Add an extra bit of fragrance to your home with these candle shops in Hong Kong, where you can also stock up on other scented goodness like diffusers and room sprays.
We love treating ourselves or a lucky friend to a good scented candle! Elevating our home fragrance does wonders and definitely puts us in the right mood, whether it’s setting up a romantic dinner, getting cosy to binge Netflix or having our space smelling fresh when working from home. Shopping for candles can be a tad bit overwhelming (there are simply so many options!) — so from local brands offering soy-based wax to international favourites, here’s where to buy candles in Hong Kong (you may also want to add in room sprays and diffusers, because why not?).
Sassy Tip: Know your candles! Compared to paraffin wax, soy wax and beeswax burn for longer and emit less soot (more eco-friendly), they also don’t drip as much (keeping your surface clean and tidy) or release toxins, so they’re safer to inhale.
This proudly local fragrance brand produces artisan candles right in its seaside factory and lab in Sai Kung. We love that BeCandle’s offering is made in small batches, often in collaboration with talented local craftsmen, designers and artisans. Its new handmade Sai Kung Soil Candles, created together with designer Niko Leung, are made with discarded soil from a local construction site — and feature two exclusive fragrances (Cipresso and Velvet) developed by world-renowned perfumer Frank Voelkl. To celebrate its 10-year anniversary, you’ll get a free BeCandle Tote Bag when spending $800 or above.
Available online and in-store.
Carrying a range of deluxe home (and body!) fragrances hand-crafted in Portugal, we’re lusting over Castelbel’s collection of ceramic candles and diffusers. With over 24 luxurious fragrances to fill your home with, browse online or head to its newly opened store at Langham Place or Plaza Hollywood to pick your scents. Be sure to check out the new Portus Cale White Crane collection which effuses a soothing fusion of earthy Vetiver, citrusy yuzu and sweet mandarin.
Sassy Tip: Spend over $300 on the White Crane collection online to receive a free 40g White Crane soap bar or over $800 to get a free White Crane Fragrance Sachet. Offer valid until Thursday, 30 June, 2022.
Use code SASSY15 to enjoy 15% off your purchase until Tuesday, 31 May, 2023.
Aesop’s range of skin, hair and body care is known for not only being super luxurious but for smelling great too! So it’s no surprise that we also love the brand’s range of home fragrances. An easy way to freshen up musty spaces, these long-lasting room sprays and candles linger for hours. Aesop’s Aromatique collection houses four different candle scents, formulated with vegan-friendly ingredients. We personally love the packaging of the Stoic Aromatique Candle that comes in three different sizes, filling the room with a warm and woodsy scent. And if we were you, we’d also add their room sprays to cart!
Founded by a husband and wife duo, The Blomstre aims to spotlight modern Filipino artisanal heritage through its beautiful range of hand-crafted soy wax candles and home fragrances. All products here are locally made in small batches using non-toxic, natural, and organic ingredients, and infused with notes of Filipino culture. A fab option if you want to shop local!
The Candle Company
The go-to supplier of candles for many top hotels, restaurants and spas in Hong Kong, The Candle Company is a true candle connoisseur. Its Central boutique is a treasure trove of scents in the form of candles, reed diffusers and aromatherapy oils. We definitely can’t get over their pillar candles (we may like to pretend we’re in a period drama whilst lighting them) and their large four-wick candles (with a burn time of 55 hours) are such a steal!
We have a weakness for chic packaging — local brand The Candleholic (a very fitting term for us) is amongst our top picks for reasonably priced and aesthetically pleasing candles and aroma diffusers. From woodsy scents in their Masculine collection to spicy undertones in All Black Everything and compact Petits, there’s something for everyone. The diffusers are mostly floral-based — great for summer and spring if you love to bring the outdoors in! Also, shipping is free for orders in Hong Kong.
The Candleholic, www.thecandleholic.hk
A favourite of ours for both eco-friendly candles and matching reed diffusers, Carroll&Chan is a fantastic local brand to know for all things home fragrance. Popular for good reason, not only do the Asian-inspired scents smell heavenly, but all of the 100 percent beeswax candles are made by hand in Hong Kong. Plus, if that wasn’t enough, the packaging is plastic-free and features original artwork created by local designers!
Carroll&Chan, 11 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong, carrollandchan.com
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As far as home fragrance masters go, Diptyque needs no introduction (it’s also our go-to option for gifts!). Founded in 1961, the luxury French brand has stood the test of time with its range of fragrances, candles, home scents and body care. The best part? Its iconic packaging can be reused as a home decor item. You can shop a variety of scents, from woody, floral and citrus (yes, it’s hard to pick!) and you can add a soothing and classy touch by also purchasing their hand-crafted glass candle holders.
Inspired by wild natural flowers and foliage, The Floristry offers a fresh, modern approach to floral design. We love its contemporary edit of handcrafted bouquets and flower jars, but the florist offers more than just beautiful blooms. Head here to shop all-natural room sprays, hand-poured soy wax candles and decorative pillar candles.
