What do you think of when you think of Scandinavia? Minimalism? Hygge? Eco-friendly? Or perhaps your mind wanders to candles? You wouldn’t be wrong for considering the latter, Big Candle really has its hooks in the Scandinavian nations.
If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would point out that it is MIGHTY convenient that the candle business is booming here in darkest Scandinavia. Why all the darkness, huh? Does it have to do the rotation of the Earth around the sun and our position in relation to the Earth’s tilted axis…or is it the powerful candle lobby?! You decide. The truth is out there.
Anyway, when it’s dark and cold outside, there’s nothing more hygge than dotting your home with Scandinavian candles. Danes even use candles in spring and summer; I posit that this has to do with Danes preferring low and local-lighting rather than harsh overhead lights.
Here are our favorite candles, from sceneted to eco, whether you want them for added light and warmth, are looking to add something beautiful to your decor, or want to evoke a Scandinavian minimalist candle display.
In terms of look and scent, it doesn’t get much more Scandi than this. Each candle comes in a beautiful glass votive with a simple design. The scents are subtle and very much inspired by the Scandinavian landscape. We also love their deep-glow printed wax Hygge candles, which are unscented and offer, respectively, 70 and 100 hours of hygge.
Perhaps you know L:A Bruket for soap, but the Swedish brand make some pretty marvelous candles too. They’re delicious scents carry over to the small but perfect range of candles, which include corriander (divisive, I know), grapefruit, black oak, and their signature tabac.
“Intrigued by the creative possibilities of scent”, Byredo founder and Stockholm native Ben Gorham draws inspiration from his life and travels to create the luxury label’s cult fragrances. Formulated using quality raw ingredients, each fragrance tells a story. Like the Bibliothèque, inspired by the timeless scent of libraries and their ability to transport us into other worlds. It’s a big task for a bit of wax.
Pssst! For a limited time Ikea and Byredo have joined forces to launch a limited-edition range of exclusive candles, in a range of sizes running from $5 to $25.
Ten of the 13 scents – Tea Leaves & Verbena, Pomegranate & Amber, Basil & Mint, Fig & Cypress, Peach Blossom & Bamboo, Lilac & Amber, Rose & Raspberries, Cotton Flower & Apple Blossom, Sandalwood & Vanilla, and Tobacco & Honey – will be available at Ikea stores and online starting 1 November 2020.
Come February 2021, the other three scents — Cassis & Freesia, Swedish Birch & Juniper, and Firewood & Spice — will join the collection.
A highstreet favorite that offers a perfectly currated collection of candles for very fair prices. Their candles are scented in accordance with locations, like the Fågelbärsgården, inspired by a small, almost hidden park just around the corner from their Stockholm Atelier. Scents include things like white sage and basil, with a burn time of 50 hours.
Technically French, but Swedish owned, so we’d be remis not to include it on a Scandinavian candle guide. Look at that typography! The candles are hand poured and filled with french fragrance oils. The current scents include Bouquet Blanc (Jasmine, White Orchid), Noir 89 (Sandalwood & Musk), Figue du Japon (Black Figue & Vetiver), Verveine (Lemongrass & Verbena), La Forêt (Red Currant & Juniper), and Saison Bleu (Cinnamon & Vanilla).
Though they do have scented candle options, Broste really shines in the simplicity-department. We love a good collection of candles, and Broste’s textured selection makes any grouping look a bit more lively. They’re affordable and fit into any decor.
Soy candles infused with essential oils for a natural, earthy smell. They burn very clean (meaning you don’t get all the sooty smoke) and come in two sizes; the larger of which comes in a beautiful reusable jar. Recommended for when you need to destress after a long day!
Also made from soy, these South African-made candles have been a big hit in Denmark. For good reason; they’re simple, less expensive than most glass votive candles and come in both scented and unscented versions.
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