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Escape Even Further into a Book With These Literary Candles

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There’s a candle for everything: for imagining you’re on vacation, for announcing your allegiance to cats or dogs, for eliminating bathroom odor while sassing your guests. For book lovers, there are also candles that help heighten the experience of being absorbed in the world of a story. Each of these candles is made to smell like a literary location.

The literary candles, from Uncommon Goods, come in four different scents, each based on a specific setting from a book.

There’s 221B Baker Street, Sherlock Holmes’ house, which smells like black currant tea and leather books. 

A Mad Tea Party, from Alice in Wonderland, creates the impression of various, mingling teas by combining bergamot with lavender, mandarin, thyme, ylang ylang, and jasmine. 

Thornfield Garden, from Jane Eyre, smells simply like roses and rain water.

Last but very much not least, Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s stately home in Pride & Prejudice, evokes an unchaperoned stroll through the garden with lily, lilac, rose, hyacinth, and ivy.

All four of these candles are made of soy wax, and each comes in a 12-ounce glass jar, measuring 3.75-inches high and 2.75-inches wide. One candle has a burn time of approximately 55 hours, which is more than enough time to read its accompanying book. Each one costs $16.

The candles are made in Valley Stream, New York by Callie Meaney, who started making candles when she was a newly graduated English maker. 

“I was happy to find something that combined artistry (drawing the labels) and the act of making something,” she said in an interview on the Uncommon Goods blog. “When I started to use books as inspiration for the scents, that’s when I thought I could really make something out of it!”

Meaney also sells her candles in her Etsy shop, called From the Page. There, you’ll also find her literary-themed lip balm, wax melts, and beard oil.

Mia Nakaji Monnier

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Mia Nakaji Monnier is a freelance writer and former weekend editor at Apartment Therapy. She lives in Los Angeles and spends most of her free time knitting.

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