Home & Garden Home Best Candle Subscriptions Unwind with a relaxing, luxury candle By Amber Nolan Amber Nolan College at Brockport, State University of New York Amber Nolan is a freelance writer for Treehugger who is passionate about sustainable living, nature, and outdoor adventure. Learn about our editorial process Published March 17, 2021 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home & Garden Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating Our editors independently research, test, and recommend the best products; you can learn more about our review process here. We may receive commissions on purchases made from our chosen links. Brooklyn Candle Studios Our Top Picks Best Overall: Keap Best Variety: The Eco Candle Co. Best Natural Scents: Outdoor Fellow Best Minimalist Candles: Brooklyn Candle Studios Best Mystery Box: Wicksly A soothing candle is a welcome reprieve after a long day, and for those who enjoy different candle fragrances on a regular basis, a candle subscription is a convenient way to have high-quality candles delivered to your door. Every month, a new scented candle (or more) arrives with curated aromas that often match the current season. They also make excellent gifts for housewarming or the holidays. Plus, several candle companies are implementing sustainable practices, from the materials used to the products' packaging. After careful research, here are the best candle subscriptions. Best Overall: Keap Keap Sign Up Now Why We Chose It: Keap’s long-term goal is to have a 100 percent regenerative supply chain for all materials so that every part of the company’s production is zero waste. Candles are wrapped in biodegradable, plastic-free packaging, and you can always return used candles for reuse. What We Like - Mini sets allow you to try the candles before you subscribe- Eco-friendly packaging- Outdoor scents What We Don’t Like - Subscriptions are more expensive than some of the others Keap candles were born out of a belief that candles can help unwind and connect people back with nature. As a certified B Corporation, Keap goes the extra mile with sustainable initiatives by balancing purpose and profit. Keap is also a member of “One Percent for the Planet” and “Climate Collaborative,” two environmental movements working to implement changes. Each 7.4-ounce candle comes in a glass whiskey tumbler, with labels that are designed to easily peel off without leaving any residue. The candles are made from sustainable coconut wax and have a 45-hour burn time. Scents are inspired by the great outdoors, including fragrances such as wood cabin (pine, cedar, juniper, and hints of moss), or waves, an ocean-themed fragrance with sea salt and star anise. Several candles, like the library scent, are available exclusively to subscribers. A subscription is the most cost-efficient option and is priced around $40 per month for one candle, (or you can opt to have two per month or every other month.) You can also choose your preferred fragrance, or order a mini set to try the candles before you subscribe. Best Natural Scents: Outdoor Fellow Outdoor Fellow Sign Up Now Why We Chose It: Outdoor Fellow donates 5 percent of proceeds to the Trust for Public Land. What We Like - You can choose the candle scent - Comes in a reusable glass jar What We Don’t Like - Subscriptions only have a handful of scent options The founder of Outdoor Fellow, Patrick Jones, began making candles with scents that reminded him of places he’d traveled to, and in 2018, he launched Outdoor Fellow. The Mountain Forest candle, for example, was inspired by a trip to the Adirondack Mountains with fragrances of cedarwood and musk; the Juniper and grapefruit fragrance is a nod to a cocktail in the south of France; and the Rosa Moschata conjures up the scent of a musky, Himalayan flower. With a candle subscription, one candle arrives monthly, with the option to choose the scent or opt for a surprise. Each 8-ounce candle comes in a reusable glass jar, is hand-poured in the United States, and consists of natural blended coconut wax and fragrance oils. Burn time is about 40 to 50 hours with the proper candle care (such as trimming the wick and burning for no more than four hours at a time). Order a one-month candle subscription for around $30, six months approximately $180, or a year for about $360. Orders over roughly $40 receive free shipping, and if you don’t like the scent, you can return the candle. Best Minimalist Candles: Brooklyn Candle Studios Brooklyn Candle Studios Sign Up Now Why We Chose It: The Brooklyn Candle Studio’s products are made from sustainable soy wax (no petroleum) and phthalate-free perfume oils infused with essential oils. What We Like - A wide variety of candle collections- Affordable memberships- Philanthropic element to candle sales What We Don’t Like: - A no-return policy The Brooklyn Candle Studio produces minimalist-style candles by hand in Brooklyn that are vegan and cruelty-free. Candles come in clear glass jars, with a burn time of 50 hours (for the 7.5-ounce candles). Some popular fragrances include sweet fig, Japanese citrus, Montana forest, and “love potion”—a calming blend of lavender, jasmine, and mandarin. The company offers several collections, including a line