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Harlem Candle Co.

Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Through Candles

The Harlem Candle Company makes luxury candles with transportive fragrances inspired by the rich history of Harlem and the cultural movement in 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance. During Black History Month, we invite you to celebrate with us the remarkable contributions and lasting achievements of Black individuals like Josephine Baker, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday, and James Baldwin, who defined an era and showed the world the brilliance of Black artists, writers, and musicians.

Celebrating Josephine Baker


Inspired by the legendary Josephine Baker’s boudoir, this warm, sensual scent opens with vibrant bergamot blending into a heart of lush Moroccan rose and Indian jasmine. Amber, sweet tonka bean and precious sandalwood provide a beautiful finish as exquisite as Josephine herself.

Celebrating Langston Hughes


LANGSTON celebrates elements of the jazz poet's creative vision with fragrance accords reflecting some of the strong symbols in his life… the worn vintage leather of his favorite armchair, aromatic tobacco laced with a hint of clove and vanilla from the pipes of the neighborhood men, and the smell of ambery incense that recalls his many visits to churches in Mexico.

Celebrating Billie Holiday

Lady Day

Inspired by the white gardenia she always wore in her hair... a luminous opening of lush green leaves, neroli blossom, and sparkling bergamot lead to a velvet heart of creamy gardenia, jasmine, ylang ylang, and coffee flower. A warm, addictive base of coconut milk, sandalwood, and vetiver provide the perfect finish to this intoxicating blend that is vibrant and full bodied, yet graceful and delicate, just like Lady Day herself.

Celebrating James Baldwin


Boldly emotional and clairvoyantly perceptive, James Baldwin traversed the globe from Harlem to Provence in search of the idea and feeling of love. He was in love with love and craved the power of it, the pain, the euphoria it could produce. He was fascinated by the way love could joyfully bring people together.

Celebrating Duke Ellington


When Duke played Harlem for the first time back in 1927, his jazz was sizzling hot and his vibe was cooler than cool, and no one had ever heard anything like it. He infused the neighborhood and the world with a new kind of energy, and music was changed forever.

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass!


Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass never knew his own birthday. Later in life, he chose to celebrate it on February 14th in remembrance of how his mother use to call him her "Little Valentine." Inspired by his story, our "Frederick" candle pays loving tribute to a brave and charismatic man who passionately followed his dream of a world of freedom for all.

Shop & Support

Education for Kids of Color

In honor of Black History Month, when you shop any of our BHM Exclusives (see below), we will donate 10% of your purchase to "A Better Chance," a wonderful nonprofit organization that helps talented young people of color access better education and attend the nation’s top independent and public schools.

Shop luxury candles, perfumes, and home fragrance products inspired by the richness of Harlem

The Harlem Candle Company was started in 2014 by travel and lifestyle expert Teri Johnson as a manifestation of her deep love for fragrance, jazz, and the vibrant spirit of Harlem. Our mission is to continually capture the beauty and essence of Harlem of yesterday and today as we illuminate spaces around the world with our soft glows and exquisite scents. Explore our range of luxury candles and captivating fragrances, all meticulously designed to transport you to the heart of this iconic neighborhood.