Antique Candle Works Blog / Handmade Candles
Happy Fall Y’all! The best time of the year is finally here! In just 3 days, the season of sweater weather, apple cider, corn mazes, hayrides, changing leaves, pumpkins, plaid shirts, bonfires, and especially Grandma’s homemade pie will finally be a reality! (No more pretending my fall décor will magically change the season.)
We LOVE fall here in the candle studio. It means we will be making a ton of all our coziest fragrances—which makes work even more fun!
Antique Candle Works actually recently released two yummy fall fragrances: one brand new, the other a reinvention of a classic scent. We also have several more that are just too yummy to pass up! Our favorite autumn scents are the BEST to share with friends like you and bring the goodness of the season right into your home!
A warm, delicious blend of pumpkin, spices, honey and maple with sugary vanilla frosting.
The most classic of all the fall fragrances, but also one of the yummiest! This year, we reinvented our classic Pumpkin Spice fragrance to bring you an even more perfect blend of that sweet, spicy, pumpkin-y goodness you all know and love!
An autumn aroma with apple, crushed cinnamon, and clove, with hints of orange peel and sweet vanilla.
Antique Candle Works’ brand new fall fragrance may just be the best one yet! It has stolen the hearts of many of our candle makers (including myself) and is so yummy, you just have to try it for yourself. It is literally sweet, spiced, and everything nice!
The naturally fresh, woody smell of leaves in the brisk autumn air, this medley of birch and maple leaves with pomegranate, juniper berry, and orange blossom added to the blend, brings the glory of fall into your home.
This is definitely the most outdoorsy of all our fall scents! Autumn Leaves literally brings the crispness of the autumn air indoors with the most perfect fresh blend. It’s great for those cozy fall mornings and relaxing evenings.
Warm and cozy all wrapped up in one great smelling scent! Top notes of green apple, peach and pine needle leading to a spicy cinnamon clove and thyme with sweet balsamic spice.
This yummy fall fragrance has all the spiciness you love! It’s a nostalgic scent that leaves you feeling all warm and cozy inside, and you just can’t help but smile every time you smell it. Remember all those days of Mom or Grandma baking pies during the harvest season? THIS is that smell!
The sweet smell of freshly picked apples from the orchard.
There’s no other smell that makes your mouth just water like freshly harvest apples. A fun fall activity has always been to go to your favorite apple orchard and get a bushel of the best apples of the season. Apple Pickin’ tells that story in one super yummy, super crisp fragrance!
What is your favorite fall fragrance? Let us know in the comments below!
I know what you’re thinking: “I wish I could smell all these yummy fall fragrances!”
Well, you can!
If you live in or are visiting the Midwest soon, stop by the Antique Candle Works studio in Lafayette, Indiana, for our second official Open Candle Studio Event! On September 29th, we will be opening up our doors to everyone who loves yummy snacks, live music, candle making, and of course, the best handmade candles!
Come and smell all of our 18 yummy fragrances, and fall in love with a new one you’ve never smelled before!
We are so excited to meet you friend, so be sure to join the event on Facebook and come say hi!
Have a beautiful first day of fall, y’all!
There’s no doubt that there’s something special about small businesses. Here, we are a studio family, all the candles are carefully hand poured and shipped, and we love every one of our sweet candle friends. Antique Candle Works is unique as far as small businesses go, but we also have one thing that sets us apart from the rest. Meet:
The Candle Pug.
Waylon starts his days at the Antique Candle Works studio with the best brew our K-Cups have to offer. He is not a morning pug, so no puppy-talk until he’s finished his coffee. That’s nonnegotiable.
With a much needed caffeine kick, Waylon can finally start filling our wax melter, ‘Pam’. (The other melter is dubbed ‘Phyllis’—HA!) Sometimes this can get a bit messy…
Once that’s done, it’s time for managerial duties. Waylon is the overseer of the studio and not a thing gets by his watchful eye—until he falls asleep. Besides his morning nap, Waylon takes his role as Boss Pug very seriously.
Lunch time, Waylon’s second favorite activity of the day (after going home and eating dinner). He licks his dish clean, but can’t stop himself from begging for an extra treat from the candle makers. Puppy-dog eyes alert!
After lunch, Waylon takes a break from the studio to do some office work with his human. It’s a little confusing for this pug, so he mainly just watches Brittany work her magic.
Candle time! Once the candles have been poured (which Waylon made sure of during his overseeing duties), it’s time to clean them up. Waylon is pro-pug at making sure every candle is cleaned and labeled perfectly for our candle friends!
