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August 06, 2021 3 min read

Check our blog for part 1 of everything you need to know about scented candles!

Did you learn a lot about scented candles in the previous post? For sure, you would want to know more about them, especially how long the scent of each candle type lasts.

But before we delve into the other half of scented candle facts, here’s a quick piece of trivia about the use of candles on birthday cakes: Did you know that candle decorated cakes originated from Ancient Greece? A candle-lit cake represents the glowing moon to the temple of Artemis, the Moon Goddess. In the 1700s, cakes adorned with candles became a birthday tradition, representing each passing year!

No wonder you can find many fancy candles in the market these days to use on different occasions. Now, without further ado, discover their different types of scented candles and their respective scent shelf lives.

How Long the Scent Lasts for Each Candle Type


Beeswax Candles

Beeswax is composed of natural elements coming from bees’ abdomens and are stored in hives. In fact, beeswax is an important component of honeycomb. Scented candles that are made of beeswax tend to last longer than others.

The best practice in using scented candles is to consume them within a year of unpackaging. However, scented candles made of beeswax can still smell fragrant even after years.

Soy Candles

If you are wondering which scented candle type holds its scent for a relatively limited period, it is soy candles. This kind of wax melts at lower temperatures. Usually, soy scented candles can keep their scent for between one to two years. The scent fades over time, especially if they are not stored properly.

Citronella Candles

The primary component of Citronella candles is made from a mixture of different plants and grass. Being made from plants, they bring a natural, pleasant scent akin to the smell of fresh fruit. With this scent, citronella candles are often used as insect repellants.

In terms of shelf life, a citronella candle’s scent can last up to two years. Even after a couple of years, citronella scented candles will still burn, though their scent may largely fade.

Yankee Candles

Yankee candles hold their scent for about five years. This is because they are made of the type of wax coming from paraffin, a petroleum-based product.

A Guide to Properly Storing Scented Candles

Scented candles will only hold their scents on their projected shelf lives if you take good care in storing them. Here are some tips to make your candles last as long as possible:

  1. Store scented candles in opaque containers to prevent sunlight and artificial light from damaging them.

  1. Store scented candles in cool, dry spaces, keeping them at room temperatures to avoid heat and humidity from affecting their components.

  1. Wrap scented candles to maintain their chemical color and structure. Place them inside an airtight container.


Knowing each type of scented candle will help you in deciding which one to use based on the longevity of its scent, along with its unique qualities. Storing your scented candles properly will make their fragrance last longer and bring you joy in the future!

Now that you’ve learned about the different types of scented candles, which one is your favorite? You can findthe best scented candles within our collection. Lovespoon Candles products are luxuriously packaged, complemented with the most captivating fragrances that are sure to intoxicate the most distinguishing of critics. Shop now!