Your Buying Guide to Candles
Nowadays, candles are not just for seeing and giving light to your surroundings since these are used for aromatherapy--scented candles that calms your mind and your body. There are many scented candles available from sellers but we're going to discuss the different types of candles, what other buyers are saying, what to look out for and some of the most popular brands.
Types of Candles
Pillar Candles are solid and self standing. Their shapes are typically round, but also come in square, rectangular, hexagonal, and other designs. Some may have more than one wick. Heat resistant candle bases or stands must be used.
Floating Candles have a low, stable profile and are designed to float on water. They vary in form from simple, smooth designs to elaborate, realistic shapes.
Votive Candles are normally 2 1/2" high and usually square or cylindrical in shape. They are burned safely in small, heat resistant, glass containers to control the liquefied wax as the candles burn.
Tapers or Dinner Candles as they are also called, are usually 3/4" to 1" in diameter, ranging from 6" - 18" tall. Tapers need to be securely set in an appropriately designed candle holder, which will keep them in an upright position for proper and safe burning.
Container or Filled Candles are non-flammable, heat resistant containers which are filled with wax and wick. Containers such as heat resistant glass jars and ceramic pottery are commonly used.
Tealight Candles are usually about 1 1/2" in diameter and around 3/4" high inside a cylindrical metal container. These small filled candles are used in food warmers or as candles in a tealight holder.
Gel Candles are produced from gelled mineral oils or gelled, synthetic hydrocarbons. They are transparent, rubbery and are usually poured into various shaped containers. Gels can also be made rigid enough to retain and support their own shape.
Specialty Candles may be found in any three dimensional shape imaginable. They can be molded or sculpted by hand and are mostly for decorative use.
Liquid Candles are small, often disposable oil lamps. A wick is inserted through a metal holder into a reservoir full of lamp oil. These usually burn more cleanly than ordinary candles.
What Other Buyers Are Saying
There are many candles that can be purchased and different types. There's even a candle that emits a scent without any flame. You just need to plug it into an electric outlet to make it work.
Here are some feedback regarding this candle has received from its buyers:
Well, I got three of them, it was cheaper to get three than pay for one and the shipping costs. It's the price you pay for living in a sunny, Mediterranean country.
The sticks smell great, but I haven't used them on the burner - it says "harmful to aquatic life with long lasting effects" on the package - I wouldn't burn something like that in my house. I used half a Yankee tart (it's rather expensive here and the smell is strong enough) and it worked just fine. It takes more time to melt than in a tea candle burner, of course, but it does the job.
When the tart's smell fades, I usually use essential oils on the remains of the tarts. You add a few drops and it mixes with the tart's oil as it melts. It saves you from the total evaporation which happens when you use water as a base, and I find it handy when it condenses after shutting down the burner. The essential oils I usually use are natural extracts but I have some partially artificial ones when I want to go wild on the odour. And they are healthier, and a lot cheaper than the tarts too. Most of them are imported from the UK, so I'm sure you'll be able to find a big variety.
So now I have one burner in the living room, one in my bedroom and one in the office. I plan to use some citronella and lemon essential oil in the summer and see if it works with the mosquitoes.
Very good product. Smells nice, actually fills the room with the aroma without being overpowering. Looks alright too, doesn't draw attention to itself either. I'm giving it 5 stars based on the price I got it for, £6. The RRP seems to be much higher, but I wouldn't realistically pay more than £15 for this item. If you can get it for a few quid like I did, definitely a good move.
Love these electric burners
Must admit I did not like the wax melt with it though.. far to chemically smell for my liking
I changed to my regular wax and use it regularly
I love the on off switch on this as my old one didn't have this and was 4 times the price of this
What to Look Out for
When you purchase a candle, check out the composition to make sure you are not allergic to the scent. Also, choosing one depends on your budget and preference. There are those that needs to be lightened while there are others that can be plugged into an electric outlet in order for the scent to be released.
Most Popular Brands
Airwick - a brand that manufactures candles without requiring them to be lighted up. Basically, these would be on a ceramic jar warmer that needs to be plugged into an electric outlet in order for the scent to be released.
Hana Blossom - is a brand that manufactures handmade tealight candles that have scents of flowers.
Annick Goutal - is a brand that manufactures handmade candles that are composed of a blend of high-quality brand-specific mineral waxes.