Waylon loves shipping you your favorite candles! So much so that he might steal one of our hand-stamped boxes for himself and pretend to be Happy Mail! (Adorable happy mail!)
Finally, with his busy list of duties for the day complete, this Candle Pug is ready for a well-deserved nap until it’s time to close up the studio. A long day of hard work and candle making couldn’t have happened without his helpful paw.
The Antique Candle Works Candle Pug is so much fun! I hope you love Waylon as much as we do! Not every candle business has such an adorable mascot!
“Have a pawsome day, friends!” –The Candle Pug
A lot goes into Antique Candle Works to make truly unique, high quality candles that are handmade with love. From the candle makers who have a personal hand in every single candle, to the candles themselves made with natural, domestically grown soy, fine fragrance oils, and pure cotton wicks, every detail has you in mind. That even includes how your candles reach your door.
We’ve made a lot of changes to the ACW Personal Touch since the last time we talked about your favorite happy mail. Every candle delivery is special because it is a little gift to you, and that’s exactly how we want you to feel!
Your candle mail begins with a hand-stamped box so you always know when that package on your step really is happy mail. That is, if you can’t already smell the yumminess inside!
Open your package, and you’ll find some goodies right on top for you to enjoy!
As a small business, we want you to know Antique Candle Works and the people behind it personally. You can read a little bit about the story of Antique Candle Works and its owner, Brittany, learn about the uniqueness of our candles (and some candle tips), and even see what fragrances we are loving for the season. You can also find out which of our sweet candle makers made your candles!
Then finally, your favorite moment has arrived. In our carefully wrapped packaging you’ll read, “Hand Poured Goodness Inside.” Pull back the decorative tissue and there they are. The goodness you’ve been waiting for: your favorite Antique Candle Works candles!
The first thing you see is a little bonus candle of a fragrance you didn’t order. It might even be one you’ve never tried before! These little samples are included in every order to help you find a new favorite scent every time you open our happy mail!
Every candle and wax melt is individually packaged for protection, and to make your gift extra special! Our larger candles are wrapped and put into their own small boxes, and small 4oz candles and melts are wrapped in decorative tissue. Everything is its own little surprise for you to open and experience one at a time!
The joy of finding happy mail by your front door is so much fun, but what's even more fun is actually opening that package! Even though you probably remember what candle goodness you ordered, it is still exciting to finally open up all those little ‘treat yourself’ gifts and be able to smell all that yumminess right in your own home.
With a little extra care and a lot of love, Antique Candle Works hopes to bring you your favorite unboxing experience! We care about each and every one of you, so this is a little gift from us to our best candle friends.
Here’s to the best Happy Mail Day, friends!
Did your candle package just come in? Share your unboxing story with us on Instagram!
Have you heard? Our newest fall fragrance, Fall Harvest, is available before its release date exclusively to our email friends! Become an email friend to join in and be one of the first to try my new favorite fall scent!
Fall Harvest: An autumn aroma with apple, crushed cinnamon, and clove, with hints of orange peel and sweet vanilla.
Your favorite candle studio is growing! From new friends joining our team, to moving our operation to a whole different location, a few things have changed since our last Studio Update. We are so thankful to all of you who have followed the Antique Candle Works journey and to those who are just joining in, so I think another update is in order!
A New Home
Last fall, we realized that Antique Candle Works had outgrown the small storefront space we were in. So we packed everything up and moved to a much larger warehouse across town!
We are now in a brand new building with a separate office space, a loft for storage, and so much room to make even more candles!
When the last update was published, we had just added Macey to the candle crew, making it three of us in the studio (plus Ed during the summer and holidays!). Not long afterward, we welcomed Carol and Sarah to the team! Once we moved locations, Kelsey, Julie, Emily, and Tori fit right in at Antique Candle Works, along with Mark during the summer months! We will also be welcoming Hannah here very soon!
Staying with the times…
You may have noticed a few changes around the website since the beginning of the year. Now if you are clicking on from Instagram, you’ll be greeted with a welcome page with click links to all your favorite pages! We also revamped the home page and navigation tools to give you a better experience!
With features such as a new ‘Reviews’ page, and plenty of behind the scenes fun to explore Inside the Studio, the Heart of the Business, and the Missionaries We Support. Plus our email friends will enjoy a few cool new features as well!
