For thousands of years, people relied on candlelight to keep life going after dark. They were a necessity for cooking dinner, walking to the barn without falling into the toilet pit, and writing sonnets at 3am while wine drunk. Fortunately, geniuses figured out electricity (and plumbing) so we don’t have to rely on candles for such things. Now, we can light them for a little romance, a sweet-smelling home, and simply because candlelight is beautiful.
The shops on Melrose are known for curating the most creative and unique products in general, and when it comes to candles, there’s no exception. From pop culture devotionals to SoCal-themed scents, there’s a perfect waxen light for you. Here are some of the best.
As with everything in the impeccably-stocked Consort, its candle selection is fashionable, on trend, and high quality. Its elevated offerings include this rose-based trio: Amori Rose Water + Red Citrus with hints of white grapefruit and bamboo, Tobacco Rose layered with honey and leather, and Oud Rose with musk, amber, and sandlewood. All three are hand-poured soy wax with long burn time.
6918 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Candle magic is one of the most accessible personal empowerment practices out there. House of Intuition handcrafts and blesses (and sometimes dresses) its brand products, so you can feel confident these candles are ready to work! You can work with the moon phases, zodiac signs, or themes like abundance, self-love, strength, creativity, or healing. They make a beautiful altar, and the dressings smell divine.
HOUSE OF INTUITION
7440 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
While the clean, neutral visual aesthetic of these candles won’t necessarily distract from any décor, what burns within will definitely get attention. The southern California-themed line from Norden is a must-have: Ojai combines frankincense with cypress, patchouli, and palo santo, Big Sur releases oakmoss, pine, citrus, and wood smoke, and Idyllwild is reflected by cedarwood, sage, vetiver, and citrus.
6824 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90038
Relaxation and rejuvenation is absolutely part of any beauty routine, so it’s not surprising to find a generous selection of candles at Melrose Beauty Center. In addition to offering a wide range of designs to match any color palette or home décor, there’s an equally wide range of scents – from floral to spicy – to match scent preferences. Prices are reasonable, too, so you can pick up some bath bubbles and make it a night.
MELROSE BEAUTY CENTER
7617 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
Pop culture devotionals are likely one of the greatest creative trends of this decade. If you’re going to be a fan, be a FAN. These delightful candles celebrate celebrity adoration playfully and beautifully (this is the Ozzy you’d want in your home). Create your own themed altar, be it badass lady musicians like Tori and Selena and Diana or TV icons like Spock and Jordan Catalano (swoooooooonnnnn).
7418 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046
The brilliant and ever-imaginative folks at Spitfire Girl are serious about candle-making, lucky for us. With multiple lines and clever, unique themes, you’ll easily find the perfect candle combo here. The Potion Collection calls on ancient anointing oils to stimulate the good life, the White Collection has stunning constellation designs, and vintage wood-wrapped candles are statement pieces that also smell incredible.
7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046