Novelly Yours Candles

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Announcement    Novelly Yours creates soy candles with scents inspired by books as well as a new line of candles for the home! Each candle is carefully crafted and hand-poured from all-natural soy wax in the suburbs of Chicago.

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Average processing time approx is 5 - 8 business days from time of order, not including shipping. Holiday processing time (November - December) is approximately 5 - 15 business days. Please allow the proper time for your order to be processed. If you have a deadline for your order, please let me know and I will do my best to meet it.
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Last updated on Dec 12, 2020

Novelly Yours creates soy candles with scents inspired by books as well as a new line of candles for the home! Each candle is carefully crafted and hand-poured from all-natural soy wax in the suburbs of Chicago.

Don't forget to check out even more listings at my website,!

Average processing time approx is 5 - 8 business days from time of order, not including shipping. Holiday processing time (November - December) is approximately 5 - 15 business days. Please allow the proper time for your order to be processed. If you have a deadline for your order, please let me know and I will do my best to meet it.
If you are purchasing as a gift to be sent straight to a recipient, please mark as a gift when ordering. All gifts are sent without pricing info.

** Please note any IL residents will be charged IL state sales tax **



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About NovellyYours

Sales 5,776
On Etsy since 2015

Candles inspired by favorite novels

Hi, I’m Brittany! If you’re looking for more info about Novelly Yours, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a little bit more about the story behind the shop and the candles themselves:

I had been wanting to get into candle making for the longest time and picked it up on a whim, just wanting a new hobby to try. Once I got the hang of what I was doing, I started looking for inspiration for scents and colors. I’m a huge reader and some of you may know me as the face behind the blog at The Book Addict’s Guide! Since reading is really my number one hobby and such a big part of my list, the first thing I turned for inspiration were my favorite books! What better thing to do than take two passions — books and candles — and combine them into one amazing element that I can share with other bookworms!

Even though the bookish candle market seems to be flooded with options now, back when I first started my shop, I had a hard time finding candles for my favorite fandoms like The Lunar Chronicles, the Grisha Trilogy, and Maggie Stiefvater’s books. My very first candles EVER were inspired by The Scorpio Races. Although they’re not currently available for sale right now (they’ve been semi-retired), they were The Scorpio Sea and November Cakes!

Novelly Yours Candles is designed to be a source of fandom and bookish merch for any book-lover out there. The majority of the candles are currently inspired by young adult novels but the sky is the limit! I can’t help myself when it comes to new ideas. I’m always trying to come up with more generally bookish candles for any kind of bookworm and I occasionally dip into some adult fiction and classics as well. I’m even inspired by some movies or TV shows, especially when it comes to seasonal candles, and there are even a few Princess-inspired candles in the shop as well!

There’s a little bit of something for everyone here at Novelly Yours. I hope you take the time to look around and find something you like!


All candles from Novelly Yours are made with all-natural soy wax. I’ve decided to go with a little bit higher grade of candle wax which helps maintain that beautifully smooth finish, free of bumps, cracks, and blemishes. The higher grade of wax also helps prevent some frosting, which is a very common occurrence in soy candles. Some discoloration tends to happen after the first burn but that’s very common for any soy candles, as the dye and fragrance oils resettle and have been burned away.

Novelly Yours candles are not made with any materials that have been tested on animals. Any candles without dye are vegan-friendly! I reached out to my dye supplier to request information if the dyes were vegan friendly and they weren’t able to obtain that information from their supplier, so I don’t currently advertise all of the candles as vegan. The dyes may be vegan as well but my supplier was not able to confirm or deny that so if you’re looking for any vegan candles in my shop, anything without dye (white in color) is vegan-friendly!

All candles are homemade and hand-poured by me in the Chicago suburbs. I also recently started renting space for a little work area outside of my home (still in the Chicago suburbs) so candle time will be split between the two locations! No matter where they’re made, each Novelly Yours candle is carefully designed, crafted, and packaged — you guessed it — all by me!

And lastly, I try very hard to make sure each candle is a unique name and design! I love coming up with new ideas and I’m always trying to make sure that Novelly Yours candles are constantly unique and innovative! All fragrances, color, candle design, and name choices are carefully selected and I also personally design and create each label myself! When you purchase a Novelly Yours candle, you’re receiving an item that has had a lot of personal time and attention poured into it (no pun intended, but that can also be taken literally)!

Thanks for considering Novelly Yours for your bookish soy candle choice! There are a lot of options out there and I appreciate the conscious selection to purchase from my small business. The success of my shop is directly thanks to all of my amazing customers out there so I thank you for your constant support and shout outs! I couldn’t do it without you!

