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The Best Handmade Scottish Candle Brands

These are our top picks for the best Scotland has to offer when it comes to handmade quality candles. From humble beginnings, these brands have become household names across the UK and even the world without sacrificing their values and not forgetting where they have come from!

At Candle Jar we aim to source the best Scottish candles, wax melts and more. We handpick every product that’s listed on our website after we’ve tried it ourselves. Because we’ve tested quite a few candles we want to give a nod to our favourite brands and their products. These candles are sure to add a lovely smell throughout your home or provide you with a relaxing scent whilst you’re enjoying a nice hot bath.

None of these candles contain nasty ingredients that can cause your walls to go black or trigger potential asthma attacks, they contain natural ingredients such as Soy wax, essential oils, and natural cotton candle wicks.

So here are our top handmade Scottish Candle brands!

The Best Scottish Candle Brands

  • Shearer Candles
  • Isle Of Skye Candle Company
  • The Melt Pool
  • Lovescottishcandles
  • Jo Macfarlene
  • Arran Aromatics

Shearer Candles

Founded in 1987 on the outskirts of Glasgow Shearer Candles is one of the longest running lifestyle candle companies in the UK. Over a century later, Shearer Candles prides itself on delivering high quality candles that contain only the finest ingredients.

Still a family run business, this once small candle brand now has customers that include leading retailers, hotels and restaurants, not to mention a loyal customer base from around the world including Ed Sheeran and Janet Jackson with 2 stores now open in Glasgow city centre.

In 2014 the brand was nominated for gift of the year and again in 2016 Shearer Candles Couture Collection was shortlisted for Gift Of The Year by the Gift Association.

This is a candle brand in which genuine care and expertise are consistently shown through innovative and high quality products. A quick look through there Amazon product review’s and you’ll struggle to find one that is below 4/5 stars.

We Love

The Highland Collection, they make great gifts and the Ae Fond Kiss scent is a romantic mix of white heather and highland honey, a candle for that someone special.

The Melt Pool

The Melt Pool provide 100% natural products that don't cost the earth. Their candles are made with plant based soy wax and also scented with natural essential oils so the scents you are taking in are of the highest possible quality. If you’ve ever had a candle stain your house with soot, the Melt Pool could be your solution, their candles don't soot or smoke.

They currently have a 5 star rating on Facebook, however, this is only from 13 reviews, we are sure the score would remain this high if they had 100 though! You can also see customer reviews on their testimonial page which speak volumes.

We love

Lemongrass & Lavender, one of our biggest sellers so it’s not just us who think its amazing.  The wax melts are a great value and will scent your whole house!

Isle Of Skye Candle Company

Founded in 2006 by James Robertson, The Isle of Skye candle company has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 years. From renovating the bothy based on his uncle's croft in Braes to having 5 stores throughout Scotland by 2015, this growth is a testament to their reputation as an affordable quality product. The brand rightly won 'Best New Scottish Company' at the Scottish Variety Awards in October 2012.

Rated 4.5/5 on Facebook from 78 reviews, and with 4.8 and 4.3 on TripAdviser for two of its stores you don’t have to look far to see why this brand is on our list.

We Love

Juniper, whether it is a candle, diffuser or an air freshener hanging in the car, is one of our all time favourite scents. 



Established in 2016 by Lesley Landels, lovescottishcandles is well known for their incredible handmade artisan scented candles which are crafted exclusively in the Scottish Borders. Fast forward one year and they opened their first retail store in the heart of Melrose in the Scottish Borders.

Lovescottish candles took home The Scottish Fair Trades Best Product Award for 2018 and combined with a rating of 5, albeit from only 29 facebook reviews lovescottishcandles is a definitely a brand to consider when making your next candle purchase.

We Love

The stunning cream jars are a beautiful addition to any home and are always well received as gifts. 


Arran Aromatics

Arran Aromatics was founded in 1989 by Janet Russell and her husband Iain in the kitchen of their cottage on the beautiful Isle of Arran, making soaps and body creams infused with original fragrances inspired by the landscape and scents of the island they so loved.

In 1997 Arran introduced their first range of handcrafted, scented candles. With 147 to choose from, Arran Aromatics established itself as a candle connoisseur within the next years the brand would go onto open its first store.

A current rating of 4.7/5 from 88 reviews on Facebook reflect the quality of the products the brand produces.

We Love

After The Rain Candle -

It rains all over Scotland, but the smell after the rain is unique in different areas however Arran Aromatics has captured a little of it all.  A unique scent from a unique Island.


Jo Macfarlane

Jo Macfarlane is an award winning Scottish hand poured luxury scented candle maker, based in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife.

She has been shortlisted for ‘Bricks and clicks’ Best Multi Channel Small Business with The Smalls Awards, won one of the Small Business Saturday 100 places, won Small Business Sunday with Theo Paphitis, ‘Women on Wednesday’ with Jacqueline Gold. She always offers candle making workshops which are great for anyone wanted to learn the tricks of the trade!

Her destination Range Luxury Hudson candle was shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2017. Her quality candles are also recognised by luxury hotels in London and across Scotland with some requesting bespoke fragranced candles.

The current put her at 5/5 from and 34 TripAdvisor reviews also put her at 5/5.

Special Shout Outs

Esscentual Candles

Currently rated 5/5 on Etsy, and winner of The Scottish Fair Trade Bronze Award 2018 these candles are high quality with some awesome designs and packaging combined with some creative fragrances


A small up and coming brand, with great scents, currently exclusively available to buy online from Candle Jar.

Highland Soap Company

We love the Scottish Heather Soy candle, a lovely fragrance that evokes memories of summer walks in the highlands. 

Currently rated 4.5 on Trip Advisor with 26 reviews.

 Think we have missed any of the list? Let us know in the comments below!



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