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Top Of The Best Candles Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Anjou Scented Candle 4 Pack Gift Set, Includes Pear and Freesia, Blackberry and Bay, Orange and Peppermint, 20 Hours Burn Time Per Cup, 4 x 70 g for Stress Relief, Christmas Gift
№2 – Dragons Blood Soy Spell Candle for Love, Power, Money & Purification (hoodoo, wiccan, pagan, magick)
№3 – ArtNaturals Scented Candle Gift Set – 6 Piece Aromatherapy Set of Fragrance Soy Wax – Made in USA with Essential Oils – for Stress Relief and Relaxation
The most common and oldest man-made type of candle wax, it offers a really good scent throw. With a high melting point it has a good stability as it burns, but if burnt frequently you may notice black soot marks on the inside of a glass candle holder.
Soy is a vegetable and a renewable source; it burns cleanly with no toxins and little to no soot. Soy candles burn longer and cooler than their paraffin counterparts, and have an excellent scent throw. Wax spills can be cleaned up by simply using warm water and soap.
Consisting of reed sticks and an oil and alcohol solution, diffusers deliver a constant fragrance that’s perfect for greeting you when you come home. They’re ideal for the summer months as they produce no heat but warmth helps increase the fragrance intensity; just keep them out of reach of children and pets.
Now, there’s no point buying a beautifully scented candle if the fun is going to be short lived – burn time is important. The longer your candle burns for the more bang for your buck you’ll get. All good things must come to an end, but you want to make sure you get value!
Burn time can be affected by the composition of wax, the wick, the quantity of other additives such as fragrance, scent holders, dyes and pigments, and the candle’s shape and size.
A poorly chosen, wonkily placed wick can give you an uneven burn and leave wax left over, while too many additives can clog the wick and leave you with a dim light that’ll fizzle out. Too many combustible additives will swiftly end your candle in a blaze of glory and can be dangerous.
Ideally you want a candle that will have a strong (but not too dangerous), enduring flame, with little soot and great smell, that burns evenly.
Happy Piranha’s large candles are 62mm High and 78mm in diameter and 175g in weight with an awesome 3hour average burn time. If you have a similar sized candle that burns for less time, something’s fishy.
Scent Throw and Capture
Scent is one of those things that’s relative to the individual. We all have smells we prefer and some people are more sensitive than others. That said, a candles scent throw (how far it disperses its smell) and its ability to maintain its scent over time are important.
If you want to know a little bit more about how your sense of smell works – we’ve written a guide.
Happy Piranha’s candles maintain their scent for the duration of their burn and smell great even if you haven’t lit them. They also come in a cosy tin to help preserve the scent for multiple uses.
Wax is a hotly debated topic in candle making and they all have their own pro’s and cons. The main waxes are made from palm oil, vegetable oil, mineral oil (paraffin),coconut oil, soy and beeswax. Soy wax is on trend right now as a ‘sustainable natural resource’ though don’t be mislead by simple environmental buzzwords. Make sure you do your research. We’ll post a blog on why we don’t use soy soon. In the meantime here’s a report by the WWF on some of its impacts.
At the end of the day it depends on what you’re wanting from a candle. Do you want good price, high performance, or ethics?
We think we’ve found our best current mix of all three at Happy Piranha with our blend of highly refined vegetable and mineral oil. It uses the waste from a local source to give high performance at a competitive price with a long lasting, low soot burn. Our candles are hand poured to ensure an even top, reduce air bubbles and add that extra care.
It’s important to remember that it’s not just the base material of the wax that matters. It’s where it comes from, how it’s got to where it is, how refined it is and the other ingredients that have to be added to it to improve its performance.
A study from the national candle makers association of America showed that in terms of burn quality, no one wax is superior. What’s important is to keep questioning things to find the best current option for you. If you really care, don’t just jump on the bandwagon.
Good candle makers will have their candles tested to measure their emissions, performance and quality. Not all candles burn equally and it’s those that put the effort into testing that have the evidence to be able to burn the best.
Happy Piranha are members of the British Candle Making Federation and have had our candles tested to ensure their emission and burn times are at a high standard.
