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How Do You Choose A Good Candle?

Dec. 26, 2022

As mood setters, candles are one of the most durable decorative items you can find: when lit, they give off a warm glow (and often a wonderful scent) that can transform the atmosphere of almost any room into a warm and festive one. But even before you light the candle, the colour of the candle and the way you present it will enhance the style factor of the room.


But the question of "burning" is: how do you choose a good candle? Simple. Determine how these six must-know facts apply to you, and you'll know the right way to light your home.

Scented Candle

 Scented Candle

Fact #1: Candle material

Among the most popular candle materials you will find.


  • Soy. These are the most evenly burning of the candles you choose. Scented soya candles also tend to have a particularly pleasant aroma. But because soya is so soft, you will usually find soya candles sold in glass containers rather than candles in candle holders that you already own. (One way to get the best of both worlds is to find a soya candle mixed with paraffin wax, which produces a harder candle.)

  • Paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is generally the cheapest material for candles and lasts the longest. Paraffin candles tend to burn very quickly, which is why other materials (such as vybar) are often added to increase their burn time. Paraffin wax can be an allergen for sensitive people, so please bear this in mind when shopping.

  • Beeswax. Non-drip and slow burning, beeswax is often one of the most expensive candle materials. It has a honey-like fragrance and will not mix with other scents.

    Luxury Christmas Snowflake Candle Glass Jar

    Luxury Christmas Snowflake Candle Glass Jar

Fact #2: Size and shape of candles

The most common candle shapes are


  • Pillars. These are thick candles (usually at least 2 or 3 inches wide). Usually they are shaped like a cylinder, but they also come in many other shapes including squares and rectangles.

  • Tapers. These are the tall candles you will see on candle holders at formal tables. The taper is usually thinner at the top than at the bottom. Sizes range from ½ inch to 1 inch and from 6 to 18 inches in height.

  • Votives: Shorter candles (usually between 2 and 3 inches high), wider than tapers but narrower than pillars (between 1 and 2 inches wide).

  • Tea Lights. These are short disc-shaped candles used for fondue and some other special holders.

  • Container. Any candle that is poured into a candle container made of glass or other material and offered as a single item.

  • Novelty. These candles have shapes that go beyond the standard cylinder or square - they may look like they have been carved or sculpted.

    BOYE Luxury Unique Design Candle Glass Jar

    BOYE Luxury Unique Design Candle Glass Jar

Fact 3: Scented or unscented

Scented candles are a great way to set the mood: you can find almost any scent, from pumpkin spice to vanilla, rose, lime, berry, lavender and cedar. There are even fast-burning scented candles for faster scenting of the air.


However scented candles can affect the taste of food, so if you like the look of a candle but not the smell, choose an unscented one.


Fact 4: Wick type

The material of the wick will affect how well the candle burns and how much care the candle needs. Look for cotton wicks, which burn more evenly and more slowly than the woven wire types. Cotton wicks also don't need trimming and they draw less smoke than wire wicks.


Candle Glass Jar

Candle Glass Jar

Fact 5: Burning or flameless

If the safety of candles is an issue for you, try using flameless candles. These give the candle a flameless and smokeless look and feel. Flameless candles use low voltage LED lighting which flickers and goes out to mimic a flame. Some come with a remote control or built-in timer that turns the candle off after a specified time. You will even find battery-powered tea lights. Some flameless candles are made from plastic, while others are made from wax.


Fact #6: Display method

Some candles, such as freestanding solid pillar candles and jar candles, do not require a holder. Other candles, such as taper candles, require a candle holder and also votive candles, floating candles and glowing candles must be burned in some kind of glass or metal container.

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