Recently I got into candles and found out that there’s an entire world out there for literary scented candles of all your favorite novels. Although we haven’t tried this yet, I can imagine that having your house smell like the book you’re reading might just make for a very immersive experience. Let’s see what book we’ll be smelling next!

The Melting Library has these amazing looking candles with very vivid scents. They have almost all of my favorite books in smelling form among which their A Darker Shade of Magic and The Night Circus ones are my favorite. They also come with a quote of the book, so you can really set the right mood. I’ll have a side of Red London with my Dinner at Midnight.

Hearth and Hammer deals with classic novels for their literary candles. They take timeless books such as Pride & Prejudice, The Great Gatsby and Wuthering Heights and turn their stories into smells. They also have a candle called ‘Burning Books’ which supposedly smells divine. It might be a good candle for the masochists among us.

Werther and Gray also dabbles with classic novels, but base their smell on the author instead of the book with their Writers series. They have colored scented candles specifically made for literary greats such as Oscar Wilde, Mary Shelley and Emily Brönte. Great if you’re looking for some writerly inspiration or if you’re into author cosplay.

North Ave Candles has a Banned Book Collection that smells a little boozy. They have a Bourbon/Tobacco candle based on Catcher in the Rye and a Gin/Juniper & Daisy candle based on The Great Gatsby. There’s also a bunch of non-boozy literary candles, but if you have the chance to get drunk on literature, we think you should take it.

Novelly Yours has a great name, but an even greater selection for lovers of YA. They have sets of candles based on series such as The Raven Cycle, The Lunar Chronicles, The Grisha trilogy and Throne of Glass. They also have a Levi Pumpkin Mocha Breve based on Fangirl that will make you weak in the knees.

From The Page really gets down with the novels we all know and love, having candles made of The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter. They also sell Nightlock lipbalm and a thing called wax tarts that go into your tart warmer. I’m not sure what any of this means, but I’m pretty sure it’s some kind of innuendo.

Frostbeard‘s entire shop just exists of book lovers’ candles which don’t just consist of ‘based-on-books’ editions. They also sell a range of book lovers’ smells such as ‘old books’, ‘oxford library’ and ‘bookstore’. We are going to buy this last one, dim the lights and peruse our book closets and pretend we’re booksellers.

Paper Street Candle Co. is for the die hard Harry Potter fans who need more than a simple Butterbeer candle. They sell Womping Willow, Phoenix Feather, Forbidden Forest and even a Dumbledore candle. These are not your average smells, my HP-fans. If you’re just a fan of the movies, these are not for you, but if you’ve devoured all the books several times and know what a Dumbledore Candle will smell off, then please go nuts.

If you’re more into contemporary literature and don’t want anything old and dusty, then we recommend #GetLit. You know it’s cool, because the name starts with a hashtag. Their collection consists of candles for new books like You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, Upright Beasts and Long Division. These candles are made by author Tanwi Nandini Islam and part of the proceeds goes to Girls Write Now. So go nuts on buying these candles, because you’re helping others while doing so.

Of course there are so many more literary candles out there that we suggest you all try. Be careful not to burn your house down and let us know in the comments what candles are your favorite and what book you’d want to give the scent-treatment.


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