On the search for the ‘best’ Christmas candle? Well, that’s a matter of opinion. Much like choosing a signature perfume, selecting a candle can take a little trial and error until you find the one that’s you.
Maybe you want a gingerbread scented candle to help you get in the festive spirit, or perhaps you simply want a clean and fresh fragrance that will remind you of freshly fallen snow.
Whatever your preference may be, we’re sure you’ll agree there’s nothing quite like the feeling of a flickering candle to set the mood in your home, especially during the cold winter months, when all you want to do is snuggle up in your favorite chair.
To help you choose the perfect Christmas candle, we’ve been hard at work selecting the very best Christmas candles out there. From Insta-worthy options to self-gifting treats, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
So, without further ado, grab a hot cup of cocoa and keep reading…
Christmas Candle Buying Guide
To make sure that you purchase the right candle to help you enjoy the season properly, here are some features that you should keep in mind when making your selection:
The first factor you’ll want to keep in mind before purchasing your candle is how much you would (or wouldn’t) like to spend. Hopefully, from our selections above, you will have seen that you don’t necessarily have to spend 30+ dollars on a candle.
Instead, you can get your hands on a festive candle at a variety of different price points. However, it is important to keep in mind that some of the cheaper options on the market may contain harsh chemicals.
This is another factor to keep in mind. How long would you like your candle to burn for? Usually, candles are made to burn for at least 20 hours, however, some of the more premium options can run upwards of 50 hours.
Some people prefer to purchase candles with a smaller burn time so that they can replace them with a new one, while others may prefer to make an investment in a candle that will last longer. It’s entirely up to you, and this factor will come down to your personal preference.
Regardless of how much you are looking to spend, you can most definitely purchase a candle that doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals or toxins, you just need to be vigilant with what ingredients have been used.
Above, we have made sure to select candles that have been made of soy-wax and natural ingredients only, however, there are candles out there that contain pesticides and herbicides, which you’ll want to avoid.
This is one of the most important factors to consider, as the last thing you want is to breathe in any nasty chemicals that may potentially pose a health risk.
Though the scent is the most important factor to consider when purchasing a candle, you’ll also want to consider the throw, which refers to how well the candle will be able to carry the scent throughout a room.
Typically, the higher quality the candle, the better the throw will be. All of the candles we have included above offer a premium throw, though one of the easiest ways to check while buying online is through reading some of the reviews.
The Jar Design
The next factor we recommend that you consider is the design and color of the jar. Sure, though the main focus of the candle you buy should be the scent, why not buy yourself one that looks just as good as it smells?
If your candle is going to be kept in your living room or bedroom for the entirety of its burn time, it only makes sense to purchase one that will be a decorative accessory, too.
Lots of people like to purchase jars with vibrant and colorful designs so that they can repurpose them afterward. However, if you’re buying a Christmas candle as a gift, those that have beautiful and eye-catching designs will make for an even more memorable and special gift.
On the other hand, if you want a more minimalistic approach, clear glass jars are always a good option. They usually come with a lower price point and fit in well with all kinds of decor.
They can also be repurposed for multiple different purposes, such as for keeping fairy lights in, or even for holding makeup brushes.
There’s plenty of different types of wax used to make candles. We’re sure you’ll have already noticed that lots of candles are made with soy wax and, where possible, we recommend choosing one that is made with this type of wax.
This is because soy-wax is made using renewable resources, which makes it more environmentally friendly than other types of wax.
In addition to being a more eco-conscious choice, soy-wax candles burn slower than other types of wax-like paraffin, which means that your candle will last for a longer amount of time.
Another reason to choose soy wax is that it carries fragrance very well and tends to have a large throw ability. Soy wax candles are also a lot cleaner than other types of wax and have a lower chance of burning black smoke while lit than all other kinds.
Thanks to that, you’ll be able to enjoy a clean and consistent burn that will allow for a well-balanced aroma to fill your space evenly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some popular Christmas scents?
Some of the most popular Christmas scents are as follows:
Are candles a good Christmas gift?
Who doesn’t love the flickering ambiance of a candle? Candles make a great gift, and not just at Christmas! If you’re considering treating a loved one to a candle for Christmas this year, any of the choices we’ve recommended above will be a nice treat.
However, if you feel like comparing and contrasting a few options of your own, why not go for a zesty, refreshing scented candle to help them beat the January blues?
How do I make my house smell like Christmas besides a candle?
Of course, a Christmas scented candle is the easiest and most convenient way to fill your home with the smell of Christmas time.
But, if you want to take this festive season to the next level, there are some additional things you can do in conjunction with your candles to make your home smell like the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are some ideas to give you inspiration:
- Purchase some fresh pine and lay around your home in places such as your fireplace and entry hall.
- Make mulled wine!
- Bake sugar cookies.
- Make cinnamon rolls and gingerbread coffee.
- Purchase Christmas-related essential oils and diffuse them.
- Buy balsam fir scented sachets and place them in your drawers and other places around your home.
- Festive-fragranced Potpourri (satsuma and ginger is a popular choice).