Candles can vary greatly in price which is funny considering that on a basic level, the constituent ingredients are pretty similar. Have you ever seen one of those £300 ‘designer’ candles? All you’re paying for is the brand.
At the same time, don’t be beguiled by a bargain basement candle – you don’t want a dwindling, sooty burn.
Happy Piranha’s large scented candles are £8.2or three for £20. We challenge you to find a hand poured, hand labelled candle of the same quality for a similar price that also has original design, hand drawn artwork and similar burn quality, made at home in the UK.
Though smell is a central focus of a scented candle, why not buy one which looks great too? That way it’s an awesome item whether you’ve lit it or not. If our candle’s going to be sitting on your shelf for its 3hour burn time, it should look great while doing so!
There’s a million different scented candles on the market, all promoting the same thing, so why not pick something different?
All of our labels at Happy Piranha are original designs, drawn by hand and then individually computer animated. Our designs are inspired by the things we love, so they mean a lot to us. We’re not satisfied just sticking a name or a stock image on a tin. We want to make them something you’ll love, even after the wax is gone.
Make home your sanctuary with our elegant scented candles. Housed in our signature coloured glass and blended in England, they instantly create a warm glow and fill the space with your favourite fragrance.
Whether you need to relax, energise or just need a finishing touch for a dinner party, choose from three sizes and a wide selection of blends to set the tone.
For the ultimate fragranced experience, place the candle in a central part of the room to allow the scent to distribute evenly.
Choose a flat heat resistant surface to avoid accidents.
Trim the wick to about 5mm before lighting to avoid enlarged flame and sooting and maximise the burn time.
The first burn is the most important. Allow the wax to melt across the entire surface before extinguishing the flame to prevent ‘tunnelling’.
Spray liberally into the air and on linen to imbue your home with the world’s finest aromas.
When spraying linen, hold 20cm away and only on washable fabric.
Ardent travellers, mist your suitcase before packing for beautifully scented clothes when you arrive at your destination.
Place the reeds in the bottle and leave them for a minute to absorb the oils.
Invert the reeds to place the ‘dry’ ends in the bottle so that the saturated end is exposed.
Allow 2hours for the fragrance to fill the room or invert the reeds every few hours to speed up the process.
Pair your chosen scented candle or aroma reed diffuser with the matching Home & Linen Mist or create a
Candles & Candle Holders
The perfect match for every room, beautifully fragranced candles are ideal for the bathroom, making bath time a relaxing and indulgent treat. Add decorative old world charm to the house or garden with our nautical lanterns and hurricane lamps. Choose the daintiest spring flower and tulip tea lights to add a quirky touch for spring. Available in all sizes, from pillar candles and votive candlesticks to tealights. We’ve signature scents for evening and daytime, including Italian lemon, jasmine, English apple, lime blossom, cedarwood and bergamot. Natural materials like clear and frosted glass, wood, rope handles and brass help you achieve just the right level of light and the look you want. Add elegance, light, a beautiful focal point, at home and in the garden with our beautiful candles and holders. For more ways to illuminate your home, take a look at our
Beeswax has always been used in candle making because it is highly flammable. Beeswax is the natural wax produced in the bee hive and has many uses. Candles made from beeswax do burn longer and cleaner compared to other candle waxes. They are often unscented because they already smell great! They are a great air purifier and need minimal processing making the production of such candles extremely environmentally friendly.
Palm wax candles are a great sustainable alternative to paraffin based candles if the right ones are purchased. Look for palm wax candles that use palm certified by the International Standards Organization – RSPO (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil), as it’s eco-friendly and the palm fruits used were sourced from sustainable, regenerated palm plantations. Palm wax candles also burn slowly and brightly. Because it easily mixes with other waxes, it can be used to make very attractive candles.
Coconut Wax blended with 100% Soy Wax makes CoCoSoy Wax candles and is a unique blend of pure natural creamy Coconut wax (gently cooling warm organic coconut oil from the flesh of the coconut) combined with clean eco-friendly Soy wax. These strongly scented fruity fragranced candles burn long and very clean and remain soot and toxin-free. We only know of one manufacturer in Australia who supplies these highly fragranced fruity candles, as it is very innovative and unique in the market.
