based out of the United Kingdom, this company has a cool collection of assorted candles that are hand-poured with soy wax.
Many of them being handmade to order, this small Etsy shop has products in a variety of colors, as well as unscented and scented options in certain candles.
Check them out today! Black Plum and Rhubarb is definitely going on my list!
From left to right, top to bottom: Heart-shaped Tea Light Candles, Luxury Scented Soy Candles, Groovy Candles
12. Fragrances that Last
This one was a tricky one to place in a category because I would say this Black-owned candle brand is equally notable for its scent options as well as its cool shaped choices!
But in the end this category won out, because how incredibly decadent do their desert candles look?
But still, I’m sure Monkey Farts are sure to smell delicious!
From left to right, top to bottom: Frosted Buttercream, Top of the Morning, Birthday Cake, Monkey Farts
Okay these candles aren’t uniquely cool shaped themselves, but they are poured into absolutely adorable pineapple shapes! When you’re done burning, just simply put the cover back on!
Can we talk about the aesthetic?! It’s a must-have for home decor. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or a friend, I definitely recommend checking out the gift set.
It comes with the candle, diffusers, and a super sleek wick-trimmer!
Pictured: Pineapple Sage Candle Made W/ Soy Wax
Candles with Minimalist Vibes
The following candles are grouped by their minimalistic design. Their simplistic labels and jars make them enticing home decor pieces for those who appreciate minimalism but still want a nice scent candle to complement their space.
Black-owned candle company based out of Florida, this small Etsy shop carries a variety of 100% soy wax candles.
They also now have personalized options for your next special occasion! Their packaging is cute and simple while not drawing too much attention to itself! Their products are a hit with their customers and they have great reviews and reasonable prices!
From left to right, top to bottom: Spring Sampler Package, I Love You Sampler Package
Another Black Canadian candle brand, this one based out of Toronto!
These candles are both chic and simple in their design, making them the perfect minimalist candles to add to your home. And if you’re looking for a “safer burn”, while still taking advantage of their wonderful fragrances, check out their wax melts!
Check them out asap!
From left to right, top to bottom: Destination Happiness, Scented Wax Melt Candles
This Black-owned candle brand is providing stylish candles with great presentation. Seriously, how cute are these?!
Nori and Mali take scent seriously, with thought going into every fragrance choice they have available. 100% Soy wax and hand-poured, show this small business some love!
Top two: 2oz Sample Packs. Bottom: 10oz Gift Pack
Who can resist the simple but rustic charm of mason jars? These hand poured, soy candles, are a great gift for that special someone!
These candles use phthalate-free fragrance oils, and are vegan and earth-friendly!
From left to right, top to bottom: 8 oz Candle , Birthday Gift Set, Love Candle Gift Set
18. Fellow Cactus
A clean appeal, with customizable labels. These candles make great for presents!
Their natural soy candles have a scent for every mood and occasion! Small batch and hand-poured in Montreal (hello Canadian brand), these scented candles are made with premium grade fragrance and essentials oils.
From left to right, top to bottom: Custom Personalized Label, White Tea & Sea Grass, Coffee & Vanilla
Another Etsy shop selling an assortment of wonderfully scented soy wax candles! While some might not say the aesthetic of these lean more luxury than minimalist, I still appreciate that these labels don’t call too much attention to themselves.
What I especially love about this brand is that you can customize your wick; choose between a clean-burning wood wick (my personal favourite), or a cotton one!
Or if soy wax melts are your thing, they have a variety of those too!
Top to bottom: Honey Fig Ginger and Tropical
Soy Scented Candles
While a great number of the candles in this blog post are indeed soy scented ones, the candles in this category don’t quite fit the others, and are most-likely to be purchased specifically for their enticing or aromatherapeutic fragrance.
And why all the love for soy? A lot of small candle makers go for soy as it produces fewer paraffin fumes/toxins.
Check out the following Black Owned Candle Companies to get your fill of wonderful soy fragrance:
20. Natural Anni Essential
A Black-owned hand-poured soy candle company with absolutely delicious scents. I’m especially eyeing their Fall and Winter ones, which look the perfect cozy home purchase.
These candles are paired with “ECO wick”s which are free from lead and zinc!
