BrewDog x The Candle lab

When BrewDog chose the greater Columbus area as their first U.S. outpost earlier this year, we were thrilled to welcome them to the local scene.  And now we are even more excited to announce a collaboration blending two of our favorite things: candles and BrewDog beer!  These BrewDog x The Candle Lab candles represent everything we love about their beer, in candle form.  We worked with BrewDog to develop these candles, representing two of their most popular headliners:

Elvis Juice:  IPA fans, rejoice!  Our Elvis Juice candle is full of the Hops notes you love in your favorite IPA, with the added punch of tart Grapefruit.  Light your candle, pop open a can of Elvis Juice, close your eyes, and you'll think you're on vacation!

Jet Black Heart: If you love a smooth milk stout on a cold winter's night, Jet Black Heart is for you!  Full of Dark Chocolate and roasted Coffee Bean notes, this candle smells rich and full and will warm your heart.  

You can purchase Elvis Juice and Jet Black Heart candles online at or in their Canal Winchester tap room.  BrewDog candles make the perfect stocking stuffer or holiday gift for all of the beer enthusiasts in your life.  Cheers!   

December 06, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Scentelligence: Brandy

December 05, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

The Candle Lab Holiday Gift Guide 2018

Your mother-in-law.  Your best friend. Your kid’s teacher.  Your favorite fitness instructor. The co-worker who you don’t know well but who’s name you drew for the Secret Santa exchange.  No matter who is on your holiday shopping list, the gift of custom fragrance is sure to please!  After all, who doesn't want their world to smell a little better?

We’ve outlined our favorite gift ideas below - take a look, then stop into your local store to cross off all the names on your list.  And if you don’t live near a store, you can still play Santa Claus and deliver the magic of fragrance through the chimneys (or doorsteps) of all of your loved ones by ordering on our website.  Happy Holidays!

The Gift of Custom Fragrance

There is a lot of talk these days about gifting experiences instead of things.  The great news is, with The Candle Lab, you don’t have to choose!  When you give the gift of custom fragrance, you’re giving the experience of crafting your own custom-scented product that can be enjoyed for hours to come.  Below are a few of our favorite ways to give the gift of custom fragrance:

Pour-your-own candle
Perfect for those who want to give the experience of pouring your own candle, but would like something a little bulkier than a gift card.  Simply choose an empty candle jar off our shelf, and we’ll package it up nicely so all you have to do is hand the bag to your lucky recipient. No need to worry about selecting the “perfect” jar - the jar can always be traded for a different one of same or lesser value.  Add a special gift box or a set of matches in a fancy glass jar for a complete gift!

Candle-pouring party
Why stop at just one when you can gift a whole candle-pouring party?  Just like with the pour-your-own candle gift, you’ll select some empty candle jars and we’ll package them up nicely so a group can experience pouring candles together.  We recommend adding a gift card so everyone can enjoy a cocktail while pouring candles (applicable for our Grandview store only), or even purchasing a gift card to a local restaurant to enjoy while the candles cool for a complete activity.  Now that is a gift we’d love to get!  

Gift card
Giving someone a gift card* to The Candle Lab gives them the opportunity to Experiment with Scent in whichever way they choose.  They can pour a candle, mix their own custom-scented brown sugar body scrub, or even craft a fragrance oil or reed diffuser. If you’re unsure what amount to gift, we recommend viewing our website here for options and pricing.  In general, $20-25 is enough for one person to pour a candle in a jar of their choosing. 

Please not that gift cards purchased online are delivered electronically via email.  If you wish to purchase a traditional plastic gift card, please visit your nearest store 

Personalized Gifts

Heading home for the holidays and want to give someone special in your life a gift that says you were really thinking of them?  Why not create a custom-scented product that you know they’ll love? It’s the adult version of the gifts you made Mom and Dad when you were a kid, complete with a hand-drawn label that shows just how much you love them.  

