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Top Of The Best Scented Candles Reviewed In 2018Last Updated November 1, 2018
№1 – Natural Luxury Aromatherapy Stress Relief Citronella Candle Scented Soy Wax 3 Wicks 1 lb Decorative Glass Jar 80 Hour Burn 17 oz Outdoor Indoor Candle- Perfect Christmas Gift for Loved Ones by T&H
№2 – Soy Candles Vanilla Coconut Scented 2 Pack, 100% Natural Vegan Wax Travel Tins, 16.2 Ounce, Thanksgiving Gift
№3 – Smell My Nuts Scented 13 oz Mason Jar Candle – Made in the USA by Our Own Candle Company
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.
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.
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
Scented candles can help set a mood just as effectively as music, lighting, color and interior design. All you need is a match to spark the magic. But how do you go about buying scented candles? “What will make me happy?” suggests Tim Rossi, director of communications and public relations for Nest Fragrances in New York. Find out which “fragrance family” suits you best — citrus, floral, gourmand for example — and zero in, says the self-described “citrus guy.” Rossi recommends you sniff a candle both unlit and lit in judging the fragrance; your opinion might change.
RELATED: TRENDING LIFE & STYLE NEWS THIS HOUR “A scented candle is like a personal fragrance. It is, of course, personal,” says Mary Wallace, North American marketing director for Diptyque, the Paris-based luxury goods company. She recommends you visit the store in person to smell for yourself.
Given a scented candle, like a personal fragrance, can be expensive, the points made by Rossi and Wallace are good to remember. Makers justify their prices by pointing to what’s in the candles. “The more elaborate the vessel, the more expensive the candle. But even simple vessels can house expensive candles — as quality fragrances are usually expensive to produce,” wrote Andrew Goetz, co-founder of New York-based Malin+Goetz apothecary and lab, in an email forwarded by his publicist. “High quality wax and cotton wicks will also add to the expense. Lastly, if candles are hand poured in an artisanal manner — this too will drive up the cost of producing a great quality candle.”
Scents, like almost everything, have their moments in the sun. What are the hot fragrances right now? “I think we are seeing a lot of interest in floral inspired scents at the moment, but with a modern interpretation,” wrote Goetz, who pointed to the company’s Otto candle. “It’s a rose at heart, but we’ve added noted of grapefruit and cardamom, along with some greenness coming from geranium, oak moss and vetiver, notes not traditionally associated with a traditional rose.”
Wallace said a hot summer had consumers “pushing” the fall season by purchasing more autumnal scents. Feu de Bois (wood fire), Santal (sandalwood) and savory Vanille have been popular.
Should you burn more than one fragrance simultaneously? “Absolutely, you can layer them or mix them,” replied Wallace, suggesting a floral candle and something with a woodier scent profile; Roses with Feu de Bois, for instance, would create a beautiful warm aroma, he said.
At Malin+Goetz, the answer also would be yes, as the company’s website encourages customers to burn the Mojito and Dark Rum candles at the same time. “I’m all for mixing and matching complementary scents,” Goetz wrote. “Mixing candles can really create a dynamic and editorialized experience.”
As for burning scented candles during dinner — don’t (usually).
Rossi, in a follow-up email, wrote that scented candles would “interfere with the dining experience” because the senses of taste and smell are linked. “Burning our Pumpkin Chai candle at the dinner table, for example, while serving salmon will totally confuse one’s senses. The candle won’t smell right, and the fish won’t taste right.”
Still, Rossi did note that a “lightly scented” candle with “herb notes” (think wild tarragon, he suggested, or “hints” of thyme, rosemary and sage) can “actually enhance a dining experience. Otherwise, unscented is the way to go.”
How to Use Home Fragrance in your Home
Scented Candles: After burning your candle, it is advised that your trim the wick to approximately half a centimetre in height. This will control the flame when you choose to burn the candle again and also avoid sooting. To maximise the length of time your candle will burn for, always allow the entire top surface to transform into liquid wax before you extinguish the flame. This will prevent something called “tunnelling” which causes wasted wax to collect on the sides of the candle.
Instead of blowing out your scented candle, we would always advise that you snuff it out to prevent the wick from smouldering and producing a smoky scent.
Although you may want to save your scented candle for a special occasion, try not to leave your candle unused for a long period time. Over time, a candle may lose pungency of fragrance as the scent begins to sweat out of the wax. Store your scented candles at room temperature and clean any dust or dirt which may have collected on top of your candle with an unscented wipe to preserve a fresh fragrance.
Room Diffusers: How many reed sticks you choose to use at any given time is down to personal preference and how much scent you want to fill your home. If you wish to create a heavy scent, ideal for a smaller room such as a bathroom, we would recommend using around four to five reed sticks. If you want to create a lighter aroma and fill a bigger room with a subtle fragrance, remove sticks accordingly until you reach the right scent level for you.
Warmer rooms such as bedrooms and living rooms will tend to diffuse quicker, so if you want to release a scent quickly, place your diffuser on top of or near to a covered radiator and refresh the scent by turning the reeds.
It’s time to replace your reed sticks when they become saturated with dust and lose their smell. Always replace your reed sticks when using a new refresher oil too as the old ones will become clogged up from the previous oil which was used.
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.
While not necessarily a “soy” Candle, Yankee Candle’s beautiful jarred products are entirely vegan, as they are not tested on animals and are made from completely vegetable-based wax.
