Wick-ed Wares

From modern-chic to vintage charmers, candle styles are bountiful, just in time for February romance. As for scent inspirations, look no further than the garden, forest, orchard, or bog.

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STIRRING UP ROMANCE The bright red Cranberry Cosmo jar candle, from Colonial Candles, evokes a sweet cosmo beverage on a cold winter’s night. colonialcandle.com

Soy Good!

BETH GROSS OF Cedar, in northern Michigan’s Leelanau County, opened Farm House Candle Co. in 2014 after she couldn’t find what she was looking for in the way of naturally fragranced candles. “I started experimenting and soon I was coming up with scents that not only did I love, but my friends and family did, as well,” says Gross, who’s shown below, along with a trio of her products. Eventually she turned her hobby into a full-fledged business. The candles, which exude a rustic vibe that blends industrial-modern packaging, come in jelly jars with pewter tops. “Having a lid was important to me, to help lock in the scent and preserve the candle,” Gross says. Made with soy wax that comes from Midwest farms, the candles’ scents are unique. “A mix of fruit, herb, and masculine aromas ensures there’s a scent for everyone,” she says. If you’re looking for a romantic scent, consider the Woodsmoke + Apple variety. “It has elements that remind you of a warm fire, with undertones of mulled apple — making it extra cozy and inviting.” Her two all-time favorites? Bergamot + Amber and Vanilla + Tobacco. “They’re both spicy, masculine, and warm.” Great for lighting up some romance!

Gross’ candles are available in metro Detroit at Peninsulas, Berkley; Homespun Market, Brighton; and Flower Bar, Ann Arbor. Or place an order at farmhousecandlecompany.com.


Spark Some Romance

Archipelago Black Forest soy candle, 5.2 oz., $30, Essence on Main, Clarkston
Colonial Candle Cranberry Cosmo jar candle, $15, colonialcandle.com
LAFCO Duchess Peony candle, 15.5 oz., $65, Leon & Lulu, Clawson


Limited edition Sweet Violet candle, 10 oz., $30, Green Daffodil, Ferndale

Nest Linen candles, 2-21.2 oz., $16-$64/ea., Baily & Shamoun Interiors, Northville Wild Iris jar candle, 8 oz., $15, Colonial Candle, colonialcandle.com WoodWick Magnolia medium hourglass jar, $18.99, Amy’s Hallmark, Birmingham

“We collaborated with Detroit Rose Candles to come up with our signature scent, which has notes of rose, cardamom, and amber. While the scent is floral and feminine, it also has some dark and warm notes, making it very sophisticated and romantic.”
– Diana Marsh, owner, Thistle & Bess home store, Ann Arbor

Love Notes large jar candle, 18 oz., $24, bridgewatercandles.com
Simon Pearce Silver Lake Winter candle, $45, Zeiben Mare, Franklin
Baronessa Cali Scents of Sicily Lipari Ylang Ylang Candela Candle, 9 oz., $34, Iron Grate, Fenton
Rosé concrete vessel candle, 50 oz., $325, Detroit Wick, Eastern Market, Detroit
Root Seeking Balance Seduce candle, 6.5 oz., $14, The League Shop, Grosse Pointe Thistle & Bess signature scent candle, 9 oz., $35, Thistle & Bess, Ann Arbor Root Sparkling Champagne large veriglass candle, 10.5 oz., $22, The League Shop, Grosse Pointe