Types of Candles to Transform your Home and Mood

To cap off a hard day’s work, there’s nothing I’d rather do than bring out my favorite lavender and chamomile-scented candles, pull a nice warm bath, and maybe have a glass of wine (or two).

Especially with the pandemic going on, it’s so important to fill our homes with the little things that bring joy and beauty!

Candles get double the work done to create a relaxing atmosphere by adding a warm glow and changing the mood with soothing fragrances.

Create a Warm and Cozy Home

With modern ambient light fixtures, I was a little surprised to read that US consumers spend approximately $3.2 billion on different types of candles each year!

It makes a little more sense to find that the main driving point for candle purchases today are scent, cost, color, and shape.

Allow me to enlighten you on the different types of candles that you can burn all year round to achieve ultimate self-care at home.

Types of Wax Candles

Treat yourself.

There are two basic types of wax candles based on how you want to use them at home: scented and decorative candles.

Scented Candles

With over 10,000 different candle scents in the US, fragrance is the most important characteristic consumers are looking for! Homeowners are starting to stock up on scented candles for aromatherapy and stress reduction.

From freshening up your home to using a combination of crystals and essential oils, there’s nothing quite like a scented candle to treat yourself.

Scented candles are usually built on three levels of aromas: top, middle, and base notes.

Top notes are the first fleeting scents that you’ll notice, followed by middle or heart notes that make up the main body of the fragrance. You can think of the middle notes as the fragrance’s personality – they’re typically very soothing and well-rounded. Flowers, spices, and fruits are among the most common middle notes you’ll find

Base notes follow the middle notes and tend to linger in a room. Base notes have a long-lasting effect. They’re made of rich and deep scents that are sweet and musky, like cedar, sandalwood, vanilla, and patchouli.

Decorative candles

Decorative candles are the best way to deliver beauty and help to transform the style and mood of your home.

They’re the perfect focal point for your dining tables, and they can add a certain charm to your patio, coffee table, or bedside table.

Different styles ranging in size, material, and texture allow homeowners to play around and experiment with proportion and silhouettes.

Choosing Scented and Decorative Wax Candles

Aside from function (decorative vs. scented), wax candles are classified according to:

  • Shape and Form
  • Wax
  • Wicks

Let me shed some light on some more candle types!

Shape and Form

Pillar Candles

Pillar candles might be the first type of candle that will come to mind.

They’re the standard cylindrical-shaped candles molded from wax. They’re rigid enough to stand alone, and you can elevate the look as you please by encasing it in a decorative plate or lamp.

Whether you go for a DIY candle or opt for a store-bought piece, pillar candles are a timeless accessory that will enliven any home.

Container candle

What’s the main difference between a container and a votive candle?

Container candles are poured and molded directly into their containers. Votive candles are sold separately and placed into a container.

Container candles can come in a pot, glass, or jar. You wouldn’t have to worry about fire safety since the wax won’t come loose from the jar. Most candle pots also come with a lid, so they’re easy to store and won’t lose their scent quickly.

When making homemade container candles, make sure to follow these three rules in choosing a container: it won’t leak, catch fire, or crack.

Votive candles

Votive candles are the most popular candle type by far, alongside container and jar candles. They’re a versatile option that can instantly elevate any room.

They’re a hybrid between a pillar and container candle.  Votive candles are cylindrical and free-standing, but once they melt entirely away, they take the shape of the container.

Tea lights

What’s the difference between tea lights and votive candles?

Tea lights will usually come self-contained in a metal or plastic container.

They’re also generally smaller (less than an inch), cheaper, and have a shorter burn time.

Tea lights are best for short-term activities like religious services, ceremonies, or maybe even a yoga class.

Votive candles work great on special occasions like weddings, important meetings, or a romantic dinner.

Dinner candles

The classic tapered dinner candles are slender and tall. They add an air sophistication to special dining events, especially when placed atop candelabras and candlesticks.

If you’re going for more traditional home decor, a timeless set of dinner candles may be all that’s missing from your dining room.

Dipped candles

Hand-dipping candles is an ancient technique that’s been around for thousands of years! It’s still one of the easiest DIY candle-making projects today.

All you need to do is dip a piece of the primed wick into wax, then dip it some more to add more layers. Beeswax is a great wax to work with because of its slow burn rate and hardness.

Rolled candles

This type of candle is made with rolled sheets of wax with a primed wick at the center. They’re one of the easiest handmade candles to make since you won’t be working with heat or a melting pot.

Most rolled candles will be made from beeswax sheets at 8 by 16 inches apiece.

Wax

Paraffin Wax

Paraffin is the cheapest and most commonly used wax on this list. Paraffin is versatile and rigid, so it can make almost any type of candle, from tea lights to tall pillar candles. Most candle fragrances are formulated for paraffin, so scents and colors will appear more vibrant and potent in paraffin candles.

Beeswax

Beeswax is a natural product that helps to purify the air from pollutants. That’s why I always opt for beeswax candles – they do wonders for my asthma and allergies! Beeswax also offers a sweet honey-like fragrance and a warm glow. They burn cleaner and longer than soy or paraffin candles.

Soy wax

Soy candles are a sustainable and safe option for the eco-conscious consumer. Soy wax is made from natural soybean oil, which makes it biodegradable and renewable. It’s also slow-burning, so it can last up to 50% longer.

Liquid wax

Liquid wax candles are a combination of various oil and minerals, which helps to reduce smoke and soot. It’s a clean alternative to having melted wax. They also burn longer, with some burning as long as 8 to 100 hours, depending on the thickness. Most are translucent and offer a timeless ambiance to any room.

Gel wax

Gel candles are translucent, and they’re not really made of wax. They’re actually made from mineral oil and polymer resin. Gel wax candles are usually embedded with trinkets and nonflammable objects, making them a beautiful decorative piece.

Wicks

Wicks are an integral part of the candle!

They work to deliver oil or wax to the flame, creating visual and aromatic benefits.

Multiple wicks work to create a more intense glow and aromatic effect, while single wick candles emit a simple yet elegant experience.

Cotton and Paper

These wicks produce more melted wax since they burn very hot and intense. These are the most common type of wicks used in container candles.

Wood

Wooden wicks are an eco-friendly option that produces minimal carbon footprint and debris. What I love the most about wooden wicks is the relaxing crackling sound as it burns! They’re also low maintenance and don’t need trimming.

Metal-cored

This is the most common type of wick used. Zinc or tin cores help keep a wick upright while the wax starts to liquid, making it a must for votive and pillar candles.

Conclusion

Here’s a trick to shopping for the best candle among a wide range of styles: think about the purpose of the candle in your home.

Do you want your candle to make a bold visual and aromatic statement?

Or maybe you want a candle with fresh notes that subtly adds ambiance to your space?

Whether you’re getting candles for your living room, kitchen, or bedroom, nothing quite does the trick to create a warm and cozy atmosphere like the soft glow and the soothing aroma of a candle.

Lighting a candle might just be the foundation of a relaxing home. Find a soothing scented candle and watch as it transforms your mood and your home.

This simple act of self-care may do wonders for your mental health and home decor!

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