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Everything You Need to Know About Candles

Candles are a great way to add decorative accents to your home decor while enhancing your mood. We have everything from traditional potted candles to battery operated LED options. But how do you know which one is right for you? Here we have gathered some of our favorite tips and illuminating options.

Flameless Candles

A trend that has become increasingly popular among consumers is flameless candles (or battery operated candles); flameless alternatives create equal ambiance with less worry. Everlasting Drip Pillar Candles feature the realistic look of real wax and have an enchanting, soft candle glow and are available in a myriad of sizes to suit your needs. The wax Vintage Sunflower Pillar Candle, available in two sizes, is sweet on display and features a cinnamon dusting on top for a subtle scent. For candle accessories and simple displays, our Set of 9 Tealights gives you just the right amount of light and decorative potential for every room.

Everlasting Drip Pillar Candles
Stackable Snowman CandlesVintage Sunflower Pillar Candle

Jar Candles

One of the first candles originated in Ancient Egypt. Egyptians created a light source which we now would refer to as a torch: they would dip bunches of gathered reeds into extremely hot tallow (beef fat), and then dip them into fire. Romans eventually expanded on this idea and produced a wick candle which we are more familiar with today. Paraffin wax was developed in 1850 of oil and coal shells. Later, the combination of paraffin and stearic acid became the base for most potted candles throughout the end of the 19th century into the early 20th century.

Crow CandleHousewarmer Jar Candle

Pillar & Taper Candles

During the 19th century many individuals experimented with the production of candles. It was discovered that sperm whale oil could be crystallized into a wax and was available in large quantities. Whale fat was also found to be used even earlier in China circa 221-206 BC. Pillars or tapers need a strong wick in order to burn properly. Wicks are a string or cord that when lit, force the "fuel" up towards the flame, and then hold the flame in place through a process called capillary action. Mini Taper Ivory Candles are perfectly sized to burn for one evening and set a romantic mood.

Window Taper Candle & Holder
Bunny & Butterflies Pillar Candle Mini Taper Ivory Candles

Soy Candles

A more recent trend in the candle world features soy. Soy candles are made from soy wax, which is hydrogenated from soy bean oil. One benefit of this type of candle is that it offers "clean burning," not producing the black soot that paraffin wax often does. They are also indirectly supporting American farmers, as soy beans are grown in many of our fields and are biodegradable. The Scented Camping Mug Candle provides you with light on a camping trip and then a mug once it's finished burning, and is available in four different scents to make your outdoor adventure a little more homey.

Pine Scented Camping Mug Candle

Blacksmith Candle SnufferWhale Votive Holder

Candle Accessories

Now that you have your candles, you most likely will need a way to display them and take care of them. our Blacksmith Candle Snuffer will safely extinguish your burning candles, prevent smoke from overpowering the scent of the candle and will preserve the life of the wick. Consider going the extra mile to preserve your candles by using a Wick Trimmer. Your candles will burn longer and will keep the wick at a safe lenghth. For your pillar, taper or votive candles on a dining room table or an end table, use tealight holders, small wreaths  or glass jars to create a seasonal or more decorated display.

Pineapple Tabletop Votive Holder
Iron Pinecone LanternVolcano Candle Holder

Candle Alternatives

A classic home decor trend is the use of flameless candlestick lighting, for more illumination with similar primitive charm as authentic candlesticks. Our Colonial Candlestick Trio Display coordinates with our Everlasting Drip Pillar Candles and can be plugged in to illuminate an end table, bedroom or holiday display. It features a textured surface to give the look of authentic candle wax. Also for a table or counter in the kitchen is the Electric Colonial Candlestick reminscent of Colonial candlesticks but powered by the modern convenience of electricity.

Electric Colonial Candlestick Trio Display