of artistic candles inspired by the California artist, Allison Kunath, and 10 percent of proceeds are donated to women’s rights charitable organizations. The Brooklyn Candle Studio also offers travel candles, gift sets, and mini candle sets that serve as great starter kits. Sign up for a subscription to the Candle of the Month Club and receive a seasonal, specialty candle delivered to the door (think peonies in the spring and pumpkin in the fall). A membership costs around $25 per month. You can also change the frequency of delivery to every other month if desired. Best Mystery Box: Wicksly Wicksly Sign Up Now Why We Chose It: In addition to using soy and reusable packaging, Wicksly’s candles use fragrance oils that are phthalate-free. What We Like - Simple, affordable subscription plans- Seasonal scents keep things interesting What We Don’t Like - Candles aren’t sold individually As one of the more affordable subscription options, Wicksly is ideal for people who like to be surprised by the fragrance they receive in each delivery. Wicksly creates a new scent each month that’s designed to match the season (cozy scents in the winter, fresh breezy scents in the spring months). The idea is to take subscribers on a “scent journey” throughout the year, with the name of the fragrance identified on the jar (not beforehand). Wicksly’s 5-ounce candles are made entirely of soy with 100 percent cotton wicks and have a burn time of 40 hours. The candles are meant to be burned down entirely each month, making it easy to reuse their containers. Pricing is around $20 (shipping included) when you pay per month, or about $200 a year (gift subscriptions also available). Be aware that because Wicksly is a subscription-only service; candles are not sold individually. Best Variety: The Eco Candle Co. The Eco Candle Co. Sign Up Now Why We Chose It: Eco Candle Co. pays special attention to sustainable manufacturing and recyclable packaging—right down to the hemp or cotton wicks and paper wrapping. What We Like - Candle subscriptions come in several size options- Extensive recyclable packaging What We Don’t Like - Not all candle collections are available in a subscription Made entirely from soy, the candles at The Eco Candle Co. come in many varieties, so there’s something for everyone. Check out the Mandles line (candles for guys) that use a recyclable paint container as the candle holder (it’s comprised of 25 percent post-consumer recycled content.) The candles come with catchy names like Dirtbag, a melon-scented odor eliminator, Handyman, with aromas of sawdust and wood, or Mr. Moneybags, which actually smells like dollar bills. Or, try the traditional line of soy candles that are packed in standard glass jars with paper lids and scents like Baby’s Butt, (lavender, vanilla, and baby powder) or Caramel Rum Cake, (rum, maple, almond, pear, and vanilla). Most candles are available in 6- to 26-ounce jars with burn times ranging from about 40 hours to 115 hours (depending on size). Unlike candle boxes that have a single candle, the Eco Candle Co. delivers variety packs of either five or seven. These are an assortment of seasonal, traditional-style candles, plus four to eight tea lights (depending on box size). Boxes are delivered and billed quarterly and cost around $275 a year (for a five-candle assortment) or about $425 for the seven-candle assortment with free shipping. Final Verdict Keap earned our top overall pick for sustainable practices, quality ingredients, and excellent fragrances. If you’re looking for a wide variety of options, check out the subscriptions from The Eco Candle Co., and if you like to be surprised what fragrance is arriving, Wicksly is a popular, affordable option. What if I Don’t Like the Scent? Several of the candle subscriptions offer money-back guarantees or allow customers to cancel the subscriptions at any time. A handful also sell sample kits that give you a sense of the type of fragrances and scent intensity before signing up for a subscription. Can I Choose the Type of Candles in the Subscription? Most companies design specific candles for the subscription box, with fragrances changing based on the season. Part of the fun of the subscriptions is trying a new scent, but if you find one you like, some companies (like Outdoor Fellow) let you choose the candle in your box. Others let you pick the size and frequency of the candle subscription order. Does the Subscription Only Include One Candle? Generally speaking, subscriptions include one candle that’s the featured monthly fragrance. However, some companies, like Eco Candle Co., offer several candles in each delivery box. How We Choose the Best Candle Subscriptions When determining the best candle subscriptions, we factored in the care that went into making each product, so that all of our selections are high-quality candles. We also considered unique aspects of each company that set them apart, like the Eco Candle Co., for its unusual designs and fragrances. We took into consideration customer satisfaction and pricing, with Wicksly and Brooklyn Candle Studio as two of the more affordable options. All of our choices emphasize eco-friendly practices, including reusable jars, recyclable packaging, and sustainably-sourced materials.