UPDATE: SINCE POSTING THIS BLOG IN 2016, MERAKI CANDLES HAVE SADLY CLOSED THEIR STORE.
What could be cosier than being tucked up in bed with a good book and candle burning in the background? Well, you could be burning one of these gorgeous candles inspired by literature. By now, you’ll have worked out that I just love candles and especially when they’re handcrafted in Scotland (my favourites include McKelvie and Mulderie Wood candles) but I hit the jackpot when I found the Meraki Candles Instagram page. Not only are these candles made in Scotland, which is really important to me as a Scottish blogger, but they are also book themed!
I’ve drooled over various different literary candles in the past but the majority of them are from the U.S and the shipping is just extortionate. I prayed I would find some bookish candles in Scotland and then Meraki Candles appeared before me. Twenty- year old Heather from Meraki Candles combined her love of reading and candles in these stunning jars of sweet-smelling, book inspired candles. She has candles inspired by Harry Potter, A Court of Thorns & Roses and, my personal favourite, Outlander. Which means no matter what bookish fandom you hail from, there is a candle for you. If you know a big Harry Potter fan, which most of us do, then the Flourish and Blotts candle would make the perfect birthday present for them.
However, as I mentioned it is the Outlander inspired candle that I really love. I’ve only just discovered the world of Outlander and I’m already hooked. I binge watched ten episodes of the show in two days and have already relegated my boyfriend to being the other Scottish Jamie in my life. My obsession with Jamie Fraser is becoming reminiscent of my Edward Cullen phase at age fifteen. Sam Heughan though – unf. I can’t wait to finish writing this blog so I can get my nose stuck in the book to find out what happens next. So the Lallybroch candle from Meraki Candles is the perfect companion when I’m watching the television series or reading the book. Sandalwood myrrh and lavender, this candle is so fresh smelling that you feel like you’re walking through the Scottish Highlands with wild Jamie by your side.
I’ve also been lucky enough to trial Cookies and Dreams which is just the sweetest, most sugary delight. Heather uses the highest possible concentration of fragrance to ensure a huge scent payoff with her candles. The smell is baked cookie and French vanilla; one whiff of this candle and you are transported back to your childhood baking cookies and cupcakes with your granny or whisked away to an old-fashioned French patisserie. If you’ve got a sweet tooth then this is certain to cure your cravings and you don’t need to be a bookworm to enjoy it (or any of the fragrances)
As for the packaging, I was genuinely really impressed by the quality of the Meraki Candles. It’s hard for me to believe that candle-making started as a just-for-fun hobby for Heather a few months ago. They come in petite glass jars which are just dreamy sitting on your bookshelf. A strong attention to detail is evident. With a degree in Computer Design and a passion for art, it is clear that design is at the heart of her products and Heather has spent some time working on new designs to keep her standards as high as ever. I love the colours especially the gorgeous green of my Lallybroch candle.
So they’re bookish, they smell and look great… What’s the catch? Truthfully, there is none. Meraki Candles are made with soy wax which makes them cruelty-free too. They tick all of the boxes on my candle lovin’ checklist and I just want to keep staring at them all day. If, like me, you love candles and you love books then please check out the Meraki Candles Etsy page. You can get 10% off with my FOURTHMONTH10 code which is an absolute steal because their candles are something to cherish!
For more of my home inspiration follow me on Instagram. Let me know which candles you’re loving right now and if you give these literary gems a try!