Black-Owned Sustainable Candles: Light It Up - Sika’a

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September 06, 2021 4 min read

There is no better way to relax in the chilly autumn months than by lighting some scented candles and cosying up at home. With the peaceful, magical atmosphere created by a flickering flame and the rich and evocative aroma of autumn scents, there's no wonder we love scented candles so much at this time of year. Looking for some candle inspiration for the season? You're in luck. We've discovered some incredible black-owned candle brands that use a variety of sustainable beeswax and soy wax blends along with otherworldly autumnal scents.

LIHA Queen Idia African Moss Candle

LIHA strives to create products that, just like its founders, blend traditional, natural African beauty with plenty of British attitude. Inspired by the ultimate symbol of female empowerment, Yoruba Queen Idia, this sustainable coconut wax blend natural candle evokes the fragrance of African Moss thanks to rich notes of frankincense, geranium, lavender and hibiscus. It is a clean-burning candle that uses cotton wicks and a reusable and recyclable container to maximise sustainability. 

Elephant & Bamboo Independence Square Pillar Candle

Elephant & Bamboo was founded by an African-raised mother and her UK-raised daughter, and the brand is inspired by this cultural blend. The Independence Square Pillar Candle is an unscented soy wax candle that makes for a bold, stylish and inspirational statement. Its design is inspired by Independence Square in Accra, Ghana, which was built by revolutionary leader Kwame Nkrumah who led Ghana to independence and became the country's first President.

Our Lovely Goods Home Again Grapefruit, Lemongrass & Rosemary Three Wick Candle

Our Lovely Goods was founded by Ebi and Emmanuel to celebrate their Nigerian heritage and culture rooted in family, community, and a laid-back attitude to life. The Home Again candle, made from 100% natural soy wax and pure essential oils, is inspired by slow and refreshing mornings at home. Its uplifting, energising scent is the perfect way to invigorate the senses on autumn mornings.

Gilded Body The Nero Marquina Marble Scented Candle

One of America's most exciting black-owned brands, Gilded is striving to improve access to dermatological care for everyone, regardless of their economic or social status. The Nero Marquina Marble is available in a variety of scents, but we recommend Eavestone or Fig Tree if you're looking for delicious fall candles. The gorgeous refillable container is crafted from Basque Country black marble that looks timelessly chic at any time of year.

Beyond Interior Bré Candle

On a mission to celebrate diversity, Beyond Interior strives to create eccentric and eye-catching pieces to inject fun into the home. The Bré candle is a true celebration of the female form, handcrafted in 100% natural beeswax. Since each candle is hand-poured no two are ever quite the same, reflecting the wonderful uniqueness and individuality of our own bodies.

Spoken Flames Fearless Orange, Clove & Cedarwood Candle

Spoken Flames was founded from the urge to create candles that offer a truly immersive experience in order to maximise relaxation and inspire self-awareness. The candles have a unique golden shimmer and crackling wooden wicks, and each scent is designed to deliver an empowering message. With bold notes of orange, clove and cedarwood, the Fearless candle not only provides classic fall scents but also inspires bravery and determination as we head into those arduous winter months

Predominantly Black Solitude Candle

Founded in LA, California, in 2019, Predominantly Black focuses on developing home fragrance products that soothe and heal as naturally as possible. The Solitude Candle has a fresh, invigorating lavender and lemon scent with a hint of sage which elicits feelings of fresh fall mornings. It is made with a soy and coconut wax blend and is free from dyes and other additives.

Isle of Wax St. Lucia Candle

Brooklyn-based Isle of Wax produces small batches of 100% soy wax, tropical-themed candles, all of which are hand-poured in raw coconut shells. The St. Lucia Candle is the perfect way to bring some energy to a gloomy autumn day. It has a zesty grapefruit and fresh mint scent which conjures up the image of sun, sand and beachside cocktails.

Bright Black Durham Candle

Bright Black uses the powerful and evocative nature of aroma as a medium for sharing positive narratives about Blackness. Each candle is designed to honour Black greatness in various iconic cities around the world. Inspired by Durham USA, the Durham candle offers heady and earthy aromas of tobacco, cotton and whiskey which reflect the city's bold, smooth strength.

Posh Candle Co Kind Of A Home Body Fresh Laundry & Cotton Candle

Posh Candle Co is a one-woman owned business that strives to create products that promote selflove and spark joy and laughter. Kind Of A Home Body is the epitome of cosiness; nothing says 'I'm home' like that comforting scent of fresh laundry and cotton. This candle is made from GMO-Free US grown soy wax and an unbleached, lead-free cotton wick for a clean-burning experience.

Young Mary's Maputo Candle

Young Mary's candles are designed to honour the sights and sounds of Africa that brand founder Lola Jemibewon experiences as she continues her mission to explore every country on the continent. Inspired by the beautiful capital city of Mozambique, the Maputo candle blends tropical fruit, coconut and flower petal scents to set the scene of sand and sea. It has lemon, mandarin and green tea notes, with a background of amber and soft woods that give us fresh late-summer to earlyfall vibes.

Laguna Candles Midnight Oil Emerald Sea Grass Candle

Laguna Candles develops its fragrances in collaboration with a master perfumer to ensure each scent is perfectly balanced and truly luxurious. The Midnight Oil candle has notes of ocean air, driftwood, eucalyptus, amber, jasmine and tangerine. It is fresh, soulful and comforting - everything that fall is meant to be.

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