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These candles get us.

Maybe it’s our eternal sweater weather. Maybe it’s our proximity to so many wonderful smells (woods meet sea meet coffee, and so on). Maybe it’s the natural dominion of a populous constantly swaddled in comfy flannels. Whatever the reason, Seattle’s kind of a candle capital. Light up.

French Exit Candle, Cancelled Plans Local

$32

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Drop off your gift and leave the party with this pick from Seattle’s cheekiest candle company, also known for such Pacific Northwest–inspired (but currently sold out) scents as “Introvert” and "Do Not Disturb.”

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Black Coffee Collection, Noir Lux Candle Co. Local

$21

These wood-wick collaboration candles support two local Black-owned businesses: pandemic-hobby-turned-entrepreneurial success story Noir Lux Candle Co., which recently opened a DIY candle bar in Belltown, and Shoreline powerhouse Black Coffee Northwest.

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8-Ounce No. 4 Candle, Seattle Candle Company Local

$30

In a city with so many candle companies, landing this search-friendly name shows that Seattle Candle Company means business with its classic (and often Washington-inspired) scents, available online and at the brand's Pike Place Market booth.

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San Juan Islands Pint Candle, Good and Well Supply Co. Local

$38

You can tell these place-inspired candles were poured in the Pacific Northwest: We’re way more than evergreen trees and rain smell. The San Juan Islands scent, like the islands themselves, feels like a familiar escape.

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Lumberjack Rustic Vintage Candle, Anchored Northwest Local

$23

Hand-poured in Spokane with woodsy scents and the crackling charm of a cedar wick, Anchored Northwest's scents (which come in various containers to suit different styles) hit the PNW trifecta.

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Glassybaby in Hyacinth, Glassybaby Local

$60

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Dreary days feel like less of a bummer when you realize overcast skies enhance the flame reflecting off your cult-favorite candle holder.

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Illume Coconut Milk Mango Metal Flower Candle, Fleurt Collective Local

$34

Plenty of companies wax poetic about their earth-friendly soy-based pours and cotton wicks. But there's nothing more sustainable than Fleurt Collective's best-selling scent in a container you actually want to reuse. 

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Single-Scent Candle, Elm Candle Bar Local

$30

Keep it simple with single-scent candles in unexpected fragrances like bread or Bordeaux—or go all-in and pour your own creation at Elm's Capitol Hill candle bar.

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Blue Hour Jar Candle, Particle Goods Local

$22

Featuring art from locals Laura Burkhart and Devin Larson, your favorite West Coast peaks, adventurous scent notes like coastal rain and lightning, and a commitment to making charitable donations around King County, this Seattle-based company hits close to home in the best way.

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Yellow Rose Soy Candle, Kimmers at Home Local

$20

Smell good, do good. This Renton-based candle purveyor donates $2 from each jar sold to Seattle nonprofit Emerald City Animal Rescue.

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8-Ounce Wood Wick Cereal Candle, Mala

$38

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Whether we should technically count scents poured in Vancouver, BC, as locally made depends on the wait time at Peace Arch. But the appeal of a candy-colored, cereal-scented, wood-wick candle knows no borders.

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