For some reason, the winter always brings out a desire for the twinkling softness of candlelight throughout the house. Though scented candles are my choice during warmer months, in the winter I prefer the unscented variety so as not to compete with the lovely aromas of the holiday season. That said, not all unscented candles are created equal, so read on for a few of my favorite sources.
- If you are lucky enough to live near an IKEA, then I definitely suggest your start your candle search there. I love the VÄGHULT block candles because they come a great variety of colors and you can't beat the price at $3.99 for a 12 pack. (Paraffin/vegetable wax, burn time 5 hours)
- The Egg Candles by designer Michele Dugree are the perfect choice for a whimsical touch of spring to get you through the winter. The unglazed porcelain shells glow when lit, and when the soy candles melt away, the shells can be reused. $42 for the set of 6.
- If you share my love of the smell of beeswax, then you will enjoy the Dripless Hand Dipped Beeswax Tapers from blue corn naturals. I like the 12" tapers in a variety of colors, though the $15.95 for 4 candles make these a party indulgence rather than an everyday choice.
- Craft stores like Joann's, A.C. Moore, and Michaels are another excellent source for decent quality unscented candles at good prices. This box of white candles from Joann's is $18.99 for 30 candles. (burn time 12 hours)
- If you want your candle to be lovely enough to stand on its own, the Copper and Aqua Henna Candle by Hannaya is an excellent choice, though you may decide it is just too beautiful to light at all. $15 for one round hand-painted henna candle.
Finally, if you want to make your own candles at home, check out our How To on making soy candles from earlier this year.
Do you have a favorite resource for unsceneted candles? Tell us all about it in the comments below...