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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Composition

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.

Sizing

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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Shipping

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.

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The Grump
Katherine

I love the earthiness of this scent. I also love that the company quickly sent me a replacement along with a free smalll candle when there was a mix-up with the delivery!

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Screenplay
Katherine

I love the popcorn and cola smell of this scent. I also love that the company quickly sent me a replacement when the post office delivered the original shipment to Kansas instead of Washington state!

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Murder Express
Miranda H. (Franklin, WI)
Perfect wintry scent

This is such an enchanting scent. All of the notes are so well balanced. It is very wintry, and mysterious. I was afraid the tobacco would be too strong but it isn’t, and adds a really nice depth to the candle.

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Faerie Door
Miranda H. (Franklin, WI)
Unexpected but delightful

I thought it would be fairly earthy, and I would describe it more as fresh, but it smells lovely. Before burning it the spices smelled really strong, but once you start burning it the scents even out really nicely. It’s definitely giving whimsy and faerie. This is my first “mild” candle from Frostbeard, and it’s exactly what I would expect for throw.

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Halfling Hills
Nicole A. (Nashville, TN)
Always a favorite

A perfect warm scent for spring. Love this one!

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Faerie Door
Nicole A. (Nashville, TN)
Perfect! Reminds me of Emily Wilde

Loved this candle and the book that (I think?) inspired it. Lovely woodland scent.

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Bookstore
Brandy

Absolutely the best smell that has ever existed. I am not exaggerating. It’s better than fajitas.

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Faerie Door
Monique

I was not impressed with these candles, especially for the price. The scent was almost nonexistent with some, and others did not smell at all how they were described. They do burn cleanly and evenly, which is why I gave them 2 stars and not one, but I would not spend the money to buy them again.

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Murder Express
Trish (Allston, MA)
Don't get stuck in a snowdrift without one

Very pine-forward with sweet, tobacco-y notes in the background. A lighter scent than the other candles I've purchased from Frostbeard, and I mean that as a positive. It's also an excellent candle to have burning in the background to complement a steaming cup of black tea? I'm assuming it's something to do with tannins.

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Monster Hunter
Julie K. (Ferryville, WI)
Spring candles

I love the various scents of your candles. Scents are strongly attached to memories and these bring back wonderful ones! Thanks so much!

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Back to Wizard School
Anonymous (Warrington, PA)
Would buy this again

I bought this as a gift and was extremely tempted to keep it myself. Perfect fall candle and decently strong. Love it!

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Study Break Chai Latte
Anonymous (Warrington, PA)
So-so

Once lit, I feel these lost a little of the distinct chai smell. Still enjoyable enough, but I've enjoyed other candles more.

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Winter Witch
Anonymous (Warrington, PA)
Give it a shot!

At first, I thought this would be more of an incense-like scent, which are not always my favorite. However, it really is a pleasant more mellow background scent! Definitely one I am glad to have tried!

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Faerie Door
Molly (Enfield, NH)
Another favorite

I always have to order Hafling Hills as soon as it comes out so I decided to try Faire Door and I am so glad I did. The earthy scents are comforting and the fern gives it a softer spring note.

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Mountain Lodge Madness
Molly (Enfield, NH)
A little sweet but nice

I like this one. As others have said it can be a little sweet smelling, so I only burn it for so long. It has a nice throw and fills a room without being overwhelming.

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Old Books
David D. (Prattville, AL)
Smells like vanilla soap

I was optimistic given the ingredient list, but sadly the candle smells like vanilla soap rather than old books. The scent itself is pleasant, but I was hoping for more than a vanilla candle.

Great scent with unique ideas. Small for the cost though.

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Bookstore
Linda

Love these candles

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Faerie Door
Jaclyn S. (Little Rock, AR)
magical

If you want to feel like you're wandering through the forest looking for fairies, this is your scent. I love it.

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Mountain Lodge Madness
Jaclyn S. (Little Rock, AR)
glorious

This scent is amazing. My partner isn't a big accented candle fan but he's in love with this one. Burn it in a small room so it fills the space and it'll transport you!

Does not have a strong smell. Also does not smell like pipe tobacco.

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Castle Fire Demon
covergirlbooks (Cleveland, OH)
This is a keeper!

I hope this one sticks around, because it’s everything I could want in a scent. The warm cinnamon and cloves are toasty but so spa-like. It’s a soothing candle I’d burn year-round.

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Faerie Door
Taunya (Hollister, CA)
It smells wonderful!

I bought this candle as a gift for my daughter, and it smells just lovely. It's not too strong, and she loves it too.

The scent is AMAZING. Perfect for springtime at our little mountain house.