Candles serve an important role in our modern life. In the past, they were exclusively used for lighting people’s homes but quickly began to lose their popularity as electricity and the Edison light bulb came into fashion. However, it seems like these marvelous illuminators are once again in vogue and now possess a role bigger than just as a light used for reading.
They are used for all kinds of different purposes. Sure, they are still used for emergency lighting when the lights fail during storms or other emergencies, but they also have a few other uses as well. They can be used for mood lighting for romantic dinners, and many of the scented ones have aromatic properties which help relieve stress and soothe a person after a long day of work. With that in mind, here are ten of the best ones that we’ve found for these purposes.
Best Candles Of 2018
10Root Traditional Bayberry Scented 9-Inch Taper (2-Pack)
Manufactured by a company that’s been making candles for five generations now, these Root Traditional scented tapers are made with care by people who know what they’re doing. Root makes their own custom wicks using lead-free and zinc-free natural cotton and their candles bun cleaner thanks to them be free of petroleum and paraffin-based waxes. These American-made tapers are designed to conform to strict quality standards. This set of two tapers have a light bayberry scent that’s sweet with light woody overtones and releases hints of patchouli, vanilla, and fir balsam. They’re pleasant for year-round lighting.
9Scentiments Sister 16-Ounce Gift Jar
Made using a 16-ounce Mason jar and with a label that bears a thoughtful message that speaks to the love between sisters, this candle is an ideal gift for any woman to give to their sister. They are white and are available in either a cinnamon or linen scent and made from 100% soy wax that provides a nice clean burn. These soy wax candles come in a 16-ounce size and the Mason jar that’s it’s made with can be completely recycled for other purposes once the wax has been consumed. Whether they are used as stand-alone gifts or as part of a bigger basket, they are sure to impress.
8Crossroads 2-Wick 26-Ounce Buttered Maple Syrup
This high-quality candle has two wicks which are lead-free and is made using a blended paraffin that’s burns clean for approximately 120-hours of burn time. This product comes in a beautiful 26-ounce jar that’s the perfect addition to just about any decor and makes a great standalone gift for any occasion. It also has a mouthwatering scent that’s sure to get everyone’s attention whenever it’s burned and doesn’t smell like an imitation like many other candles. All things considered, this handy product should provide just about anyone with a beautiful candle that provides a very lovely scent.
7Tyler Scented 22-Ounce Jar
This candle’s 22-ounce glass jar has a simple yet beautiful design that makes it an attractive choice to be used as a decoration that can be placed on just about any coffee table or shelf. It’s made with a Soy-based wax that’s lead-free and burns very cleanly for up to 110 to 130-hours and is hand-poured in the United States in Tyler, Texas. The best part of this product, however, is its refreshing scent which is designed to smell like a French market with overtones of tuberose and gardenia. It’s a product that can be used in any home and makes a wonderful addition to any gift basket.
6Aira 16-Ounce Soy Candle
This 16-ounce jar candle is made using 100% Soy wax and is not only organic but is also vegan and kosher as well. It contains absolutely no additives such as petroleum or paraffin and is made with lead-free cotton wicks. This candle is designed to burn for at least 110-hours and not produce soot while they are burning. Made with essential spearmint and Eucalyptus oils, as well as citrus and lavender scents, this candle is designed to soothe stress away and leave the whole household with a soft smell that denotes peace, tranquility, and serenity.
5Yartzeit Star of David Memorial Candle
Designed to honor loved ones who’ve been lost, this Yartzeit candle has many of the features that people look for in a memorial product. It has a solid glass jar which has the Star of David emblazoned on it in blue and the white wax contained in it has a nice long wick that’s easy to light. While burning, the white paraffin produces little smoke and has a burning time of approximately two days. This makes this an ideal candle for all kind of memorial celebrations including funerals, Yom Kippur, Shiva, and Yizkor. Overall, this product is a great way to remember an important person or event.
424-Hour Yartzeit Memorial Tins (6-Pack)
Made in Israel and designed to burn for approximately 24-hours, these memorial candles are designed to keep the mourner’s thoughts and prayers alive as a flame burns. Made of a high-quality wax that burns cleanly, doesn’t leave a soot residue and comes in a high-quality tin, these candles can be used for any memorial service. And since they are sold in packs of 6 candles, there are plenty of tins to pass out to friends, acquaintances and family members. This product is ideal for anyone who needs a respectable option for their memorial or celebratory service.
3Way Out West 8-Ounce Jar (2-Pack)
Designed to be a high-quality alternative to many of the lesser made candles currently flooding the market, this two pack of jar candles are made using only the best components. One of the candles in this set is made with Lavender essential oil which is a natural stress reliever, and the other one is made using a Eucalyptus and Spearmint blend that contains just a hint of rosemary. Together, they produce about 80-hours of light and are packed in an attractive gift box with a bonus wick dipper that allows the user to extinguish the flame easily. This set is ideal for anyone who’s tired of low-quality lights.
2One Soul Natural Soy Luxury Candle
Manufactured in the U.S using a hand poured Soy-blend based wax, this product is designed to be as friendly to the environment as it is to the nose. It has a cotton wick that produces a nice, clean burn and each candle is hand poured to ensure that it meets quality standards. This 9-ounce product has a glass container with a Metatron’s Cube on it that symbolizes the four elements and both human genders. The best part of this product, however, is that it produces a soothing Lavender Bergamot smell that contains mild traces of citrus.
