• May Musings

    Greetings from our Spring Garden & Shop

    Happy Spring! Like the flowers and plants in our candle shop garden, we're turning our faces toward the sun, stretching our winter-weary limbs, and looking forward to the bright, lively months ahead. A few of our garden favorites:







    Spring is such a creative time, with the feeling for newness and possibility all around us! We're taking that creativity with us into the candle studio, testing a new line of candles that use essential oils for fragrance:

    Mandarin, Geranium Rose, Neroli, Rosewood, and Jasmine
    Lavender, Cedar Atlas, and Sandalwood
    Blood Orange, Mandarin, and Vanilla
    Rosemary, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Spearmint, and Cypress

    What do you think of these combinations? We'd love your feedback & more fragrance ideas!


    Best of the Lake Awards

    c8672539-7c99-419d-bc69-20de55918b21When we're not tending the garden, mixing essential oil concoctions and pouring candles, or chatting with visitors to the shop, we're working to gather support for all of our favorite local businesses. There are just a couple weeks left to vote for your picks in the Best of the Lake Awards, and island business visibility and recognition really helps our local economy. If you haven't yet, please cast your votes - it's fun & easy, and will remind you of all the plans you'd like to make this summer!


    Candle of the Month: Lilac

    Enjoy the fresh scent of a lilac bush in bloom with Lilac Soy Candles, our May Candle of the Month. Save 25% on any Lilac Soy Candle for the month of May - simply place the item in the cart on our website to see your savings. View Candles

    Local Notes & Happenings:

    Gallery Opening

    LaPointe artist Holly Marie Tourdot will be opening her new studio/gallery to visitors on May 28. We carry her cards in our giftshop and have always loved her plein air – painting “in the open air”  - work, which beautifully captures Madeline Island landscapes.

    Film & Music

    mad-film-seriesThe Madeline Island Summer Film Series is teaming up with theMadeline Island Music Camp for a special performance, followed by the screening of The Music of Strangers, the award-winning documentary about Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

    July 7th at 8 PM: Click here for all Music Camp performance listings

    Congratulations, Bayfield!

    Our neighboring town on the mainland, Bayfield, has been named as one of USA Today's Top 10 Best Coastal Small Towns:

    "Gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, charmingBayfield features hilly streets lined with Victorian-era homes and quaint bed and breakfasts. This coastal town on the shores of Lake Superior is particularly charming come autumn, when the foliage is at peak color and the apple harvest is in full swing."

    We agree!
  • March Newsletter: Here Comes the Spring!

    The Beauty of Madeline Island in March

    Here comes the spring! The island is starting to come to life under the ice and snow. We're hoping that March, in like a lion, will indeed go out like a lamb. Madeline Island Candles co-owner Michael has been snapping photos all over the island, and capturing a few picturesque scenes of our quiet island, slowly waking up to spring:

    Madeline Island

    Madeline Island

    Madeline Island Spring

    Follow our shop on Instagram or Facebook for more photos of Madeline Island.


    Candle of the Month

    Save 25% on Vanilla & Sandalwood Candles

    Vanilla & Sandalwood Candles

    Our March Candle of the Month Vanilla & Sandalwood Soy Candles are inspired by Grant's Point on Madeline Island. The historic south tip of the island is the probable point of the original French fort, and home to beautiful sandy beaches and tranquil breezes.

    Save 25% on Vanilla & Sandalwood Soy Candles for the month of March. Sandalwood & Vanilla scents are infused with a touch of musk and patchouli.


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    The Knot

    Hear Wedding Bells?

    Madeline Island Candles is now on The Knot, the popular site for wedding planning. Visit our Page, featuring beautiful photography of our Custom Wedding Candles.


    It's Time to Vote!

    We were absolutely thrilled to be named one of Wisconsin's Best Gift Shops in 2015 by Lake Superior Magazine’s annual Best of the Lake Awards, and also to see that other local Madeline Island and Bayfield businesses were featured. Please support our local community this year with your 2016 Vote!

    Click to Vote


    Madeline Island Web Cam

    A Glimpse at "Now"

    What's happening on Madeline Island... literally, right at this moment? Check out the live Madeline Island web cam for a glimpse at our weather and shoreline!

