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Medium Dark is a candle studio with a dark heart. 

We're guided by the idea that the best things are neither this or that - they contrast, contradict, abstract. We take inspiration from moments in history and culture that are beautifully strange, mystic, and unexpected. From scent to packaging design, every level and layer embraces duality, bringing together elements of light and dark, tradition and irreverence, refinement and imperfection. 

Each candle is made by hand in NYC. The wax is an all-natural coconut-soy blend, and wicks are cotton core. Fragrances are composed heavily of essential oils and natural isolates, along with premium synthetics to ensure sustainability and performance. With belief in the profound powers of scent and light, each candle is designed to be a tactile, sensual experience from first burn to last.

Medium Dark is a deeply personal project evolved from my interests in design, scent, art, science, and the beautiful, often strange, (medium) darker side of Americana. Its origin is two-part: one, a means of expression that celebrates the shadow in the same measure as the light; and two, a desire to reconnect with ritual and tangible making.

It was a journey to the start. My first experiences with natural materials like cassie and oakmoss absolute were revelations: dynamic, evocative, occupying a thin line between pleasure and aversion. The creative potential for scent - and monotony in accessible markets - astounded me. The more I knew, the more I smelled, the less I was satisfied with available options. I wanted narrative and olfactory complexity, with classic design elements, and safe, sustainable practices. My obsessions eventually became objects, and in late 2020, those objects became Medium Dark.

- Marianne