Scented Candles Inspired by History & Culture

Claymont, Delaware
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About WertherAndGray

Sales 5,067
On Etsy since 2015


Werther & Gray is a very small artisan candle company located in Claymont, Delaware.

Our name combines two literary characters that bookend the Romantic era – from Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774) and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890).

The Werther & Gray brand produces themed candles that go beyond scent to offer an engaging aesthetic experience. Most of our candles feature unique labels inspired by vintage designs or artwork, which connect our fragrances with interesting concepts. The materials we have carefully chosen allow us to achieve vibrant colors, elegant designs and superior burn performance.

The sense of smell is so often associated with memory, and each one of our candles is meant to evoke a memory, even if just from your own imagination. There are many valuable ways to interact with the past. Werther & Gray's audience is a varied group of history buffs, romantics, aesthetes, dreamers, hipsters, artists and old souls. Which one are you?

Shop members

  • Charles

    Owner, Creator, Shipper

    Art school graduate. Collector of books. Museum lover. Tea drinker. Student of the 19th century. Gothic at heart. Avid consumer of British television.

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Last updated on Nov 30, 2019
Frequently asked questions
What kind of wax do you use?

Werther & Gray is committed to using a high quality soy blend wax for all candle products in the shop. Parasoy is non-toxic, biodegradable, vegan and blends the best properties of soy and paraffin while limiting the less desirable qualities of both. Parasoy offers the superior aesthetics and scent throw of paraffin as well as a slower burn which is characteristic of soy.

Care instructions

CANDLE BURNING GUIDE: Never leave a burning candle unattended. Do not burn near children and pets. Burn only on a level, fire resistant surface away from flammable materials. Do not handle or attempt to move the candle while wax is hot or melted. Never burn for more than 4 hours at a time. Keep wick trimmed to 1/4" to minimize sooting and uneven burning. Do not burn when wax level has reached 1/2" or less from bottom of container. Keep wick trimmings and foreign materials out of wax pool. To prevent tunneling, burn candle the first time so that wax pool reaches edge of container.

Wholesale availability

Since the closing of Etsy Wholesale, we no longer fulfill wholesale orders on the Etsy platform. As it is against Etsy's policies to redirect sales off the site, we unfortunately cannot direct you to where we process our wholesale orders.

Custom and personalized orders

Werther & Gray is not currently accepting custom work for retail orders.

Will my order arrive by _____ date?

Because USPS does not guarantee delivery on or by a specific day, we also cannot guarantee delivery of your order by a particular date. However, it is very likely that your order, if shipped USPS Priority, will arrive within 3 days of being shipped.

International orders can spend several weeks in transit, or even longer sometimes. We are not responsible for transit times, delays caused by customs, or any loss in value due to late deliveries.

If you are concerned about when your order will be posted, please check the current processing time listed in the "Shipping & Policies" section, or the "ship by" date on orders already submitted.

Orders marked as Gifts

When you mark an order as a gift, Etsy automatically excludes prices from your packing slip. If you do not mark it as a gift, your recipient will be able to see the prices. This is the ONLY difference when marking as gift.

We do not offer gift wrapping at this time, but every candle that we ship in every order is carefully wrapped in colored tissue paper. If you are ordering in larger volumes, we will use bubble wrap or something similar instead of tissue paper.

Extreme Weather Conditions

Candles are susceptible to melting in transit when delivered to areas with extreme heat (Looking at you, Phoenix, AZ!). Please consider ordering during cooler months or arrange to pickup your package at the post office to minimize time spent in very hot delivery vehicles. Werther & Gray ships all over the world and cannot be responsible for all weather conditions that may affect successful delivery of your candles. We don't refund orders that are damaged due to your local weather.

Backordered Items

Because we sell on many different platforms, sometimes the availability of items does not reflect our inventory. In the event that we have oversold an item, your order will become "made to order" and we will notify you if the ship time has changed.

Oops! I used the wrong address. Now what?

Unfortunately Etsy doesn't allow sellers to change addresses until we fulfill orders, and with large order queues it can be difficult to keep track of whose order needs to be corrected. If your order has not yet shipped, we will cancel your order so you can place a new one with the correct address.

Damaged/Missing Items

Our policy is to refund items that have been damaged in transit; we do not send replacements for damaged items. Please provide pictures when you contact us so we can file a claim with USPS.

We are happy to step in when there are mailing issues up until the point of delivery, but unfortunately once shipments are marked as delivered there is very little we can do from our side. When a shipment is missing but marked delivered, it is an issue best resolved between the recipient and their post office.