    Click to view

  • Our January Newsletter


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    Sled Dog Race
    Annual Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race
    10 AM, February 6 & 7

    Sled Dogs by Hannah Stonehouse Hudson
    Celebration of the Sled Dog in the Northwoods: Lecture with Hannah Stonehouse Hudson
    Madeline Island Ferry Line Terminal Building
    7 PM, February 6

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    Madeline Island Snow

    Wintry "Mix"

    Candle Making in 3 Degree Weather

    Dear Friends,

    Despite our "Snow Day" Candle of the Month (see below), it's been a less freezing and snow-filled winter than those in the past, and the ice road has not arrived.  The ferry is continuing to carry chilly passengers to our fair island, bringing mainland visitors to our doorstep - a treat this time of year! If you make the voyage, come visit our cozy & merry candle shop, where we are mixing soy wax and pouring beeswax in preparation of warmer days.
    3 Degree Weather on Madeline Island
    This is what 3 degrees looks like! Brrrr
    While making all shapes and sizes of our favorite scents, we're also concocting new scents for the year (feel free to share your ideas with us!), as well as working on a brand new line of essential oil fragrances - coming soon!
    To get a glimpse at our candle making process, watch this short video from last year, now on YouTube:

    Candle Making on Madeline Island
    Stay warm!
    - The folks at Madeline Island Candles

    Candle of the Month

    Save 25% on our line of Unscented Candles

    Snow Day Purity Candles
    "Snow Day" Purity Unscented Soy Candles are our January Candles of the Month, commemorating these chilly snow days of winter!Save 25% on any Purity Unscented Soy Candle when you place it in the cart, now through January 31. These soft white, scent-free candles create a peaceful glow on a winter's night.

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  • The Latest: Our Newsletter, December 2015

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    Frankincense & Myrrh is our December Candle of the Month.
    Save 25% on any Frankincense & Myrrh Soy Candle when you place it in the cart.
    These all natural soy candles with an aromatic blend of frankincense and myrrh with balsam, patchouli, and sandalwood.
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    Happy Holidays!

    Christmas in the Candle Shop

    Dear Friends,

    Christmas is in the air! The weather on Madeline Island has turned chilly, and the candle shop is bustling with warmly wrapped holiday shoppers, filling their arms with wonderfully scented candles, ornaments, specialty soaps, and handcrafted items.

    Our arms are filled, too - with packages and parcels of all shapes and sizes, wrapping and stamping and sending our candles out across North America. (Orders taken by Friday, December 18 will still be shipped for Christmas Delivery!)

    Island life is busy, each day accented by a holiday tradition, a tree lighting, a Christmas event. Islanders are looking forward to the Community Christmas Pageant and Program at St. John's this Saturday, December 19th (630PM), and of course to Christmas itself, for merry festivities with family and friends.

    Every night when we close up shop, we turn on the Christmas lights, surrounding the Candle Shop with color and light. If only there were snow on the ground - we're dreaming of a White Christmas!

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, and a joyful, peaceful New Year!


    - Your Friends at Madeline Island Candles

  • The Latest: Our Newsletter, July 2015

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    Welcome to the Madeline Island Candles Monthly Newsletter! We'll share stories and news from the candle shop and the island, as well as candle information, tips, and promotions.

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    Last Day to Save:

    Our Candle of the Month is Sun-Ripened Raspberry from our Heritage Collection.This candle was created to commemorate the Raspberry Island Lighthouse, one of the few surviving wood framed lighthouses left on Lake Superior. 

    Raspberry Island is near Madeline Island, marking the west channel of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior.

    Raspberry Island Lighthouse
    Save 25% until August First on any Raspberry Soy Candle by using Promo Code: "raspberry".

    Save 25% on Raspberry Candles

    Raspberry Tin Candle

    Raspberry Votive Candle

    Stop On In

    Please note our summer hours at the Candle Shop:

    Mon.-Sat.  9:00 - 6:00

    Sunday   12:00 - 5:00

    New Appreciation Program for our Online Customers


    Click Here for information about our new Appreciation Program for customers. Earn, Save, Spend and Share your Appreciation Points when you shop online.

    "Best Gift Shop 2015!"

    Local Winners of the Best of the Lake Awards

    Madeline Island Candles best of the lakeThe results are in, and we are thrilled! Madeline Island Candles has been named one of Wisconsin's Best Gift Shops in 2015 by Lake Superior Magazine’s annual Best of the Lake Awards.  Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for your votes and support, we couldn't be more proud!

    Madeline Island Gift Shop

    We've had a busy year at Madeline Island Candles, moving our Gift Shop to its new location, across the way from the Ferry landing. We've remodeled, we've decorated, we've accessorized - we've spent our time making this new shop our home.

