Discover Your Perfect Candle

When people find out that my hobby is candle-making, one of the first questions they ask me is “what kind do you make?”  I can and do make all kinds so it’s difficult to answer that seemingly simple question.  I usually respond by asking them what they like.  I try to help them narrow it down for me by asking questions like . . .

What’s your preference?

Do you prefer pillars, glass jars or some other type of container?  What’s your favorite fragrance?  Do you like really strong scents or lighter fragrances?  Do you want something decorative to look at or something to burn?  Do you want to use it for light, or for ambiance?  Are you “green”?  Are you concerned about the environment?

So what should you think about before you buy?

There’s so much more to choosing the perfect candle than just walking into the store and grabbing a couple of tall, round, red ones that smell kind of good.  Read along as I share some thoughts on types of wax, choosing your ideal fragrance, various styles to select from and safety issues.

How about you?  What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I mention candles?  If you’re like most people, you probably think “fragrance”.  Or you might think of a brand like Yankee or PartyLite.  Scent and brand are important, but there’s so much more to consider.  For example . . .


Did you know that some of the most popular waxes today are natural waxes like soy and beeswax?  Are you curious about the benefits of natural waxes compared to other waxes?


I agree that fragrance is important.  But with so many choices how do you find the perfect fragrance for you?  Sure, I can make a vanilla-scented votive, but don’t Vanilla Passion, Vanilla Hazelnut, Chocolate Vanilla Swirl or Vanilla Mint sound yummier?


Tea light, votive, pillar, container, floating . . . there are a variety of shapes and sizes.  The right one for you depends on when, where, why and how you burn them.


You might be in a situation where you can’t have open flame, like a dorm or apartment, or baby’s room.  You still have options like tart warmers, fragrance diffusers, or scented, decorative pillars.

I hope you enjoy reading along as we explore wax, fragrance and style so that you can discover your perfect candle.