Spring is in the air

Your guide to 5 local candle companies helping to set the mood all yearlong.

While March 20 may signal the switch from winter to spring, chances are you aren’t fully feeling the seasonal change just yet. These local candle companies can help with that. Each one offers spring scents that will help you make the transition to warmer temperatures and budding flowers. Each of these companies is unique in its own way and their candles also make great gifts during any season.

Owner Jill Bromley-Sung started pouring candles out of a studio she built next to her home and soon became inspired to open her very own candle-making bar. Wax Poetic Candle Bar, at 1423 Lake Drive SE, offers a unique and fun way to share new experiences with loved ones. Bromley-Sung focuses on candles that are made from quality ingredients, free from chemicals and additives. The hand-poured process takes about 45 minutes from start to finish and you can personalize your candle, choosing from the variety of fragrances, labels and container options.

In a small studio located on Wealthy Street, soy candles are being carefully crafted using a variety of aromatic scents and fragrances. Each candle reflects a modern and simplistic design. Sable Candle Co., at 620 Wealthy St. SE, Suite A, focuses on the importance of using all-natural ingredients and each candle is offered in either a tin, tumbler, cement or glass container that provides each purchase with a unique experience. Sable Candles are currently being sold in multiple local boutiques and online.

Sable Candle Co. offers soy candles that have the benefits of being better for you and for the environment. Courtesy Sable Candle Co.

LIMA is a Grand Rapids family-owned business founded upon the love of two sisters, Linsey Jones and Maria Curtis. Both of these women are mothers, entrepreneurs and have a passion to give back through their thoughtful candles and gifts that are sold at local boutique shops. Each candle is handmade with endless attention to detail and using premium quality ingredients. A list of retailers that carry LIMA is available online.

LIMA wants to make a difference with its candles. Courtesy Samantha Ruth Photography

5 scents for spring

These candles will give you spring fever.

1. UpNorth, Fresh Coast Candles
2. Lavender + Chamomile, Sable Candle Co.
3. Grapefruit Mojito, LIMA
4. Sweet Pea + Dandelion, Simply Curated
5. White Tea, Wax Poetic Candle Bar

Simply Curated, 1005 Clancy Ave. NE, offers soy candles that have the benefits of being better for you and for the environment. Soy wax is non-toxic and burns cleaner than paraffin, with no petrol-carbon soot. Soy candles burn slower and cooler than paraffin wax, giving them a longer lifespan than paraffin candles. Each candle at Simply Curated is hand poured and is 100% phthalate free. Owner Sarah Cooley got her start in vintage home goods with the goal of making others happy. Soon after, she developed a niche for making soy candles in beautiful vintage barware. Find Simply Curated candles at simplycurated.com and in select stores.

Fresh Coast Candles are artisan candles handcrafted in Holland. Each candle can be customized, personalized and etched, making them great for weddings, businesses and gifts. This unique candle company stands out for its Michigan-inspired heritage. Each candle has a special name and scent in reference to our great state such as Sleeping Bear, Dew of the Lake, Of the Wood, Dune Dancer and Lake Effect — just to name a few. Fresh Coast aims to produce only the best, toxin-free candles on the market. Each candle is made from essential oils and soy wax.

Fresh Coast Candles offers artisan candles with Michigan-themed names. Courtesy Jamie Skriba

This story can be found in the March 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here

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