Scented candles aren’t anything new. So you might be thinking: Why are they today’s latest craze? I wondered the same at first. Then, in my search for answers, I eventually found myself hopping on the bandwagon.
While scented candles used to be just that — candles that are scented — today, they offer much more. They’re gorgeously packaged, and their scents can range from simple fragrances to ones you wouldn’t even have imagined in a candle. There are candles inspired by nearly anything under the sun: travel destinations, the most iconic candies of the ’90s — and now, even our favourite K-pop stars. (Yes, ARMYs: I’m talking about BTS-inspired scented candles!)
As I was scrolling through my social media apps, I stumbled upon a whole series of BTS-inspired scented candles that I just had to have. (And mind you, I was never even a scented candle person before this.) Not only were their scents thoughtfully conceptualised; they’re packaged so beautifully, too — perfect for prettying up our spaces. I’ve handpicked some of the loveliest scented candles that are perfect for gifting, whether it’s for yourself or your BTS-loving friends. Keep reading to find the best one for you!
BTS-inspired scented candles
Duende’s scented candles captured my attention (and my heart) with their minimalist, yet clearly BTS-inspired packaging. Their pure soy candles, which come in a set of two, are named after BTS songs and have some of the loveliest scents to match. The Spring Day candle is gardenia scented, while the Life Goes On scent is a mix of ylang-ylang and peppermint. Both fragrances are as soothing as the comforting songs they’re inspired by.
What truly sets Duende apart, though, is that the candles come with a thoughtfully curated playlist. Each Euphoria Set includes a care card, as well as a code that will lead you straight to a Spotify playlist once it’s scanned. Duende encourages you to play the songs while your candle is lit — this perfect pairing will provide you with the ultimate sensory experience!
For more information, visit Duende’s official Instagram page.
With a clean and simple design, Rekindle’s scented candles are perfect for those going for a white-and-wood aesthetic. (We love that the jars are reusable, too!) They offer a selection of BTS-inspired scented candles that they call their Borahae Scents, each named after a song by the K-pop group.
I love that their scents aren’t typical combinations you’ll find just anywhere, either. Moon is a mix of lavender and bergamot; With Luv is a unique combination of lavender and pumpkin spice; Spring Day is lavender, mint, and lime; and finally, Life Goes On is grapefruit, lemongrass, orange, and lavender.
Since launching their Borahae scents, they’ve since added two more to their lineup: Young Forever, a mix of peach and vanilla; and In the Soop, a combination of cedarwood, bergamot, and pine. Honestly, it’s hard to choose just one!
For more information, visit Rekindle’s official Instagram page.
3. Pied Piper MNL
In the ARMY universe, it’s a well-known fact that official BTS merchandise gets wiped out very, very quickly. So, when the Weverse Shop released scented candles inspired by BTS’ latest album, Be, a lot of fans were sadly unable to purchase any for themselves. This inspired Pied Piper MNL to create BTS-inspired scented candles of their own.
Their stunning candles are packaged in glass jars and wooden lids, and each candle takes inspiration from some of the K-pop group’s best-loved songs: Life Goes On, Euphoria, Blue & Grey, Seesaw, Epiphany, Dynamite, Boy With Luv, and Spring Day. To add to their appeal, every purchase even comes with a gift box and — best of all — a photo card. (We all know how much BTS fans love their photo cards!)
Their lineup of scents includes the following:
- Be: Seabreeze
- Spring Day: Cherry blossom
- Seesaw: Lemon, grapefruit, and peppermint
- Euphoria: Lavender
- Blue & Grey: Lavender and vanilla
- Dynamite: Sparkling apple cinnamon
- Boy with Luv: Lavender and rose
What’s more, Pied Piper MNL also came up with special candles just in time for two particular members’ birthdays. The Still With You (warm cotton and soap) and Bicycle (wood sage and florals) come with beautiful resin coasters, purple match sticks, and photo cards!
Having trouble narrowing down your choices? Pied Piper MNL also offers discounts for those who order bundles of three or five!
4. Craft Studio Candles
Simple yet meaningful — that’s the perfect way to describe Craft Studio Candles’ BTS-inspired scented candles. While they don’t boast an extravagant design, these special edition I Purple You candles are enough to make any ARMY fall in love. After all, nothing says “borahae” quite like a purple heart.
The soy candles are lavender scented, and we absolutely love that they’re poured into heart-shaped bowls. Craft Studio Candles definitely gets plus points, as they even encourage their buyers to reuse them — they’re great for holding little trinkets! To top it all off, the candles come with freebies like photo cards, postcards, and a Spotify sticker that directs you to a curated BTS playlist. Anyone can see just how much thought and care is put into every package!
One candle for every BTS member? *Adds everything to cart.* Soyaa offers seven unique candles — each one inspired by a different BTS member, and named after their solo tracks. They all have unique scents, and are designed with illustrations with the corresponding members. The candles are available in two sizes: 100g in tin cans and 200mL in glass jars with wooden lids.
Here’s a list of Soyaa’s seven BTS-inspired soy candles:
- Daechwita (Suga): Coffee mocha and vanilla
- Hope World (J-Hope): Sea breeze, fresh bamboo
- Moonchild (RM): Sandalwood, rose
- Euphoria (Jung Kook): Cucumber, melon
- Winterbear (V): Peppermint
- Moon (Jin): Cherry blossom
- Filter (Jimin): Bergamot, jasmine
When it comes to the latest trends, you can be sure that Can.dela has a candle inspired by it. ARMYs in particular are spoilt for choice! Their offerings include BTS scented candles that include Butter (buttermilk or plum), Permission to Dance (raspberry, lemon, vanilla), and In the Soop (pin, fir, oakmoss). They even came out with a Pink Butter (raspberry, strawberry, vanilla cream) candle inspired by Bangtan’s collaboration with Meghan Thee Stallion!
K-drama fans, you may also want to check out Can.dela’s other cool offerings, such as their candles inspired by popular dramas like Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Vincenzo and Nevertheless. After all, we can never have enough K-drama merch!
It seems there’s an endless amount of BTS merch for fans to collect — from official releases to fan-made items. Merchandise created by ARMYs, however, have such a special place in my heart. Just like with these BTS scented candles, they’re always made and packaged with so much love. Hope you all enjoy your candles; I can already imagine how amazing your homes are going to smell! Borahae!
Featured image credit: Pied Piper MNL | Official Shopee Page