Where do I even begin. I have been known to be quite the candle hoarder, and while I think I've gotten better over the years, I probably still have more candles than the average person. I just love how they transform the atmosphere of a space making it instantly more cozy and inviting. There's nothing I love more than a good night in watching Harry Potter with a candle (or two) lit. I actually do this on a semi-regular basis.
My Favorite Places to Buy Candles
Anthropologie - Who doesn't love Anthro's candle collection? They're all winners.
Bath & Body Works - I used to buy all my candles from Bath & Body Works. They are the place to go for sickeningly sweet concoctions like Pumpkin Caramel Latte and all things seasonal.
Target - In college I bought a lot of candles at Target, specifically the Target brand ones. They’re definitely a good place to find candles on a budget. I also like to get my LED candles from Target.
Spring - I love browsing Spring's collection of candles because they have so many brands I haven't heard of.
- Yankee Candle - I haven’t purchased a ton of Yankee Candle candles, but their WoodWick collection is so unique. It crackles while it burns which makes a sound similar to a fireplace.
How I Take Care of My Candles
Keep the wick trimmed. If you want a clean candle that's free of soot, it's important to cut the wick to about 1/8" inch each time before you light it. I never used to bother with this, but I can definitely notice a difference when I do it.
Fully burn the entire surface of a new candle the first time you light it. Doing this will prevent tunneling and maximize your candle's life. It can take several hours though, so make sure you'll be at home for an extended period of time.
Use a candle holder or coaster. I guess this is more about the surface your candle is sitting on and less about the actual candle, but I always make sure not to set my candles directly on any nice tables or furniture. Once the wax towards the bottom starts to melt your candle gets pretty hot!
Transfer unburned wax to a wax warmer. If you have a candle you love, but it just refuses to burn all the way down you can remove the wax and put it in a wax warmer.
Reuse your candle jars. I use mine to store anything from beauty products to granola bars. I'm even using an old Bath & Body Works Leaves candle as a pot for my string of pearls!
Are Expensive Candles Worth It?
If you're at all familiar with the blogging community, you'll know how revered Diptyque candles are. They consistently make appearances in the Instagram feeds of big and small bloggers alike. Along with other popular brands like Byredo, Overose, and Jo Malone, these candles run around $60-$80. If you’re not a candle-obsessive you may think that’s an absurd price for a candle, and I have to admit, it kind of is. The one Diptyque candle I own is not something I burn without care, but rather when I want an extra dose of inspiration while writing. For me it comes down to having a variety of candles across different price points and scents for different occasions. I like having a candle that feels extra special. I also leave my Diptyque candle out on the mantel as decoration. Does that justify the cost? I’ll leave it up to you!