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September 10, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Fall Scents are Here!

It's beginning to smell a lot like...fall!  

No matter how much people long for hot summer days when it’s 50 degrees and raining in April, it seems that most everyone is quick to welcome fall by late August.  And we at The Candle Lab are no exception! The air conditioner is turned off, windows are opened, and layers are needed for the first time in months. Pumpkin Spice lattes find their way into our hands (earlier and earlier every year, it seems!), Autumn Leaves crunch below our feet, and we turn from our grills to our stovetops to cook with Thyme and Clove.  And yes - we start to fill our lives with fall fragrances!

Stop in to any of our stores to fill your home, office, car, and wherever you go with the scent of fall.  Each of the dozen fragrances below can be purchased off the shelf or blended together for a truly unique scent that captures what fall smells like to you!  Enjoy as a candle, reed diffuser (great for bathrooms and offices), room spray, body scrub, and more.

Autumn Leaves:  Earthy and woodsy, just like jumping into a freshly raked pile of leaves when you were a kid.  

Bay Leaf:  Commonly used to flavor soups and stews, Bay Leaf smells herby and slightly floral and is a team favorite at The Candle Lab.  

Butterscotch:  If you’ve ever had one of those little orange candies wrapped in yellow cellophane, the you know exactly what sweet and warm Butterscotch smells like.

Clove:  Warm, spicy, and slightly sweet, clove adds a strong note to hot drinks (cider, Chai Tea) and many holiday baked goods.  

Cranberry:  How would you eat your Grandmother’s dry Thanksgiving turkey if it weren’t for the tart and juicy addition of Cranberry sauce?!  ‘Nuf said.

Hot Cocoa:  Milky and chocolately, Hot Cocoa smells exactly like a mug of this childhood favorite.  

Mulled Cider:  Juicy and sweet like biting into a fresh apple, but with the added punch of spices and warmth.  We recommend blending Mulled Cider with Spiced Rum for a scent you’ll want to drink.

Pecan Pie:  Notorious for being the biggest calorie bomb on the Thanksgiving dessert table, the scent of Pecan Pie is nutty, sugary, buttery, and calorie-free!  

Pistachio:  Not quite as bold as some if its fellow nutty friends, Pistachio smells sweet, buttery, and soft without being overpowering.  

Pumpkin Spice:  Pumpkin, meet Spice.  If you’re a fan of all things Pumpkin, you won’t be disappointed here.  

Roasted Chestnut:  All the nuttiness and warmth of a bold Chestnut with the woodsiness and smokiness of an outdoor fire pit.  

Thyme:  Earthy and herby, a smell of Thyme will remind you of roast chicken and Thanksgiving stuffing.   

Don’t live near a store?  Get the scent of fall delivered to your door step by purchasing all of our fragrances year-round on our website.

August 31, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Join us for the Grandview Hop!

Join us for the final two Grandview Hop nights of the summer:  Saturday, August 25 and Saturday, September 29 from 5 - 9 PM. 

A portion of Grandview Ave. that includes our store - between First Ave. and Spagio Restaurant - will be blocked off to traffic and open to fun!  There will be food trucks set up, a pop-up beer garden, live music, a photo booth, a dunk tank, and tons of kids activities.  Stop in to The Candle Lab to say hi and grab a glass of wine, beer, or signature cocktail - we'll even put it in a to-go cup so you can linger around the Hop!  And better yet, stay a little while - buy a candle or gift pack off our shelf, or give you legs a rest from all that hopping and take a seat at our Fragrance Bar to pour your own custom-scented product!   

See you at the Grandview Hop!  

August 23, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Cycle614: Scent meets Studio

When opening their first retail location, most business owners obsess over the details of what their store will look like and feel like.  Where should the register go? How should we design our window displays? What color should we paint the walls? What music should we play?  But very few give any thought to what their space will
smell like.  

That’s what makes Demi Tsapatsaris and Mark Placenti so unique.  When Demi and Mark opened the their fitness studio, Cycle614, in 2014, it was the first fitness studio in Columbus dedicated entirely to indoor cycling.  Like all entrepreneurs, they had a vision for what they wanted their cycling studio to look like and how they wanted their customers to feel after they took her 45-minute class (rejuvenated).  But Demi and Mark also knew exactly what they wanted it to smell like - and it wasn't sweat!  Explains Demi, “I wanted Cycle614 to have its own signature scent, providing our customers with full experience from the moment they walk in until the moment they leave, and perhaps even beyond”.   

