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How to Choose the Best Candles Jars?

Oct. 08, 2022

It is true that choosing a candle container is both simple and personal. However, choosing the right container can help you save money and time, especially if you want to make container candles to sell.


So what do you look for when choosing the best candle containers?


Firstly, we will teach you how to choose the best candle jars. This will help you to pick the right size, shape, and material for your jars.


1. Size

The size of the container is not always the size of the candle. Please bear this in mind when choosing a candle container.

Candle Jar and Scented Candles

 Candle Jar and Scented Candles     

When choosing the size of your candle jar, you will want to research how big you want your candle to be. Remember that you don't want to fill the candle jar with candle wax as this will make storage cumbersome. This is especially true if you plan to sell your candles.


As a tip, we recommend leaving extra space between the edge of the jar and the top of the candle - this is the space for the wick. Make sure it is long enough to help the wick burn completely when you first light it. Otherwise, a wick that is too short will make it difficult for the candle to burn completely.


To give you an idea and to help you make an estimate, a 9 or 10-oz candle jar will comfortably hold a 7-oz candle. This leaves plenty of room for the wick, especially if you are using a lid that will also take up space inside the jar. Get in touch for a free quote today.

10 Oz Candle Jars Bulk

 10 Oz Candle Jars Bulk

We also don't recommend getting a jar that is too small - unless you want to make small candles. But if this is the case, then we recommend getting a candle without a lid and opting to add a dust cover to the top instead. Not only is this a more practical solution, but this also helps you to get more candle wax in the tiny container.

However, candle wax is not a liquid but a solid and is much denser than water. In addition, when pouring candles we usually recommend leaving space between the rim of the container and the top of the wax. For your information, some specialist candle suppliers sell containers with a "wax weight fill line", which is lower than the top of the opening.


2. Diameter

This is also about the wick.


The diameter is the longest line from one side to the other in a circle. Usually, we use the diameter of the container to choose the right wick size for the candle and to determine how many wicks we need. For example, if the container is larger than 4 inches in diameter, you will need to consider using 2 or 3 wicks in order for the candle to burn evenly.

Amber Glass Candle Jar

 Amber Glass Candle Jar     

Please note that as we consider cylindrical containers to be the most suitable for holding candles, this means that the diameter of the opening and the bottom of the container should be almost the same. If the opening is much wider than the bottom, it may tip over. Conversely, if the opening is much smaller than the bottom, it may be difficult to wick and the candle will not burn properly.


3. With or without a lid

It is optional, but a candle container with a lid will better protect the candle from dust. In addition, as certain fragrances, especially essential oils, degrade easily in the light, a lid can help preserve the fragrance of the scented candle.

Glass Candle

Glass Candle

4. Materials

The material of the candle container is crucial to the safety of lighting candles at home.


As candles generate a lot of heat when they burn, it is important that the material used for candle containers is heat resistant. Plastic tends to warp and even catch fire when exposed to high temperatures. Therefore, do not choose candle containers made of plastic. Similarly, wood is not an ideal material for candle containers as it is also flammable.


Glass and metal are more resistant to heat and retain their shape. In addition, glass and metal are healthier and do not release toxic elements when heated. Therefore, glass and metal jars are ideal for making candles.


Pro tip: Although the glassware is heat resistant, it can also break if exposed to too much heat. So, only buy jars that are candle supports. The thicker the glass, the less likely it is to break.


As for metal containers, such as candle jars, they are not as durable as glass and are more likely to leak if they are not seamlessly manufactured.

Luxury Empty Candle Glass Jars In Bulk For Scented Candle Making

Luxury Empty Candle Glass Jars In Bulk For Scented Candle Making 


5. Shape

Again, you may argue that you have the right to decide the shape of the container in which you place your candles. Relax. In theory, you can use any shape of container for your container candles, such as cubes, cylinders, spheres, or any other irregular shape.


This is true, but we are talking about the best or recommended shapes for candle containers. Let's start by looking at how a candle burns.


When a candle burns it creates a circular pool of molten water around the wick which fuels the flame. As the wick burns, the circular pool descends. You will see that the shape of the molten pool ends up being a cylinder.


The cylindrical container will therefore complement the burning process of the candle. On the other hand, an irregularly shaped container will not create a uniform molten pool, which will affect the burning properties.


More importantly, a cylindrical candle container will be easier to wick. Whether you have a single or double-wick candle, you can easily find the center of the circle.


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