At the risk of stating the obvious, we love our candles. In fact, we love our candles so much we’ve fueled them into a $3 billion industry! They’re a fabulous gift to give and receive and they make a space 100 times cozier. Simply put: you can never go wrong with a good candle. And we buy our candles on Etsy.
Alright alright, we know we don’t need to sell you on candles, but we can make a case for you to shop for them on Etsy. A clean-burning, hand-crafted candle that is made with love from a small artisan shop will beat the mega brands any day.
With the holidays around the corner and the hygge season nigh, it’s time to start getting serious about our candle game. Whether you’re designing a festive holiday tablescape or a dreamy winter wedding, you can find candles of all stripes at fair prices on the wide world of Etsy. And no guesswork here — we’ve narrowed the site’s thousands of options down to our top 14 candle makers and their cozy, cute, and sometimes quirky creations.
The Trendiest Candles on Etsy
For those who love candles that double as home decor, the Bubble Candle from Alphatox Gummies couldn’t be more charming. These cuties are made of beeswax and soy blend and are available in dozens of colorways and essential oil options. Whether you’re on the hunt for wedding favors or holiday gifts, this LA-based shop meets the occasion with their eye-catching geometric shapes.
Shop the Bubble Candle from Alphatox Gummies.
The Best Aromatherapy Candles on Etsy
If you’re looking for a bit more function from your candles, then you’ll love the support of these aromatherapy candles from Red Barn. With relaxing essential oils that reduce stress and anxiety and help you feel more creative, they’re the perfect work-from-home companion. They’re also a wonderful addition to the holiday candle rotation in festive scents like Apple Cinnamon, Christmas Tree, and Gingerbread — mmm.
Shop Red Barn Candles for aromatherapy candles.
The Best Soy Candles on Etsy
Handmade, organic, vegan, eco-friendly, and most importantly, trés chic — what more could you want in a candle? These whimsical-shaped, made-from-scratch creations from Soy Candle NYC would make fabulous party decor for a colorful shindig.
Shop Soy Candle NYC for soy candles.
The Best Designer Candles on Etsy
No, you’re not seeing double. Yes, we included Cai Cai Handmade in our Best of Etsy Home Decor — their swoon-worthy designs are just too good not to include in a best-of-candle list too. Scented with lovely floral notes like cherry blossom, bergamot, magnolia, peony, and freesia, Cai Cai’s famous Sweet Garden Flower Candle will have your home smelling like the Garden of Eden.
Shop The Sweet Garden Flower Candle from Cai Cai Handmade.
The Best Holiday Candles on Etsy
If you’re on the hunt for holiday candles that don’t reek of headache-inducing toxins, may we introduce you to the delightful fall creations of Belna, a black-owned, North Carolina-based candle company? Their handcrafted soy candles are made with phthalate-free fragrance oils and come in tantalizing varieties like Apple & Maple Bourbon, Pumpkin Pie, Black Currant Absinthe, and Lavender Driftwood. Has a scent ever sounded so delicious? We think not.
Shop Belna Candle Company for holiday candles.
The Best Taper Candles on Etsy
There is something so timeless about a taper candle display, not to mention downright cozy. Simple, tasteful, and warm, they set the mood for any space, event, or ritual. Moonbow Home has you covered for the occasion with handcrafted beeswax & soy blend taper candles in a variety of pastel and rich colors.
Shop Moonbow Home for taper candles.
The Best Modern Design Candles on Etsy
Minimalist yet luxurious, the U-Shaped Ribbed Candle from New York-based Marney Ash is a must-have decorative addition for a wide range of aesthetics. But it’s not just its chic shape that spells opulence; the scented varieties are inspired by the notes of France’s best wines and are made of a blend of premium fragrance oils and aromatherapy essential oils. Oui, s'il vous plaît.
Shop The U-Shaped Ribbed Candle from Marney Ash.
The Tealights on Etsy
Is there anything quite as cozy as tealights to set the mood? Whether you’re decorating for a wedding, a holiday tablescape, or a sexy night in, we think one can never have too many tealights. Aphranti’s tealights and floating candles come in a range of scents of floral, woodsy, herbal, and fruity varieties. Now can we talk about how darling these floating dahlias are?
Shop Aphantri Tealights for tealights.
The Best Tallow Candles on Etsy
Did you know that the first dipped candles were made from tallow, a.k.a. rendered animal fat, by the Romans in 500 BCE? If you think burning tallow is a thing of the past, think again — tallow candles are here to stay. They’re eco-friendly, clean-burning, sustainable, support family farms, and they use a part of the animal that would otherwise be wasted. These creations from Farmers Candle Co get a modern upgrade with a lovely blend of essential oils and premium-grade phthalate-free fragrance oils.
Shop Farmers Candle Co for tallow candles.
The Best Floating Candles on Etsy
File under: latest obsession we didn’t know we needed (much less knew existed) before today — floating! botanical! candles! With real flowers and fruits on the outer layer, these beauties from Brooklyn-based TOKYN are such a lovely, understated way to bring the outside in. Immediately going to the top of our holiday wish list!
Shop The Floating Botanical Candle from TOKYN.
The Best Dripless Unscented Candles on Etsy
Nonstop Candle Shop’s wide selection of unscented and dripless decorative candles are the perfect addition to any event, not to mention a godsend for the nasally sensitive. Floating candles, tealights, pillars, balls, tapers — they’ve got ‘em all, and in a wide variety of colors. Nonstop makes a great one-stop!
Shop Nonstop Candle Shop for unscented decorative candles.
The Best Pillar Candles on Etsy
Sturdy, striking and slow-burning, pillar candles are an essential part of a holiday tablescape or religious altar. We love these gorgeous earth-toned pillars from Wicks ‘n More for any occasion. Each candle is handcrafted in Northern Mississippi with a variety of seasonal scents and festive colors.
Shop Wicks ‘n More for pillar candles.
The Best Spiritual Candles on Etsy
Calling all spiritual baddies — The Intention Candle from the Eclectic Mystic oozes magic. Packed with crystals, herbs and flowers, these gorgeous creations from this San Diego-based shop are here to help your inner goddess shine. Every ingredient and decoration is thoughtfully chosen, non-toxic, phthalate-free, and set in 100% soy wax.
Shop The Intention Candle from The Eclectic Mystic.
The Best Beeswax Candles on Etsy
You can “bee” confident that you are burning clean ingredients with these beeswax candles from Beeslight (sorry, couldn’t resist!). Handcrafted and hand-poured with 100% pure beeswax by New Jersey artisans, you can rest assured that these babies are cute and clean. A portion of profits go to the NAPPC in a noble effort to save the honeybee population.
Shop Beeslight Candles for beeswax candles.
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