Candle Maker Insurance

Candle Maker Insurance

Whether you operate a candle shop or you sell products online, protect yourself against potential liabilities with candle maker insurance.

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Insurance for candle makers

Candles make a wonderful addition to many occasions and celebrations – from lighting up a birthday cake or jack-o’-lantern to creating a cozy and calming atmosphere at home.

While a candle looks (and smells) great, the little flame on top can be the cause for some big lawsuits. Customers put their trust in your candle-making expertise to create a safe and reliable product. Even if you take every precaution in the production process, there is always a risk that an accident could happen beyond your control. That’s why it’s crucial to protect yourself, your customers, and your business with Candle Maker Insurance.

At Zensurance, we’ve made it our mission to make insurance as accessible as possible. Below you’ll find helpful information to get you started on the basics of insurance for candle makers.

What is candle maker insurance?

Candle maker insurance is a policy package specially designed to protect against specific risks associated with selling candles and other related products such as wax melts or incense sticks. Our insurance provides coverage for product and liability-related accidents causing third-party injuries or property damage.

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What does it cover?

Candle Maker Insurance describes several insurance policies that are combined to provide comprehensive coverage. Typically, Candle Maker Insurance will include the following policies:

  • Commercial General Liability Insurance (CGL): CGL is a basic form of coverage that protects you against day-to-day risks that you may encounter while running your candle business. Such risks could be third-party bodily injury (e.g., customer injury in your store) or property damage (e.g. breaking a customer’s expensive vase while selling in their home). CGL generally covers medical fees and legal expenses, regardless of the lawsuit’s outcome.
  • Product Liability Insurance: Product liability coverage is an essential component of insurance for candle makers. This coverage can protect you against claims alleging that a product sold to a customer caused bodily injury (e.g., burns from a candle) or property damage (e.g., wax stains on fabric). Damages ordinarily covered by product liability are usually the result of a design, manufacturing, or marketing defect, such as an incorrect label or a lack of safety warnings.
  • Commercial Property Insurance: Whether you have a candle shop or a workshop within your home, Commercial Property Insurance protects your business location and the property inside from an insured event, such as a fire or theft. For example, a fire burned down all of your inventory of candles, having Commercial Property Insurance could cover the cost to replace your merchandise. Commercial Property Insurance policies often include business interruption (a.k.a. business income) coverage, which provides reimbursement for net income lost following an insured event.
  • Cyber Liability Insurance: Cyber Liability could cover the costs associated with cybercrime involving your technology systems and customer data. For example, your online candle website experienced a data breach, and the hacker held your customers’ data for ransom. Cyber Liability Insurance can provide coverage for legal costs and damages associated with the incident.

Do candle makers need insurance?

Any professional candle maker or business selling related products should protect themselves from common risks with a specialized insurance policy. 

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How much does it cost?

The starting price for insurance for candle makers typically starts at $510 for Commercial General Liability with a $1MM coverage limit.

We want to make sure you get the best price for your business, and that’s why we’ve partnered with over fifty insurance providers. Our providers can offer you a variety of options that’ll suit your business needs.

When you complete our online application, we will ask questions about your business that will help us determine what coverage you should have. Here are some of the main factors we take into consideration:

  • Annual and projected gross revenue
  • Types of product offering
  • Manufacturing process
  • Product pricing
  • Years of experience
  • Store size and location
  • Number of employees
  • Previous insurance claims
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Frequently asked questions

Will my insurance premium rise if I sell candles with wicks?

Selling candles with wicks or any other ignitible candle-related product can increase the likelihood of specific risks such as a fire. There is a chance you may have a higher premium than someone who solely sells flameless candles (e.g. wax melts). That said, many other factors are taken into consideration when calculating the total cost of your Candle Maker Insurance policy.

Should I still get insurance if I sell candles online on third-party marketplaces? (e.g, Etsy, Amazon)

Yes – regardless of whether you have a store full of candles or sell candles through an online marketplace, you’re liable for the same risks as if you sold directly to customers without a third party. Our insurance policies consider your specific business requirements, so you’ll be covered for what you need and nothing you don’t.



If I sell candles as a part-time business at home, will my home insurance cover it?

To be fully protected, you’ll likely need commercial property and product liability insurance. Your home insurance won’t cover you for product-based risks, which is a core liability when selling candles. Also, your home insurance may cover some business property stored at your home, but this may not extend to specialized equipment or merchandise.

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