    Our ever-growing garden and patio area have become a beautiful addition to the shop, and the retail expansion has allowed us to feature more crafts and goods created by local artisans - and of course, more hand-poured soy candles.

    Great Gardening Garden Tour 2015

    Madeline Island Candles Gift Shop

    Madeline Island Deck

    recent customer review beautifully described our shop:

    "Spent over an hour between walking through the gorgeous well tended gardens with all kinds of lush perennial flowers, then up to the entrance of the lovely candle shop.

    So much to choose from, such a wide inventory including homemade soaps, note cards, candle holders, birdhouses, and many other unique items. My favorite were the jar candles which will serve as gifts as well as gracing my home.

    The employees are most helpful, and everything I bought was wrapped as a gift."

    Soy Candle Collections

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    Thank you to our loyal customers and fans, writers of reviews, voters, and visitors alike! We hope to welcome many more of you to the Gift Shop over the course of the summer!

    We were also excited to see that this year Bayfield and Madeline Island both did very well in the 2015 Best of the Lake Awards, with 7 Bayfield businesses winning honors and both Bayfield and Madeline Island chosen for Best Weekend Destination and Best Scenic Overlook!

    Here are some of our local community winners -

    The full list of the 101 winners can be found on newsstands and online at: Best of the Lake 2015

    Congratulations to all, and hope to see you on Madeline Island!

  • The Latest: Our Newsletter, June 2015


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    Welcome to the Madeline Island Candles Monthly Newsletter! We'll share stories and news from the candle shop and the island, as well as candle information, tips, and promotions.

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     e-Gift Cards

    It can be difficult to choose the right scent for someone else - now you can give the gift of soy candles that they choose, with our new e-Gift cards.

    Discover Wisconsin
    Congratulations to Bob Weigandt, Discover Wisconsin prize winner! We were pleased to welcome him to the shop.

    Stop On In

    Please note our summer hours at the Candle Shop:

    Sunday   12:00 - 5:00
    Monday  9:00 - 6:00
    Tuesday  9:00 - 6:00
    Wednesday  9:00 - 6:00
    Thursday 9:00 - 6:00
    Friday 9:00 - 6:00
    Saturday 9:00 - 6:00

    New Appreciation Program for our Online Customers

    Shoppers of our website will find something new: the ability to earn, gift, and spend Appreciation Points. Our Appreciation Program offers our customers The Gift of Light - points off future purchases - which can be earned through shopping, writing reviews, and even joining this newsletter.

    Click here to read more, and peruse the site to see how it works. Please note that you must create an account and/or be logged in to collect your points. And please also note how very much we appreciate you!

    Happy 4th of July!

    Hope you have a fun, safe, joyous holiday weekend!

    Summer Garden

    Blooming at the Candle Shop

    FlowersWe've welcomed the beautiful days of June with gratitude - and so has our flower garden! If you follow us on Facebook you've probably noticed our colorful posts - we simply cannot help but photograph these beautiful buds and flowers.

    Our garden was featured on the WDSE/WRPT Duluth/Superior Great Gardening Garden Tour, thank you to Pamela Fish and regional garden lovers for stopping by Madeline Island Candles garden, as well as a special thank you to Robin Trinko-Russell for creating this magnificent garden.

    Great Gardening Garden Tour 2015


    Flower Arrangement ClassWe've also had some gorgeous bouquets inside the shop - and recently invited Cindy Dalzell of Sylvan Design to teach the Art of Flower Arranging on the candle shop deck.

    Hope to see you soon at the shop - or simply wandering around our island garden!

    Mission Hill Vanilla

    25% Off June's Candle of the Month: 2 More Days

    Vanilla promotion

    Our Very Vanilla Candles hail from our Heritage Collection, in which we honor the heritage of Madeline Island. Very Vanilla soy candles feature the story of Mission Hill, which is the site of the now lost Old Mission Inn, opened in 1898 by Edward P. Salmon and catering to visiting clergy. To learn more about Mission Hill and other historic sites, please visit the Madeline Island Museum at:

    Our Vanilla Soy Candles are our June Candle of the Month, which means that you can enjoy savings of 25% off for two more days. These all natural soy candles feature a touch of cream and musk mixed in with a delicious vanilla aroma. Click here to shop the collection.

  • The Madeline Island Candles Newsletter, April 2015

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    Welcome to the Madeline Island Candles Monthly Newsletter! We'll share stories and news from the candle shop and the island, as well as candle information, tips, and promotions.

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    Planning Your Stay at Madeline Island:

    Planning your trip to Madeline Island? Of course you are! Before we know it the busy summer season will be upon us, and Madeline Island is such a lovely vacation destination.