Pouring them a custom-scented candle is always a winner, but you don’t have to limit yourself to candles.  Try making a close friend or your sister a custom-scented body lotion or sugar scrub, or craft a reed diffuser for your father’s study.  Or take it a step further and create a special blended fragrance oil or set of wax tarts, coupled with an oil diffuser or tart warmer (sold in stores) for a complete gift to scent their space.

Grab-and-Go Gifts

In a hurry and want something that’s sure to please everyone from party hosts to teachers to your boss?  You can’t go wrong with a soy candle! Our 11 oz soy candles are available in 100+ fragrances right off the shelf, including ten limited-time holiday scents.  If you're unsure which scents to gift, our gift packs are curated with four smaller candles in complementary fragrances such as “Winter Bliss” or “Vacation”.  For those of you traveling this season, candles and gift packs fit great in suitcases tucked between clothes.

Everything in our stores is buy three, get the fourth free (mix and match!), so stock up and get a candle or two for everyone on your list!  Don’t live near a store? Order all of our 140+ fragrances as a candle, fragrance oil, reed diffuser and more on our website, and shipping is free over $40. 

November 28, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Stauf's Coffee x The Candle Lab

Picture this.  It’s Christmas morning, and you’re curled up in your favorite leather chair wearing your matching pajama set.  There’s a fragrant candle burning on the mantel, and you’re enjoying a mug of hot coffee as the smell of fresh cinnamon buns wafts in from the kitchen.  

Even if your holidays aren’t quite that idyllic, it’s easier than ever to capture some of that relaxing spirit in your home this season.  We’ve partnered up with locally owned Stauf’s Coffee to bring you candles and coffee, a match made in fragrance heaven! Now until the end of the year, you can purchase bags of Stauf’s Coffee beans in all four of our Columbus locations, and Stauf’s is featuring a selection of our holiday candles in all five of their Columbus locations. Stauf’s is celebrating their 30th year in business this year, and we are thrilled to be alongside them through this collaboration!  

Available at The Candle Lab locations ($15 each)

  • Stauf’s Breakfast Signature Blend (available in both whole bean and ground)
  • Stauf’s Highlander Grog (available in both whole bean and ground)

Available at Stauf’s Coffee locations ($19 each)

  • Christmas Tree 11 oz candle
  • Coffee Bean 11 oz candle
  • First Snow 11 oz candle
  • Hazelnut 11 oz candle

Candles and coffee make the perfect gift, and now you purchase both with one quick stop!

November 27, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Nina West Winter Wonderland Candle 2018

Ask many people what makes this the most wonderful time of the year, and they'll give you one answer:  Nina West's Winter Wonderland candle!  Thanks to the popularity of this candle last holiday season, we've decided to bring you the same festive blend of Cranberry, Christmas Tree, and First Snow, in a slightly updated label (check out that monogramming!).  Nina's Winter Wonderland is the perfect addition to your holiday decor, and makes for a great gift for all of the Nina fans in your life.  And the best part?  You'll feel good knowing that your purchase supports five incredible organizations through the Nina West Fund!  

Nina's Winter Wonderland candle is available for purchase on our website or in all Columbus, Ohio stores.   Shop the entire Nina West collection here.  

All proceeds from the sale of Nina West's "Sempre Vive - Live Forever" candle go to The Nina West Fund at the The Columbus Foundation.  Funds will be divided evenly among the following incredible organizations:

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

Illustration by the amazing Christian Cimoroni

November 27, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Scenting your Home for the Holidays

November 20, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Ten Holiday Scents for the Season

It’s beginning to smell a lot like...the holidays!  

Starting Friday, November 2, all of our stores will feature candles in ten of our limited-time holiday fragrances, filling our shelves with joy and merriment!  Each of the fragrances below has been carefully curated to capture the scents of the season:

Candy Cane is bursting with cool and fresh peppermint, just like the first lick of a red-and-white striped cane accompanying your Hot Cocoa.

Our take on the festive holiday beer, Christmas Ale has notes of cinnamon and honey, sweet red fruits, and orange peel.  Cheers!

