Fragrance of the Month: Earl Grey Tea

Introducing: Fragrance of the Month!

What makes The Candle Lab different than your average candle company?  Our candles, of course!  But we're not talking about just any old candle.  Our candles are hand-poured in store using natural soy wax, pure fragrance oils, and cotton paper wicks.  They are long-lasting, true-to-scent, and clean burning.  And while those qualities make them pretty special, there's still something else that makes them really stand out: custom scent!   

We believe that when you pour your own custom-scented candle, it’s even better than any candle you can purchase off our shelves.  Yes, we have over 140 carefully curated fragrances in our collection, all of which are great on their own. But where the magic really happens is when you blend 2-3 of those fragrances together in a way that speaks to your unique nose!

To help illustrate this concept, we’re launching a fun new display in our stores called Fragrance of the Month.  Each month we’ll be featuring a fragrance from our collection along with three custom-scent blends that incorporate that fragrance. These blends are developed by our in-store team of Scent Stylists, and each tells a personal story. Just as eating a particular dish can remind you of your childhood dinner table, so can smelling a particular scent!  

Take our March Fragrance of the Month, Earl Grey Tea, for example.  Many of our Scent Stylists love to blend Earl Grey Tea with Lavender and Vanilla (or Lavender Fields and Sugar Cookie, etc.), as it reminds them of their favorite indulgence from across the pond, a London Fog.  We won’t spoil the rest of the featured blends - you’ll have to visit your local store to smell the rest and get inspired yourself! Then create your own custom-scented candle (or other product) capturing your favorite scented memories.  

Stay tuned for April’s Fragrance of the Month, launching April 5!

March 01, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

Nina West x RuPaul's Drag Race Candle!

A hearty CON-DRAG-ULATIONS are in order, Nina!!!!

If you’re like us, then you’ll definitely be watching and routing for Columbus’ own Nina West as she competes for the crown on Season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race (episodes now airing!).  And now there’s another way to show your excitement and create the perfect ambiance for your watch parties.  We’re thrilled to introduce CELEBRATION, the newest candle in the Nina West collection!

CELEBRATION smells just like a fun, fruity, joyful party, and 100% of proceeds go directly to The Nina West Fund at the The Columbus Foundation.  What better way to celebrate Nina’s accomplishment than by supporting the non-profit organizations that are most near and dear to her heart?  

The Nina West CELEBRATION Candle is now available for purchase in all of our Columbus, OH stores and on our website.  You can purchase the entire Nina West Candle Collection, including Magically Main Street, The Goodnight Kiss, Sempre Vive, Winter Wonderland, and CELEBRATION, by clicking on the link below.  

Shop the Nina West Candle Collection 

All proceeds from the sale of Nina West's CELEBRATION candle go to The Nina West Foundation, a 501(c)3 tax deductible organization based out of the
The Columbus Foundation and serving LGBTQIA people and their allies.  

February 28, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

Spring has Sprung at The Candle Lab

February 07, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

Scentelligence: Earl Grey Tea

February 07, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

Valentine's Day at The Candle Lab

Unsure of your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Take our one-question quiz below to find the perfect activity for your unique situation!

Are you:

A.  Madly in love / lust / both
B.  Trying to keep the sparks alive
C.  Dating someone new; it’s a little awkward
D.  Single and ready to mingle
E.  Single and definitely not ready to mingle

If you answered:

A.  The romantic atmosphere and Polaroid photo keepsake at The Candle Lab will make both you and your date dizzy with love.
B.  Hire a babysitter, then take your date to The Candle Lab.  Your date will appreciate the effort it took (very little) to plan a unique Valentine’s Day evening, and when you light your candles at home you’ll rekindle your love for one another.
C.  Valentine’s Day can be stressful when you’re in a new relationship.  You don’t want to come on too strong (diamond earrings), but if you don’t plan anything you might find yourself single again before the night is over.  The Candle Lab is the perfect solution.
D.  Gather your single friends for Galentine’s Day at The Candle Lab!  Start by pouring candles and drinking sparkling wine, then end with dancing at a nightclub
E.  Ask your sister / mother / best friend / co-worker to join you at The Candle Lab, eat all the chocolates, then grab dinner and spend the entire time re-hashing why you and your ex broke up.  

