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Article: Why Luxury Candles Are Expensive But Worth It

Why Luxury Candles Are Expensive But Worth It

It’s like that feeling you get after biting into a decadent chocolate chip cookie. As the luscious chocolate melts in your mouth, you think to yourself: “Not only is this delicious, but this is worth it.” 

Luxury candles are the same. 

True, they are more expensive than your typical store-bought candle. But what you get is a higher quality experience that comes with a special, handmade touch. 

Here's why luxury candles are worth the price tag:

  1. Memorable Scents
  2. High Quality Ingredients
  3. The Personal Touch

#1: Luxury candles Have Unique & MEMORABLE Scents

A compliment on a signature perfume or cologne leaves you feeling special. Being told your home smells nice is a whole new level of appreciation. Don your home with incredible candle fragrances and prepare to receive praise. 

Luxury candles combine a variety of different scents to create interesting and unforgettable aromas that stand out from the typical mass-produced vanilla candle. 

For instance, in our candle descriptions, you'll find that every fragrance is a harmony of no less than a dozen notes, each one carefully picked out to help tell a story. Take our signature Josephine candle, for instance: 

"From Harlem’s hottest jazz clubs to Broadway to the Follies-Bergère in Paris, 'The Bronze Goddess' made a sensational impact, captured perfectly in this opulent luxurious scent. A bright citrus opening of vibrant bergamot blends magnificently with an emotional heart of lush Moroccan Rose and Indian Jasmine, while a velvet background of warm liquid amber, sweet Tonka bean and precious sandalwood provides a beautiful finish as exquisite as Josephine herself."

You (or your guests) might not be able to pick out all these different scents when you smell it, but the way they blend and balance with each other will certainly leave a lasting impression.

Whereas ordinary candles have scents that are rather flat and unremarkable, luxury candles are more complex in their composition. There is a nuanced feel to each blend, whether it’s a bottom note of oud or a top note of golden saffron. They bring together a variety of smells, making each of our fragrances and candles at Harlem Candle Company unique and specialized. 

You cannot find our specific fragrances in just any candle and if you fall in love with one of our fragrances, you won't find it anywhere else.  

#2: Luxury Candles are made with High Quality Ingredients

Luxury candles use authentic, high quality ingredients and materials ranging from the fragrance oils to the wax, as well as the wick and the container. 

For example, at Harlem Candle Company, we make our candles with high quality fragrance oils and soy wax to help them last longer and fill your home with wonderful aromas. On the other hand, manufacturers of mass-produced candles are more likely to save on costs by using cheaper, synthetic fragrance oils or paraffin wax. 

Not only do those mass-produced candles not smell as great, some (or rather the chemicals they release) can even have a negative effect on your health. As these burn, they release phthalates into the air, which aggravate allergies and asthma. Other chemicals might even cause you headaches.

Other types of natural waxes used to make luxury candles include coconut wax and beeswax. 

#3: Luxury Candles Come With a Personal Touch

There is an intentional and diligent process behind the making of luxury candles. Inexpensive regular candles are mass produced, whereas luxury candles are made — often handcrafted — on a smaller, more personal level. 

There is a certain specialness to these candles, as they are mixed, made, and packaged by a dedicated few. Customers can trust that these quality goods are made through a quality process. 

From the branding to the packaging, there is always a characteristic touch on these candles. The unique design and detailing on the candle container can act as the perfect trinket for a living room shelf or kitchen counter. The packaging alone can spark a conversation.

For us, that characteristic touch is the story behind each candle. Our candles draw on the cultural explosion that took place in Harlem in the 1920s. Named after creatives, monuments, and experiences of that time, each luxury candle serves as encouragement to continue to reflect and reminisce on that important time in history.


So why are luxury candles so expensive? 

They cost more than regular candles because they're made from higher quality ingredients and offer a unique and interesting selection of fragrances. They are not mass-produced, and instead are made in small batches — often by hand. 

But they're worth it because you get more than just a quality candle or a memorable fragrance. You're also buying into a story, a vision, a purpose, a group of people, and a sense of community based on similar experiences, inspirations, and aspirations. 

Interested in luxury candles and award-winning fragrances, alongside an appreciation for history, culture, jazz, and the Harlem Renaissance? We would love to welcome you to join our Harlem Candle Co. family.