Whether they are flickering in the background on WebEx meetings or simply delivering the aroma of memorable places to our living rooms, candles are helping us get through the dark winter of this pandemic. The warm inviting glow and soothing scents have become essential to our indoor survival and sanity.  Candles provide a sense of inner calm and serenity which is certainly needed.

And the candle-making industry has been booming during pandemic times.

There are endless combinations of waxes, fragrances and vessel styles at various price points, from $5 to $100 and up, and there are many aspects to consider when choosing a candle.

Further complicating things, you can’t necessarily go to the store during the pandemic to check out the candle you want to give your BFF, so you’re compelled to buy it online, scent unsniffed. But candle-company websites are providing more information than ever to help you make your decision. Reading online reviews and comments on social media can also help you choose.  Furthermore, many candle companies are coming up with Fragrance Finders as well, which is a "smart tool" to allow customers to select the most perfect fragrance and vessel for them or a loved one.

As you make your candle selections, here are some shopping considerations:

Fragrance

Fragrance is usually the most expensive component of a candle and one of the most important considerations. The scent of a candle can set a specific mood and is often a very personal decision.

Fragrance ingredients, which candle-makers choose to achieve subtle layers of scent, can be natural essential oils, synthetics or a combination. Essential oils release their strongest scents while a candle is burning.  Synthetic fragrances on the other hand, allow candles to be more fragrant when unlit.

Vessels and packaging

Mason jars may look great in a country kitchen, but for your mid-century modern living room, you might want a candle in a sleek white or black frosted glass, or in hand-thrown ceramic.

Many companies spend a lot of time designing vessels to ensure they are coming up with the most aesthetic appeal.  Additionally, in today's day and age, many companies are now looking at incorporating recyclable packaging options, such as recycled glass jars.

Candle buyers who favor high end status labels often turn their distinctive empty candle vessels into vases for flowers or planters for succulents.

Wax

The three most common types of wax candles.  There are paraffin, soy wax candles and tallow. Many candles are made with combinations of the three.

Paraffin, a petroleum byproduct, is the traditional ingredient in most candles. Although it sometimes gets a bad rap for being less environmentally friendly, it is nontoxic and safe to use.

Soy wax candles, which has been around for about 25 years, is made of soybean oil that has been hydrogenated. Natural soy wax candles, made of a renewable resource that supports U.S. agriculture, have become widely popular, especially with younger artisan makers and eco-conscious shoppers in the United States. Soy wax candles are known for their long burn time.

Tallow is a byproduct of the beef industry and is refined into wax to be used in many budget-priced candles.

A small percentage of candles are still made of beeswax, which is known for its long-lasting burn and for giving off a warm honey scent, but making them can be a costly process.

Wicks

Braided cotton wicks are a good choice for lighting easily and burning cleanly. The United States has banned lead in wicks.  You’ll find a few wicks with zinc cores in small, tall candles, because the zinc keeps the wick upright. Wooden wicks make a crackling sound when burning.

Sometimes, the use of multiple wicks helps intensify the fragrance of the candle, so look for those if you prefer a stronger scent.

Burn time

In recent years, many candle companies have started putting the burn time of their candles on their packaging, but there is no industry standard for this, and calculations can vary.  The burn time takes into consideration the size of the candle, the ingredients and how long the consumer burns it each time.  Both trimming the wick to about ¼ -inch height before burning and not burning a candle for more than four hours at a time can prolong the life of your candle.

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Clean Ingredients Made With “Love”

At Lovespoon, we want our customers to enjoy our candles in a clean and healthy environment, which is why we are so thoughtful of our ingredients.

Lovespoon Ingredients

  • 100% American grown soy bean wax
  • Blended with essential oils
  • Cotton eco-friendly wicks
  • 50% Recycled glass for our deluxe jars
  • 100% Phthalate Free
  • 100% Paraben Free
  • 100% Sulfate Free
  • 100% Cruelty Free