So…candles are a thing. Even during this pandemic, people are finding comfort in some of life’s little luxuries, like lighting up one of their favorite candles while hunkering down at home. Luxury candles have always been my Achilles’ heel, whether its because of the packaging, the scent complexities, or the gorgeous candle vessels that I get to repurpose afterwards. But buying luxury candles can put a big dent in the wallet. We don’t want that to deter you. Since today is National Splurge Day, we thought we’d share some of the best smart ways to save on luxury candles.
Sign Up For Newsletters
One of the best ways to save on luxury candles is to sign up for the candle company’s newsletter. Some of the luxury candle companies offer a discount code, candle coupon, or some other perk once you sign up. Legitimate luxury candle brands won’t spam your inbox, but you can always get a free email account just for these newsletters if you’d rather they not clutter up your regular email inbox. You can check out our Candle Company Directory and look at individual listings to see which company may offer special discounts.
Percent off coupons are the most common types of newsletter perks. The luxury brand Aura Candles offers a 15% off discount coupon code when signing up for their newsletter, while Archipelago Fragrances has a 10% off coupon code that will be delivered to your inbox. Some companies, such as Jo Malone, will provide a discount code for a minimum purchase. They offer 10% off your purchase of $100 or more. Given that these are luxurious candles, it doesn’t take long to hit that mark, so generally that isn’t a problem. These coupon codes are a great way to save on luxury candles.
One thing to remember is that oftentimes you will need to confirm your email address prior to receiving your code. Also keep in mind that some companies have a time limit on when you are able to use the code, so we suggest signing up for these newsletters when you are relatively sure you are ready to make a purchase. That way your discount code doesn’t go to waste!
There are sometimes other perks that come along with signing up for a newsletter. Evoke Candle Co. carries some of the best affordable luxury candles around, such as Gold Dust Woman and London Calling. They have a Backstage Pass Rewards Program and you are able to get a jump start with 500 points by signing up for their newsletter. This is a great way to start stockpiling points for future use towards discounts on these gorgeous candles. Diptyque will provide complimentary samples in your next order if you sign up to receive their newsletter and Trapp Fragrances has a Fragrance Fan Club, which automatically enters you to win free products every month and keeps you in the loop for exclusive discounts.
Become A Social Media Hound
Most of the luxury candle brands are active on one or more social media platforms. These are places you might be able to learn about flash sales or other discounts that are not publicized elsewhere, or that may be limited to that particular social media group. This is also a great place to score free products, as many of these candle brands have giveaways or contests that are designed specifically for their social media audience. Trapp Fragrances has a Trivia Tuesday on their Facebook page, where users have the opportunity to win free candles by answering a simple question. The questions are often easy and fun, so it’s relatively painless to join in.
Sometimes a luxury brand will encourage you to share a photo or to help them name a new product line. Caption This posts are common and engaging. There are a ton of ways to get involved, and you don’t even have to stalk a gillion pages. Find out which social media platform that your favorite luxury brand participates in and be sure to sign up for notices from that company on that platform.
Aside from the company specific social media pages, there are scores of fan based social media pages for specific brands and for candles in general. For example, Diptyque Candle Lovers is a group of fans who love, of course, Diptyque candles. Hook up with Yankee Candle Buy, Sell, Trade for the ability to snag some good deals from Yankee Candle fans. Groups such as The Candle Corner discuss not only luxury brands, but the whole gamut of candles, melts, and other home fragrance products. These groups are great ways to find savings, but they also provide a way to learn about different products, scents, and companies. Facebook is not the only platform with these types of communities. Start with your favorite and do a search…you’ll be amazed at what you find. Fair warning: It can be very addictive.
Shop Off Season
I’m not a seasonal burner, but I have plenty of friends who are. They wouldn’t dare think of burning the Frasier Fir candle from Thymes in the middle of June. I say throw caution to the wind and burn it whenever you feel like it, even if it’s blistering hot outside. It’s a great candle…who cares? But I digress…
While you may not want to burn a Christmas-y candle in June, there is nothing stopping you from buying one, is there? If you time things right, you can get discounts on seasonal products right at the tail end of a season or even a few months afterwards. You’ll get the best and widest selection as a season recently ends, but you may find the best deals a few months later. Companies need to clear their inventory and move product that didn’t sell for the season. Use that to your advantage and shop smarter. As you stock up for the off season products, you can save them for the next season or you can tuck them away for gifts. In either case, you will be able to break out that candle with a huge grin knowing that you got it at rock bottom prices.
In general, holiday products go on mega sale in the months of January and February. Many companies have a secondary wave of seasonal sales in July. Spring and Summer collections start going on sale in August and September, while Fall collections tend to get discounted right before the holidays. Also don’t forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. While many luxury candle brands don’t have sales as often as other candle companies, most of them have some type of deal for one or both of these days. A good way to stay on top of this is to check out our blog posts about the sales, where we try to list as many as possible.
Don’t Sleep on Second Hand
There are a number of reasons why luxury candles may end up on the second hand market: an estate sale, downsizing, change of priorities. You name it. This is your opportunity to save big time on some of the high end candles if you just know where to look and how to proceed with caution.