In addition to looking gorgeous on display, Yankee Candles also make beautiful gifts, coming in a variety of scents and sizes, from small flickering votives to large jars that provide more than 100 hours of burn time.
The Balsam & Cedar is a favorite scent among purchasers, but there’s a Yankee Candle out there for every preference, including Clean Cotton, Midnight Jasmine, and Lavender Vanilla. Reviewers describe these candles as smelling very natural, not overpowering, and with almost eight consecutive days of burn time, fantastic value for the price.
Old Factory Fall Harvest Scented Candles
For those looking for a perfect shower or housewarming gift, or who want to have a little variety in their home scents, a gift set from Old Factory Candles provides you with three 4-ounce soya candles in a different seasonal scent.
From sets like Fall Harvest, which includes scents like Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry, and Autumn Leaves, to Spa Day, providing Cucumber, Lemongrass, and Green Tea candles, there is a set to appeal to every preference, season, and occasion.
Handmade in the United States with natural soy wax and self-trimming wicks, each four-ounce candle burns clean for 2to 30 hours. The candles can be burned at the same time to create a variety of custom blended scents.
Reviewers note that the company offers many scents that are appropriate for “men’s candles,” so you won’t be pigeonholed into endless amounts of perfume- or floral-scented candles.
Aromatherapy the Bee-Friendly Way
You don’t have to give up the simple luxury of a beautifully scented candle just because you decide to adopt a plant-based diet.
Even if you don’t classify yourself as a vegan, or even vegetarian, the wellness of the bees affects each and every one of us – if the food we eat is not pollinated by our buzzing buddies, our food landscape will change drastically within our lifetimes.
The candles in this list are just a small sampling of the plant-based candles available at your local home or department store. When considering a brand of soy candle that isn’t included on our recommended list, take a quick scan of the ingredient list – you’ll want to avoid candles made with lanolin, an oil derived from sheep’s wool, and paraffin, which is chemically-derived and can cause unpleasant side effects. Choose only candles that are 100% soy wax based, or use a food-grade paraffin blend.
By choosing a naturally scented soy candle, you can leave the beeswax for the bees, and you’ll get to continue doing the best part – sniffing all the candle varieties in the store! Enjoy the scents of the season with the knowledge that you’re looking out for our bee friends.
The line includes
Kilian Water Calligraphy Spray. If an old book scent is too heavy for you, why not testing a harmonious delicate fragrance from Kilian. The Water Calligraphy refillable spray refers to water, the essential element of Chinese calligraphy.
Designed by perfumer Geza Schoen in cooperation with Gerhard Steidl and Wallpaper Magazine, the perfume captures the unique bouquet of freshly printed books, bringing a mix of paper and ink aroma so unique when a book is opened for the first time.
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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.
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If you’re keen to sell your products in person, check out our guide to nailing the in-person selling experience.
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.
The Eyes Have It
As decorative vessels make an impact in the candles market, they need not be merchandised with scented offerings. The decision to focus more on the visual and less on the fragrance is the thinking behind such companies as Northern Lights Candles. “Many people enjoy the warm glow of candlelight, but fragrance can complicate a good meal,” says Steve Harriger, art and marketing director. He notices many companies now positioning unscented candles with table scaping decorations to create an illuminated atmosphere without the odor. This year, Northern Lights will be added to its unscented line with Mega Tealights, votives and taper candles in assorted sizes, along with Embers Square Pillars and Ribbed Zimbali Balls and Pillars. For the outdoors, unfilled Home & Garden Buckets are available in seasonal and year-round designs in two sizes. Also concentrating on consumers’ desire for strong visual appeal is Flash Point Candle. “I think people are looking for a candle to function as more than just fragrance,” says founder, CEO Drea Groeschel. “Sight is one of our strongest and most developed senses; the vessel becoming a visually stunning statement piece is the obvious next step in design.” Best known for its multi-wick styling, which are popular as fireplace candle decor, as well as for indoor dining and outdoor entertaining, Flash Point’s candles are now available in a non-scented option. “With a market flooded with overpowering scented candles, we provide a nice alternative with decorative flare,” says Groeschel. Recent line additions include Saxon, Bennett, Hamilton and Beauregard candles in handmade earthenware vessels, ranging in size from 9-inch diameter with six wicks to 20-inch diameter with 2wicks. To extend the life of its products, Flash Point will be providing ceramic education marketing to its retail customers, some of which will include video segments for vessel repurposing. Possible suggestions include a flower arrangement receptacle, pillar candle display or beverage cooler. “No longer are we as consumers going to be just about fragrance to cover pet odor or kitchen smells, and then throw a partially burned candle jar into a landfill, creating more waste,” remarks Groeschel. “We will want beautiful home decor candles that add value to our lifestyle and be able to use the unique vessels for another creative DIY purpose when the candle is finished.”
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 Scented Candles wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Scented Candles
- №1 — Natural Luxury Aromatherapy Stress Relief Citronella Candle Scented Soy Wax 3 Wicks 1 lb Decorative Glass Jar 80 Hour Burn 17 oz Outdoor Indoor Candle- Perfect Christmas Gift for Loved Ones by T&H
- №2 — Soy Candles Vanilla Coconut Scented 2 Pack, 100% Natural Vegan Wax Travel Tins, 16.2 Ounce, Thanksgiving Gift
- №3 — Smell My Nuts Scented 13 oz Mason Jar Candle – Made in the USA by Our Own Candle Company