RectoandVerso

Purveyors of Fine Literary Gifts

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Announcement    🧡 We are currently experiencing a product shortage due to delays with our suppliers. Please message us for updates on specific scents you're looking for and we will do our best to let you know when they will become available again.
💚 NEW Bronte Collection: Wuthering Heights inspired candles (Heathcliff & Catherine) are our newest releases. Jane Eyre inspired candles will arrive in the shop soon!
💛 Follow us on Instagram @rectoandversoshop for discounts, sales, and more exciting news!
❤️ Black lids for all of our full size (8 oz.) candles are in short supply due to COVID-19 shortages. As such, we are transitioning to silver candle lids on a permanent basis.
🧡 We aim to release new candle collections a few times a year, so stay tuned!

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 8, 2021

🧡 We are currently experiencing a product shortage due to delays with our suppliers. Please message us for updates on specific scents you're looking for and we will do our best to let you know when they will become available again.
💚 NEW Bronte Collection: Wuthering Heights inspired candles (Heathcliff & Catherine) are our newest releases. Jane Eyre inspired candles will arrive in the shop soon!
💛 Follow us on Instagram @rectoandversoshop for discounts, sales, and more exciting news!
❤️ Black lids for all of our full size (8 oz.) candles are in short supply due to COVID-19 shortages. As such, we are transitioning to silver candle lids on a permanent basis.
🧡 We aim to release new candle collections a few times a year, so stay tuned!

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About RectoandVerso

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We endeavor to bring the perfection of the sensory reading experience into the world through aesthetically pleasing literary candles.

There is precious little in this world that can compare to the exquisite feeling of falling in love with a book. Reading is a sensory experience - we hear the characters speaking, we see their worlds assembled in our mind's eye, we feel their emotions and relate to their thoughts. In books, we are understood.

At Recto & Verso, we endeavor to bring the perfection of the sensory reading experience into the world through aesthetically pleasing literary candles. We aim to pull some of that magic from the pages of our most beloved books into the present, so that every experience can be as rewarding as cracking open a well-loved tome and getting lost for a few hours.

Our candles are a way for us to bring our favorite books to life - to surround ourselves in a sensory memory even after we've turned the final page. Our scents are carefully curated and blended to remind us of the characters we read about and who, at the end of the day, feel like our companions and friends.

We love what we do, and we hope you'll join us on our journey to make the joys of the literary life a bit more accessible to everyone.

Disclaimer: Our products are completely and totally unofficial. They are in no way affiliated with the original texts, authors, books, series, etc. from which we take inspiration.

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Last updated on Oct 8, 2020
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Care instructions

For the best possible burn, please trim your candle wick to approximately 1/4 of an inch in between each use. You can trim your wick with a pair of scissors.

Due to changes in temperature during shipping, some candle labels may arrive with a few minor wrinkles or air bubbles between the label and the candle jar. If this should happen, please use the side of a credit card to smooth the air out of the label.

Please consult the caution label on the bottom of your candle for further care instructions. Likewise, feel free to message us on Etsy or Instagram with any questions!

Gift wrapping and packaging

Our products are packaged with the utmost care to preserve the integrity of each candle. Each product is wrapped and cushioned to prevent any breakage during shipping and handling.

Our candle + book gift sets are packaged in white gift boxes and accented with decorative paper shred. Please note that the color of decorative shred may vary by box, but we work to coordinate colors so that each box is uniquely beautiful.

Our 8 oz. candles are cushioned and packed in 4x4x4 inch boxes for easy gifting.

Each of our candle lids are hand-stamped with a wax seal. Please note that the color of each wax seal will vary, but we do color-coordinate based on candle and jar color. Gift sets of more than one candle will all have the same color seal.

Custom and personalized orders

Are you hosting a bridal or baby shower? A birthday, engagement, or anniversary party? Or, perhaps, you'd like to bring a little something special to your next book club meeting...

Our candles and gift sets make great additions to any special gathering or event, and we are happy to work with you individually on custom quantity orders. Our 4 oz. candles make unforgettable party favors, and our 8 oz. candles are perfect for gifting or displaying.

Send us a message and let us know how we can help make your next event even more special!

Please note that all custom orders incur a $5 listing fee.

Requests

We are always planning new literary-inspired candle collections here at Recto & Verso, but we would love to hear from you if there is a particular book, character, or author you'd like to see represented in our shop.

Please feel free to drop us a line here on Etsy or on Instagram, and we will be sure to add your suggestion to our list for consideration as we develop new scents and candle series.

Shipping

We offer free USPS Priority Mail shipping on orders totaling $35 and over. For expedited shipping, please contact us so we can work with you to ensure your order arrives on time.

We aim to recycle and reuse packing materials as much as possible in order to refrain from creating waste. Please be aware of this, as packaging materials may vary by individual shipment. Thank you for helping us stay green!

Sizing details

We currently offer our candles in two sides: 4 oz. and 8 oz. jars. Please check individual listings for more sizing specifications.

As of right now, we do not sell our 4 oz. candles individually - only in gift sets. But, as always, please get in touch with us if you have a custom order or size request!