NOVELLY YOURS CANDLES is owned and operated by Brittany Smith, an avid bookworm who lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband. When she’s not making candles, Brittany can often be found with her nose stuck in a book.

Find Novelly Yours on the web:
Twitter: @novellyyours
Instagram: @novellyyours

Shop members

  • Brittany Smith


    Brittany is the owner and operator of Novelly Yours Candles. She handles every single aspect of the business from concept to creation, shipping & customer service, and everything in between!

Shop policies

Last updated on March 22, 2020
Thank you for considering Novelly Yours! Current processing time is 2-7 business days before shipment. If you ever need an order by a specific time, please let me know and I will be happy to try to accommodate!

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I will accept returns on ANY order for any reason but refunds may not be eligible for all cases.

Exchanges or replacements at zero charge will only be processed if the item has a fundamental issue (production/quality) or was damaged in shipment and we are able to process a claim.

If you wish to exchange a candle for a non-fundamental issue (like you didn't like the scent as much as you had hoped), you may exchange the candle for a new one. BUT shipping costs to return the candle to Novelly Yours is the customer's responsibility. Once I have received the unwanted candle safely, I can send out an exchange. This can be a long process!

For any items that have been damaged in shipment, please immediately send photos of the damaged candles and we will file a claim with the postal carrier. PLEASE NOTE this process takes time and claim may need to be approved before I am able to send replacement items. ** This does not include melting issues ** I cannot be held responsible for any items that have melted in transit or while sitting on a porch.

I cannot process any returns or refunds without first seeing what the issue is.

If you need to make a return, please contact me within a week of receiving the order. All returns must be shipped back in unused condition (candle must be unlit, melts fully in tact) at shipper's expense.

Once the package has shipped and tracking has been initiated, I can no longer be held responsible for how it is handled in transit/delivery so please be understanding when there are shipping issues.

Any orders where tracking shows "delivered" cannot be refunded as that is my proof of delivery. The package may be lost or stolen. If the package is still missing after performing investigations, it may need to be reordered.
Please note that all IL residents will be charge state sales tax!

If payment is not received within seven days of order, please note your order may be cancelled.
Processing time is usually around 2-7 business days after payments go through. If there are any delays for any reason, I will be sure to contact the customer. Please allow proper time to produce the order.

All shipments will be sent in a secure box via USPS with tracking. Any orders under 1lb will be shipped via USPS First Class Mail. Any orders over 1lb will be shipped USPS Priority. Shipping options will be determined based on quantity/size of items as well as weight. I have eliminated USPS Ground Shipping because Priority was almost always cheaper, comes with insurance, and ships quicker!

All shipping rates are estimated from by Etsy so please check their pricing calculator before messaging! The rates available from the shop are the best possible costs I can offer. Please note that shipping costs include costs for packaging, padding, and boxes as well as label. I currently receive no shipping discounts so unfortunately, I can't discount shipping at this time. Shipping costs are non-negotiable BUT if you feel like a shipping cost may be incorrect, please do send me a message and I will look into it. Some larger orders are not calculated correctly by Etsy for whatever reason and we can come up with a solution. I also do refund any excess shipping that a customer may have paid if it didn't end up costing that much.

If your box is damaged by the postal carrier, please send photos to me immediately and we can file a claim with the post office. Novelly Yours cannot be held responsible for any carrier-caused damages but I will work with customers to find a happy solution should this occur!

The summer months can get hot! Candles should not be left in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time so please keep in mind how long your package will be left unattended/on a porch/in a hot area if ordering in the summer. Novelly Yours cannot be held responsible for any damages due to melting nor any issues with a package being damaged in transit. BUT if an issue does arise, let me know and we can work something out on a case-by-case basis.

If a box is lost in the mail (i.e., tracking never updates), I will start a search with the post office to locate it. If the box can be found, it will be sent on to the customer. If the box cannot be located, we will file a claim and if the claim is approved, I will send out a replacement. PLEASE NOTE that these processes take time! Please have patience as these are postal issues and not a reflection on the shop.

Please note that Novelly Yours cannot be responsible for lost or stolen packages!!! If any package has been marked as "DELIVERED" and you cannot locate it, unfortunately, I cannot refund or replace these items. The tracking is my proof that it was delivered safely by the postal carrier. If this happens, please double check the address that was provided, ask around to family/friends/neighbors, and check with the post office to make sure it wasn't brought back to your local branch. If none of these options turn up your package, unfortunately I cannot assist with refunds since I cannot claim insurance on a delivered package. Items will need to be reordered.

