Candles are a great way to add character to your home, even better when it’s from an independent maker. The past few years have seen an increase in artisanal candles, with art markets and smaller-scale boutiques stocking those from Singapore labels. This is especially so as more consumers now are hungry for locally-designed and homegrown brands.
Unlike mass-produced candles from international brands, every artisanal candle is hand-poured and made from sustainable materials such as natural soy wax; a healthier alternative to paraffin wax as it gives a significantly cleaner burn, lasting up to 50 per cent longer. The attention to detail goes down to the material of the wick — which can range from natural lead-free cotton to authentic wooden wicks.
If you don’t know where to start, check out these artisanal candles from local brands which make perfect gifts for someone you care about, or even to light up your home.
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Candles of Light by Daphne Tan makes use of hand-blended essential oils and botanicals, resulting in scents that evoke memories of specific times of the day. Just take a look at Dawn, which has refreshing citrus, lavender and mint essential oils; and Dusk, made from a relaxing geranium and patchouli blend. Prices range from S$29.90 for a 4oz candle to S$65.90 for an 8oz gemstone candle. The candles are stocked at various locations including Gallery & Co at the National Gallery Singapore, Tangs at Tangs Plaza, and Plain Vanilla at Tiong Bahru.
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A Dose Of Something Good, started in 2012 by Robert Upton, is recognisable by its unique snuff boxes made of porcelain. Inspired by Upton’s life and childhood, the scents include Violent Woods (reminiscent of the contrast of thick Australian forest and his mum’s migrant English garden) and Kamedava’s arrow, inspired by equatorial Asia. The hand-poured candles, S$105 each, are now stocked at lifestyle stores in Singapore Keepers and Naiise, and have branched out overseas to Taiwan and Tokyo.
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One of the more prominent artisanal candle brands in Singapore, Artisan of Sense’s handcrafted candles are made from eco-friendly soy wax from US-grown soybeans, which result in a clean, steady and beautiful flame. The 100 percent pure, therapeutic grade essential oils ensure the scent is uplifting, while its natural lead-free cotton wicks eliminate toxins found in mass-produced candles. Prices range from S$28 for a 3oz candle to S$58 for a 13.5oz one.
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Another artisanal brand many people are waxing lyrical about is Hush Candle, which features candles made from 100 per cent natural soy wax and essential oils containing aromatherapy properties. Each unique essential oil blend is carefully sourced from different parts of the world to obtain the best possible scent and quality. Additionally, the candles are also made in a workspace in the founder’s home, and are hand-poured in batches. Hush Candle is stocked at Naiise, Robinsons@The Heeren, and The Bloom Room at Joo Chiat.
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Created by Mel Marriott, who worked with exclusive perfume houses in Europe to create a wide range of seasonal scents exclusively for the Singapore Market, is Indi Nyah. The candles are made from pure essential oils and non-toxic soy wax, and is said to be so soft it can even be used as a massage oil when its warm. Prices range from S$30 to S$60.