Queer Candle Co.
We're Ab (they/them) & Al (she/her), and we've been making candles together since 2017. For us, candle making started as a fun hobby to enjoy together as a couple. When our own candle collection grew out of hand, we began selling them via DM’s on Instagram. After selling out of our initial inventory in less than 24 hours, we realized we were onto something! Fast forward to today, we have a bustling candle workshop in Brooklyn and are so grateful to be building a brand and products that we believe in side by side.
Each QCC candle is topped with a visual representation of the scent (generally herbs, but sometimes including dehydrated fruits or salt rocks)! Our 100% domestic soy wax candles burn longer and cleaner than paraffin options, and our attention to detail in sourcing materials means that our fragrances are fresh, non-toxic, and authentic!
As a queer-couple-owned business, it's important to us that we use part of our profits to promote visibility and amplify the voices of members of our community - specifically the voices of trans women and non binary people of color. That's why we donate 10% of our monthly earnings to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, an NYC grassroots organization working to "guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence."
What's queer about your candles?
This is the #1 question we get from shoppers! The answer is layered:
As a queer-owned business, it’s important to us that the platform we build is reflective of our community. We love making candles, but it’s not the only important part of QCC. Our whole business, starting from the name and permeating through the rest of our work is formed around a focus on queerness. We are proud to hire other queer folks and to make an effort to build community with and elevate other LGBTQ+ businesses. Through the donations we make to SRLP, we are allowing our customers to vote with their dollar and not only support our queer business, but also support the larger LGBTQ+ community.
In addition to its association with the LGBTQIA community, the word “queer” is a great reflection of our brand: unique and unusual! We’ve taken an everyday household item and found ways to make them special and full of intention.