1Wild Beautiful Free Aromatherapy Dream Elephant
This aromatherapy candle is designed to produce a lovely scent which is quite helpful during meditation and relaxation sessions. It’s made with pressed organic coconut wax that’s blended with pure aromatherapy grade essential oils, and then hand-poured into a glass decor contain that contains one of three different animals stamped in 24K gold, with each one containing a unique scent. “Dream” has an elephant and smells like Lavender and vanilla; Peace has a gorilla and smells like a rose, wild berries, cinnamon and cedarwood; and Hope has a lion and smells like passion fruit, exotic florals, and citrus.
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The Ultimate Guide to Buying & Burning Candles
Buying and burning candles are activities that aren’t given a whole lot of thought. Some people think that they can pick up just any candle they run across at their local grocery store, or online and it’s just as good as any other candle. However, that’s simply not true. There’s a wide difference in the quality of products that are available. There are high-quality models and ones that are lesser quality, and it’s not always easy to tell the difference between these two categories. Which is why we’ve decided to assemble the following guidelines so that everyone can find a candle that meets their quality expectations and provides them with good value for their money.
Buying Healthier Candles
The first thing that needs to be considered is the safety of the products in question. Some manufacturers continue to use petroleum-based products such as paraffin wax to craft their candles. Paraffin is a product which starts out as a by-product of the refining process. Which means that from its very start it’s an extremely toxic product. It’s then treated with a number of carcinogenic chemicals, including toluene and benzene. These are not chemicals that anyone wants to breathe.
It doesn’t stop there, however. Some manufacturers then take this high carcinogenic wax and then pair them with wicks which have lead in them, another toxic element. How can a person buy a healthier candle? Well, that’s pretty easy to answer. Soy-based and beeswax based candles don’t contain harmful chemicals and are a great alternative to paraffin based products. And this is especially true when these natural waxes have lead-free wicks installed in them.
Scented or Unscented
Another thing that needs to be considered is whether a scented or unscented candles is desired. Unscented ones are usually good for emergency or ceremonial uses. Scented ones are good for aromatherapy and for bringing a certain atmosphere to a user’s home. Individuals who decide to go with scented candles, however, should consider ones that are made with essential oils because they’re a healthier product.
Scented Candles & Mood
Although candle scents are a highly subjective subject and are dictated by the individual’s personal tastes, there are a few scents which seem to have a universal effect on the emotional states of a large number of different people. Which is why they are so extensively used in aromatherapy. With that in mind, we’ve decided to list some of the more common scents and their potential effects on mood.
While we can’t attest to the scientific accuracy of aromatherapy and don’t actually know whether certain scents have anything more than a circumstantial effect on mental well-being, we can list the supposed effects certain scents can have on an individual’s mood.
Stress Relief – There are certain scents which seem to have really powerful stress-relieving benefits. Some of these scents include Honeysuckle, rose, lemon, Lavender, vanilla, and orange.
Depression – Some of the scents which have been used to lessen the effects of depression include chamomile, Frankincense, and Sandalwood.
Sleep Assistance – Scents which are believed to help a person get a good night rest include Lavender, chamomile, and orange. Just be sure to make sure all candles are extinguished before falling to sleep.
Elation – Individuals looking to promote high happiness levels have always seemed to choose vanilla and citrus scents such as orange, tangerine or lemon.
Romance – Couple looking for a romantic boost may want to try Patchouli, cinnamon, Ylang, Ylang, Jasmine or vanilla.
Increased Energy – Lemon, peppermint, pine, and clove are supposed to increase energy and mental alertness.
Tranquility – Lemongrass and violet leaf are just two of the scents that promote a feeling of tranquility and peace.
Concentration – Students looking to complete a big assignment may want to think about burning cinnamon or Eucalyptus candles to stimulate mental focus and alertness.
Scents for Holidays & Special Occasions
Scents are not only used in aromatherapy, however. They are also used to create a particular mood for special events and holiday parties. Below are some of the special occasions that people celebrate followed by the scents that are associated with that particular event.
Summer Events – BBQs, picnics, and 4th of July celebrations can be enhanced with scents such as lemon, orange, sea salt, melon and green palm.
Fall Events – Fall scents often include pumpkin, pumpkin Chai, and woody scents such as pine, oak or cedar.
Winter Events – Winter scents include spruce, chestnut, sugar plums, gingerbread, cinnamon, and peppermint.
Spring Events – Spring activities are always better with scents such as rose, wildflowers, Lavender, violets, Hyacinth, and sandalwood.
A candle connoisseur doesn’t have to just stick with one type of scented candle. They can be free to mix and match scents to create the desired effect for certain events or occasions. For example, some individuals may like to use a blend of gingerbread and clove scents for Christmas or use lemon and sea salt scents together for a summer dinner on the patio. Individuals should feel free to burn their favorite scents together to create a truly unique environment in their home.
Candle Safety Tips
Now that we’ve covered what to look for in candles and examined which scents a user may want to check out to strike a particular mood, it’s time to move on to something more serious. It’s now time to talk a little bit about candle safety. So let’s talk about some of the candle safety tips all users should be following to protect themselves, their family and their home from an accident.
Here are a few candle safety tips:
- Never leave them unattended, even if you’re only going to be gone for a minute or so.
- Never go to sleep with a candle burning.
- Make sure candle wicks are 1/4-inch long. If they’re not, then trim them down to that size.
- Keep the wax pool free of debris such as matches and wick trimmings.
- Always burn a candle in a well-ventilated room.
- Keep them out of reach of children and pets.
- Make sure they are kept away from all combustibles.
- Make sure they are kept on a stable shelf or table
- Make sure it’s on a heat-resistant surface.
- Make sure nothing is above the candle.
- Read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions.
- Never burn them all the way to the bottom of the container.
- Keep burning candles a minimum of three inches apart from one another.
- Never use water to extinguish candles.
- Never carry them while they’re burning.