Black Arrow Candles

Black Arrow Candles are an inimitable, sophisticated brand of soy wax candles, hand crafted and lovingly poured and packaged to order. No animal-based products are used including honey, musk, milk or beeswax, making each candle reassuringly animal and vegan-friendly. Good for you, and good for the earth.  

An inspired feat of packaging engineering...

THINK Packaging was commissioned to create a unique, bespoke packaging piece for Black Arrow Candles. The challenge: it had to be distinctive and elegant, but robust enough to protect the high quality, hand blown glass vessel enveloping the candle.

Inspired by memories of Robin Hood firing arrows deep into the middle of tree trunks, the client had a clear vision of basing the packaging within this archery theme, in stark contrast with a modern, ready-for-retail look and feel. Accordingly, the ‘arrowhead’ (the candle) was set into a package that looks like a beautiful, modern, lime washed piece of wood. It is designed to be very deceptive – to draw customers in, to pick it up and discover the beautiful candle within.

No block of wood is the same, nor is it straight edged, so THINK Packaging designed a cardboard form that was purposefully imperfect. A disruptive, yet natural shape was engineered by chamfering off the top right edge to create a unique, organic look and feel, just like wood. As the pack hinges in half, the two sides are actually the same piece, yet mirrored – resulting in a perfect balance of straight versus angled lines for the front, back, top, and bottom view points.

... backed by beautiful pack design.

To compliment this outstanding feat of cardboard engineering, Curious Design created a sophisticated piece of branding and labeling that embodies the spirit of Black Arrow.

A signature arrowhead was devised as a visual icon that can be integrated with the brand name, or used independently in a symbolic context. The two ‘A's in the Black Arrow typography also have the horizontal bars between the outer slopes removed-to create subtle arrow shapes and reflect the marque.

The colour palette is deliberately understated and the arrowhead has been embossed with a 'black on black' texture for a tactile quality. All of these nuances ensure that the graphic content works harmoniously with the unique pack shape.


Structural packaging designer: Mat Bogust, THINK Packaging

Graphic designer: Monique Robins, Curious

Wood texture illustrator: Mike Amundsen

Designed by THINK Packaging

Client: Black Arrow Candles

Country: New Zealand