How on earth do you find the perfect candle fragrance when you can’t smell before you buy? We’re spilling our secrets to shopping for candles online…
We love online shopping (obviously). But it does come with its disadvantages, especially when buying products that depend on the senses. We’re talking about scented candles!
The good news is, finding the perfect fragrance doesn’t need to be difficult. Here are some helpful tricks we’ve learned along the way.
Find the right fragrance
You might be familiar with the colour wheel, but what about the fragrance wheel? It’s the key to matching your sense of scent with the perfect candle fragrance.
Many candle makers will mix and match these scents into gorgeously unique blends, but it’s helpful to know which notes speak to you!
Pick the best quality candle wax
Choose the right wax to make sure you’re getting a candle that suits your needs. Not all waxes are made the same!
An all-natural wax derived from soybeans, commonly considered an eco-friendly option because soybeans are a renewable resources.
Because soy wax is a natural material, the burn is cleaner and has a lower melting point meaning the candle will produce a faster, longer-lasting scent.
There’s a common misconception that paraffin wax candles are bad for your health, but they’re actually non-toxic. Fully-refined paraffin wax is totally safe and clean-burning.
In fact, paraffin wax produces excellent candles that burn bright and long. Gotta love that!
This wax has been used to make candles for centuries, and it’s harvested from the combs of beehives as a by-product the honey-making process making it all-natural.
As a natural wax, these candles burn cleanly but they do have a slightly sweeter scent than other waxes (due to the honey).
Palm wax is derived from palm oil which is a major reason for deforestation and the loss of rainforest and animal habitats. While palm wax burns long and bright, it’s generally best to steer clear of these, as they’re not very good for the environment.
Read the descriptions!
Once you’ve picked the most appealing scents from the fragrance wheel and know what sort of wax you’re looking for, you can start shopping!
The best way to know which candle to buy is to read the product descriptions and look closely at online images of the product packaging.
Take note of:
- Burn time (usually specified in hours)
- Top, mid, and base/bottom notes
- Blends of scents and waxes
- Free from harmful chemicals such as PFOA (Perufluorooctanoic acid), BPA (bisphenol A), phthalates (esters of phthalate acid)
- Handmade or hand-poured candles
- Pretty packaging, including lids