Five Alberta-made candle businesses to check out

The air is crisp and the smell of gingerbread is all around. What does that mean? The holidays are near! Time to dress cozy and begin the hunt for the best holiday gifts. This holiday season, show your loved ones you care by giving them the gift of relaxation through the calming flicker of a candle. Improve atmospheres and support local by shopping at these Alberta-made candle brands!

Enjoy soy wax and wooden wick candles, essential oils, apparel, and roasted coffee beans all locally handmade in High River, a small town south of Calgary. Temper and Lace prides itself on producing phthalate and paraben-free essential oils and paraffin, additives, and preservative-free soy wax in its candles, while maintaining a light enticing fragrance. Visit the website to shop the new fall collection before it is sold out!

From making her first candle out of second hand soy wax and handpicked daisies to founding Wick’d Petals Candle Company, Natasha Martinez has combined her passion for flowers and candles to create products that reflect nature. All of the company’s candles are made with eco-friendly materials and locally grown and dried flowers. Check out the scent quiz on the website to find your perfect candle.

This company got its name from the Welsh word Cwtch, pronounced “kutch”, which means cuddle or hug. Centred around love and comfort, Cwtch & Co creates clean-burning candles with undyed soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and phthalate-free oils for scent. Founded in 2018, the company aims to create simple candle designs that will compliment any space in your home. Check out the autumn and winter collection on the website.

Byond The Looking Glass Gems is centred around handcrafted art with reiki-infused gems. The shop has a wide variety of candles meant to set intentions with crystals that are made with soy wax and essential oils. It aims to help you exercise mindfulness and step away from the daily grind. Feel the calming effects with the candles, such as the sacred smudge candle.

Haven’t found the perfect candle yet? Make your own beeswax candles with YYC Wax! Southern Albertan Lisa Graham grew up working at a local apiary, or bee farm, and later decided to combine her knowledge of bees and art to create beeswax candles. Find products to make your own candles, purchase one of the creations, or attend a workshop to learn how to make the candles and gain knowledge about our local bee friends.

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