What is the Enneagram?

With its roots in childhood development, the Enneagram is a guide to better self-understanding and healthy relationships! If you're already familiar with your Enneagram number, you can skip ahead to the resources and info below. If you're a newcomer, we recommend taking a quiz to begin figuring out your number and seeing how this system can help you be your best self!

Enneagram 1 Candle

The Reformer

principled • perfectionist • purposeful • self-controlled

FRAGRANCE: A perfect blend of Palo Santo and Suede

Ones are conscientious and ethical, with a strong sense of right and wrong. They are teachers, crusaders, and advocates for change: always striving to improve things, but afraid of making a mistake. Well-organized, orderly, and fastidious, they try to maintain high standards, but can slip into being critical and perfectionistic. They typically have problems with resentment and impatience. 

At their Best: wise, discerning, realistic, and noble. Can be morally heroic.

Enneagram 2 Candle

The Helper

caring • interpersonal • generous • empathetic

FRAGRANCE: A sweet aroma of Violet and Vanilla

Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. 

At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.

Enneagram 3 Candle

The Achiever

success-oriented • pragmatic • adaptable • driven • excelling

FRAGRANCE: Our most successful fragrance -  Tobacco & Patchouli

Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. 

At their Best: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to be—role models who inspire others.

Enneagram 4 Candle

The Individualist

sensitive • introspective • expressive • dramatic

FRAGRANCE: A unique scent of prickly spiced pear

Fours are self-aware, sensitive, and reserved. They are emotionally honest, creative, and personal, but can also be moody and self-conscious. Withholding themselves from others due to feeling vulnerable and defective, they can also feel disdainful and exempt from ordinary ways of living. They typically have problems with melancholy, self-indulgence, and self-pity. 

At their Best: inspired and highly creative, they are able to renew themselves and transform their experiences.

Enneagram 5 Candle

The Investigator

intense • perceptive • innovative • reclusive

FRAGRANCE: A straightforward yet complex balance of eucalyptus and santal

Fives are alert, insightful, and curious. They are able to concentrate and focus on developing complex ideas and skills. Independent, innovative, and inventive, they can also become preoccupied with their thoughts and imaginary constructs. They become detached, yet high-strung and intense. They typically have problems with eccentricity, nihilism, and isolation. 

At their Best: visionary pioneers, often ahead of their time, and able to see the world in an entirely new way.

Enneagram 6 Candle

The Loyalist

committed  • engaging • responsible • anxious • need security

FRAGRANCE: A loyal fan-favorite, Fig & Olive

Sixes are reliable, hard-working, responsible, and trustworthy. Excellent “troubleshooters,” they foresee problems and foster cooperation, but can also become defensive, evasive, and anxious—running on stress while complaining about it. They can be cautious and indecisive, but also reactive, defiant and rebellious. They typically have problems with self-doubt and suspicion. 

At their Best: internally stable and self-reliant, courageously championing themselves and others.

Enneagram 7 Candle

The Enthusiast

busy • spontaneous • versatile • acquisitive • scattered

FRAGRANCE: Travel-inspired scent of Cactus Flower

Sevens are extroverted, optimistic, versatile, and spontaneous. Playful, high-spirited, and practical, they can also misapply their many talents, becoming over-extended, scattered, and undisciplined. They constantly seek new and exciting experiences, but can become distracted and exhausted by staying on the go. They typically have problems with impatience and impulsiveness. 

At their Best: they focus their talents on worthwhile goals, becoming appreciative, joyous, and satisfied.

Enneagram 8 Candle

The Challenger

dominating • self-confident • decisive • confrontational

FRAGRANCE: A strong aroma of Incense & Smoke

Eights are self-confident, strong, and assertive. Protective, resourceful, straight-talking, and decisive, but can also be ego-centric and domineering. Eights feel they must control their environment, especially people, sometimes becoming confrontational and intimidating. Eights typically have problems with their tempers and with allowing themselves to be vulnerable. 

At their Best: self- mastering, they use their strength to improve others’ lives, becoming heroic, magnanimous, and inspiring.

Enneagram 9 Candle

The Peacemaker

easygoing • self-effacing • receptive • reassuring • agreeable

FRAGRANCE: A peaceful blend of Lavender & Sage

Nines are accepting, trusting, and stable. They are usually creative, optimistic, and supportive, but can also be too willing to go along with others to keep the peace. They want everything to go smoothly and be without conflict, but they can also tend to be complacent, simplifying problems and minimizing anything upsetting. They typically have problems with inertia and stubbornness.

At their Best: indomitable and all-embracing, they are able to bring people together and heal conflicts.


More Than a Number

"By understanding the Triads, we can better understand ourselves and how we react and respond to the world. This is helpful for finding balance, as we can move between Triads once we realize our dominant one."  

- The Good Trade

  • The Pragmatists: 3, 6, 9

    Sometimes called the “Attachment Triad” as they tell us how we connect on a down-to-earth, people-to-people basis in our daily lives.  

  • The Relationists: 2, 5, 8

    Sometimes called the “Rejection Triad,” as they stave off rejection through providing necessary, important functions and by becoming “powerful” in their own right.

  • The Idealists: 1, 4, 7

    Sometimes called the “Frustration Triad,” as they each hold a vision of the way the world could be in order for life and spirit to thrive.


Podcast to listen to: Enneagram & Coffee

Sarajane Case is the host of this podcast dedicated to understanding the Enneagram and using it as a tool for self-compassion!


Accounts we love:

@enneagrameverything - Beautiful graphics, focus on enneagram x wellness

@enneagramexplained - Explains the enneagram with graphics, like a teacher would.

@actualenneagram - Enneagram Personality Memes :)

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Our Enneagram Collection features 6 oz. ombre glass candles packaged in a giftable box with a brief number description and a QR code that takes you right to this page to learn more!