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Take a journey with scents inspired by natural escapes.
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Candles Made Better: Keap's New Collection

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When you return home after a long day, there’s nothing like lighting a great scented candle—a conscious choice to give yourself a precious moment of time, and escape the commotion of the city.  

The problem is that the best ones cost more than $60. We started Keap to create a better luxury candle at a great price.

And now, we are looking for your support to help launch four amazing new candles; four new fragrances that will create evocative new worlds in your home and transport you away from the stress of the day. Join us on this fragrant journey!

Thank you to all our backers for making this project a reality. Scroll down to see our stretch rewards and join us as we break candle records!

 

 Our friend, poet Rawaan Alkhatib, described the range:

We brought a few of our customers to our studio to help you get to know the new scents better. We asked them to describe the smells (a task which is never easy!); their noses and words combined to gift us this video:

 

A Keap candle isn't just any candle. Receiving one is a little moment of magic—best captured by our friend David Brandon Geeting in the below video:

 

 

 

 

Refined Fragrances

Scent is at the heart of our candles. We spent months developing this range with legendary master perfumer Christophe Laudamiel, who shares our vision of creating well-balanced fragrances that brilliantly capture the world's most evocative scents. We stay away from sweet, cloying scents. 

Left: Christophe Laudamiel // Right: Stephen Tracy
Left: Christophe Laudamiel // Right: Stephen Tracy


Coconut Wax

We use more expensive coconut wax because it burns wonderfully and slowly, throws scent well, and is a sustainable crop. See why we prefer it to paraffin and soy here.

Left: A candle receiving special care // Right: A slab of coconut wax
Left: A candle receiving special care // Right: A slab of coconut wax

Fairly Priced 

The benefit of making and selling our candles ourselves extend beyond the quality of the materials we use. It allows us to produce a better candle, while simultaneously cutting out the fees of traditional manufacturer and retailer markups. Result: Better candles, better prices.

Re-use the glass

We designed our candleholders to be easy to repurpose—we use no adhesives, so the labels and wicks are easy to remove. See our guide to re-use


Buy a Candle, Light a Home

For every Keap candle you buy, we donate $1 to SolarAid to cover solar lamp distribution costs—bringing light to those without access to the electrical grid. We're incredibly proud to play a part in their mission to eradicate kerosene lamps in Africa by 2020.

 

Our rewards are—you guessed it—candles. For our Kickstarter backers, we're offering exclusive pricing on these brand new scents. Simply select your desired quantity by picking a tier on the right side of this page. 

Picking scents

As part of our post-campaign survey, you will be able to pick which scents you want, and even swap in scents from our original collection.

Stretch goal: $58,000!

We have a really exciting addition for backers if we reach our stretch goal of $58,000!

  • Backers pledging under $80 will receive a complimentary tealight sample of one of Keap’s scents. 
  • Backers pledging $80 or more will receive an entire Scent-to-Home discovery set of our four original fragrances for free! 
Breaking the online scent barrier with the Scent-to-Home discovery kit
Breaking the online scent barrier with the Scent-to-Home discovery kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

From our work with local artists to other partners, and building up our operations, it's been a ride!
From our work with local artists to other partners, and building up our operations, it's been a ride!

Our first Kickstarter campaign was a great success

The first campaign ignited in a way we couldn’t have imagined, delivering twice our goal. We’re proud to say that we delivered all our backers’ candles in a timely manner. Check out the comments on our previous campaign for a sense of our communication style, and backer happiness. 

Click through to see our previous campaign
Click through to see our previous campaign

 

Developing new scents is costly, but with your support we can bring these new fragrances to life. Resisting the urge to give in to financial pressure, while sticking to our beliefs, requires patience and independence. Your support is what allows to remain proudly independent and stay true to our commitments of social impact, sustainability, and transparency.

  

Having already made thousands of candles this last year, we have our materials, suppliers and process down to a science. As before, we need just $25,000 to place orders for new fragrances at economical rates to allow us to keep our prices low.

