Our Story

Annabel Okeya - Founder, Seventh & Oak

Two years ago, I found myself caught up in the wake-work-live cycle. Working long hours at a corporation, I quickly discovered my “safe haven” in the moments where I'd return home from work, light a candle and take a bath, letting the scents permeate my senses.

This haven I'd created for myself worked for a while, until the candles I burned became too overwhelming on my nose. I enjoyed this ritual, so as I sought out alternative candle options, the idea to try making one hit me.

..and that's how Seventh and Oak was born. 

Our candles are made to comfort and soothe, without the toxins from artificial ingredients or headaches you find in mass-produced candles. They're so good that even "scent-sitive" people love them. But, what's not to love?

Rooted in Sustainability

We believe that fragrance shouldn’t come at the expense of the environment or hurt animals. The materials we use to make our products have been responsibly sourced. From our coconut and soy wax blend, to our FSC certified *untreated* wood wicks, organic witch hazel and phthalate-free oils.

Our customers can send back their empty candle jars to be repurposed. Since we launched our Jar Return Program in May 2020, we've received 150+ jars and made them into new candles. Some jars are on their second and third lives. Read more about this initiative here.

We hope that when you open your box, you feel the love, passion, and attention we've put into each of our handmade products and that they bring more warmth and coziness to your space.

Crafted for discerning noses

Our handcrafted products are not only gorgeous to look at, but also beautifully fragrant and packaged in bold, colourful designs, inspired by Annabel's Nigerian roots. The oils we use in our candles are not your regular blends, they're one-of-a-kind. From guaiac wood to vetiver, patchouli and oak moss there's a unique scent with your name on it. Perfectly scented and easy on your nose.

Our Room Sprays contain two ingredients - an organic witch hazel base and all-natural oils.

When you buy a Seventh & Oak product, you get expertly crafted fragrances designed by top perfumers, made in small batches out of respect for our environment. And since we make all our products by hand, we can control the process from material to fully cured candle. We guarantee that our candles contain no mass-produced fragrance oils or additives. 

  • They smell amazing!

    "Every candle I’ve gotten from S&O has smelt amazing. The scent fills the room without being overpowering. I have a few favourites from each collection but they all smell great. You can tell these candles are handmade with love and care. Also the 2oz tins are perfect for a little extra something in a gift bag."

    - Angie

  • Warmth and light

    "Absolutely love Seventh and Oak. Their scents feel natural and not overbearing. I'm obsessed with candles, and this company is one of the few that my partner - who is scent-sitive - also enjoys.The excellent communication and recycling are awesome bonuses!".

    - Farriss

  • Wonderful scents for any mood!

    "I'm a type of person that lights a candle to suit my mood, which often is dictated by our weather. Finding scents to suit the a typical Toronto spring weather can be challenging—we've got snow, we've got rain for days, and eventually blue skies and sunshine! Picking the Trio Set of 3 is the way to go because you can pick from ALL their collections! For this order we selected our favourite Hallow's Eve, and 2 new scents to try: Serenity, and Cebu—both are so soothing, highly recommend these scents too! And as always, fast shipping, packaged together with care and a cute hand written note!"

    - Jessica

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Our Process

We use a carefully crafted process to formulate and produce our candles and room sprays.

With candles, we start with high-quality coconut soy wax sourced from North American manufacturers, with FSC certified wood wicks and an essential oil and fragrance oil blend that meet the highest purity standards. Our proprietary blend of coconut and soy wax helps our candles burn cleaner and longer, without being overpowering, thereby fueling you with relaxation and serenity.

For room sprays, we use an Organic + Wildcrafted Witch Hazel base and Organic Gluten-Free + Non-GMO Grain Alcohol (derived from corn), blended with all-natural oils.

A love of craftsmanship is at the heart of what we do; this passion drives us to continue making our products in small batches by hand.

  • Handcrafted in small batches

    We do it all by hand and in small batches to make sure you get the best quality candles to enjoy.

  • Ethically sourced materials

    Our passion for sustainable living drives us to make responsible choices. We ethically source our coconut soy waxes from local manufacturers, our wooden wicks are FSC-certified, and we use fragrances and essential oils that are phthalate-free.

  • Product transparency and packaging

    We are committed to ingredient transparency because we want you to trust that we will not use materials that are harmful to either you or the Earth.

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