Unless you are that rare bird who's sense of smell is far too sensitive and temperamental for just about any perfumes; a delicious smelling soy candle is the perfect gift for any host, on any occasion, and even for the most uppity fellow. Whether you travel frequently or prefer nights at home, having a comforting, fragrant candle on hand can perfectly set the mood, banish stale air, and reinvigorate the senses. This is also why giving them away as gifts is a wise, thoughtful and inexpensive gesture at all times. It's like keeping lip balm on hand. You're going to be super happy you have one, eventually. That little forgotten luxury item that serves great purpose, and one you never really thought you needed until you set it ablaze.
Given our penchant for locally sourced goods, especially those
coming directly out of NYC, we are big fans of Brooklyn's own, Good Candle, made by hand in the Crown Heights neighborhood of the borough. Good Candle got its start in 2012 during the yearly hype of the Brooklyn Flea, thanks to Johnathan Kroeger, his personal stovetop and a rather aloof landlord. These days, Kroeger maintains a full-fledged candle shop complete with a proper studio and even a delivery service. Mainstream or not, these guys still carefully pour every candle themselves and hand-stamp each jar after close inspection. The small crew uses only American grown soy wax, the finest high quality fragrances and essential oils, and braided cotton for an overall clean, non-toxic burn. But all of that goodness is hardly even the best part: Good Candle offers phenomenally obscure scents like Campfire and Washboard. Now that's a good candle.