All the best made-in-Pittsburgh candles for fall

Pumpkin spice and everything nice, here’s 10 locally made candles you can buy right now

by Stephanie Brea
September 22, 2020

The past few months at home, I have been burning through my existing candle stash (pun intended). But none of them remind me of smoky campfires or pumpkin pie or even just curling up under a quilt and reading a book.

As COVID-19 continues, I have been trying to use some of my paycheck to make small, possibly unnecessary, treat-yourself type purchases each week because I am grateful to still have a job and I want to support others. So, as it starts to get dark earlier, and I take the quilts out of storage and start wearing cardigans literally every day, it’s time to order some new candles. I did some research so you don’t have to.

North Ave Candles // For the mystery lover

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Do you love mysteries as much as I do? Questions to ask yourself: Did you once break into a hotel room with a bobby pin thanks to reading Nancy Drew? Do you knit to reruns of “Murder She Wrote” and press play on episodes of “Miss Marple” when you can’t sleep at night? If you answered yes to any of these, then North Ave Candle’s Once Upon A Crime candle collection is for you. For ultimate “fall” vibes, choose Sherlock Holmes Cherrywood and Pipe Smoke.

New Moon Beginnings // Need some positive energy?

Even though I haven’t thought much about crystals since high school, I love this mixed six-pack of fall and Halloween tealights with healing crystals and herb energy by NewMoonBeginnings on Etsy. Why? Because they are perfect for trying out lots of different scents, especially if you are ordering online and cannot smell in person. Brillant! Plus, we all could use a little bit of positive healing energy nowadays.

NewMoonBeginnings also has this pumpkin pie scented candle in a jack-o-lantern jar, which would look great on your coffee table or flickering in the background of your Zoom happy hours.

Sweet Water Decor // Fall in love with these scents

Want to buy all of your fall scents at once? Sweetwaterdecor’s Etsy shop offers a three-pack of popular fall scents: Pumpkin Spice, Leaves, and Hello Fall. Need something for sipping your hot cider? Sweet Water Decor also has some galvanized steel mugs with a fall theme. If you are looking for something to keep you warm, don’t miss these Turkish throw blankets.

Ancient Trees Co. // Find just the right scent for you

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I don’t know about you, but for me, fall sometimes means ending the evening with cider or cocoa instead of a cocktail. Ancient Trees Co., out of Belle Vernon, offers a pick-your-own scent, dye-free, soy candle. And there are so many scents to choose from, I lost count on the dropdown menu. But, “fall” highlights include Macintosh Apple, Hot Cocoa, and Cracking Birch.

EttaArlene // For those who need a spooky smell

What does a zombie smell like? The Zombie candle from EttaArlene offers the scent of blackberry and sage. The Vampire candle offers the scent of blood orange. If spooky colors and scents aren’t your thing, EttaArlene also their vegan soy candles in Fall Spice and Sweet Pumpkin scents.

You can see all of our favorite fall candles from Pittsburgh makers available on Etsy here.


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Stephanie has been organizing events since 1998, starting with a series of motorcycle rides through the Arizona desert to support her father’s business. She’s probably crossed your name off a presale ticket list or served you a beer somewhere around town. An undergrad degree in poetry means she has lots of unpractical knowledge about iambic pentameter, while a brief stint as a copy editor for Alternative Press taught her that twenty one pilots is stylized in all lowercase letters. Wanna throw a party in a vacant parking lot? She’s interested. At the onset of COVID-19, Stephanie took on the role...

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