Hi, I’m Brittany! If you’re looking for more info about Novelly Yours, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a little bit more about the story behind the shop and the candles themselves:
I had been wanting to get into candle making for the longest time and picked it up on a whim, just wanting a new hobby to try. Once I got the hang of what I was doing, I started looking for inspiration for scents and colors. I’m a huge reader and some of you may know me as the face behind the blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since reading is really my number one hobby and such a big part of my list, the first thing I turned for inspiration were my favorite books! What better thing to do than take two passions — books and candles — and combine them into one amazing element that I can share with other bookworms!
Even though the bookish candle market seems to be flooded with options now, back when I first started my shop, I had a hard time finding candles for my favorite fandoms like The Lunar Chronicles, the Grisha Trilogy, and Maggie Stiefvater’s books. My very first candles EVER were inspired by The Scorpio Races. Although they’re not currently available for sale right now (they’ve been semi-retired), they were The Scorpio Sea and November Cakes!
Novelly Yours Candles is designed to be a source of fandom and bookish merch for any book-enthusiast out there. The majority of the candles are currently inspired by young adult novels but the sky is the limit! I can’t help myself when it comes to new ideas. I’m always trying to come up with more generally bookish candles for any kind of bookworm and I occasionally dip into some adult fiction and classics as well. I’ve even created some inspired by some movies or TV shows, especially when it comes to seasonal candles, and there are always some seasonal and special-releases popping up!
There’s a little bit of something for everyone here at Novelly Yours. I hope you take the time to look around and find something you like!
ABOUT THE CANDLES
All candles from Novelly Yours are made with all-natural soy wax. “Frosting” (the appearance of crystallization) of wax is 100% common in soy wax candles due to the cooling and curing process of the wax when it contains fragrances and dye. This in no way affects the scent throw or performance of a candle. I do my best to prevent frosting when possible but it can pop up over time due to various environmental influences on the candle! Some discoloration tends to happen after the first burn but that’s very common for any soy candles, as the dye and fragrance oils resettle and have been burned away.
Novelly Yours candles are not made with any materials that have been tested on animals. Any candles without dye are vegan-friendly! I reached out to my dye supplier to request information if the dyes were vegan friendly and they weren’t able to obtain that information from their supplier, so I don’t currently advertise all of the candles as vegan. The dyes may be vegan as well but my supplier was not able to confirm or deny that so if you’re looking for any vegan candles in my shop, anything without dye (white in color) is vegan-friendly!
All candles are homemade and hand-poured by me in my shop in Oswego, IL. I started the company by working from home but outgrew the space, first moving to an industrial space in Naperville and then upgrading to a larger space in Oswego! All candles and made and packaged from that location. No matter where they’re made, each Novelly Yours candle is carefully designed, crafted, and packaged — you guessed it — all by me!
I’m also a one-woman shop, which is really pretty cool! You know exactly where your candles are coming from, who makes them, and you really get to know the face behind the shop! Although someday I’m sure I’ll need to hire someone to help me, currently I take great pride in being the sole source of every task in the shop! I design, make, pour, label, package, and ship each and every order! I also run all of the social media accounts, take all of the photos, answer emails, provide customer service, make bulk orders, design the labels & bookmarks, manage the finances, do all of the purchasing… you name it, that’s me! I love being able to be involved in every aspect of the business and really provide a personal experience for all of my customers!
And lastly, I try very hard to make sure each candle is a unique name and design! I love coming up with new ideas and I’m always trying to make sure that Novelly Yours candles are constantly unique and innovative! All fragrances, color, candle design, and name choices are carefully selected and I also personally design and create each label myself. When you purchase a Novelly Yours candle, you’re receiving an item that has had a lot of personal time and attention poured into it (no pun intended, but that can also be taken literally)!
Thanks for considering Novelly Yours for your bookish soy candle choice! There are a lot of options out there and I appreciate the conscious selection to purchase from my small business. The success of my shop is directly thanks to all of my amazing customers out there so I thank you for your constant support and shout outs! I couldn’t do it without you!
NOVELLY YOURS CANDLES is owned and operated by Brittany Smith, an avid bookworm who lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband. When she’s not making candles, Brittany can often be found with her nose stuck in a book.
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FIND NOVELLY YOURS CANDLES IN A STORE NEAR YOU!
- Novelly Yours Candles, Oswego, IL (pick-ups only available by appointment)
- Away With Words Bookshop, Poulsbo, WA