Mecari is an increasingly popular shopping/selling app where you can find a number of luxury candle brands for sale. Just type in ‘luxury candles’ in the top search bar prepare to be amazed. Discounts of anywhere from 5-10% are common, but if you’re patient enough, you can find 20% off deals and more. This is also a great place to score some empty candle vessels that you can repurpose and display. Other online sources like eBay and Amazon are ones to check out, but you do have to be a bit more diligent to find the true deals. Prices are often marked up rather than down on these platforms, but there are still some opportunities to save on luxury candles. Destashes are popular, especially on social media group fan pages, but be sure to get to know the group and the seller before plunking down a wad of cash. While our shop is currently closed due to COVID19, the Candlefind Destash Boxes will go back on sale by the end of this month. We include some luxury products within our boxes, so it’s a great way to try a number of different brands.
If you’d prefer to see (and smell) the second-hand product before purchasing, you can head to estate sales, garage sales, and flea markets. Local second hand stores may occasionally get candles in stock, so it pays to check there frequently. Get familiar with the shops and tell the owners what you are looking for. Many times they can be on the lookout for you and give you a quick call or text when they see something arrive in which they think you might be interested. Goodwill and The Salvation Army are also a few places to check out for second hand luxury candle deals.
Discount Websites & Sample Sales
One of our absolute favorite ways to save on luxury candles is to shop for them online through sample sale sites or through discount websites. There are dozens of online places – it just sometimes takes a little bit of digging and searching. But isn’t that new Malin & Goetz candle worth it? Here are some of our not-so-secret shopping sites to save on luxury candles:
- One Kings Lane: This site regularly carries different brands of luxury candles. You can even find Baobab candles here – sweet! While the prices are not routinely discounted on these products, you can keep an eye on specific sample sales that include the candles. It is during this time the prices will be lower. This site offers free standard shipping on the regular, so you are also able to save on shipping costs that way. Subscribe to their newsletter and get 20% off your first order – sweet!
- Gilt: I can’t say enough good things about this site. First, if you place an order, you get free shipping for the next 30 days. They have great sample sales all the time. While the deep discount sales don’t always include candles, they routinely have discounted candles on the site. We’ve discovered some new-to-us luxury brands by browsing their extensive collection. They also have a handful of candles from brands like Byredo and Diptyque. There are some awesome candle accessories on sale, too.
- Rue-La-La: Much of the same candle brands you find on Gilt you will find on Rue-La-La. Sometimes the prices are just a tad bit cheaper on one versus the other, so it’s always a great idea to check both of them out before purchasing. Their candle inventory is routinely discounted, but they also have a clearance section where you can find some rock bottom prices on select candles and accessories.
- Net-A-Porter: Here you’ll find a number of different luxury candle brands. The offerings vary, but they seem to always have some Jo Malone, Fornesetti, Diptyque, and Byredo. You won’t see huge savings here most of the time, but watch for sales on these particular products and you will be able to catch a deal.
- Farfetch: Another place online to find a few luxury brands is Farfetch. Like Net-A-Porter, you have to be on the lookout for real candle deals, but they do have a feature to select for discounted products once you’ve searched for ‘candles.’ Plus you get 10% off your first order when you sign up for their newsletter.
Luxury Candle Marketplaces
There are also a few places that focus only on luxury candles, and you are often able to find some discounts by checking these sites out fairly often. Candles Off Main is one of our favorites and they offer free shipping on orders over $50. They carry dozens of luxury candle brands and you can occasionally find items on sale here. They sometimes have a sitewide sale, so be sure to sign up for their newsletter and/or social media pages to be alerted to those events. We are currently giving away four gift certificates to Candles Off Main, so stop by and enter to win if you haven’t done so already!
Another favorite is Candle Delirium, which offers free shipping on orders over $99 or just $9.95 flat rate if buying less. Anyone who buys candles knows that shipping costs can break the budget, so this is a great perk to see. They carry some of the same brands as Candles Off Main, but they also carry several brands you won’t find there. They tend to have a few more sitewide sales and product line discounts.
The two websites Scents & Sprays and Luxury Candle Brands have some great discounts available. The product selection is a lot more limited here, but it’s a great way to stock up on some favorites or to try out a a brand without a huge investment. Wait for their flash sales and check out the clearance section to get the biggest discounts. Be sure to read the fine print on their return policy, because you don’t want to be stuck with candles you hate. The Lampstand is another place to score discounts on several different candle brands, including some of the luxury candles.
Visit Candlefind and Candle Scoop
Of course we’ll put in a shameless plug for ourselves. Who wouldn’t? There are a number of ways you can use Candlefind in your overall savings plan when on the hunt for luxury candles. For one, check out our reviews of different luxury brands like for the Joy Aubert & Amandine candle. You can make sure you’re spending your money wisely and not throwing candle money down the drain.
We also sometimes have exclusive coupons or deals just for our readers. Staying subscribed to our newsletter is the best way to find out about these. We give away candles several times during the month, often luxury brands. In other words, it pays off in more ways than one to be a part of the Candlefind crowd!
We’re also excited to announce our upcoming Candle Scoop website, which will be filled with alerts on sales, candle deals, and more. We’ll have exclusive shopping guides that help you get the most bang for your buck, as well as in-depth articles to help you maximize your savings. Stay tuned for our announcement on when this site will be available for visitors.
These are some of the smartest ways we’ve found to save on luxury candles. Of course, you can always look in just about every department store or places such as TJ Maxx, too. Candle savings can be found and you don’t really have to commit to paying full price for any particular brand. Not if you know what you’re looking for and how to find it. Hopefully this little candle shopping guide has helped point you in the right directions.