Old Books

We love the smell of old books! But not the rotten, mildewy kind – the sweet, papery sort. If you’ve taken the plunge and switched over to an e-reader, you can still experience the novel scent of old books with the light of a match. Or, if you still cling to your paperback ways, you can make any room in your home smell like your favorite library. Either way, we won’t judge. In all honesty, is there anything better than a stack of old books? Within their pages, old books hold entire worlds and civilizations; they’re only waiting for you to crack open their spines and unlock their secrets and mysteries.


Old Books - Book Lovers' Soy Candle - Frostbeard Studio


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Our Old Books Candle is one of our best sellers, and it’s easy to see why. Few scents are as nostalgic or comforting to a bibliophile. When it comes to bookish delights, a book lover’s candle that smells like old books is probably high on most people’s list. No matter how many books you’ve got stacked up in your TBR (to be read) pile, our Old Books Candle will transform your space into a reader’s retreat.

This soft, comforting scent makes you want to curl up in your favorite reading chair and leaf through stacks of worn, well-loved stories. A unique mix of sweet, papery scents transform into a lovely, complex aroma when melted. Burn your Old Books Candle as you unwind with your favorite authors of old.

Want a more scholarly version of Old Books? Try Oxford Library!

Want to smell ALL the books? Try Bookstore!

Want us to stop recommending candles? Check out all our signature bookish scents!

Behind The Scents

If you’re looking for candles that smell like books, then you’ve come to the right place. Each of our candles is handcrafted by a member of our team. Among our fearsome foursome is Roxie, one of Frostbeard's cofounders. Aside from just being a book nerd and boss lady, Roxie has the added benefit of being a super-sniffer, also known as hyperosmia by the more loquacious type. If you think to yourself, “How on earth do those scents add up to smell like old books?” trust us, we have literally held a yellow-paged, well-loved novel up to our noses and based the fragrance off it. Surprisingly sweet, with hints of vanilla. We realize there’s loads of different sorts of old books, and our unique fragrance blend is pleasant and papery.

The Old Books Candle is available in four sizes: 2 oz tins, 4 oz tins, 8 oz candles, and tart packages. The 2 oz tins are the perfect way to try out this unique scent before you order a larger size. The 4 oz tins make for a great gift; can you say stocking stuffer!? The 8 oz candle is our traditional size and is the most popular among our fans. The tarts are perfect for wax melters, giving you all of the aromas of this signature scent without any flames necessary.

Helpful Tips

  • Trim wick to 1/4" before each use.
  • Burn no longer than 2-3 hours at a time.
  • After use, cover with lid to reduce soot.

Candle Safety

To be safe, we recommend that you burn your Old Books Candles within sight on a heat-resistant surface. Don't burn all the way down - discontinue use when 1/2" wax remains. Make sure that you keep your candle away from kids, pets, and all flammable objects. Because, you know, fire.

We also recommend keeping your candles away from gremlins, goblins, ghouls, and cats. Especially cats. See our full list of safety tips!

Quality Materials, Responsibly Made

Each of the size variations can burn for hours and will last a while, and are meant to be used! Part of what makes our candles so unique is our dedication to using renewable and eco-friendly ingredients to craft our bookish scents. Each of our candles is made entirely with renewable resources and don’t include any animal products. We chose to make soy candles because soy wax is renewable, biodegradable, and vegan.

But we didn’t stop with the wax; our candles contain a lead-free cotton wick and hand-selected dye chips and fragrance oils. And lastly, each receptacle and its corresponding lid, be it glass or aluminum, is 100% recyclable and can be used around the house after your candle has burned its last or can be safely deposited in your recycling bin.


Size Weight Volume Height Width
2 oz Tin 1.8 oz 2 fl oz 1.3" 2"
4 oz Tin 4.4 oz 4 fl oz 2" 2.6"
8 oz Jar 14.8 oz 8 fl oz 4" 3"
Tart 3 oz 2.75 fl oz 3" 2"
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The current processing time before shipping is 2–3 business days. Once you have placed your order, you will receive a tracking notification once your item has been shipped. Domestic orders over 13oz ship USPS Priority Mail (2-3 Days) while orders under 13oz ship USPS First Class Mail and will take slightly longer.

Shipping rates are based on your location and the total weight of your order. To calculate shipping costs, add items to your cart and continue to the checkout from your shopping cart. We offer free shipping for orders over $50 within the United States; this discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

We also ship worldwide! International orders take 2-3 weeks to arrive from the shipment date (sometimes longer). Upon arrival, there may be additional customs fees and/or tariffs, depending on your country. You, the buyer, are responsible for paying these costs. We discount the rate of international shipping compared to the actual cost. This includes a tiered discount of $5 off orders over $50 and $10 off orders over $100. These rates are automatically included at checkout.