One step into the Cycle614 studio, and it’s clear that Demi and Mark's scent vision has been realized.  With upwards of ten candles burning at all times, the space is filled with a calming, spa-like, clean scent that actually does makes you feel rejuvenated!  Cycle614 worked with The Candle Lab to develop its signature scent, and chose a simple, understated jar bearing their logo to match its mid-century modern, chic style.  The candles are burning in all areas of the studio - from the registration desk to the lobby to the restrooms - and fill the space without overwhelming it. The scent is even infused in the cold, calming towels that are handed out to each rider after class.  

Customers love the candles so much that Demi and Mark began selling them in their studio.  They hope that enjoying the candles at home makes their customers feel calm and relaxed, and also reminds them that it’s time to hop on the bike!  So next time you’re looking for a workout that will kick your butt and leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the world, book a bike at Cycle614.  We promise - it will smell great!

Interested in learning more about creating a signature scent for your brand or business?  Watch this video and fill out the form to be connected with our Wholesale department.  Scenting your business is easy and affordable!


August 08, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Make Summer Last

We know we aren’t the only people who can’t believe it’s already August.  Where did the summer go?! And yes, while we know that technically summer isn’t over until late September, we can’t help but feel like the start of the school year and Labor Day Weekend mark the end of the dog days.  But the good news is - it’s not over yet! There is still time to soak up the final rays of summer. We’ve put together a list of fun ideas to make the most of these last few weeks.

Participate in your community 
If you haven’t attended a community event yet this summer, what are you waiting for?!  Our local communities put on amazing (free!) events all summer designed to help you explore your neighborhood.  Some of our favorites include the Grandview Hop in Grandview Heights, Gallery Hop in the Short North, the Worthington Farmer’s Market, Anderson Township’s Party on the Plaza, and Summer Cinema in Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine.  View our event calendar for details.

Take the kids on an epic fun day
Earlier this summer we put together a list of our favorite ways to combat summer boredom.  The last few days of summer can be some of the trickiest, with rising anxieties for the new year ahead.  Take their minds off the looming school year and plan a last summer hurrah! Start by Experimenting with Scent by pouring custom-scented candles (room sprays are fun, too!), then take the kids for a picnic at a nearby park, or to a baseball game, or to play mini golf, or just out for ice cream.  The day can be as long or as short as you desire!

Plan a ladies’ night out
Need we remind you that summer isn’t just for kids?  If you are finding that you haven’t spent enough time enjoying the company of others this summer, it’s not too late to plan a ladies’ night out, summer style!  Whether it’s a girl date with you best friend or a whole gathering of women, The Candle Lab is the perfect place to start your night. Pour a custom-scented candle together (you can even enjoy a glass of wine while doing so in our Grandview location), then continue the conversation over dinner or more wine - or even just a stroll through town.  

Try something new
Think about it:  when is the last time that you really tried something new?  The good news is, we've made it easy to tap into your adventurous side. We love partnering with local businesses to offer events and workshops in our stores that "smell" a bit outside of the box.  Start by pouring your own candle, then try something new: make a sign to hang in your home in our Anderson store, create a succulent arrangement in Grandview, or even take the kids for a “scented storytime” at the library.  

Tell us - how do you plan to make the most of these last days of summer?  

July 31, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Inspiring Action through Scent

When Dani Sage opened her nail salon under the Salon Lofts banner in early 2017, she had no idea it would be the start of something much bigger.  As a new small business owner, Dani realized how important it was for her to invest in self-care, and how many of the women she interacted with seemed to put themselves last.  She wanted to encourage herself and others to to “live with intention”, and for her, that meant creating a new personal brand: The Good Vibes Hive. With a vision of “manifesting your best life through love, light, and a little hard work”, The Good Vibes Hive is not just talk - it’s scent-inspired action, too!   

So what exactly is “scent-inspired action”?  For Dani, it’s believing that smell is a powerful tool, one that can evoke strong feelings and help us set the intentions for our day.  Just like going for a morning run and eating a bowl of oatmeal can get us in the right mindset for a productive day, so can smelling a particular scent.  Dani knew she wanted to capture these intentions in candle form, and after an extensive search for the perfect scents, decided to partner with The Candle Lab to develop her own.  Through multiple back-and-forth iterations, four distinct custom-scent blends were created - Abundance, Love, Motivation, and Peace - each designed to inspire that particular action.  

For Dani, part of the value of the Good Vibes Hive is being able to offer her clients “something completely unique” to her brand that they “can’t get anywhere else”. Abundance, Love, Motivation, and Peace certainly fit that bill!  Dani loves seeing her clients make a personal connection with her brand and be inspired into action in their own lives.  One client, for example, burns "Love" in her photography studio to make shoots more "sexy", while another mails her college-aged son “Motivation” to push him through marathon study-sessions.  But don’t be fooled - the candles are as much for Dani as her clients! She always makes sure to have at least one candle in every part of her life: “Peace in my bathtub, Love in my bedroom, Motivation in my office, and Abundance at my salon.”  