We can’t get enough of them in the studio! We’ve also added them to our new line of candle sample packs! However, we are always looking for yummy scents to add to our collection. Stay tuned here in the next month or two for some exciting candle news! (Hint: Who doesn’t love the fall?)
The Unboxing Experience
If you’ve ordered your favorite candles recently, you may have noticed the packaging is a little different than it was last year, and so much cuter! With adorable candle boxes, fun inserts, and hand stamped packages, you will always know when your happy mail has hand poured goodness inside (stay tuned for a blog all about it!).
Fun in the Studio
A few months ago, the candle crew had the pleasure of meeting so many of you, our friends, face to face for the first ever Open Studio Event! The candle studio is usually closed and used just for production and shipping, but for one day only, we welcomed everyone in to smell all their favorite scents, see some behind the scenes candle making, and enjoy some yummy snacks and good company!
The Open Studio was a hit, and I’m excited to let you blog readers be the first to know that we have officially picked our dates for the next events! Mark your calendars for September 29th and November 10th for the fall and holiday themed open candle studio events! Can’t wait to see you there!
Blue Skies Ahead…
With so many changes in not so long a time, we can’t wait to see what else is in store for Antique Candle Works. We might welcome new members to the candle crew family, add a few more fragrances, or maybe something even bigger. No matter what, we can’t thank you enough for following along in our business journey. We wouldn’t be here without you!
Don't forget that Fresh Cut Herbs is July's Scent of the Month and is 10% for a couple more weeks! Also, there are still a few vintage candles left from the last Antique Candle Restock! Go grab them before they're gone!
Have a beautiful day, friends!
Happy Independence Day friends!
It’s been a hot summer here in Indiana, but it’s also been a blessing to see so many sunny days! With all the sunshine and blue skies, I’ve been enjoying some clean and refreshing candles to help keep my home cool and cozy. We all have our favorite candles for different times of the year, but these are some of our favorite summer lovin’ scents!
The sweet smell of freshly picked apples from the orchard.
You can’t go wrong with Apple Pickin’! This fragrance is fresh, sweet, crisp, and downright mouth-watering. This is definitely a favorite this time of year with a mix of spring apple blossoms and fall apple harvest.
“Received a sample of Apple Pickin’ with my very first order and oh my goodness!! Amazing!! Just ordered one in preparation for my favorite time of the year! …It most definitely smells like the real thing!” –Hilary (Instagram)
An outdoor, fresh, woody bouquet with top notes of ozone, fresh leafy greens, lemon and apple, combined with bright cedar, jasmine, lavender, violet, and lilac. Finally, highlighted with a soft musk.
This scent is so nostalgic for me, especially during the warm months! Back Roads quite literally makes me think of back country roads with its amazing, outdoorsy undertones. See what I see when I smell this fragrance in Visions of Spring!
“THIS CANDLE IS SERIOUSLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE SMELLING CANDLES…EVER” –Carla (Instagram)
“Back Roads will always hold sentimental feelings for me…” –Brooke (Instagram)
A cozy, spicy smell of herbs including basil and fresh spearmint, with hints of floral and apple.
One of our newest fragrances has the perfect blend of fresh and cozy! If you are a crazy plant lady or know one, this is the perfect candle! I love having the scent of fresh herbs and spices fill my kitchen in the summer. It also pairs amazingly with Sweet Lemon!
“Everything I have smelled from your shop is amazing. BUT, my Fresh Cut Herbs candle is my all-time favorite of any candles I have every smelled. Ever.” –The Hadden Family (Instagram)
An earthy blend of lemon, lime, and sage.
Clean, smooth, and refreshing. This candle is definitely one of the best fragrances to use if you want to freshen up your home! With the perfect combination of spiced herbs to crisp citrus, it is a great scent to enjoy on a breezy summer day.
“Love love love this candle!! You know how tough it can be to try a new candle scent and hope for the best? Well…no worries at all with this one! I’ll be purchasing again!” –Patricia (Instagram)
What is your favorite fragrance to burn during the sunny season? Let us know in the comments below!
Also, don’t forget that Fresh Cut Herbs is 10% off this month! There’s not a better time to snatch up your favorite candles than during the Scent of the Month sale, so become an email friend to always be the first to know about the next special fragrances!
Enjoy the rest of summer, friends!
At Antique Candle Works, we send candles out all over The United States and Canada to spread the joy that a simple candle can bring. It is always fun to see where our candles ended up once they left our doors, and that they are bringing joy to homes all around. Thanks to outlets like Facebook and Instagram, we are able to see tons of photos taken by people just like you!
