Today's Most Popular Candle Types
Candles come in many different shapes and sizes. These
are the most
popular candle styles and types found on the market.
TAPER CANDLES: A slender candle that is typically 6 to
16 inches high and is often revered to as a dinner
candle. Taper candles are designed to be held by a
candle holder, sometimes called a candle stick. There
are a large variety of taper candle holders available on
PILLAR CANDLES: A self standing candle with one or more
wicks, usually having a diameter of 2 inches or more.
Despite the name, pillar candles can be round, square
and thick but can be round or hexagonal. Pillars can
stand on their own but they need to be burned in/on heat
resistant surface or holder.
CONTAINER, JAR OR FILLED CANDLES: A poured candle that is
filled into a glass, metal or ceramic container
specifically designed to withstand the heat of the
burning candle. Jar candles are usually strongly
VOTIVE CANDLES: A small cylindrical candle, usually
about 1˝ inches in diameter and 2 or 2˝ inches high,
designed to be placed in a votive holder to hold the
melting wax that results from burning. . In
Christianity, a "votive candle" is a small, short candle
in a special holder which is placed in a church or
sanctuary for devotional purposes and they were
originally produced as white unscented candles for
religious ceremonies. They are now available in many
colors and scents.
GEL CANDLE: A transparent candle material made primarily
from gelled mineral oils or gelled synthetic
hydrocarbons. The soft gels are poured into a container
to maintain the candle’s shape. Hard gel candles have a
consistency that is suitable for free standing much like
a pillar candle. Decorative wax items are frequently
placed inside a gel candle to visualize a specific
TEALIGHTS: A small, cylindrical, candle that is often
poured into a aluminum or other metal holder. They are
usually about 1.5 inch in diameter and 1 to 1.5 inches
high. Tealights are available scented or unscented.
LUMINARIA: A luminaria or farolito is a light or little
lantern, usually a candle inside a paper lamp shade,
which is of significance among New World Hispanics at
Chistmastime. The most basic and common luminaria is a
votive candles set in paper bags weighted with sand.
They are placed in rows along walkways and driveways.
BIRTHDAY CANDLES: This does not need much explanation.
Everybody has seen them. Now days they come in all kinds
of shapes like numbers and letters, cartoon characters
or the traditional small "stick in the cake" candles.
SPECIALTY CANDLES: Are candles that have a distinct look
or are made by using a special technique. They can be
unusually shaped or sculpted candles, often depicting a
real object. An other term frequently used for this type
of candle is novelty candles.
PS: Under this category fall most of our
ArtWax Candles as well. The
hand formed Apple and Pear candles are a great
example of shaped or sculpted candles.
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