To learn more about Dani and how The Good Vibes Hive can help you start living your most authentic life, visit  Or simply book one of her amazing manicures (self-care!) and pick up a candle at the salon to get scent-inspired!   

Interested in learning more about creating a signature scent for your brand or business?  Watch this video and fill out the form to be connected with our Wholesale department.  Scenting your business is easy and affordable!

July 30, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Hotel LeVeque Smells "Exactly Like Nothing Else"

Ask any guest who has stayed at Hotel LeVeque in downtown Columbus, OH, and they will tell you that the hotel is unlike any hotel they’ve ever stayed in.  With a vision of being “Exactly Like Nothing Else”, that uniqueness is no accident. Rated one of the top six hotel designs in the USHotel LeVeque has made it its mission to stand out.  And stand out it does!  Nestled in the historic LeVeque Tower that was once counted among the world’s tallest buildings, one step through its doors and you’ll see - and smell - why its guests love it so.  

In creating the space, Hotel LeVeque understood that it’s not just about colors and textures; smell is also an important and often overlooked element of interior design.  They wanted to create a “home away from home” atmosphere that would linger with their guests long past their time at the hotel, and candles were just the answer. But it couldn’t be just any candle - it had to be one that met their standard of being “Exactly Like Nothing Else”.  Explains Michael Shannon, Director of Sales & Marketing, on why Hotel LeVeque chose to partner with The Candle Lab, “they offer an experience and a product that is similar to ours - unique and unlike anything else.”

Hotel LeVeque worked closely with The Candle Lab to create its signature scent - a blend of Lavender and Bergamot fragrances that is spa-like, fresh, calming, and gender neutral.  A sleek, black jar with the Hotel LeVeque logo matches the art-deco-meets-contemporary style of the hotel, paying homage to the black and gold-trimmed guest room doors. The hotel burns its signature candle in the lobby to welcome guests, gifts the candles to its VIP clients, and in some cases, even sells them.  

But it doesn't stop there!  Their signature scent was so popular with guests that they decided to incorporate it into the guest room toiletries as well.  Cliff Original, the maker of the Hotel LeVeque Collection, worked closely with both Hotel LeVeque and The Candle Lab to match the signature Lavender and Bergamot scent.  Says Shannon, "our hope is that guests enjoy a candle or some shampoo once they are back home, and that the smell reminds them of us and their stay."  

So next time you need a place to stay the night in Columbus or simply enjoy a cocktail, make Hotel LeVeque your first choice!  One thing is for certain: it will smell Exactly Like Nothing Else.

Interested in learning more about creating a signature scent for your brand or business?  Watch this video and fill out the form to be connected with our Wholesale department.  Scenting your business is easy and affordable!  

July 26, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Happy Fourth of July! Holiday Hours

Firecrackers, grilled hotdogs, cold beer....what does Fourth of July smell like to you?  All of our stores will be closed Wednesday, July 4 to celebrate our nation's birthday.  We will be closing early the day of Tuesday, July 3, at 4 PM to allow our team to enjoy fireworks and festivities with their friends and family.  

Tuesday, July 3  |  11AM - 4PM
Wednesday, July 4  |   CLOSED

We'd love to pour custom-scented candles with you and your family before or after the Holiday!  Make the smells of summer last for hours.  

June 29, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Father's Day Gifts for Every Guy

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17!  We’re not too proud to admit that The Candle Lab probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of Father’s Day.  But it’s 2018, and we think it’s high time that everyone start smelling a little outside the box.  After all, men like good smells just as much as women!  So this year, why not treat the special fathers and father-like figures in your life to something a little different?  Below are some of our favorite great-smelling ideas for all the men in your life:

For the guy who is always on the road
Do you know someone who travels often for work?  Rental cars and hotel rooms aren’t exactly the best-smelling places, even when clean.  A custom-scented room spray is just the gift to make any place smell a little more like home. In a convenient two-ounce size, the bottle will make it through airport security with flying colors, and is small enough to pack in any briefcase.  It’s the next best thing to actually being home!

For the guy who loves food
Did someone say Bourbon, Bacon, and Maple Syrup?!  Visit any of our stores to pour him a custom-scented product that will remind him of his favorite foods.  We’ve got endless options for the guy with a sweet tooth, the cocktail lover, or the guy who loves to cook with fresh herbs.  Bonus: your handmade label will make him smile!

For the guy who works out of an office
Sitting (or standing!) at a desk all day can be hard, but the smell of something bright and fresh can help.  Reed Diffusers disperse scent softly and slowly, making them an ideal outlet to lightly scent a space without an open flame.  And with a slick, minimalist design, they make a classy addition to any desk or office.