 

 

 

To our 754 backers from our 1st Kickstarter, without whom we would not be here ready to launch 4 new fragrances.

Everyone on the Keap team, filmmakers Miriam and Caroline from Foxwolf, Lawrence Martinez for his nostalgic footage, creative geniuses Ross Gunter & Mateusz Piekarski, poet Rawaan Alkhatib, photographer Ryan Duffin, Marcel & Matthew & Kellie, Christophe, Rosy, Matt & Ugo, Jamie & Tessa and the whole SolarAid crew, our talented past interns Eunice Oh, Gina Fuchs, Annie Manville and Matthew Ramirez, photographers David Brandon Geeting, Pat O'Malley and Will Mebane, guest star smellers Zac, Lena, Ainslee, ROE and Sandra.

Thanks to all our artists, retail partners, suppliers, collaborators and the rest of our community—we have the best job in the world and it's thanks to all the great people we get to work with! And thanks to all our friends and advisors who helped us get this campaign to the finish line!

Keep the fire burning! 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk to our project’s fulfillment is timing. All of our supply chain partners are ready to ship us wax, glass, and everything else we need. Our timeline is our most realistic estimate of when we expect to ship to you, with a little bit of buffer—because things happen—but it’s neither an overly aggressive or sandbagging timeline.

If we can ship to you earlier than planned, we will. And if any timing issues arise, we pledge to communicate them to you in a timely, transparent manner, so you’ll never feel out of the loop. Feel free to take a look at our last Kickstarter campaign updates to get a sense of how we communicate.

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    Pledge $32 or more About $32

    A CANDLE, SIMPLY

    + Choose your scent (see choices in the Rewards section of the page)
    + EXCLUSIVE: 9% off retail value ($35)
    + Comes with a limited edition matchbox
    + Reusable whiskey tumbler glass
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    TWO CANDLES SO THEY CAN HAVE A FRIEND

    + Choose your scents (see choices in the Rewards section of the page)
    + EXCLUSIVE: 14% off retail value ($70)
    + Each comes with a matchbox (US-only for shipping safety reasons)
    + Reusable whiskey tumbler glass
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    THE NEW COLLECTION - VERY EARLY BIRD

    + No need to choose a candle, you get all 4 of them!
    + EXCLUSIVE: 36% off retail value ($140)
    + Each comes with a matchbox (US-only for shipping safety reasons)
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    THE NEW COLLECTION - EARLY BIRD

    + No need to choose a candle, you get all 4 of them!
    + EXCLUSIVE: 29% off retail value ($140)
    + Each comes with a matchbox (US-only for shipping safety reasons)
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    Pledge $110 or more About $110

    THE NEW COLLECTION

    + No need to choose a candle, you get all 4 of them!
    + EXCLUSIVE: 21% off retail value ($140)
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    Pledge $210 or more About $210

    THE ENTIRE KEAP LINE

    + The full new collection + the classic collection (8 candles total)
    + EXCLUSIVE: 25% off retail value ($280)
    + Each comes with a matchbox (US-only for shipping safety reasons)
    + Reusable whiskey tumbler glass
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    Pledge $375 or more About $375

    THE EXTENDED FAMILY PACK - EARLY BIRD

    + 18 candles of your choosing, a great deal if you’re bulk gifting
    + EXCLUSIVE: 40% off retail value ($630)
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    Pledge $435 or more About $435

    THE EXTENDED FAMILY PACK

    + 18 candles of your choosing, a great deal if you’re bulk gifting
    + EXCLUSIVE: 31% off retail value ($630)
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    Pledge $800 or more About $800

    THE KEAP OBSESSIONADO PACK

    + You’re nuts, and we dig it!
    + 36 candles of your choosing—perfect for weddings and special occasions
    + EXCLUSIVE: 37% off retail value ($1,260)
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    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Own Keap for a day

    + The full new Collection
    + A private candle-making workshop (2 hours) with Harry & Steve for you and a friend at the Keap studio
    + A memorial plaque with your name on the Keap studio's wall
    + A custom A4 hand-drawn illustration of you with a candle

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