Literary Paraphernalia: Bookish Candles from Hearth & Hammer

I have no more classes to attend—forever. On Monday, I’ll turn in my last final project and kiss academia goodbye.

It’s a funny feeling. Before this, I could map out my future. Community college, university, graduate school. And what’s left now hasn’t been drawn yet.

It’s a little thrilling and a little freeing and a little stressful. Since I graduated a term early, I now get to watch my friends deal with preparing portfolios and final papers. And because of that, this week’s literary paraphernalia (and probably the next few) are inspired by items to help relax a book lover.

These literary candles are all from the Chicago-based Etsy shop, Hearth & Hammer. All candles are made with natural soy wax.

Burning Books

Inspired by Fahrenheit 451. Scents of cinnamon, orange, and fir. According to the owners, it “smells like you’re sitting by a fire reading your favorite banned book.”

Signal Fire

Inspired by The Lord of the Flies. Scents of leather, tobacco, amber, and musk. According to the owners, it’s “to make you feel like you’re right on the island with Simon, Piggy and the boys.”

Open Road

Inspired by On the Road. Scents of meadow grass and sandalwood. According to the owners, it smells like wandering “through sawdust-covered towns and feel the meadow grass on your bare feet with Kerouac and Moriarty.”

Holden in N.Y.

Inspired by Catcher in the Rye. Scents of oak moss, amber, sage, and cedarwood. According to the owners, “Feel like you’re wandering around New York with Holden with this strong, masculine smelling candle.”

Gatsby’s Green Light

Inspired by The Great Gatsby. Scents of ocean air, musk, and earthy vanilla. According to the owners, “You can just imagine Gatsby standing on the edge of his estate staring longingly over the harbor towards the only piece of Daisy he can see: the green light.”

Sterling Silver Victorian Vesta Case

And THIS, just because, I mean, she has mermaid hair.


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