The best fall candle
Happy fall memories are often triggered by the sense of smell, and burning a fall candle brings those fragrances alive inside the home. Imagine the disappointment of looking forward to capturing that fragrance with a purchased candle, only to discover either it doesn’t burn correctly or the fragrance has an unnatural smell.
Avoid the disappointment of buying an inferior fall-scented candle. Instead, purchase one where manufacturers take great consideration into the materials and processes used to supply you with an evenly burning, fragrant fall candle.
Luxury candle maker Jo Malone London uses skilled craftspeople to make its Jo Malone London English Pear and Freesia Candle. It provides an unexpected melding of King William pear, freesia flowers and patchouli fragrances to your space while also burning evenly. It comes packaged in an elegant box as a special gift to yourself or a special someone.
What to know before you buy a fall candle
Candles can be made from a number of different waxes, including paraffin, soy, coconut, palm and beeswax or a blend of waxes. One kind of wax might be better than another kind, depending on whether you’re buying a tealight, votive or pillar candle or a candle in a glass jar. The most popular wax for glass jar candles is either high-quality soy wax or a combination of soy and coconut wax. These waxes adhere nicely to the glass. They burn evenly and for a long time. Avoid candles with petroleum-based waxes.
A candle derives its fragrance from either essential oils, synthetic fragrance oils or a mixture of the two. While an essential oil comes from a flower, herb or other plant, a synthetic fragrance comes from blending man-made fragrances with a scent-free carrier oil. Both kinds of fragrance oils are perfectly safe for burning. However, fragrance oil carries the strongest, most impactful scent.
If you want a rich autumn fragrance to waft throughout an entire room, choose a candle size appropriate for the size of your area. A three-wick candle that’s 14 ounces or larger can fill an average size open concept room. A 2-4-ounce candle tin or small glass candle is ideal for a bathroom. An 8-10-ounce candle is appropriate for a bedroom or office.
Fall candle features
Fragrance throw refers to the strength of the fragrance that’s released into the air. It’s determined not only by the quality of fragrance oil and wax used but also when the fragrance is added during the candle-making process. Adding fragrance when the wax is too hot causes fragrance to evaporate. Adding fragrance when the wax is too cool doesn’t allow for even fragrance distribution. A quality candle ensures the fragrance has been added at the appropriate wax temperature, giving you an optimal, pleasing fragrance for your room.
A quality fall candle offers different fragrance notes. Like a fine cologne, a fall candle has a top note, middle note and base note. The candle releases its first fragrance, the top note, upon lighting. It gives the initial impression but doesn’t last very long. The middle note is the heart of the candle’s fragrance and lasts the longest. The base note is typically a pleasing, lingering fragrance. All these notes complement one another and blend together to provide a pleasant, aromatic experience.
- Wax: Your fall candle should be made from high-quality soy or coconut wax or from a proprietary wax mixture.
- Wick: Choose a candle that has a waxed cotton wick or a mixture of cotton and linen without a metal core.
Fall candles vary in fragrance profile. They can elicit an outdoor, woodsy fragrance, a food fragrance found in seasonal fruits and spices or they can conjure images of cozy sweaters and wool blankets.
Fall candle cost
Fall candles can cost from $1-$200, depending on size and the quality of materials used.
Fall candle FAQ
How long can I let a candle burn?
A. Once a candle is lit, it should minimally burn long enough to melt the candle’s surface wax. Tunneling can occur if the top wax doesn’t completely liquify, and your candle will not burn correctly. Follow the manufacturer’s suggestion on how long to allow a candle to burn, as burn times vary depending on the candle’s size and materials used to make it. The average burn time is 4-6 hours.
Does it matter how I extinguish the flame?
A. Blowing out a candle releases more smoke and ashes into the air, which can cause a burn or allergic reaction. Instead, use a candle snuffer or a metal non-flammable lid that comes with many candles. These methods suffocate the flame instead of releasing added particles into the air.
How long should the wick be for the best burn?
A. Keep your wick trimmed to 1/4 inch. Doing so will enable even burning without too large of a flame. A shorter wick also prevents soot from getting into the wax. Use a wick trimmer instead of a regular pair of scissors. A wick trimmer cuts evenly without leaving frays on the end of the wick.
Which fall candle should I get?
Best of the best fall candle
Our take: This 7.1-ounce luxury candle is made of a proprietary blend of waxes and fragrances to burn for 40 or more hours.
What we like: This candle beautifully melds its King William pear top note with freesia middle note and patchouli base notes to create a one-of-a-kind fall fragrance. It’s poured by skilled artisans and comes in a signature glass jar.
What we dislike: It’s pricey, but it’s worth the cost.
Best bang for your buck fall candle
Homesick candle in Autumn Hayride: available at Macy’s
Our take: The 13.75-ounce candle burns 60-80 hours. It’s made from a soy blend and has a cotton wick.
What we like: The hand-poured candle conjures images of riding on the hay wagon. Its notes include a woodsy fragrance combined with sweet maple and warm amber. It comes in a cute packaged box that features colorful leaves, tractors and barns.
What we dislike: Some may not like the sweetness of the maple notes.
Honorable mention fall candle
Our take: The 18-ounce candle uses a proprietary coconut wax blend and natural wicks. It should burn for around 100 hours.
What we like: It comes in a sienna orange decorative glass jar. It’s phthalate, paraben and sulfate-free. The candle’s notes are composed of fall foods and spices including kabocha pumpkin, vanilla marshmallow and cinnamon-spiced brulee.
What we dislike: Some complained the fragrance throw is very subtle.
Tammy Tilley is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.
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