All the fresh, outdoor pine smell of a real Christmas Tree, minus the mess.  Fake tree, lovers, rejoice!

A delightful combination of peppermint and balsam fir with a hint of jasmine, First Snow perfectly captures the cool, crisp air after snow has blanketed ground.  PS - it’s our founder Steve’s favorite holiday scent!

Frankincense is a musky, warm, and slightly sweet resin obtained from very rare trees, highly valued for its therapeutic properties and biblical significance.  

Just like the baked houses and men of your childhood, Gingerbread smells warm, spicy, and the slightly bit sweet - a holiday season classic.  

Evergreen and fresh pine, Mistletoe smells so good, it might just make you want to kiss someone! 

A blend of minty fresh Candy Cane and milk chocolate, Peppermint Bark smells exactly like the holiday treat tastes.

Santa’s Pipe is everything you love about our Dad’s Den classic pipe tobacco smell, enhanced with the added sweetness of cherry and vanilla.

With notes of Balsam Fir, Pine Needles, Cedar, and Eucalyptus, White Christmas will have you dreaming of a cold, snowy, relaxing day.  

Stop in to any of our seven stores to pour your own custom-scented candle using any of the above holiday or fall fragrances!  Or perhaps craft a room spray to bring a little of the holidays with you wherever your travels may take you this season. And if you’re not near a store, the good news is, it’s always Christmas in July (or any month) on our website, where all of our 140+ fragrances are available for purchase year-round.      

Tell us - what does the holiday season smell like to you?  

October 30, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Take a Ride on the Short North Trolley!

We are excited to announce that our newest location in the Columbus Convention District is now a stop on the Short North Trolley!  If you’re looking for a truly unique night out, The Candle Lab x Short North Trolley Co. is just the ticket. All aboard!

Join us on one of the next three Thursdays (November 1, 8, or 15) for an evening of candle-pouring followed by bar hopping - all via trolley!  Your night will start around 6 PM at the Convention District store (next to Mikey’s Late Night Slice on the corner of High and Vine), where you’ll check-in and pour your very own custom-scented 8oz candle!  With over 120 fragrances, we’re willing to be you’ll find more than a handful you’ll 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 to create your unique custom scent, which you’ll then pour and stir.

When you’re finished pouring your candle, hop on the trolley and crack one open - the trolley is BYOB!  For the next three hours, the trolley will take you on a vintage bar crawl through the Short North, Downtown, and Italian Village.  Bring a date, your co-workers, or your crew.  And if your crew is really big, buy all 26 seats and make it a private bar crawl!


Your $50 ticket includes your 8oz pour-your-own candle and all trolley stops.  Beverages are not included, but you are welcome to BYOB to enjoy on the trolley.  Candles will be ready for pick-up starting the next day (no rush to pick them up!).  

For tickets, a detailed itinerary, and trolley details, click here.  

October 29, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Now Open in the Convention District!

We are thrilled to announce that our seventh location is now open in the Convention District in downtown Columbus!  

Located on High Street directly between the Convention Center and the North Market, we are honored to call the historic Yankee Trader building home.  Long-time Columbus residents will remember Yankee Trader as the massive store famous for its eclectic assortment of party supplies. The store closed its doors in 2010, and since then has remained empty, waiting for the right tenants to inhabit its special space.    

This store features a sprawling black maple live edge fragrance bar with tin ceilings and hardwood floors restored back to their original glory.  And the best part?  The Candle Lab Convention District also has a bonus space on the lower level below our retail store.  This Private Event Center is full of character and warmth and is ideal for hosting corporate events, rehearsal dinners, team meetings, and more.

If you're looking for a good excuse to visit, come pour a candle, then hit up the North Market to tackle your holiday shopping list with their dizzying collection of spices, meat and seafood, fresh baked bread, and gourmet chocolates.  You can also make a night of it with a trip to see the first-place Columbus Blue Jackets in action, just a short walk from our door. 

