Now I’m sure if you’re perusing Daisybutter right now, you’re no stranger to cosy season and soaking up all of the delicious homebody time. I’ve been looking forward to autumn this year for more reasons than one, not least because it’s officially candle season and it’s our first full candle season at & Chai.
When my sister and I launched our humble little Etsy store with six Animal Crossing-inspired candles last year, we were pretty naive and thoroughly overwhelmed with how much our customers LOVED stocking up on candles. Almost a year on – we opened in November 2020 – and we’re a little more knowledgable and we’re endlessly grateful that we’ve cultivated a community and built a real business from this.
Without further ado, let me give you a tour of everything that’s just landed at & Chai for candle season, Christmas, and beyond…
Evermore Soy Candle
Our fall ode to my favourite woman herself, Taylor Swift, Evermore Soy Candle is a warm, fruity scent. It conjures images of orchards, paths well-trodden between the trees, wicker baskets overflowing with autumnal bounty. We blended it with notes of black plum, mulberries, red fruits, a dash of Asian pear and cassis, and the result is one of my favourite autumn fragrances. It’s perfect for lighting all throughout your Soft Girl Autumn.
Amberwood Soy Candle
Last year, our smoky floral K.K. Slider Soy Candle became our bestseller, and so we knew we wanted to introduce another scent that felt similar but even more elevated. Amberwood Soy Candle is inspired by quiet corners in your favourite independent coffee house. It glows with warm notes of honey accord (the accord means it’s an emulation, so it’s completely vegan!), clove spice, patchouli and musk. Just-right for winding down with a great Netflix series to binge.
Hunting for Autumn Soy Candle and Pumpkin Melts
I am still so excited by this collaborative bundle that we dreamed up alongside our friend Jaye. The Hunting for Autumn Soy Candle is an unexpected scent of creamy caramel vanilla latte goodness. Of course the temptation was there to craft a pumpkin spice fragrance, but we’re really into blending the unexpected. The set comes with three pumpkin-shaped Soy Melts, beautifully aromatic with soft stewed peach notes.
Apple Grove Soy Candle
To complete our autumn collection, we couldn’t not celebrate October and Halloween with a toffee apple-inspired candle. Apple Grove is the fall sister to Signature – notes of green apple, caramel and cocoa crème whip make it the most gorgeous warm yet sweet scent. It’s my personal favourite, and I light it for cosy evenings indoors reading, gaming or binging K-dramas.
Jingle Soy Candle
We’re returning to our Animal Crossing roots with our Christmas candle collection. Jingle Soy Candle is a delicious concoction inspired by baked goods. Think cooked apples, a sugar crumb, pastry goodness and a generous cinnamon sprinkle. I’ll be lighting mine for afternoons of gift-wrapping and pre-Christmas crafting! It’s also versatile enough to work as as festive gift; there’s nothing more awkward than overly Christmassy things that you have to try and make work after the 25th.
Merry Soy Candle
Our lovely Merry Soy Candle is full of red berries. It’s a bouquet of cranberries and orange zest, and is more classically Christmas. I envisioned it as the scent you light before guests arrive for an evening of wine, board games and a bit of Strictly on TV. We’ve actually been burning ours since we nailed the formula in July, so it’s safe to say that team & Chai are feeling VERY festive indeed.
Soy Candle Christmas Crackers
As I get older, I’m learning just how great it is for gifts to arrive pre-wrapped. One less thing to think about. And so Louise and I were hellbent on designing some festive packaging especially for our Soy Candles. Just for the holidays, you can buy our Soy Candles in these little Christmas crackers. It’ll be nestled in tissue paper, come with a candle care card, and be beautifully bound with gold ribbon.
Fireside Evenings Soy Candle Trio and Festive Tealights
Last but certainly not least, I’m so thrilled to share two new gift sets with you all. These each contain either three Soy Candles or three Soy Tealights, in our Christmas scents. The candles are great for smaller spaces and make dreamy presents for fellow candle lovers.
Explore everything that’s new at & Chai now.