Run Oregon Stocking Stuffer: Spirit Jars from Northern Lights Candles

At Run Oregon, we primarily write about running. However, we believe that a person should strive to have a holistic health profile and not limit themselves. Aromatherapy has historically just been something to stick my nose up at (pun definitely intended), but recently I have found that there may actually be something to it. As a result, I have started putting some lavender scents on my pillow before bed, and my work cube seems less stuffy and dismal with a tiny bit of calming fragrance added to the air. When I am home, I spend the most amount of time in my bedroom (for sleeping) and office (for blogging), so I thought I would highlight a few of my favorite candles I have recently come across.

If you have read Run Oregon for the past year, you have probably stumbled upon our Kegs and Legs feature– where we review breweries, cideries, and even some distilleries. We have showcased over 25 unique spots and we hope to continue it forward. So when I stumbled upon Spirit Jars from Northern Lights Candles, I thought it was a unique mashing of aromatherapy and our feature. Spirit jars are relatively simple – they are a more masculine and trendy option to candles (though can absolutely be for everyone) that have some unique scents, essentially a tribute to craft cocktails:

  • Dark Rum & Oak
  • Bourbon & Spice
  • Blue Velvet Gin
  • Whiskey & Tobacco
  • Cranberry Mimosa
  • Spirit Jar – Absinthe & Black Fig
  • Mistletoe Martini
  • Vanilla Cognac
  • Blackberry Brandy

Northern Lights Candles is a US based company (New York) that makes their candles with natural waxes – soy, beeswax, paraffin. As I have mentioned before, the aromatherapeutic qualities of candles are calming and can reduce anxiety, as well as being used to treat insomnia. While I focused on a the Spirits Collection, there is something in all shapes and sizes for seemingly every desire. I selected a few to try out – Blue Velvet Gin and Cranberry Mimosa. They arrived in a beautiful frosted colored glass with a natural cork lid. Following your use of these 5 ounce candles (~35 hours of burn time), these can, and should, be easily cleaned out for reuse. Just place in the freezer for a couple of hours and then clean the wax out with a knife.

The scents are not overpoweringly alcohol-forward, despite the names. The Cranberry Mimosa really showcases the tart fruitiness and makes the air feel like the holidays. The Blue Velvet Gin gives off a super fresh and clean scent due to its construction of freshly-steeped juniper berry, lemon peel, lime zest, black currant, and tangerine blossom. I wish my gin and tonics tasted like this one smelled.

Northern Lights has many size and scent options available, for seemingly any and all preferences, so take a gander and spice up your house this year.

Company: Northern Lights Candles (Facebook)


More about Northern Lights Candles:

Established in 1978, Northern Lights has been brightening the world and beautifying homes with the warmth of candlelight for over 40 years. Our strong roots in the “art of candle making” have led to an eminent reputation as a leading designer of luxury candles and artisan made accessories. Our hand poured candles are made in the USA using fine fragrances and essential oils. Our wax blends contain soy wax and other natural based waxes. Our wicks are made from natural cotton. Our vessels comes from responsible sources and are designed to be re-purposed. This combination of quality components gives our artisan made candles their clean burning qualities, superior fragrance throw and contributes to their long-lasting value.

Our mission is to bring creatively designed, socially responsible products to market that will inspire you on a daily basis. By sourcing materials both domestically and internationally, we’re able to support local artists and their communities around the world. We feel privileged to be your source for designer artisan candles. Let’s brighten the world together.


Thank you to Northern Lights Candles for providing us with a sample pack. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Matt Rasmussen (1627 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.
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