For store hours, parking, and other information, visit The Candle Lab - Convention District store page.  Simply stop-in anytime to pour a candle, or click here to plan a candle-pouring party for five or more!  

More about the Private Event Center

With space to host groups as large as 90 with a full audiovisual set up, the space is ideal for corporate events, rehearsal dinners, conference meetings, and more.  You’ll have multiple catering options from local restaurants to choose from as well as our beer, wine, and cocktails. You group can choose to pour candles upstairs in our main retail space and then head downstairs for the rest of your event, or you can simply rent the event center.  In short - all of your meeting and event needs, in one unique space!

Learn more about the Private Event Center.  

*these photos are of the unfinished space - carpet coming soon!  



October 23, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Nina West Halloween 2018 Candle

The wait is over!  Once again, we have partnered with the fabulous Nina West to create a candle in support of six amazing organizations.  This limited edition "Sempre Vive - Live Forever" candle is a Halloween creation you won't want to miss!  Inspired by the 1992 classic horror film "Death Becomes Her", this candle is just like the mysterious drug that grants eternal life to the person who drinks it - or in this case, smells it!  Warm, spicy, and complex, "Sempre Vive" is the Halloween candle of your 90s dreams.

Available for purchase on our website or in all Columbus, Ohio stores.   Shop the entire Nina West collection here.  

All proceeds from the sale of Nina West's "Sempre Vive - Live Forever" candle go to The Nina West Fund at the The Columbus Foundation.  Funds will be divided evenly among the following incredible organizations:

Columbus Gay Men's Chorus
Equitas Health
Family Pride Network of Central Ohio
Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Illustration by the amazing Christian Cimoroni

October 08, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Scentelligence: Meet our Three New Fragrances

October 04, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Start Planning your Holiday Parties

It might sound crazy, but October is the perfect time to start planning your Holiday parties!  We know you are probably thinking more about Halloween costumes than ugly Christmas sweaters, but hear us out.  Everyone knows that the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is jammed packed with social gatherings, family obligations, school concerts, and general festivities.  Time flies, and before you know it, you’re frantically trying to plan a party for your work team.

But we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way!  Planning a holiday party at The Candle Lab is easy and fun, and the best part is, you won’t feel the need to give your guests a gift, because the candle they’ll make is their gift!  Win-win. If you haven’t been to The Candle Lab before, we encourage you to first check out our Plan a Party page to learn about how it works, or watch the video below.  

Our candles take about 90 minutes to set and cool, so we’ve put together some fun ideas for how to spend that time.  Whether you’re planning a party for a small team at work, the entire office, or your crazy extended family, these parties are sure to put even the biggest grinch in a spirited mood!  

Candle-pouring is the ideal work outing!  Your team will bond over smelling crazy scents like Bacon and Wasabi, and everyone will enjoy seeing what custom scent Betty from accounting creates.  While the candles cool, head to lunch or happy hour. Bonus, they’ll love having the chance to pick up some gifts for family and friends while they’re in the store.  

Hosting family for the Holidays?  Get them out of the house by taking them to pour candles - fun for kids ages 1 to 92!  While the candles cool, challenge everyone to buy the best $5 “white elephant” gift they can find by visiting local shops, then do a gift exchange later at home.  You can even exchange your candles for a fun twist!

Tasked with planning a large corporate event?  We can host parties of any size!  You can select a jar in advance to ensure your event stays within budget, and can choose whether or not to treat everyone to a cocktail while pouring candles.  We’ll connect you with local restaurants that can accomodate large parties for lunch or dinner while the candles cool. And the best part? We’ll deliver all of your candles to the restaurant, just like Santa!

You and your friends all have busy social lives, and it only gets crazier during the Holidays!  Put a ladies’ night out, holiday-style, on the calendar now.  Each person can take advantage of our buy three, get one free deal, and pour a custom-scented candle for all the tough-to-buy-for people on their list (hello, mother-in-law!).  While the candles cool, catch up over dinner or cocktails.

September 26, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping