Queer Candle Co. was born in 2018 when we, the couple behind the candles, decided to take our candle-making hobby to the next level! We started out pouring a few candles every night in the kitchen of our one bedroom NYC apartment after working our day jobs - fast forward a few years, QCC has become a full time job for both of us and we’re working out of our new space in Philadelphia (though we still have a space in Brooklyn too!)
Each one of our soy wax candles is poured by hand in small batches using authentic and non-toxic fragrances. Every candle is decorated on top with a visual representation of the scent (generally herbs, but sometimes including dehydrated fruits or salt rocks)!
As a trans and queer owned business, it's important to us that our profits promote visibility and amplify the voices of members of our community - specifically the voices of QTBIPOC folks. We contribute 10% of our profits to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, an NYC based 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." To read more about SRLP, click here!
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 LGBTQ 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.