    The 2015 Visitor's Guide to Madeline Island features beautiful photography and plenty of information about the island's campgrounds & parks, galleries and shops (that's us!), golf, restaurants, bars, and island events.

    Read More & Download the Visitor's Guide

    La Pointe, Madeline Island, Wisconsin

    Article of Interest:

    Notes on the North: Bayfield, Wisconsin, and the Apostle Islands

    This Midwest Living article does a nice job detailing our beautiful region - a good read with some pretty photos!

    "At the edge of the largest of the Great Lakes, the small harbor town of Bayfield, Wisconsin, forms a gateway to music, art and the Northern wilderness of the Apostle Islands..."

    Click here to read the full article


    New Bilingual Signage on the Island

    The candle shop is excited to honor the rich heritage of Madeline Island - and welcomes bilingual signage in La Pointe!
    The Town of La Pointe has partnered with the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund and added bilingual signage to honor the Ojibwe heritage of the island. Click here to read more about this project:
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    Preparing for an Island Summer

    Construction, Clean Up & Candle Making!

    Pussy WillowSpring has brought pussy willows to brighten up the candle shop, while we hustle and bustle about, preparing for the busy summer ahead.

    While some are cleaning the shop, and setting up new displays of beautifully crafted accessories and artisan goods, others are carefully making candle after candle, in a wide variety of scents. We've also been finalizing the packaging design for our newest candle passion, Beeswax Tapers.

    Beeswax Candles

    Votive Candles

    Along with our usual favorite scents, we are testing some new fragrances: peach, coconut, honeysuckle/ jasmine and a blend of patchouli/parsley/orange.

    This month we've also had the sights and sounds of construction, as our friends at Northwoods Construction worked hard to complete a new, accessible restroom for our guests.


    We love these new polished, recycled aluminum candle holders - so creative!

    We're so looking forward to having more visitors on the island: to share all of the new sights, sounds, and most importantly - scents - of Madeline Island Candles.

    The Scent of Lilac

    25% Off May's Candle of the Month

    Lilac promotion

    Save 25% on any Lilac Soy Candles, our new May Candle of the Month - Enter Promo Code "lilac" at Checkout for 25% Savings.

  • The Latest: Our Newsletter, March 2015

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    Our Little Pocket of Wisconsin:

    Before you board the ferry to visit us on Madeline Island, take a look around the wonderful town of Bayfield, Wisconsin, just across the water.
    Last week's episode of Around the Corner with John McGivern focuses on Bayfield, highlights a few of our island's local businesses, and shows a nice overview of our region.
    Click here to watch:

    Bayfield, Wisconsin

    Polar Bear Plunge:

    And you thought that you were cold? Brave locals jumped through the ice on March 7, for the 10th Annual Polar Bear Plunge - just across the ice road from Madeline Island in Bayfield, Wisconsin.
    This is how we pass the time on Lake Superior! And a special shout out to Anne Lacy and her coconut costume!
    Click here to watch UBK Studios fun video:

    Polar Bear Plunge

    Apostle Island Ice Caves Opened

    In late February, the National Park Service declared that the Apostle Island ice caves were open to visitors. These gorgeous caves are rarely open to visitors, as the weather conditions must be just right.

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    Apostle Islands

    Soy Candles:
    How It's Made

    Step by Step photo essay of our candle-making process, featuring the beautiful photography of Hannah Stonehouse Hudeson of Stonehouse Photography.

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    How it's Made: Soy Candles

    Breaking the Ice

    The Ferries Come to Madeline Island

    It's warming up on Madeline Island, and we are welcoming spring - and 50 degrees! - with open arms. Just a few days ago, both the Island Queen and Madeline Island Ferry broke through the ice between Bayfield and Madeline Island, officially marking an end to the long winter and allowing more visitors to the island. 

    Madeline Island Ferry

    Can't wait for warmer weather to make the voyage to Madeline Island? Click here for the up-to-date Ferry Schedule. Be sure to pop into the candle shop to warm up, catch up on Island news, and browse our selection of candles and artisan crafts.

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    Last Day to Save

    25% Off March's Candle of the Month

    Named for Grant's Point on Madeline Island, our Vanilla & Sandalwood Candles warm up the room with the scent of vanilla, sandalwood, musk, and patchouli.

