There’s nothing more frustrating than paying for an expensive candle only to watch it burn out quickly. Especially with little to no aroma sweeping through the halls of my house. It’s the scents we remember. Holidays in my childhood home. A warm, candlelit bath after a hard day of work. I’m surely not going to buy an overpriced “franchise- manufactured” candle that won’t fill my mind with these memories I hold so closely. You shouldn’t either. So I decided to give you some insight into the world of manufacturing candles and things you should be mindful of when choosing your next memory maker!
The first thing to check is the type of wax being used. Wax = burn time. You don’t want to spend $40 on a candle that will only burn for a few hours and leave you with half the wax stuck to the sides and no wick to burn it. Candles made with soy wax and beeswax or wax blends will burn the most evenly and have the longest burn times.
Next up…Aromatherapy. A good aromatherapy candle can reduce anxiety, ease depression, boost energy levels, eliminate headaches, etc. Aromatherapy candles will use essential oils such as patchouli, sage, lemongrass, eucalyptus, lavender, ginger, or citrus. There are a number of essential oils, but these are a few of the most common options used in candles. Aromatherapy candles will have the strongest cold and hot throws, meaning they can fill a room with their aroma whether they are lit or not. All too often you buy a candle that smells great in the store, but when you burn it you smell nothing. That is NOT worth your money! You would be better off buying a dozen tea light candles for $5 since all you’re getting is the ambience from candle light.
Lastly, you always want to consider the vessel/container the candle comes in. The container is one of the most expensive pieces in candle manufacturing. I would never spend more than $10 on a candle if I don’t see the container as something I could repurpose after the candle is burned. For example, a copper container soy candle is worth $40+ as long as it is an aromatherapy candle as well. I know I can repurpose a copper container in many different ways and I know copper is an expensive material. On the other hand, I wouldn’t pay top dollar for a candle poured in a simple tin or glass jar. I know these materials are inexpensive so if a company is trying to charge $20 or more, they are grossly overpricing their product which I just find greedy and obnoxious.
I hope you find this information helpful. Happy burning!