There’s been some great pictures over the past few years, so as a thank you to all our friends who have ever shared photos with us, I’ve put together some of our favorites from home decor bloggers for everyone to enjoy!
I hope you love this gallery of beautiful candle photos set in even more stunning homes, because I can't get enough!
Small businesses are unique establishments in and of themselves, especially “mom and pop” retail stores. Though a shop may be small, the amazing individuals who work hard to keep it up and running might just have the biggest hearts around.
One small retail business that knows how to spread the love is The Tin Roof: Fine Gifts and Home Furnishings, an adorable little shop in Princeton, Kentucky that specializes in “great products and outstanding service!”
Serving the area since 2002, The Tin Roof was actually in the works since 2001 when the late Carolyn Boaz made her dream of owning a store a reality. Nearly 20 years later Carolyn’s daughter, Molly Egbert, continues her mother’s legacy through the joy that is spread in and outside the walls of The Tin Roof Gift Shop.
The Tin Roof also shares their hearts with other small businesses and artisans to stock their shelves and bring quality goods to their customers. One of these small business is none other than Antique Candle Works!
Molly loves sharing unique items with everyone who comes through her doors, including our handmade soy candles! She loves burning both the Sweet Lemon and Fresh Cut Herbs fragrances together!
The Tin Roof Gift Shop is in the business of spreading happiness through the little things. Whether that be cute outfits, fun dish ware, or farmhouse decor, they are so thankful to the Lord for giving them the opportunity to share this with friends new and old.
Here at the studio, we love seeing where our candles end up after they leave our hands, and we are so glad that some of them have made their way to The Tin Roof.
It is fulfilling to know that we can help spread some of Molly and her team’s joy in Western Kentucky! In small business it’s about the heart, and this little store has that down!
Do you have your own retail store and are interested in working with Antique Candle Works? Contact us! We would the opportunity to meet a new friend!
Check out our list of all the stores that carry Antique Candle Works candles in The United States and Canada; there might just be one near you!
Let’s be honest, we all can’t get enough of candles. But where did they come from in the first place?
Candles have been around for thousands of years, and unlike the guilty pleasures they are today, candles were a necessity for light until the late 1800s. Despite the importance of candles, there are actually few specifics known about their origin.
Ancient Egyptians used wicked candles as early as 3,000 B.C. But while there is also some evidence that points to even earlier, more primitive candles in Asia, it is the early Romans who are usually credited with creating the first wicked candles by dipping rolled papyrus in melted fat and beeswax. Very different than our Mason jar candles!
Beeswax was introduced to Europe in the Middle Ages. These candles burned cleaner, and smelled much better than the animal fat (tallow) candles they used before. However, because they were expensive, tallow remained the household resource for candles. It was during this time that there was a rising trend in candle makers and small candle shops!
America’s first candle makers were colonial women who made sweetly scented wax with bayberries. Then in the late 18th century, the first “standard candle” that burned brighter than any candle before it was invented using spermaceti wax, which is the wax formed from sperm whale oil.
It was in the 19th century that candles were truly revolutionized. Stearin wax was invented by a French chemist and is still popular in Europe today, an inventor developed a candle mold machine that was a breakthrough for the modern-day candle industry, and the creation of paraffin wax (that is still used today) made for higher quality, cheaper candles. However, it was also at this time that candle making began to decline with the invention of the light bulb.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that candles exploded in popularity once again as decorative pieces and gifts. Candles were suddenly available in all sizes, shapes, colors, and even scents. Then in the late 1990s, our favorite soybean wax was invented by none other than a group of Purdue students! This cleaner, natural wax that we use for our own candles was first created just a few miles away from the studio, how cool is that?
Candles have completely changed since those early years, but they are still loved nonetheless! Whether they are used for ceremonies, celebrations, ambiance, aromatherapy, or just as decorative pieces to enjoy in your home, the tradition surrounding candles lives on today.
This is the history of the candle we know and love, but what about the history of the candle company you know and love? Check out the Story Behind Antique Candle Works retold by the owner herself, Brittany!
Have a beautiful day friends, and enjoy those candles!
Spring is a time of newness in the form of blooming plants, new life, and warm sunny days after the winter. In the spirit of spring, you may have noticed in the past month or so that we have added two perfect spring fragrances to our list! These scents have just the right combination of crisp, sweet, freshness that brighten up any spring day this season. So, without further ado, I’d like to officially introduce you to our two newest fragrances on the Antique Candle Works line: Fresh Cut Herbs and Sweet Lemon.
