I love the soft light from candles. And even better if they are scented. There are the obvious scents in the winter like cinnamon and orange, whilst in spring and summer, I go for more fruity fragrances like wild fig or blueberry. Choosing a candle or two each season is a little treat for myself and my home.

But with so much choice for candles, from your local supermarket to the artisan maker, how do you know which candle to choose? It’s easy to choose scented candles that suit your nose, but did you know there’s so much more to the humble candle?

Choosing a candle

I’m not saying I’m one who knows how to spot the best scented candles in the UK, but I do know what to look for when it comes to fragrances, safety tests and burn times.

So I’ve put together a few tips for you to look for the next time you are choosing a candle for your home.

It’s all about the scent

You could be a lavender lover, a festive fragrance fan or a sweet scent soul, but should you choose natural or synthetic fragrances? And what’s the difference?

Natural fragrances are a mix of natural raw materials such as essential oils or fractions of essential oils. Synthetic fragrances are longer lasting scents that are made of synthetic materials, meaning the ingredients used are man-made. These are usually chemically created or started as naturals and have their chemical structure modified.

Waxing lyrical!

From soy wax, soy/paraffin blends, paraffin, palm wax, and beeswax, there are so many types of wax! It makes my head spin, does it yours?

Paraffin wax is the most commonly used and least-expensive candle wax, but we opt for soy or natural plant wax in the candles we’ve chosen as they are all natural.

How does your candle burn?

Burn times vary from candle to candle, but there’s no doubt that they can continue to scent your home for a long while. But how do they burn? Some candles leave a lot of their wax behind as they burn whilst others (usually soy or natural plant wax) burn all they way down. You can see this demonstrated in the video I’ve created:

Safety tests and labelling

There’s a trend for having a go at making candles as a hobby which can turn in to small scale businesses. And that’s great, we love artisan crafters! But some of these producers may not be familiar with safety legislation and labelling around candles.

Our candle suppliers use suitable warning labels on their products to to make sure they are as safe as possible. They also have Classification, Labelling & Packaging Regulation (CLP) compliant labels and safety data sheets available. We think this is really important when it comes to working with makers.

Candle love all the way

I hope this blog has helped you understand a little bit more about candles and why we have selected the gorgeous ones for our comfy online store.

Before you go, feel free to take a browse of our scented candles and home fragrance selection.

And if you have any questions, please do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you!

Gill x