    Sale ends on April 1 - Enter Promo Code "vanilla" at Checkout for 25% Savings on any Vanilla & Sandalwood Soy Candle. They are available in a variety of candle types:

    Vanilla & Sandalwood Candles

    Crafting for Community

    Why We Love Woods Hall Craft Shop

    Woods Hall Madeline IslandWoods Hall Craft Shop has been hosting a unique community-focused crafting project this month: weaving a large-scale rug for the Madeline Island Library. Weavers and non-weavers alike have been asked to join in, weaving a row or two of the 8 foot x 12 1/2 foot rug.

    We give 10% of our profits to Woods Hall - and here's why.

    Woods Hall Madeline IslandMadeline Island, like many islands in the US, has a seasonal economy, making for frugal, long winters.  In the 1950s, Woods Hall was founded by St. John's Church to address this concern: to keep the islanders busy and build community by weaving rugs and creating crafts in the winter, and helping their economy when those goods sold in the summer.

    To this day, Woods Hall provides a venue for many islanders to increase their earnings, and a place for local artisans and craftsman to gather, workshop, and create.

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  • The Latest: Our Newsletter, February 2015

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    Welcome to the Madeline Island Candles Monthly Newsletter! We'll share stories and news from the candle shop and the island, as well as candle information, tips, and promotions.

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    Customer Gallery:

    How do you use your Madeline Island Candles? Share your candle photos in our Customer Gallery! This month's pics:

    Customer Candle Gallery


    Customer Candle Gallery


    From the Blog:

    Watch Discover Wisconsin's "Apostle Islands"

    We are so pleased that Madeline Island is featured on Discover Wisconsin's "Apostle Islands" episode, which recently aired on February 14. Click here watch the program online.


    Alongside this episode, Discover Wisconsin is running a contest: "Passport to Adventure". You can win a package from Madeline Island - prize packages range from Ferry Line round trip guest passes to a Two Nights Stay on the island to gift certificates. 
    Discover Wisconsin


    We are proud to have Madeline Island Candles featured in each prize package! Sign up today for your chance to win.

    Soy Wax 101

    Why do we prefer to use Soy Wax at Madeline Island Candles?  All-natural, all-positive reasons!

    Soy Wax 101


    Soy Wax Benefits:

    Domestic Resource - Grown in the good old US of A.

    Go Green - Soy wax is completely renewable, and sustainable.

    Go Clean - Biodegradable and cleans up easily with soap and water.

    Breathe Easy - Soy wax burns cleanly with less soot and smoke.

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    Spring is in the Air

    Inside the Madeline Island Candles Shop

    Yes, it's cold outside (a chilly -17 degrees this morning!) but in the candle shop we are preparing for Spring. Amy is hard at work in the pillar studio; Gloria is focusing on container candles, tealights and travel tins; I'm working on new product ideas and presentation improvements for the shop; and Glenn is - well, Glenn is making sure that we are all on task!
    We know that soon, the daffodils will be up in the outside garden, new migratory birds will be at the bird feeder and friends from near and far - friends that we know and friends that we will meet for the first time - will be walking up the ramp, onto the deck, and through our door.
    All of us are looking forward to seeing you in the shop - but until then, best wishes from this extraordinary island that we call home - Madeline.
    - Michael Fray Childers

    Island Winter

    Staying Warm and Keeping Busy

    It's been a busy - and very active! - winter so far on Madeline Island, and everyone is finding ways to cross the snow and ice.

    The ice road is still open, with island residents slowly driving their cars back and forth across the great ice expanse between the Island and Bayfield, Wisconsin.

    Another very playful means of transportation: the annual Sled Dog Races! Jonas P. Heinzerling created this wonderful video of the event:

    Last weekend, Wisconsin Public Television's program "Wisconsin From The Air" sent a helicopter film crew to follow a group of bicyclists crossing the ice road to Madeline Island. Other locals joined on foot, snowshoes, and skis.

    However you are getting around this winter, stay safe & warm!

    Ice Road Savings

    Save on February's Candle of the Month

    Our Winter Snap "Ice Road" Soy Candles are named for the Ice Road we traverse in the cold winter months. Winter snap candles are infused with peppermint, patchouli, cedarwood, and eucalyptus for a bracing, vibrant scent.


    Enter Promo Code "iceroad" at Checkout for 25% Savings on any Winter Snap Soy Candle. Shop these and other candle types:


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    Contest Winner

    February Beeswax Color Contest

    Congratulations to Judy Hable, the winner of our February Beeswax Color Contest! We asked our friends and customers to help us choose the next colors for our Beeswax Taper candles - watch for new colors of Beeswax Tapers, coming soon!


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