Left to right, top to bottom: Maple Butter Syrup, Pumpkin Vanilla Nutmeg, Mango and Ccoconut Milk
21. COOLGiRL thebrand
“Cozy indulgences made with intention”. These 100% soy scented candles are handcrafted with natural cotton wicks.
I’m especially a fan of the “Nothing Even Matters” candle as it is equal parts existentialism and an excuse to light it and fall back into the comfort of your bed without a care.
Left to right: Cocoa Butter Kisses, Nothing Even Matters
If you’ve shopped my list of Black-Owned Etsy Gifts for Men, you may already be familiar with Aromaology. Or you may know of them simply because they are thriving Black owned Etsy shop!
Their scented soy candles are a perfect choice if you are into aromatherapy, and you can complete the experience by grabbing one of their gift sets that include bodycare items!
Right to left: Lavender Sage Soy Candle, Eucalyptus Soy Candle
Carrying wonderful double-wicked candles, ShamarasCollection is ready to bring you all your decadent candle needs.
Right now I’m eyeing the Spring Flower, which is sure to smell great on those crisp Spring days!
From left to right, top to bottom: Bakery Downstairs, Spring Flower
Jennifer and Sandra from New Jersey, USA provide you with a wide range of natural organic products. These include skincare, body care and of course, the reason for this post: their artisan soy blend candles!
They have an amazing Etsy page full of tons of options. Make sure to check them out!
From left to right, top to bottom: 3 Piece Spa Gift Set, Round Midnight, Blackfyre, Mellow Mood
There are so many things I love about this Etsy shop!
Their scented soy candles come in seemingly endless unique fragrances, they have such a cool selection of colours, and you have the opportunity to get your favourite scent in a variety of sizes!
They also have a great collection of handmade scented soy wax melts, if you prefer to get your scent through tea light warmers.
Overall great vibes, check them out!
From left to right: Lost In Sangria, Entanglement
There is something about the aesthetic of these candles that I am absolutely in love with. Perhaps it’s their vibrancy?
These candles are 100% soy, and they too have soy wax melts available in your favourite scents! Eyeing their gift and party boxes, they are 100% on my to-buy list!
From left to right, top to bottom: Mint Mojito, Large Candle Gift Box, Trio Gift Box, Fresh Coffee
Milk & Honey Candles is a Black-owned Candle company carrying a great selection of scented soy candles.
They’ve broken them up into different collections that have bath salts and candles with matching scents, from everything to Black Girl Magic to Brunch. I quite literally need them all in my life!
From left to right, top to bottom: Mindful Mimosa, Bougie Brown Sugar, Peaceful Palo Santo
H2TBody is a candle and body product-focused company based out of Ontario, Canada. They provide a wide variety of candles, bath soaps and other cosmetic items. I have used their products and found them to be amazing for my body routine. I highly recommend checking them out!
From left to right, top to bottom: Self Care Gift Set, 75/35 Hour Burn Candles, Couples Gift Set, Luxury Care Gift Set
These candles are small batch, and hand poured in Florida. The feedback on these scented soy candles is that they both smell and look amazing!
We all like drinking coffee, so why not pop on an “I’ve been drinkin coffee” candle at the same time?
From left to right, top to bottom: Another Saturday, I Been Drinking Coffee
You know when there’s a candle that you feel like you can just smell through the screen?
I don’t know why, but that’s how I feel about these scented soy candles. They are made with high-quality 100% phthalate-free fragrance oils
They are also 100% clean-burning wood wick candles, something I personally love! That crackle makes you feel like you’re at a campfire.
From left to right, top to bottom: Drippin in Melanin, Sweater Weather, Black History Month Period, CinnaBAE
“Just a cool black dude who happens to make BOMB Candles”, with NEL standing for Never. Ending. Light. How cute is that?
These 100% natural soy candles are hand poured to order in LA, and something about them just radiates luxury to me. My father doesn’t even HAVE A DEN, and I want every last one of these.
From left to right, top to bottom: Oakmoss & Amber, Father’s Den, Graprefruit & Mint
Other Incredibly Unique Candles
The below candles are a collection that didn’t quite fit any of the above categories. For some it might be because as a brand, they carried products that fit all of the above… and for others, their candles are so unique that they didn’t fit any.