For the guy who loves his man cave  
By definition, a cave is cozy.  And what could be cozier than a candle burning in a cave?!  We recommend pouring him a custom-scented candle that he can burn for hours while watching football and playing poker with the guys (cliche, much?).  With fragrances like Dad’s Den, Mahogany, Spiced Rum, and Mug & Brush, you’re sure to blend a custom scent that he’ll love. Pour it into a amber or black rocks candle jar and place it on a wooden Columbus Barrel Co. coaster, and you’ve just made the world’s most manly candle.  

For any guy!  
Want to give him a gift that is both a gift and an experience?  How about time spent with you?!  Pouring candles isn’t just for the girls - take our word for it.  He’ll love experimenting with scent with you, and while the candles cool you can grab a bite to eat together.  Make it a family affair by making a reservation for a candle-pouring party (groups of 5+). We promise he’ll have fun!  

Thanks, Dad!  

June 13, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Raise Money for your Pelotonia Ride

Huntington, Inc. created a custom candle to sell and raise money for their Peloton 

If you live in Columbus, Ohio, then it’s very likely that either you or someone you know is participating in Pelotonia this August.  If you aren’t familiar, Pelotonia was founded in 2008 as a grassroots bike tour and has since grown to raise more than $157 million, with 100% of every rider dollar raised going directly to cancer research.  But that money doesn’t raise itself!  While the high fundraising requirements for each rider can feel a bit daunting, we at The Candle Lab can help get you a little closer to your goal - and without much effort on your part.  After all, you’ll need to save your energy for the bike ride!

Our Dollars & Scents fundraising programs are an easy, effective, and fun way to raise money. Your friends and family pour or buy a candle they will love, and you raise money for your Pelotonia ride.  Smells like a win-win! We offer three distinct fundraising programs to suit your needs:

In-store:  Our most popular fundraising method, in-store Dollars & Scents fundraisers are about as easy as it gets!  Pick a day, pick a store, and 20% of sales will go directly to your organization. All you have to do is rally your supporters to pour a candle or buy one off the shelf that day.  This is a great option for individual riders looking for a creative way to reach their goal! Learn more about in-store fundraisers here.

Traditional:  The Girl Scouts still sell their cookies for a reason, and it’s not just because they taste good!  Traditional Dollars & Scents fundraisers are structured the same way - you take orders and money for candles, we pour, and you distribute them and donate the difference.  Learn more about traditional fundraisers here.

Scent your Organization:  For those looking to make a lasting impression, Scenting your Organization is a unique and effective way of raising money and your brand at the same time.  Our Wholesale team will work with you to create a fully customized and personalized candle that you can sell to your supporters, donating the profits. Scenting your Organization is a great option for large Pelotons, especially corporate groups.  For example, a Peloton at Huntington Bank created the candles above to sell and raise money. Learn more about Scenting your Organization here.

If you are interested in any of the above fundraising options, please email to get started.  We look forward to helping you reach your goal!  

June 13, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Summer Happenings!

Summer is a great time to be a tourist in your own city!  Warm weather and long nights allow for all sorts of fun that can’t be had during those cold winter months.  From arts and crafts festivals to outdoor concerts to farmers markets and more, there is always something to do.  We’ve made it easy for you to take advantage of all these great activities with our Events Calendar - a summary of all the happenings in and around our stores.  The calendar is color-coded by store neighborhood; simply use the filter at the top right to search for events in and around a specific store. And make sure you never miss an event by subscribing to the calendar for email updates.  

All of our stores are located in vibrant communities just waiting to be explored!  We recommend starting your afternoon or evening by pouring a custom-scented candle with us.  Then, while the candles cool (~90 minutes), take advantage of whatever summer event is going on, or simply enjoy a festive cocktail and a bite to eat.  When you’re ready to head home, your candles will be too.  We also partner with many other local business to host unique events in our stores - take a fitness class, learn how to plant succulents, or simply enjoy a wine tasting!    



Be sure to check out our list of kid-friendly summer activities, as well as information for each store including location, parking, and restaurant recommendations.  

May 30, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping

Closed Memorial Day

All of our stores are closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.  We'd love to pour custom-scented candles with you this weekend ahead of the Holiday and are open regular store hours!  

Friday, May 25  |  11AM - 8PM
Saturday, May 26  |  11AM - 8PM
Sunday, May 27  |  12-5PM 
Monday, May 28  |  CLOSED
Tuesday, May 29  |  11AM - 8PM 

Kickoff your summer with a summer-scented candle, room spray, body lotion, and more.  We have lots of summer scents to get you in the relaxed spirit, including Summer Lawn, Sea Breeze, Coconut, and Watermelon, just to name a few!  

May 25, 2018 — Bench Bookkeeping