Fresh Cut Herbs: A cozy, spicy smell of herbs including basil and fresh spearmint with hints of floral and apple.
This fresh fragrance is the perfect scent for any crazy plant lady! With the cozy, herby smell of fresh greens and a subtle hint of sweet fruit, this scents puts your adorable little herb garden in one yummy candle. It’s hard to resist the allure of that fresh plants, especially when that smell manages to brighten up your entire home! I love this new fragrance so much because of it’s refreshing, clean aroma. It’s literally spring in a jar!
Sweet Lemon: Clean, crisp lemon with light floral hints of geranium and rose.
If you’re in love with all things lemon, this fragrance is for you! It’s crisp, tart, sweet, and flowery all at once! This fragrance makes me think of lemony candies or lemon shake-ups from a street fair. Image enjoying some sweet lemony goodness while loving the smell of fresh spring blooms…So good! This yummy scent is definitely one that makes a bright and sunny day that much sunnier!
Sweet Lemon is actually the newest Scent of the Month and is 10% off during the entire month of May! It’s never been a better time to try out one of our newest, yummiest fragrances on the Antique Candle Works line!
If you liked these new fragrances, you should know that there is sure to be more coming soon this year! To get the first glimpse of our next new fragrance, and to have the chance to be an exclusive candle tester to help determine our next scent, become our friend by joining the Antique Candle Works email list!
Have a beautiful day!
The Antique Candle Works studio has been experiencing lots of new and exciting things since the beginning of the year, and a couple weeks ago, we actually had the opportunity to share how we’ve grown in person! April 7th marked the first ever Open Studio Event at the Antique Candle Works studio, and we couldn’t have been more excited for the chance to meet so many of our friends live and in person! It was so much fun, so in case you missed it, I’ve got all the highlights here to share with you!
If you came to the Open Candle Studio, the first thing you would have seen is an adorable sign out by the road as an invite for everyone to come and join us! Then, you would be guided through the parking lot by Brittany’s sweet mother, and greeted at the door by none other than some of the friendliest girls in the studio, Macey and Julie!
In the lobby, you would be welcomed by smiling faces and yummy hors d’oeuvres prepared by the team, including Kelsey’s sweet lemonade!
From the lobby, you’d finally enter the studio to a whole new party! With a fun and interactive photo booth, great music, and plenty of mingling, the studio was the place to be.
Not to mention live candle making with the candle making pros, Sarah and Emily!
In the middle of the studio stood the main event: candles!
Once you picked out all your must-have candles, Carol took care of you at her adorable cashier stand where she rocked out the checkout!
The photo booth was a hit with everyone who came in! With tons of props to choose from and a special Antique Candle Works photo frame, it was great to see everyone having a good time together! Even our Instagram friend, Martha from Simple Cozy Charm, joined in on the fun in the studio!
Live candle making with Sarah and Emily was a fun attraction that allowed you to get a taste of what we do every day, and how your favorite candles are created. These ladies led you through the whole process, from melting the wax to labeling the finished candle, for an entertaining learning experience!
So many who came to the event loved being able to smell all the candles in person, especially our new fragrances! We were pulling candles from everywhere to give our friends the chance to finally smell some of our candles before they buy.
There were also some exclusive deals at the Open Studio Event!
The first 40 people through the door got a free 4oz Lavender candle, and believe it or not, the line started half an hour before the doors opened! Also, the first few dozen people who spent $40 or more got a free Cucumber Melon soy melt until they ran out.
We also had lots of antique candles, which are normally exclusive to the monthly Antique Candle Restock, and everyone who came to the event got the first chance to snatch up their favorite vintage candles!
The Open Studio Event was a success! We loved having the opportunity to show you all around the studio and share our candles with you in person, right where they were all handmade. One of the best things about that Saturday was meeting people who came from all around, and we would love nothing more than to be able to share this fun experience with everyone again!
This year, we plan to have another Open Studio Event in the fall, and you know what that means: fall fragrances! (And maybe a new fragrance or two??) We might even have another event during the holiday season!
Our first studio event was a good time for everyone who came, and us as well! So, if you missed it, we would love the chance to meet you at our next event! To stay in the loop on all things Antique Candle Works, including a first look at the next studio event, be our friend and join our email list!
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our small business!
Whether you came or not, we’d love to see you at the next one!