Consider our exclusive SafeFlame Battery Candles
These handheld battery candles have a realistic LED light that flickers like a real flame. Creates an amazing effect for your candlelight vigil services. A kid-friendly and flameless alternative for your church service or event.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT AROMATHERAPY CANDLE FOR STRESS
The main difference between scented candles and legitimate aromatherapy candles is that aromatherapy candles use pricier essential oils wheras regular scented candles use cheaper fragrance oils. Inferior fragrance oils often contain synthetic ingredients wheras essential oils use natural plant essences and release a continous scent into the air, similar to that of a diffuser. When you breath in this vapor, it travels into your bloodstream which can result in various health benefits.
In general, aromatherapy candles are less toxic than regular scented candles and often include natural ingredients such as vegetable oil, soy or beeswax.
Check out this icon below to find out the scent of each candle.
The burn time on the candles vary quite a bit, look for this icon to find out!
Way Out West’s Aromatherapy Candles include a two pack of candles with the first one featuring Lavender/Eucalyptus and the second featuring Spearmint/Rosemary. These candles are made in America (for over 30 years) and both come in 8oz jars.
They are available in a variety of different scent combinations but this combination in particular is designed for stress relief. Support a small family business creating high quality candles. The candles burn quite evenly and don’t really smoke. I love that the packaging is whimsical and looks handmade.
The re-usable mason jars are great and they are eco-friendly and I love that it comes with an adorable heart shaped wick dipper which eliminates excess smoke when you are putting out the candle.They smell great and the scent lingers for hours after they are put out. The candles each burn about 40-4hours per candle.
ZERO Animal Products!
Most relevant for vegan candle lovers, soy candles provide all the scent and warmth, without the use of any animal ingredients. While beeswax is a highly contested ingredient in the vegan community, very strict vegans tend to avoid it as procuring beeswax can disrupt a bee colony or cause harm to individual bees, even though the wax itself is not an animal ingredient.
With so many options for plant-based wax, including soy, the potential disruption to the bees is unnecessary, so very strict vegans (and those who simply are avoiding bee products) have plant-based waxes to choose from.
Plant-based and Natural
In addition to being vegan-friendly, soy wax is a green choice for homemade candles.
Soy wax is made from soybeans, a natural, renewable, and biodegradable crop grown in many regions by local farmers. Other wax options like paraffin are made from petroleum, a material that may contain carcinogens that might be released into the air during burn time.
A greener choice for the environment, purchasing soy wax is also supporting agriculture and farmers, instead of providing funds to producers of non-renewables.
Soy Candles Last Longer
When you pour the time and effort into making candles at home, you want to be sure they’ll last long enough to be worth the work. Choosing a soy wax means you won’t burn through your candles as quickly, as soy candles burn cooler and therefore generally last 30-50% longer than a paraffin candle.
Number of Candles
How many candles are you hoping to make from a single kit?
If you’re looking to have a rainy day activity on hand to do with your children, you’ll probably need fewer candles – and therefore fewer materials – than if you’re searching for a kit that will allow you to make lots of candles.
Remember that making more candles requires more ingredients and materials, so a kit that allows you to make many candles instead of reusing a few tins will cost considerably more than one that covers just the basics.
However, if you’re hoping to make lots of candles with your kit, purchasing one that includes enough for a large volume will ensure that you don’t run out of materials mid-project, and you can save yourself the hassle and downtime of buying more materials “a la carte.”
The color of a candle can complement the decor of a room, or give a hint about the scent of the candle – a red candle might signify apple, while a yellow candle is perfect for a bright lemon fragrance.
Like fragrance, most kits come with a sampling of many different colors. If you require a certain color, you may be able to make a special request to the makers of the kits or opt for a kit that includes a single color in it.
How to Make Candles
As we’ve demonstrated, there are plenty of candle types that you can create in your own kitchen. Here, we’ll show you how to make a basic soy candle. You can take the same basic ingredients, tweak them slightly, and create your own customized recipe.