Now that you’ve found the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, read below for all the details!  Feel free to reach out to with any questions.  We can’t wait to celebrate with you, no matter your relationship status!  

Valentine's Day at The Candle Lab

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday February 14-16
4-8 PM all days
All locations
$49/couple, $25/single
Walk-ins only (no reservations)

Includes the following:

  • One pour-your-own custom-scented soy candle per person, in your choice of premium 8 oz jar (~10 options available to match your unique style)
  • A glass of sparkling wine for each person to enjoy while pouring.
  • Premium chocolate to indulge your sweet tooth.
  • A commemorative polaroid photo capturing your magical evening.
  • A romantic ambiance created by unscented candlelight
  • Free delivery to your romantic local dinner spot of choice within walking distance.  The candles take about 90 minutes to cool before they are ready to take home, and once they are ready we will hand-deliver them just as your meal is ending.  Now that’s love!


  1.  We do not take reservations for these evenings.  Simply stop in anytime between 4-8 PM.
  2.  Candles poured by 7:30 PM will be delivered to the restaurant that evening (or available for pick up).  Because the candles take 90 minutes to set, candles poured after 7:30 PM can be picked up in-store another day (no rush!).  
  3.  Plan on ~30-45 minutes from the time you walk in the door to the time you are leaving for your dinner (could be more or less depending on how busy the store is).   

Below are suggested restaurants for an amazing night out, all within our delivery area.  For specific location information and restaurant details, visit our store page.   

Convention District:  Bareburger, Barley's Brewing Company, Denmark, Kooma, Martini Modern Italian, The North Market
Grandview:  The Avenue, Balboa, Figlio, Grandview Cafe, Jeni's Ice Cream, Matt the Miller's, Spagio & Spagio Wine Lounge, Stauf's Coffee, Third and Hollywood, Z Cucina
Short North:  Bakersfield, Brassica, Forno, Hubbard Grill, Jeni's Ice Cream, Lemongrass, Marcella's, The Pearl, Philco Bar & Diner, Wine on High
Worthington: Dewey's Pizza, Graeter's Ice Cream, Half Pint, House Wine, La Chatelaine Bakery, The Whitney House

Anderson Township:  Bar Louie, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Goodfellows, Latitudes, LEYLA Mediterranean, Ranchero's
Over-the-Rhine: A Tavola, Abigail Street, Bakersfield, The Eagle, Kaze, Krueger's Tavern, The Mercer, Panino, Pontiac BBQ, Salazar, Senate, Sundry & Vice, Quan Hapa, Venice on Vine

Lawrenceville: The Abbey on Butler, Industry Public House, Ki Ramen, Morcilla, New Amsterdam, Piccolo Forno, Round Corner Cantina


January 30, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

The Candle Lab Sale

It's not easy to get your hands on a high-quality candle for a low-quality price.  Those of you who have been longtime supporters of us (thank you!) know that we very rarely discount our candles.  So when we do, attention must be paid!  

On Saturday, February 9, we are participating in the 614 Reduction Sale at Edgework Creative along with some of our favorite neighbors and partners.  This is your chance to purchase your favorite candles at prices you won't see again for a very long time!  Some of these candles are in great condition with just a few minor visual flaws that prevent us from selling them at full price.  Others are "forgotten" candles - those that were custom-blended by customers a long time ago but haven't found their way home (yet!).  You'll find unique and creative custom scent blends that are just dying to fulfill their life's purpose, all at a fraction of their original price! 

You won't want to stop at just candles - the vendor lineup at the 614 Reduction Sale is full of deeply discounted merchandise from some of Columbus' most well-known and loved businesses (see full list below).  This is your chance to shop at some clothing boutiques that may generally be out of your budget, or simply snag your new favorite sweater for a price you won't believe.  But trust us, you won't be the only person with your eye on the prize!  We recommend making a $10 donation to Flying Horse Farms to gain early entry starting at 9AM.  

See you then!  





January 30, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

614 Reduction Sale

If you've ever wanted to shop at the fabulous clothing and houseware boutiques of Columbus but your wallet has kept you away, now is your chance!  For one day only, Edgework Creative is bringing together some of the city's most well-known and loved businesses, and we are honored to be featured alongside many of our neighbors and partners.  Each business will be featuring deeply discounted merchandise at a fraction of its original price.  And for a $10 donation to Flying Horse Farms, you can gain early entrance to snag all the best stuff first! 

