Pillars are free-standing candles (not in a container). They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and waxes. Most pillars are made from paraffin wax, but not all. They can be tall, short, skinny, fat. Although the most common pillars are round they can also be square, oval, pyramid or ball shaped.
Container candles are just what the name suggests. Candles in containers or jars. Many container candles are made from soy wax or other natural waxes. Containers don’t have to be glass, either. They can be tin or ceramic or other heat-resistant materials.
Novelty candles (by my definition) are similar to pillars in that they are free-standing. But the choice of shape and size is limitless. Some novelty candles are so pretty that you probably won’t want to burn them. They might be scented or unscented, molded or hand-carved.
There is an assortment of other candle styles that you can consider as you shop for your perfect candle. They include tea lights, votive, tarts, tapers and floating candles.