Prep Your Wax and Container
Now, let’s prep your materials to get your candle wax ready. Take your soy wax and put it into your double boiler on your kitchen stove to melt. Fill the bottom pot with water and the top with the soy wax and turn burner onto medium heat. Stir the wax with your spatula, making sure you break up any chunks.
While the wax is melting, take your wick and glue the end to the bottom of your glass container. Allow glue to dry, which will keep your wick in place as your pour your wax.
Customize Your Candle Mixture
Once your wax melts, take your preferred essential oil and stir into your mixture at a ratio of oz per pound of wax. If you’d like to change up the color of your candle wax, stir in chunks of non-toxic crayons.
Once your ingredients are melted and mixed, let it cool to 130-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Check the mixture with your thermometer to ensure it reaches the correct temperature.
Prep Your Pour
Now that your wax mixture is cooled to the correct temperature, it’s time to pour it into your jar. Hold the wick upright with one hand and pour the mixture out of the pan with the other. Fill up ¾ of the jar with the hot wax mixture.
To keep the wick upright, tie its end to the pen and set it across the opening of your jar.
Selling Your Homemade Candles Online
You’ve got the recipe for success — now it’s time to figure out how to sell your soy candles (or other homemade candles).
Like many business-to-consumer businesses, one of the most lucrative mediums to sell your products is online. You can use multiple digital platforms, like social media and your own ecommerce site, to reach potential customers around the world.
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While every digital medium won’t be a successful sales platform for every merchant, here are a few places entrepreneurs can try to help them get started.
Although the following list doesn’t cover every channel merchants can explore for their fledgeling business, these are some solid options to help you marketing your business online.
Instagram: Many lifestyle brands how found great success building a sizeable following on Instagram. Curate a feed of beautiful images related to your brand, stage photos of you candles to show off to customers, and reach a larger audience. You can also use Instagram to reach out to brand evangelists and provide a behind-the-scenes peek at how you make your candles.
Pinterest: Home décor is a major category for Pinterest users, and is one of the largests platforms customers use to find brands and products. So, it’s wise for homemade candle merchants to consider Pinterest as a pillar in their marketing strategy.
Snapchat: As another highly visual platform, Snapchat is another viable option for maker merchants. As one of the fastest-growing social media platforms with more than 200 million users, DIY hustlers can use the medium to market to an increasing audience.
Giveaways and Contests: As part of a social/content marketing strategy, you can use some of your merchandise as prizes in a series of giveaways and contests. Not only can these contests help you gain followers and build brand awareness, but you also have the opportunity to show off how well your products work.
Email Marketing: Deliver your message (as well as promos, discounts, and other brand news) right to your customers’ inboxes.
Selling Your Homemade Candles Offline
Although selling online is a viable avenue for merchants, don’t be afraid to try selling IRL.
Homemade candles are compact and travel well — which makes them ideal for selling on the go. Your sweet-smelling home decor items are ideal for displaying in market booths and pop-up shops and gives merchants the opportunity to get in-person feedback directly from potential customers.
Still not sold on selling in person? Going IRL for sales has a number of other benefits, including:
Getting direct feedback: If you’re eager to improve your products (or just dying to hear what customers think), selling in person is a great way to do it. Meet your target customers face-to-face, address their pain points, and get ideas for potential new products.
Discover wholesale opportunities: Ready to scale your business? Or looking to explore selling B2B? Markets and fairs are ideal events to meet wholesale buyers and establish a foundation for such a relationship.
Build your online following and email subscribers: Whether you’re aiming to grow your social audience or build your enewsletter list, use pop-up shops and markets to connect online. When visitors show up at your booth or shop, ask them to subscribe to your email list or follow your branded social channels for new products, discounts, and giveaways.
Networking and inspiration: Connecting with fellow makers and entrepreneurs is also a major part of the draw for festivals, markets, and fairs. Meeting other merchants can inspire you with new ideas and help you come up with new solutions to shared problems.
Although physical sales require different skills than sitting at your desk, a little know-how and the right tools can make it simpler to make sales on the go. Use a mobile point-of-sale system like Shopify POS to help you set up your shop or booth at your next flea and farmer’s market, craft fair, and/or maker fair, and keep transactions quick and simple.
