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The Candle Guide

Here are the nine wicks to buy now, chosen for every kind of candle connoisseur.

The Wild Child

SHOP: LE FEU DE L’EAU AFRICAN BASIL


This herbal bouquet, created in collaboration with Lauri Kranz of Edible Gardens LA, leads with African Basil but is boosted by thyme, clove, bay berry, and citrus. It’s the rare glass vessel that burns as well inside as it does outside.


Lead-free cotton wicks. Soy wax. Natural fragrance.

The Urban Gardener

SHOP: JOYA + THE CONSERVATORY ONE


Exclusively available at the Conservatory, made by Joya. A subtle yet subversive scent that captures the open-minded spirit of the store by using an unusual mix of cedar leaf, patchouli and galbanum. 


Slip cast porcelain vessel. Soy wax. Fine fragrance and essential oils.

The Francophile Hostess 

SHOP: CARRIÈRE FRÈRES TOMATO 


The 19th-century candlemaker takes on one of the world’s most popular fruits: the tomato. By capturing the leaf and the fruit, this scent lends itself easily to the kitchen, where it makes an ideal accompaniment to the unloading of a farmer’s market haul or the preparation of a fresh, vegetable-rich lunch. 

Recycled glass. Botanical drawing. Scent from Grasse, France.

The California Climber 

SHOP: D.S. & DURGA BIG SUR AFTER RAIN

The brilliant minds behind D.S. & Durga liken their scents to armchair travel, and this one is as transporting as it gets, starting with the title. Big Sur After Rain references freshly dropped water on eucalyptus groves off Highway 1. It is bracing and damp and for the nature lover for whom no element is off limits.

Vegan. Made in NYC. Scent created in-house.

The Delicate Dreamer

SHOP: NOMAD NOÉ POET IN HANGZHOU

Created to call to mind ancient temples and night-blooming tuberose, this wick is one for the romantic. Lush flowers are countered by fresh bamboo, with a finished scent that lets the nose travel on a fragrant evening stroll. 

Biscuit porcelain. Coconut and mineral waxes. Scent from Grasse, France.

The 5:00 Somewhere Lover

SHOP: MALIN + GOETZ DARK RUM

 The old world bay rum referenced here has long been a salve for Caribbean sailors and barbershops. Here, it’s been softened and rounded out with plum, bergamot, leather, and creamy milk. And it’s always ready to pair with a cocktail. 

Vegan. Hand poured in Brooklyn. Natural wax blend. 

The Conscious Consumer

SHOP: AMEN VETIVER

This is part of a new capsule collection of candles that are designed to inspire mindfulness with each one has been designed with a different yoga studio. Vetiver was done in collaboration with Medicine Consciencia Yoga Studio Rio. Its use of Indian vetiver is meant to awaken the root chakra and be a grounding, calming and strengthening aromatic presence. 

Vegan. Sustainable. Limoges porcelain jar. Organic cotton wick. Made in France. 

The Forest Bather

SHOP: L:A BRUKET BLACK OAK

Wood is not a singular scent. This cozy take focuses on the softness and smokiness of blackened oak and nordic woods, allowing those who burn it to take a dip into the natural world without leaving the couch. 

Organic soy wax. Hand-filled. Mouth-blown amber glass.

The Ethereal Entertainer

SHOP: TATINE SPIRIT HOUSE

Each one of these candles is designed to have a life as it is burned, and one after. Spirit House is an uplifting blend of fire and spice: mah kwan pepper from Thailand and vetiver mingle with mandarin, violet and rose hips. Each glass vessel is tested to be drink-safe, so once the wax is all gone, it can be rinsed in the dishwasher and used to pour your next spirit.

Soy wax. Mouth-blown smoke grey glass. Made in Chicago.

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