Cheap, cheerful, and always on-trend, we love H&M’s beautiful homeware range! Perfect for everyday use, H&M Home has a huge range of scented candles to choose from. While the Hong Kong website doesn’t feature the home range, you can head to its Causeway Bay flagship store to check out all of its candles and home scents.
The Hubble Studio
Heard of skincare candles before? Handmade and hand-poured in Hong Kong, The Hubble Studio specialises in all-natural and vegan, multi-purpose candles. Tripling as a massage oil, body balm and a scented candle — you can scrape the wax and directly apply to your skin or burn for 30 minutes and cool for a couple minutes and use as a massage oil. The wax is 100 percent paraffin-free, non-toxic and safe to use on sensitive skin. Do note that it’s not safe to use on the face.
Not only does Indigo Living have offerings from luxury brands like Cochine, Maraca and Wax Lyrical, the homegrown brand has also worked with a leading French perfumer to create its very own candle and diffuser range. Its affordably-priced candles are crafted specially from a blend of mineral and botanical waxes to achieve that perfect burn. For more options, shop collections by Tribe, we love their Tribe Travel candles inspired by the Caribbean, desert dunes of Morocco and bustling Kyoto.
Iconic British brand Jo Malone is a favourite for lust-worthy candles, body lotion, room sprays, diffusers and more. And though the colognes are among our favourite perfumes, it’s the signature candles that make our apartments feel luxurious. Simply and beautifully packaged, the classic range of 200g home candles promises a 45-hour burn time. For a real treat, splash out on one of the 2.1kg candles, which last for a whopping 220 hours!
Spotlighting independent candle brands like Brooklyn Candle Studio, TOBBA and PF Candle, as well as local brands like Tiny Island, kapok’s curated range of home fragrances make for the perfect gifts. You can shop online, but the stores tend to have a bigger variety of products — especially the large Sun Street, K11 Musea and Causeway Bay locations.
A one-stop-shop for luxury fragrance, head to Lane Crawford for a curated selection of candles, diffusers and room sprays from designer brands like Tom Dixon, Acqua Di Parma, Loewe and more. You’ll be spoilt for choice, so take your time browsing around (we’re prone to walking around in loops!). If you want to truly take a piece of opulence home, look for the beautiful Goossens 24k Gold Plated Brass Coral Candlestick, a piece of ornate decor that will unquestionably elevate your interior with a Baroque-inspired aesthetic.
New York label Le Labo is known for its personalised take on fragrances. A range of room sprays and candles are available in the brand’s signature scents and once you select your favourite, the staff create a fresh hand-blended bottle for you to take home, complete with a personalised, apothecary-inspired label just for you (yes, we’re swooning!).
Rituals is all about creating luxurious yet affordable products that make us slow down and indulge in some self-care and mindfulness; so, of course, it offers a gorgeous range of heavenly-scented candles, room sprays and fragrance sticks. Your room sprays will never look more luxe than this (we’re definitely keeping the bottles even after they run out!). For those looking for gifts, look no further — Rituals’ customisable candles enable you to pick your scent and your candle holder (360g and 60 hours burning time). Head to its flagship boutique in ifc, which stocks all of the brand’s most popular products.
Thorn & Burrow
With everything from artsy planters, greeting cards, vintage rugs and, you guessed it, candles, Thorn & Burrow is a go-to shop for homeware delights. Head here for an eclectic range of home fragrance options that are aesthetically IG-worthy to boot. Balance your qi with the Yin & Yang Candle, quirky Paint Can Candle or a cheeky Statement Candle. Plus, it’s always fun to browse through different brands and explore the unique styles they carry.
Thorn & Burrow, 1/F, 30 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 9840 3886
The Wax Can
Looking for an unconventional scent that’s also reminiscent of Hong Kong? The Wax Can has everything from Grandma Wardrobe to Fat Boy Water and Dad Sock (honestly, you’ll have to smell it to know it!). On the other hand, scents like Tuen Mun Ferry Pier and Golden Matcha make a perfect parting gift for those leaving Hong Kong (they each come with a Spotify playlist too). The fun doesn’t stop there — the Numb ‘N Spicy Room Spray will have curious minds engrossed and for a fresh scent, go for the Dryers Room Spray.
Founded by a mother-daughter duo, this homegrown brand takes an eco-conscious approach to candle-making. Made using a blend of coconut and soy wax, the candles are long-lasting and do better for the planet (plus, the labels are made by another local brand, 852prints!). What we’re particularly fond of, is the idea of refilling your candles — yes, that’s right! Once your calming companion has run out, you can bring in empty candle holders and have the scent of your choice filled to the brim (how thoughtful is that?)!
Yankee Candle is arguably one of the most widely-recognised brands in the world. Who hasn’t liked an aesthetic influencer flat lay on Instagram featuring the candle in all its glory? One of the big selling points of Yankee has to be its endless array of fun scents like Vanilla Cupcake, Island Spa and Sunlit Autumn. In addition to candles, there’s also a selection of room sprays, diffusers and car fresheners to get your hands on!
Editor’s Note: “Where To Buy Candles, Diffusers & Room Sprays in Hong Kong” was originally published in December 2o19 by Annie Simpson, and most recently updated in April 2022 by Fashila Kanakka.
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