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The best local candle brands to shop in Singapore

Pick up these scented candles from these homegrown brands and make your home smell heavenly

Delfina Utomo
Dewi Nurjuwita
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Delfina Utomo
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Dewi Nurjuwita
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Fancy crystals in your candles? These local brands are stepping up the scented candle game with versions that not only make your rooms smell good but look good. Shop these homegrown labels that experiment with natural botanicals, essential oils, aromatherapy and even flower petals and gemstones. Best part? It won't cost you an arm and leg and you'll be supporting a local business along the way.

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Carrom
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Carrom

This relatively new candle brand produces fragrances that's deeply rooted in the founders' memories of home. Aditi, Manasa, Lathika and Adithya all have been kept apart from their extended family during the pandemic lockdown, spurring them to create their very own candles based on specific memories and feelings related to South Asia. Besides the five distinct candle fragrances – Alamari, Malgova, Beeda, Lalbagh and Thillana – they also work with the India-based attar maker Boond Fragrances to produce incense sticks, and with Denmark-based design studio Christian+Jade on stylish incense holders. Check out their fragrances in person at Sojao's first physical store in Joo Chiat and read their story here

Breathe Essentials Co.
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Breathe Essentials Co.

Breathe Essentials Co was started by Charlene Koh, a cancer survivor, and also an entrepreneur and co-founder of dating app Paktor. During her journey battling breast cancer in 2019, she began cultivating an interest in aromatherapy. Now cancer-free and stronger than ever, she aims to inspire others through her experience and started the brand. The range of products include yoga mat sprays, essential oils and hand-poured cocosoy candles ($49). The candles come in uplifting scents – Lavender Fields for ultimate relaxation, Balsam & Clove for something spicy and fresh, A Gentleman's Hug for a musky and woody scent. 

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Pass It On
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Pass It On

Commit yourself to sustainability while changing the mood of your home with these gorgeous candles from Pass It On. The candles pay tribute to travel destinations that are endangered due to climate change – such as The Great Barrier Reef and the Amazon. The beautiful candle holders come in the form of pots instead of the usual glass jars for a reason. You can repurpose it as a planter with the seed-infused candle lid paper and compressed soil pellets provided. 

But that's not all, With every purchase of a candle, a donation will be made to den Reforestation Projects to plant 10 trees in West Papua, Indonesia. Through this, Pass It On hopes to grow more trees on our planet to combat devastating levels of carbon emissions. 

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Innerfyre
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Innerfyre

Transform your self-care nights with Innerfyre’s Affirmation Crystal Candle series. The candles embody powerful “I Am” statements that remind you of your own inner worth, strength and beauty. Each candle comes with raw crystals – be it rose quartz, obsidian or rainbow fluorite – to bring positive energy. 

‘I Am Unstoppable’ is an energising blend of mint, blood orange and sage, encouraging you to find the courage and strength you need to fulfil your dreams. Want something to help you find inner peace? 'I Am Serene' is a comforting blend of sandalwood, ylang ylang and patchouli. Innerfyre has curated Spotify playlists for each candle in the Affirmation Series to heighten the experience. So draw a bath, light your candle, close your eyes and relax. 

The candles are a sustainable alternative to soy wax candles and beeswax candles, made with essential oils and a unique, luxurious wax blend that contains coconut wax and rice bran wax. All Innerfyre products are vegan-friendly, non-toxic and made with pure, therapeutic essential oil to inspire and bring light into people's lives. If you’re looking for a meaningful gift for friends, loved ones, and even yourself, the Affirmation candle makes for a great addition to that shopping cart. 

Time Out Singapore in partnership with Innerfyre

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Hush
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Hush

When starting the brand, the founders wanted to fill the gap in the market for good quality and affordable candles. Made with natural soy wax, infused with aromatherapy essential oils, Hush Candle's products are made in small batches to ensure consistency while keeping costs low, making its products more affordable for customers. It currently carries 11 scents such as peppermint orange and sandalwood nutmeg, that comes in two sizes: 120ml ($18) and 240ml ($32). Hush has also branched out into offering essential oil-related products such as roll-ons and room sprays. 

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Sally’s Room
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Specialising in soy candles, Sally’s Room’s candles also come in gorgeous, aesthetically pleasing holders with rose gold covers. The signature candles come in two sizes, medium ($30) and small ($15) and you can choose from nine different scents like Marry Me (jasmine and white peach), Madera (spices and sandalwood) or Poire (pear and amber). If you’re interested to learn a thing or two about candle making, Sally’s Room offers a range of candle making classes tailored for you to create candles in unique shapes and designs like dessert table cupcakes, cacti and macarons.

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Candles of Light
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Candles of Light

Candles of Light specialises in using blends of organic botanicals and essential oils to evoke various emotions and feelings. All candles are handcrafted with pure soy and beeswax, and blended with completely natural ingredients. Bestsellers include Dusk, which is perfect to keep calm and relax thanks to its geranium, patchouli and spice notes, while Dawn is a soft blend of lavender, citrus and mint scents that make for a rejuvenating start to the day. The peach-scented Noon candle is the latest release by the homegrown brand.

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Made by Aliens XYZ
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Made by Aliens XYZ

Using only 100 percent natural, plant and earth-based ingredients, homegrown brand Made by Aliens XYZ is all-vegan. The team started out with natural handmade soaps but have since branched out to stock crystals, jewellery, crystal candles and more. The beautiful coconut candles are 'planted' with amethyst, tiger eye, rose quartz or citrine. The Lovespell candle with rose quartz (that's the crystal for love) is geranium and sweet orange-scented, the Bella with amethyst (the stone for protection) is patchouli and lavender-scented, the Spartan with tiger eye (the crystal for good luck) is a heady marjoram and ylang ylang and the Wildflowers with citrine (brings you joy) is refreshing with lavender, lemongrass, grapefruit scents. Candles come in two sizes – travel size ($20) and 150g ($36). Batches are made every few weeks so set your timer on the next drop and fastest fingers first.

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Nine Wicker Ave.
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Nine Wicker Ave.

Not only are the crystal candles with botanicals from Nine Wicker Ave. pleasing to look at, they are designed with the intention to heal the mind, body, and soul. There are four signature candles ($42.90) to choose from so you won't have a headache picking your fave. Sarong Kebaya is infused with amazonite and blue lace agate which promotes calm and peace, dusted with lemongrass and blue pea flowers and smells like a spa. Packed with strawberry quartz and apatite stones and topped with eucalyptus leaves and orange lily flowers, One Tree Hill will remind you of a fresh summer's day with notes of citrus, raspberry and green leaves. To The Moon & back is all about romance, with rose quartz and kyanite crystals and dusted with rose petals and hibiscus. It also smells sweet and uplifting like pear and freesias. For something calming, opt for the One Light Stand which has notes of lavender and eucalyptus and infused with green aventurine and moonstone. 

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Artisan of Sense
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Artisan of Sense

The candles by Artisan if Sense are made with pure soy wax and sustainably harvested oils and added with healing botanicals to soothe the mind, re-energise your senses and promote focus. Choose from 14 different scents like Peppermint & Eucalyptus, Coconut Palm & Lime, Summer Rose and Vanilla Sky. The candles are available in small ($28), medium ($48) and large $58).

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Kyndle
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Kyndle

Stand out with a personalised candle from Kyndle ($33.90). You can pick how it looks by choosing a petal theme and scent. All candles are made to order and petals are placed and decorated within each jar by hand – so no two are the same. These one of a–'kynd' candles are available when the order window is open so keep tabs on its Instagram page.

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