No, I cannot guarantee a delivery date. I will work as best as I can to make sure your item arrives on time but I am a small business with a family and another full-time job. I will process a rush order as fast as I can if a delivery date is requested, otherwise your order will ship within the allotted 2-7 processing days.
The postal service is responsible for delivering your packages. If there are any delays in shipment, I will work with you to find out where the package is and what the ETA might be but once it has left my hands, I cannot be responsible for any shipping delays.
If you are in need of a rush order, please DO NOT use USPS First Class shipping. This shipping option is the cheapest but can take up to 7 - 10 business days to arrive. Please use Priority shipping rates if you need an item quickly. I will process a shipment as whatever you paid for. Any shipping upgrades will not be processed for free unless the delay is on my end as the manufacturer.

I ship internationally! Shipping costs can be calculated with the shipping estimator on any item page (and if you've used it, yes, that is accurate). PLEASE NOTE that in some countries, extra customs charges may apply. The customer is responsible for paying those extra customs so please do be aware prior to purchasing. If you have any questions or issues, please contact me!
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Orders are processed upon payment and do take time to make so please keep lead time in mind when ordering! I can process custom orders if you have a specific idea or would like a specific book, but please keep in mind this may lead to extra charges or longer lead time.

Please do keep in mind that these scents are my creative interpretation of places or ideas from books. They may vary from another person's interpretation.

All candles from Novelly Yours are made with the maximum scent that this type of soy wax can hold. Adding more fragrance than the wax can hold only wastes it and may even cause a candle to smell LESS because it's essentially overload for the wax!

Please also note that some fragrances are not as strong as others. Candles with "softer" smells (like some earthy smells) don't have that overpowering hot throw that you get from "strong" smells like florals, spices, or pine. This is just a natural way of fragrances and has nothing to do with the quantity of fragrance added to the candle! Please keep this in mind when selecting your scents.

If you feel that your candle is not filling a whole room with fragrance, here are some options to try to help:
// Relocate your candle to a smaller room. For example, my open floor plan house lets fragrances permeate between a number of rooms and takes a few candles to get a concentrated smell! You'll be able to smell a candle more in a smaller or more contained room.
// Buy a larger candle! The tealights, 2oz candles, and 4oz candles MAY fill a room but are not designed to fill a room with scent due to their small size.
// Step out of the room and come back in a few minutes later. Your nose gets used to smells over time and you may be adjusting to the scent!

Please burn your candle responsibly. Do not leave burning candles unattended. Be mindful of where you place your candle while it is burning (do not burn inside of shelves, near books or other flammable items, near pets, DO burn on proper surface, etc). Each candle tin has little feet to help avoid direct heat from a candle on your solid surface but please keep in mind that burning for extended periods of time (like four hours or more) will heat up that container and it may be hot to the touch! Place candles on a coaster/safe surface to avoid any possible damage.

Do burn candles until the wax melts and pools to the outer edges of the containers! Lighting and quickly extinguishing candles causes the wax to tunnel, burning straight down several times instead of gradually melting the entire surface. You won't get as much life out of your candles and it won't look as pretty either!

Trim your wicks! Ideal wick height is about 1/4", give or take. Keeping wicks trimmed prevents flames from getting out of control and overly sooty.

Once the item is received safe and whole by the customer, Novelly Yours cannot be held responsible for how the candle is used.
This Privacy Policy describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through or its related sites and services.
This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of third parties that I do not own or control, including Etsy or any third party services you access through Etsy. You can reference the Etsy Privacy Policy to learn more about its privacy practices.

To fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorized Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order of jewelry, for example), if you contact me directly.
I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
• as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
• when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
• if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
• as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest to improve my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.


Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
• Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
• Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
• Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
• Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.


I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU
I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.


If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:
• Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
• Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
• Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
• Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.


For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Brittany Smith, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at brittany [!at] Alternately, you may mail me at:
P.O. BOX 341, BRISTOL, IL 60512.

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Last updated on May 23, 2018
Frequently asked questions
How can I save on shipping/why does shipping cost so much?

I ALWAYS will ship the cheapest way possible for you. Etsy automatically calculates shipping for me but the best possible deal based on the items you selected will always apply.

Please also keep in mind that shipping includes cost of boxes, padding, and packaging for the candles.

Unfortunately I cannot give any discounts on shipping at this time since I don't currently receive any discounts. Yes, that is what it costs to ship internationally! :(

Do you do bulk orders for subscription boxes/promo/etc?

I do! If you're looking to place a bulk order, please EMAIL me at novellyyours [!at] gmail [!dot] com to discuss pricing, quantity, customization, and lead times.

Once I receive your email, I'll send back some bulk order FAQs along with pricing and details and we can get started!

As with regular orders, unfortunately I can't discount shipping at this time.