614 Reduction Sale 
Saturday, Feb 9  |  10 AM - 4 PM (9 AM with $10 donation)
Edgework Creative 
1271 Edgehill Rd. Building B
Columbus, OH 43212 

Those of you who have been supporters of us for a long time know that we very rarely discount our candles, so this is an event you won't want to miss!  We'll be selling our candles at very low (read: ~70% off!) prices that you won't see again for a long time.  Some of these candles are in great condition with the exception of minor visual flaws that prevent us from selling them at full price, while others are "forgotten" candles - those that were custom-blended by customers a long time ago but never found their way home.  You'll find really unique and creative custom scent blends that are just dying to fulfill their life's purpose, all at a fraction of the cost!  

We look forward to seeing you there! 


January 29, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

Con-DRAG-ulations Nina! Nina West Candle Collection


In case you haven't heard, Columbus' very own Nina West is a contestant in Season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and we couldn't be more excited for her!  We know so many of you feel the same and are looking for ways to celebrate and share your love.  What better way than by supporting the non-profit organizations that are most near and dear to Nina's heart?  

Our Nina West Collection candles are available for purchase in all of our Columbus, OH stores and on our website by clicking the links below.  100% of proceeds from this collection support The Nina West Fund at the The Columbus Foundation.  Purchase Magically Main Street, The Goodnight Kiss, Sempre Vive, and her most recent collaboration candle, Winter Wonderland.  

Shop The Nina West Candle Collection

Funds are divided evenly among the following incredible organizations:

Equitas Health
Family Pride Network of Central Ohio
Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Illustrations by the amazing Christian Cimoro


January 28, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

The KonMari Method™: Using Scent to Spark Joy

January 14, 2019 — Bench Bookkeeping

Holiday Hours 2018

You know the how the song goes - it's the most wonderful time of the year!  With our extended holiday hours, there is plenty of time to visit our stores and pour candles for everyone on your list (it's the perfect gift).  And if you have a house full of guests to entertain this season or you are in charge of the office holiday party, look no further.  Pouring candles is the perfect activity for groups of all ages and sizes.  

Holiday Hours

All of our stores are open 11AM - 8PM Monday-Saturday and 12 - 5PM on Sunday, unless noted below:

Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22): CLOSED

Saturday, December 22:  9AM - 9PM (extended hours)
Sunday, December 23: 11AM - 6PM (extended hours)

Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24): 10AM - 4PM
Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25): CLOSED

New Year’s Eve (Monday, December 31): 11AM - 4PM
New Year’s Day (Tuesday, January 1): CLOSED


Experiment with Scent

With over 120 fragrances, we’re willing to bet everyone will find more than a handful they love.  That’s where our Scent Stylists come in - we’ll help you narrow down your list to just a few scents that blend perfectly together.  You’ll design your label and mix your oils at our Fragrance Bar to create your unique custom scent. Watch the video below or click here to learn more about pouring your own candle!  

Bringing in a group of five or more?  please visit our Plan a Party page to make a reservation.        

December 21, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Scentelligence: Frankincense and Myrrh

December 14, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

What Does Santa Smell Like?

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas....especially at the Polaris mall in Columbus, Ohio!  

Visiting Santa at the mall has long been a holiday tradition.  The mall is decked out to the nines with festive flair, Christmas music is playing in every store, and lots of children are lined up waiting to ask Santa for their favorite toy.  And this year, Polaris Fashion Place went all out with their Santaville - a winter wonderland decked out with a gallery of rooms to discover color, smells, clues, and hidden gnomes! The experience is exciting with delightful surprises leading up to the moment you meet Santa Claus.

Santaville not only looks great, but it smells great, too.  Everywhere you turn, a new smell wafts in the air, inviting you to explore further.  With scents of warm baked goods, a fresh pine forest, Santa's roasted chestnuts on an open fire, and even the leather of his boots, even the most grouchy Grinch will feel the Christmas spirit.  

You can visit Santaville at the Polaris Fashion Place from 10AM - 9PM all month long.  Happy Holidays!  


December 10, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping