Choosing a candle is such a sensory experience that it can be difficult to imagine buying one online. Some guidelines for choosing the right candle are:
Guideline #1: Choose your wax carefully.
There are many types of wax used in candles today. If you have allergies or asthma, you will need to be extra careful about what type of candle you burn in your home. There are many companies available that provide top candles for home online.
The following is a list of common waxes:
Gel – Offers clear wax and a high ability to accept color and fragrance. However, this type of wax is also made of petroleum by-products. In addition, since the wax is so soft the wicks must be reinforced, which are a health hazard.
Soy – Produced from soybeans, burns cleaner than petroleum based waxes (doesn't emit soot or carcinogens) and is a renewable resource. It also burns longer than paraffin wax. Good for those with allergies and asthma.
Guideline #2: Determine the type of the candle.
Some candles do not come in containers and are "freestanding". These are the traditional tapers, pillars, and votive candles. Other candles are poured into a variety of glass jars or other containers, like travel tins. You will also need to consider color when determining the type of candle you want in your home or personal space.
Guideline #3: Candle size does matter
Burn times differ depending on the size of the candle and its wick. The rule of thumb is that smaller candles with smaller wicks will burn about 7 to 9 hours per ounce of wax used. A larger candle with a larger wick will burn faster; therefore, expect about 5-7 hours per ounce of wax in a large candle.