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I find myself shopping for candles online more and more for many reasons.
The first and most obvious reason is the convenience, as I’m sure you have guessed. However, that’s not the only one.
We’ll be going over those reasons, as well as the best places for buying candles online in this post. We hope this can be help you out in your search for great candles!
Why I Buy Candles Online
Reason 1: The Convenience
With most of us having Amazon Prime memberships nowadays, getting everything we can from one place with fast, free shipping is a huge relief. But even if you aren’t an Amazon person, shopping online is still incredibly convenient since you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to do it.
More and more online shopping websites nowadays are getting better at offering cheap or free shipping rates which takes down that initial barrier to shopping online.
It’s also great when you have a favorite candle that you find yourself re-buying, over and over. By shopping online you can quickly re-order when your candles are about to burn out.
Reason 2: Deal Shopping
Another bonus that comes with going the online route is that you can compare prices much easier than in brick and mortar stores. All you need to do is throw up a couple tabs and search a few different retailers websites.
Many online retailers, especially candle retailers also offer online only deals that you can get from their websites or newsletters.
In general, I also find that online prices tend to be a bit cheaper than in most stores.
Reason 3: Hard To Find Candles and Large Selection
Some candle companies don’t even have physical locations these days. Rent on physical locations will eat into their profits and so some choose to only sell online. This is the case for brands that have already made a name for themselves as well.
When it comes to new candle brands, this is even more prevalent. The startup cost and risk is just too high for the new brands and so they will just set up on online shop, or sell their products through Etsy instead.
With large online retailers like Amazon, you also have a nearly endless amount of selection when it comes to candles. Add to that, the endless user reviews that you can find for products listed, and you have a place where you can shop easily with the peace of mind in reading other user reviews before purchasing.
There are also great options online for those looking for rare or discontinued candles as well!
Believe it or not, Ebay actually has a ton of sellers that offer rare or discontinued candles from brands such as Bath and Body Works or the Huntington Home candles from Aldi. I’ve also seen past years models of candles as well. Collectors rejoice!
Where To Buy Candles Online
I’ve found that there are really good deals from Amazon for certain candle brands. It’s a good idea to price compare anyways, but as an example, Yankee Candles always seem to be cheaper than they are in stores, and even cheaper than the official website.
One thing to keep in mind if you are buying from Amazon. Be sure to read the customer reviews, because some suppliers can be much better than others when it comes to shipping fragile items like candles. There are lots of horror stories for candles arriving broken from Amazon.
Amara has all kinds of home decor products but more importantly, it has a pretty great selection of candles.
Most of the candles listed on here are high-end candles, but there are quite a few brands that I really like on there. It’s also one of the few places where you can buy those massive sized candles online.
This may seem like kind of an odd choice at first, but if you’ve ever been inside a Chapters Indigo store you have probably seen all the awesome candles they have in stock.
It makes sense really. Candles and books go together so well.
Anyways, if you’re not aware, they have a ton of great candles from brands including Voluspa, Illume, Paddywax, Boy Smells, and Magnolia Home. On top of that, they also have their own line of candles which are great as well.
Check them out if you haven’t already!
Pro tip: I often find myself going into the physical stores to decide which candles I like, then I actually go home and order the candles online so I get the fresh stock that hasn’t been sitting on the shelves forever, being handled by customers and collecting dust.
Etsy is where a ton of small candle companies sell their candles. Like I said above, candle shops with minimal budgets sell on here because it doesn’t cost them too much to do so.
The great thing about these small brands is that they are nearly all handmade, so you get that extra attention to detail.
There is so many unique candles that you can find on Etsy, including those carved candles you may have seen shared around social media like in the video below.
If you know a candle brand that you are interested in already, search their name in Google. They most likely have a website where you can order their candles from.
A bonus from ordering candles through the brand websites is that the brands themselves sometimes offer exclusive discounts that are only found online.
Pro Tip: Sign up for the newsletters of these individual brands. Frequently they will email you some really good discount codes that you can use for their websites.
Some Good Candle Brands To Buy From Online
These are some of my favorite candle brands to buy from online:
- NEST Fragrances (our favorite affordable luxury brand. We ranked our favorite scents here)
- Otherland (a newer brand with some beautiful candles. They made it on our best spring candles list)
- Capri Blue (for the signature Anthropologie candle lovers)
- Diptyque (amazing high end candles. We ranked our favorite scents here)
- Homesick Candles (scents inspired by cities, states, and countries)
- Jo Malone (luxury candles from London)
- Thymes (some of the best scents for winter. Included in our best Christmas candles list)
- Lafco New York (luxury candles for every room in the home)
- Malin+Goetz (we recommend their dark rum candle)
- Bath and Body Works (you already know who they are)
- Yankee Candle (ditto above)
- P.F. Candle Co. (awesome candles from California)
- Paddywax Candles (a variety of great scents in jars that also make for beautiful home decor)
And then there are also the brands that you can only buy online such as the jewelry candle brands. If you are new to jewelry candles, be sure to check out our post we did on them where we covered our favorites.