You Need These Beautiful—and Unscented!—Candles on Your Dinner Table Right Now
I’ve written on how to smell candles properly and how to burn them properly—so it’s only fitting that I bring you my latest hot take on the candle industry: Sculptural, bold colored unscented candles are having a moment. At Shoppe Object, a design trade show for home decor buyers and press, they’re kind of all I saw. And let’s just say I’m a fan. First, everybody needs an unscented option or two to burn during meals. A big pet peeve of mine, even as a scent lover, is tasting what candle is burning at a dinner party.
But also, from a design perspective, so many unscented candles are just white wax—kind of basic and blah. So it’s nice to see function and form marrying these days, especially for people who are super sensitive to smell and haven’t had many design-friendly options in the past. Why not buy a candle that makes a tiny sculptural statement? The only question is whether or not to burn something so beautiful. I’m leaning towards yes. I mean, you only live once, right?
Where to use these guys? Anywhere and everywhere, really. Bright hued or striped tapers like the ones seen above can set off a special candelabra in a dining room—I’m currently using hot pink ones in my old brass Crate & Barrel three-candle taper holder. You can also perk up a mantel display by adding colored pillar or votive candles to the mix. Some of these styles would also add a pop of fun to just about any tableau where you’d use a candle in a vessel, from the coffee table to a nightstand or bathroom counter. But know you’ll need some kind of holder or dish underneath the more sculptural varieties, if you want to safely burn them. Ready to stock your candle closet with the latest and the greatest? Here are my picks.
Ombre Taper Candle Set
Fancy Taper Candles
They didn’t make taper candles like this in colonial times—at least, I don’t think they did. Point is: I love when a company takes something old-school and makes it fresh with a modern color palette and a smart design, as The Floral Society has done here with this twisted set of extra long tapers.
Buy: Fancy Taper Candles, $37.00 for a pair of 18-inch candles from The Floral Society