Now more than ever, we need to put self-care at the forefront of our daily routines. No matter your form of relaxation, candles always offer a soothing addition. Here are a few black-owned brands to support the community and your self-love routine.  

LIT was born from founder Denequa Williams-Clarke’s love of candles and travel.  Each candle is hand-poured from her home in Brooklyn where she is also involved in every aspect of the business, from answering emails to shipping products. Flood any room with light and relaxation with a candle from her current line that includes 1989, Home, and Muse, made with exotic floral notes.

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At Gilded, they believe “body care is a ritual that can be rejuvenating, re-centering and restorative”. Add a touch of luxury to your home with a Gilded candle. Each stunning, marble holder is designed to be refilled with a new scented wax or repurposed for other use. Fragrances include Lavender, Peach Nectar, Cannabis Flower, and Misty Moor, harnessing the fragrances of lemongrass, jasmine, and green tea.

Owner Tiffany Michele Brown runs Wicks NOLA from her home in New Orleans.  Enjoy blissful fragrant candles like delicious French Quarter Beignet or be transported with scents like Bywater and Garden District, inspired by her Big Easy hometown. “Whether you’re a New Orleans native or simply love the culture of the city, you’re invited to fill your home, office or auto with the scents of this great city,” says the website.

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Founder Joyaa, a millennial originally from Chicago, Illinois now residing in Houston, Texas, is an IT Project Manager by day and Chandler by night. According to the website, Joe + Monroe provides eco-friendly, individually hand-poured luxury scented candles made with a luxurious vegan blend of natural apricot and coconut wax. Their candles are infused with essential oils sourced from all over the world.

Pretty Honest Shop’s slow-burning candles provide up to 50 hours of bliss. Made with no harsh chemicals, as well as biodegradable, eco-friendly ingredients, Founder Andrea spent nearly two years perfecting her candle formulas to offer clean, high-quality products that look great on your mantle all while helping your space feel more like home. Some of her best-selling fragrances include Lemon Lavender, Honeysuckle Jasmine, Fresh Coffee, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.