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Bookish Candles for Readers and Writers

“A little muzhik was working on the railroad, mumbling in his beard. And the candle by which she had read the book that was filled with fears, with deceptions, with anguish, and with evil, flared up with greater brightness than she had ever known, revealing to her all that before was in darkness, then flickered, grew faint, and went out forever.”

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy


Candles are more than just decorative objects; they create an entire atmosphere. Known for their relaxing effects, some scents can even help quell anxiety and encourage restorative sleep. And for writers, what better candles are there than those inspired by films, folklore, mythology, and literature? It is a magical moment when you read a book with the equivalent candle burning beside you.


These bookish candle companies use a carefully chosen blend of scents to evoke places, time periods, and even characters and authors. Immerse yourself in your favorite literary world with candles from these shops.


Alchemy & Ink 

This candle company takes its inspiration from folklore, magic, and stories. In addition to candles, they also have apparel, enamel pins, mugs, perfumery, and more. The dark visuals denote the gloomy narratives behind the creations.


Leaf & Lore 

Leaf & Lore is for admirers of autumn, libraries, and whimsical tales. You can find candles called Pumpkins & Pages and Letters & Ink. The store also sells clothes and mugs inspired by The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien and The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.


Midsummer Child  

Heavily influenced by nature, novels, and television series, Midsummer Child organizes their shop into four collections: tarot, places, quotes, and spring. Recently, incense, oracle cards, and tarot decks were added to the shop.


Midnight Flame Co  

Midnight Flame Co is moved by legends and magic. With a vast section of candles based on characters, you are sure to find one that speaks to you.


Mythologie Candles 

Profoundly influenced by fantasy works, Mythologie Candles aims to make people’s lives more enchanted through their aromas. If you join their VIP Club, you gain access to secret candles; you will receive a notification when new collections are about to be launched and information of exclusive releases.


Wick Wish 

With a fascination for books and myths, Wick Wish crafts several pieces to bring you a splendid experience, from candles to home fragrances. Handstamped jewelry is available based on Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, as well as The Mummy directed and written by Stephen Sommers.


All of these companies are cruelty-free, vegan, and make their candles by hand. After the candles burn completely, it is encouraged to recycle the glass jars. You can use them to keep what you wish. Mine are used to store woodland treasures like leaves or pine cones.