TRY SHOPIFY POS: Want to give Shopify’s point of sale systems a test run? Start a free Shopify POS trial today.
If you’re keen to sell your products in person, check out our guide to nailing the in-person selling experience.
Tips For Burning Soy Candles…
Soy candles should be allowed to melt, filling the entire center with liquid. As the liquid around the wick melts, the candle pool should expand to the outside rim of the candle or the sides of the candle container. A flickering candle is a sign that it is not burning properly. The candle should be completely cooled between uses and the candle wick should always be trimmed to 1/inch before each use. Soy candles burn up to 50 percent longer and do not increase COlevels. Soy candles are easier to clean up than paraffin if wax is spilled. Soy wax can be removed from furniture and candle holders with warm water and soap. Source
The Non-burning Out Fire
As opposed to firewood and the standard candles, the LED candles do not burn out completely. Of the many uses of fire, one other use that people rarely talk about is the beauty. Have you ever looked at the beauty created by various coloured bulbs especially in restaurants? It is a true beauty worth appreciating. LED is an acronym for the light emitting diode which is a simple improvised technology in the lighting system. It is, therefore, a diminutive semiconductor system that emits the rightful photons when exposed to the correct voltage. The chief merit of LED over other regular bulbs is the fact that it only transmits light but not heat. Therefore, it can shine for many hours and not heat up, and also consume least energy.
Furthermore, it is economical to adopt an LED candles than the waxed candles since it can burn nearly a thousand hours on one set of batteries. Looking at this, the LED candles are certainly more economical in the long run even though the initial cost of purchase can be higher than for a regular wax candle.
Choosing an LED Candle
In the market today, varieties of the LED candles that one can choose from depending on one’s personal need exists. The candles exist in various forms and styles ranging from the simple columns that simply glows to the modern, sophisticated ones that creates flickering light. It is, therefore, depends upon one’s need and preference; given that some are meant to create the best mood in the room. Besides, some are made in such a way that they not only glow but also sweeten the air with their nice scent.
In essence, the intention of use determines the pick given that some LED candles perform further functions rather than the basic function of glowing. You can as well choose a set that glows and flickers in a range of different colours. The multicoloured would set the best mood and beauty in your room or party hall.
Similarly, another set is the best for display or decoration purposes. The best LED candles for this function are those that have the option for a remote control system. Besides affordability, they are wonderfully convenient too. The remotely controllable candles are perfect for creating a completely great nightlight. On the same note, there exist LED candles with timers that are the perfect choice for, holiday decorations. With the timer-enabled candles, you can set them such that when it reaches a particular time, probably when everyone would have gone to sleep then they go off.
A good candle is one that gives the privilege of having the best mood lighting in every room within your home. It should be one that is very convenient to you and you and also give you exactly what you would wish to have in a candle. This set of candles brings back the original open flame traditional candles without any disappointments. The only difference could only be in the modern technology applied to it. The technology involved ensures that you enjoy a romantic glow with the desired absence of disappointing scents or odours related to burning wax.
You don’t have to wary about waxy surfaces either because this set helps you take care of your space by ensuring that no wax trickles down your very valued surfaces. The most outstanding quality of this candle set is that it knows that you value your pets and that’s why it ensures that you can leave the flames unattended to without any worry of your of the pet getting burnt, buy open flames. it also comes with a remote control to put all the control in your hands. So, if you are one individual who is always open to the world with lots of possibilities than this particular set of Antilizer candles just suits you right.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Candles wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Candles
- №1 — Anjou Scented Candle 4 Pack Gift Set, Includes Pear and Freesia, Blackberry and Bay, Orange and Peppermint, 20 Hours Burn Time Per Cup, 4 x 70 g for Stress Relief, Christmas Gift
- №2 — Dragons Blood Soy Spell Candle for Love, Power, Money & Purification (hoodoo, wiccan, pagan, magick)
- №3 — ArtNaturals Scented Candle Gift Set – 6 Piece Aromatherapy Set of Fragrance Soy Wax – Made in USA with Essential Oils – for Stress Relief and Relaxation