One of the most important things that the pandemic has taught us is to focus on turning our homes into a haven. Whether it’s endless DIY home decor tutorials that led to well-intentioned renovation attempts or adding trinkets to personalise your space, we’ve all invested time and effort into making our space feel more like home (or at least look presentable on Zoom!).
One of the easiest and best ways to spruce up any space is to add candles. Not only will the addition make your space smell like a dream, but candles are also a great home decor item.
Selecting the right kind of candle, though, is important. It should not be overpowering and should blend seamlessly with the rest of your decor. Plus, they also make for a really thoughtful gift for your friends and family.
If you’re in the market for some scented candles, take a look at our round-up of some of our favourite homegrown candle brands that will light up your home in the best way possible…
Made of natural essential oils and soy wax, MISA candles want you to savour the simple pleasures of life and enjoy slow living. The eco-friendly and vegan candle brand follows the Swedish concept of ‘Lagom’, which literally means ‘just the right amount’. Their scented candles come with the optimum amount of fragrance intensity that would never overpower your space with strong scents.
This Delhi-based candle brand is perfect for you if you love bright colours and rich fragrance notes. Their scented soy wax candles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including bubbles and wavy ones.
The brand is named after the German word ‘duft’, which means ‘experiencing the world through scent’. While the scents range from floral and fruity to rich and dark notes, it’s the candle jars that make the brand stand out from the rest. Doft candles reimagine glass in various forms through their candles. You can select from a variety of options, including sheer, cut glass, honeycomb, and more in every texture possible.
This Goa-based candle brand offers hand-poured soy candles in quirky moulds. The minimalist designs smell sweet and summery, and are perfect if you love soft pastels and neutral colour palettes.
Monsoon + Chai
Just like the name suggests, the candles seek to capture the feeling of having a hot cup of tea on a rainy evening. The naturally scented soy candles pair complementary blends to give you comfort in a candle jar.
Whether it’s LGBTQ Pride or radical self-love, the brand has an ‘honest candle’ for every mood and occasion. The hand-poured soy candles come in delightfully named packages (like ‘Whatever. I’ll just date myself’ candle from their ‘FLY: First Love Yourself collection) and smell of all things classic like hot cocoa, apple pie, leather, and sandalwood.
This brand offers aromatherapy through their candles. Their latest collection focuses on three moods: sleep, sensuality, and serenity. Each candle is crafted to help you get in the mood with its warm and smooth scents. Aside from helping you achieve a zen-like state, the brand also does its part toward society by donating a percentage of its proceeds to performing cataract surgeries on thousands of underprivileged patients in rural Maharashtra.