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Maybe it’s our dark and drizzly winters. Maybe it’s our proximity to so many wonderful smells (woods meet sea meet coffee, and so on). Maybe it’s the natural byproduct of all those comfy flannels. Whatever the reason, Seattle’s kind of a candle capital. Here are the local pours and small business finds we’ll be hibernating with till springtime.
It’s Fine, I’m Fine Candle, Cancelled Plans Local
Say “I’m fine” and mean it with the bestselling scent from Seattle’s cheekiest candle company, also known for such Pacific Northwest–inspired scents as “Introvert” and, of course, “Cancelled Plans.”
Black Coffee Collection, Noir Lux Candle Co. Local
These wood-wick collaboration candles support two locally owned Black businesses: Noir Lux Candle Co, recent recipient of a Raising Up Black Businesses Initiative grant from Ezell’s Famous Chicken, and Shoreline powerhouse Black Coffee Northwest.
16-Ounce Autumnal Pumpkin Candle, Seattle Candle Company Local
No fall list is complete without something pumpkin spice—this one gives Starbucks a run for its money, especially when it comes to local cred.
Good and Well Supply Co. San Juan Islands Pint Candle, Standard Goods Local
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, especially feels like an escape.
Paddywax Pinky Promise Candle, Columbia City Bouquet Local
A bestie gift waiting to happen.
Spruce It Up Rustic Vintage Candle, Anchored Northwest Local
It’s the PNW trifecta: Hand-poured in Spokane with woodsy scents and the crackling charm of a cedar wick (which also makes your candle last longer).
Glassybaby in Pumpkin, Glassybaby Local
Shorter days and longer nights feel like less of a bummer when you realize you’ve got a couple extra hours to admire the light of a flame reflecting off your cult-favorite Bellevue-born candle holder. Make it fall with seasonal colorways and watch your tealight (each Glassybaby comes with one) flicker the night away.
Paddywax Color Block Candle, Fleurt Collective Local
We’d buy Paddywax’s bright and citrusy candle for the container alone.
Single-Scent Candle, Elm Candle Bar Local
Single-scent candles in unexpected fragrances like bread or Bordeaux are certainly tempting, but nothing beats the in-store experience of playing a French nez and creating your own candle on Capitol Hill.
Blue Hour Jar Candle, Particle Goods Local
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 candle company hits close to home in the best way.