So let’s dive in!
TheTinyHiveCo is a one-woman Black owned Canadian Etsy shop, and can we just talk about the aesthetic of these? I am in love.
This candle company has amazing hand-rolled 100% pure beeswax candles, which they sustainably source from Canadian apiaries. I learnt a lot about beeswax from their page, like the following:
when burned, beeswax helps to pull toxins from the air, releasing negative ions and purifying your space. Naturally hypo-allergenic, they are safe for those with asthma, allergies or sensitivities.TheTinyHiveCo
I’m putting my order in shortly and can’t wait to get these pretty and unique candles!
From left to right, top to bottom: Beeswax Pillar Candle, Set of 3 Beeswax Candles, Set of 3 Beeswax Candles Large
Have you ever bought a candle that came with a playlist? You heard me right.
When you buy one of these hand poured scented soy wax candles, you gain access to a curated playlist. I’m absolutely in awe of this innovative idea. This Black-owned business is out here providing a multi-sensory experience!
From left to right, top to bottom: White 4oz and 8oz Candles, Purple Rain, I AM Collection
Mind Your Own Beeswax has the best name of all time! These organic beeswax candles with a hemp wick bring something new and unique to the table.
And yes their body shaped candles are made of beeswax too; providing a great air-purifying option for those seeking the popular design.
From left to right, top to bottom: Organic Peppermint, Organic Body Candle w Hemp Wick, Mind Your Own Beeswax
SweetStreetzInc provides a colourful array of candles in addition to their body butters and lip balms! Their candles are organic soy wax complete with essential oils and glitter!
They look so incredibly fun, and would make the best gifts!!
From left to right, top to bottom: Glitter and Double Scents, Lemongrass Candle
36. Luxe Scents by Rhi
This London-based, Black owned candle brand makes their candles with something I haven’t heard of before: 100% rapeseed wax; a safer-burning wax than paraffin! These candles are pet-friendly candles, with self-trimming ECO wicks.
I am absolutely in love with their fun-coloured candles, and the texture that is added to many of them. Their Lavender Spring Candle is one I will definitely have to try! It’s one of my favourite relaxing scents and purple is my favourite colour
From left to right, top to bottom: Lavender Spring, Cucumber Melon
Coming out of Vancouver, BC, Canada, this Black owned candle and home company offers a great variety of candles and products. Their Box of Love is perfect for date night and I am in love with their packaging.
Their Pina Colada Candle is also unique, and their gold jar candles have the crackling wooden wick that I can’t resist!
From left to right, top to bottom: Pina Colada, Love You Berry Much, Chocolate Box Gift Set
This Black-owned candle brand based out of Texas sits in this category due to the customization of their products.
You can customize the scent and colour of their soy wax melts and their standard soy wax candles.
They are the perfect gift for yourself or someone else! Mother’s Day anyone?
From left to right, top to bottom: Custom Wax Melts, Custom Candle, Happy Mother’s Day
Strawberry cupcake! MMMMmmm!
This Etsy shop has such a wide variety of highly-scented candles and wax melts that they could be placed anywhere on the list, and that’s what makes them truly unique!
Also, Ariel is one my favourite Disney characters, so this brand is sure to be a winner.
From left to right, top to bottom: Restore, Creme De La Creme, Summer Rain
These candles almost made it to the minimalist category because I love the simplicity of their look, but when I read that they are made of coconut wax, I knew I needed to place them here because that isn’t very common!
These double-wicked luxury candles are based out of Brooklyn, New York City, and they come in two sizes.
From left to right, top to bottom: New Money, Glow On, Busy Bloomin
Final Thoughts on Black Owned Candle Companies on Etsy
Phew. You made it to the bottom of this list, and for that I thank you.
I truly hope you enjoyed scrolling through this list of Black-owned candle companies and found yourself inspired to try a bunch of new funny, fragranced, unique and cool shaped candles (I personally want all the body-shaped ones).
I absolutely love curating these lists because it brings me so much joy to shine a light on Black entrepreneurs around the world.
What would you like to see a list of next? Comment below!
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You should add ParishScents.com to this list =) The owner was born and raised in New Orleans, and her family has deep roots in the city dating back 150+ years. Her NOLA candles smell AMAZING!