An influx of jewelry and bedding startups are selling candles now - here's why it's actually not a surprising move

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candle startup trend 1Mejuri

  • Nowadays, you won't only find candles at home brands, or pricey specialty candle manufacturers like Diptyque and Byerdo.
  • Even jewelry and lingerie startups like Mejuri and LIVELY are making and selling their own candles, both as a thematic complement to their core business and as an affordable alternative to traditional luxury brands.
  • Though these $30 to $40 candles come from a variety of companies, what ties them together is their ability to create a relaxing atmosphere and draw shoppers deeper into the brand experience.

You're shopping for jewelry for yourself when you notice your favorite gold delicates startup also sells its own candles. As you move on to browsing lingerie, you get an eerie sense of déjÀ vu - there it is again, like a hazy mirage inviting you to close your eyes and take a deep breath.

Candles are becoming a popular offering for not only home startups, which naturally revolve around creating a peaceful, comfortable space, but also unexpected companies like jewelry and apparel.

If your main goal today is to find a set of stacking rings, why would you veer off course to a candle? For Mejuri, an online company whose mission "is to have women embrace a daily dose of luxury," candles are a natural extension of its brand, and it's hoping you'll see rings and a candle as a natural pairing.

Believing broadly that "luxury comes from the small moments," the founders wanted to introduce a complementary, self-care product that gives its customers the same little thrill as when they put on a beautiful necklace or pair of earrings.

It sells two varieties of hand-poured, small-batch candles, the A.M. and the P.M., meant to match your changing moods throughout the day. Bedding startup Brooklinen sells a similar concept in its A.M. to P.M. set of candles, which takes you from the fresh, invigorating morning air of the oceanside to the warm, comforting embrace of a nightcap.

Home startups Snowe and Parachute also center their candles around different moods rather than describe the scent first. If you want to feel the dewy relaxation of a spa, try the Rinse & Repeat, but if you'd prefer to stay at home, Staycation is a perfect match.

candle startup trend 2Brooklinen/Instagram

Lingerie and swimwear startup LIVELY listened to its community in order to arrive at its candle product. It first expanded into beauty in 2018 by launching a fragrance, Jasmine. Sea. Sun. Shoppers told the brand they'd love to see this playful blend of jasmine, sea salt, pear, and sandalwood in a candle, and it was happy to deliver. The scent aims to carry on LIVELY's story of carefree, confident living.

In the end, everything comes back to making you feel comfortable in your own skin. In that way, jewelry, lingerie, and home brands aren't really so different from each other.

These candles are a romantic way to keep you engaged with the brand and get a scent-driven dose of luxury, but on a practical level, they're also the more affordable route to take.

Name-brand luxury candles like diptyque and Byerdo cost $60 to $90 - a true splurge. Meanwhile, startup candles of the same size average $35, plus they have the additional benefits of using cleaner, natural ingredients. New companies that specialize in candles and fragrance, like Otherland and Skylar, are also cropping up in the wave of accessible direct-to-consumer alternatives to traditional brands. To add to your candle collection without overspending, try looking to one of your favorite online startups first.

You can shop candles from a variety of startups below.

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P.M. Candle from Mejuri: 9 oz. and 40-45 hour burn time, with notes of tuberose, violet, and lily

P.M. Candle from Mejuri: 9 oz. and 40-45 hour burn time, with notes of tuberose, violet, and lily
P.M. Candle, $40, available at Mejuri Shop all Mejuri here

Dusk Candle from Brooklinen: 10.5 oz. and 50-60 hour burn time, smells like a "cozy cabin in the woods"

Dusk Candle from Brooklinen: 10.5 oz. and 50-60 hour burn time, smells like a "cozy cabin in the woods"
Dusk Candle, $35, available at Brooklinen Shop all Brooklinen here

Jasmine. Sea. Sun. Candle from LIVELY: 5 oz. and 35 hour burn time, with notes of Jasmine Sambac, sea salt, crisp pear, and sandalwood

Jasmine. Sea. Sun. Candle from LIVELY: 5 oz. and 35 hour burn time, with notes of Jasmine Sambac, sea salt, crisp pear, and sandalwood
Jasmine. Sea. Sun. Candle, $35, available at LIVELY Shop all LIVELY here

Tastemaker Candle from Snowe: 9 oz. and 75 hour burn time, with notes of shiso leaf, wild mint, and Meyer lemon

Tastemaker Candle from Snowe: 9 oz. and 75 hour burn time, with notes of shiso leaf, wild mint, and Meyer lemon
Tastemaker Candle, $35, available at Snowe Shop all Snowe here

Chandelier Candle from Otherland: 8 oz. and 55 hour burn time, with notes of champagne, saffron, and leather

Chandelier Candle from Otherland: 8 oz. and 55 hour burn time, with notes of champagne, saffron, and leather
Chandelier Candle, $36, available at Otherland Shop all Otherland here

Dusk Candle from Parachute: 9 oz. and 65 hour burn time, with notes of citrus, seagrass, cypress, and clean driftwood

Dusk Candle from Parachute: 9 oz. and 65 hour burn time, with notes of citrus, seagrass, cypress, and clean driftwood
Dusk Candle, $39, waitlist available at Parachute Shop all Parachute here

Magic Hour Candle from Brooklinen: 10.5 oz. and 50-60 hour burn time, smells like a "sunlit rose garden"

Magic Hour Candle from Brooklinen: 10.5 oz. and 50-60 hour burn time, smells like a "sunlit rose garden"
Magic Hour Candle, $35, available at Brooklinen Shop all Brooklinen here

A.M. Candle from Mejuri: 9 oz. and 40-45 hour burn time, with notes of rose, lilac, and jasmine

A.M. Candle from Mejuri: 9 oz. and 40-45 hour burn time, with notes of rose, lilac, and jasmine
A.M. Candle, $40, available at Mejuri Shop all Mejuri here

Coral Candle from Skylar: 8 oz. and 50 hour burn time, with notes of grapefruit and apple blossom

Coral Candle from Skylar: 8 oz. and 50 hour burn time, with notes of grapefruit and apple blossom
Coral Candle, $38, available at Skylar Shop all Skylar here

Pillow Talk Candle from Snowe: 9 oz. and 75 hour burn time, with notes of sandalwood, ginger, and lavender

Pillow Talk Candle from Snowe: 9 oz. and 75 hour burn time, with notes of sandalwood, ginger, and lavender
Pillow Talk Candle, $30, available at Snowe Shop all Snowe here

Kindling Candle from Otherland: 8 oz. and 55 hour burn time, with notes of wood, clove, and smoke

Kindling Candle from Otherland: 8 oz. and 55 hour burn time, with notes of wood, clove, and smoke
Kindling Candle, $36, available at Otherland Shop all Otherland here

Isle Candle from Skylar: 8 oz. and 50 hour burn time, with notes of citrus and spiced sandalwood

Isle Candle from Skylar: 8 oz. and 50 hour burn time, with notes of citrus and spiced sandalwood
Isle Candle, $38, available at Skylar Shop all Skylar here
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