Candles have been one of the earliest tools used by man to illuminate his surroundings. By the time we discovered how to make fire, we have already come up with a variety of ways in which we can harness the light coming from the fire we made. From the candle to the oil lamp to the incandescent bulb to what we now have today as LED lights, the history of man has always been closely related to the development of illumination. Many still use candles today not as the main illuminating element in their homes but rather as a decorative piece, a delivery mechanism for essential oils in aromatherapy, and even as an effective odor remover. Whatever the case, we’re absolutely positive you’ll love the 15 cool candles for your home we’ve prepared to share with you.
15 Seriously Cool Candles
1Smell My Nuts Scented Mason Jar Candle by Our Own Candle Company
It may have a very peculiar name that’s more fitting for an April Fool’s prank or even the classic birthday bash for a prankster, the Smell My Nuts Scented Mason Jar Candle is one fantastic home freshener and odor remover that can bring a whole new sense to the word aromatherapy. Containing banana nut bread, hazelnut, and toasted coconut, the Smell My Nuts has been known to provide long-lasting fragrance that will never overpower your senses unlike some preparations that can somehow make you very heady. Put it in your bathroom and light it up. Allow the scent to permeate the entire bathroom. No more smell of wet or moist towel. If you place it in your living room, the entire house will benefit. Many customers say that the Smell My Nuts actually provide a lingering scent that usually lasts more than a day. The scent is surprisingly delightful that even oldies love it. The company says the Smell My Nuts should provide you with 100 hours of continuous burn time.
What We Like about It – The Smell My Nuts is one funny yet truly amazing product that you simply have to use in your home. Obviously, part of the charm is tem son jar itself which can provide you with additional decorative option once the wax has been consumed.
2Aspen Bay Jar Volcano Candle by Capri Blue
Boasting of a food-grade soy wax formulation that has been refined many times to give it the superb ability to absorb more essential oil fragrances than other brands, the Aspen Bay Jar Volcano Candle is one gift item that you sure can give to your loved one and bring a whole new scent in their lives. Made with a special blend of tropical fruits, fragrance oils, and essential oils as well as a hint of exotic mountain greens, the Volcano burns clean and can outlast any ordinary wax light for up to 2 times longer. Capri Blue says it works with some of the finest and most trusted names in the perfume industry in the world, often recycling the different materials to provide a more eco-friendly approach. Visitors to your home will instantly be greeted by these wonderful scents providing a wonderful setup for your relaxed conversations. The cobalt blue glass itself has been made by hand and formed by mouth blowing giving a jar that gently tapers at the top.
What We Like about It – The use of recycled materials is admirable; so is the blend of fragrances and essential oils as well as exotic greens from the highlands. Using super-refined soy wax is also quite exceptional.
3Aromatherapy Stress Relief 3-Wick Candle with Eucalyptus Spearmint by Bath & Body Works
We all know what aromatherapy can do for us. It can help us feel more relaxed as well as help facilitate getting a much needed sleep. The Aromatherapy Stress Relief 3 Wick Candles are excellent for those who would like to produce a calming scent right in their very homes. The use of spearmint and eucalyptus are well known for calming frayed nerves so you’ll feel calmer, more attuned to your thoughts and emotions. The scent itself will never irritate you as it is not blended to be overpowering. With lead-free wicks, the Aromatherapy Stress Relief should last up to 45 hours. Use it while reading so you’ll be more relaxed and be able to focus more on what you’re reading. You won’t have issues with too much flicker as it burns evenly. With a magically soothing scent, this is one very amazing wax light to have. It may be mild but it sure can permeate through the rest of the room. Use it to relax and feel all of your worries melt away with each breath that you take filled with the aromatic benefits of these essential oils.
What We Like about It – The blend of eucalyptus and spearmint is just perfect for relaxation. The scent is also not overbearing so it’s a welcome relief as it won’t irritate the sensitive nostrils of certain individuals.
4Comenzar Battery Operated Flickering Flameless LED Candles with 10-Key Remote Timer by Comenzar
Are you planning on a candlelight dinner with your loved one? How about for the wedding of your friend? Or perhaps something to illuminate your kids’ room or even your beloved pets without the smell, smoke, or dripping wax? Well, you might want to get the Comenzar Battery Operated Candles that flicker like the real thing. The good news is that these wax lights are made of flameless LED complete with a 10-key remote timer so you can have absolute control over the length of time these flickering lights will continue to provide you with the soft illumination that the situation or scene calls for. You can also adjust the flicker effects as well as the level of brightness to suit your needs and set up the mood that you want. You can set the Comenzar to keep on pseudo-burning for 2 hours, maybe 4, 6, or even 8 hours before it automatically shuts itself off. It then automatically cycles itself for another 24 hours. Worried about electric costs? The Comenzar operates on 3 pieces of AAA batteries.
What We Like about It – The Comenzar really does look like a large candle complete with a faux-melting side. The flicker effects provide a very realistic look to the wax light.
5Buttercream Large Jar Candle by Yankee Candle Company
Be careful when you buy the Buttercream Large Jar Candle as its scent can actually be mistaken for a delicious spread. With vanilla bean and confectioner’s sugar blended into the buttercream that has been freshly churned to give it a waxy consistency and a deliciously wonderful scent, the Yankee Buttercream is an entirely different way of sensationalizing one’s home. It’s like turning your home into one fantastic bakery where the smell of freshly-kneaded dough, vanilla extracts, melted butter, and the decadent sweetness of sugar permeate through the air. The warmth of its fire provides the burnt smell of oven-freshness. Of course, you’re not inside a pastry house but rather in your home. Yankee also added a variety of essential oils that work well to complement that natural sweetness and freshness of buttercream, giving an olfactory experience that’s out of this world. The wick is free from lead and is made of 100 percent natural fibers. It has been straightened by hand to help ensure it stays in the center to allow for a more consistent burn that can last from 110 hours up to 150 hours of delicious fragrance. The glass jar has been lab-tested and is 100 percent recyclable so, even if you decide not to keep it, you can feel safer that other people will find some other use for it.
What We Like about It – For delicious goodness that permeates through any room, the Yankee Buttercream is an absolute must. It may not be as florally fragrant from others but it sure can bring a smile to anyone who enters your home.
6Scented Candles Soy Wax Aromatherapy Tinplate by Wax and Oils
Don’t like glass jars for your decorative candles? How about a tin can then? The Wax and Oils scented decorative candles are fantastic options for people who prefer using tin cans rather than glass. The Wax and Oils Soy Wax Aromatherapy features a selection of various essential oils that provide a variety of benefits. There’s vanilla, cucumber melon, lemon, orange, and strawberry margarita for those who prefer fruity scents. For those who love floral and plant fragrances that are equally effective in providing calming and relaxing benefits, they can opt for lavender, sandalwood, floral citrus, peppermint eucalyptus, and pumpkin. Of course, you can always go for the special blend. The soybean wax base allows for the more effective absorption of these essential oils so you’ll get even and consistent scent anytime, every time. Place it in your bedroom for a more peaceful and sounder sleep. Use them alongside your longer and watch your stress and anxieties be blown into the wind. Performing yoga or meditation? Light any one of these and you’ll likely be in paradise sooner than you expect. You can also use it as a bug repellant as well as an effective deodorizer in your kitchen and bathroom. And since the container is made of tin, there’s no worry about breaking.
What We Like about It – The exciting array of choice essential oils is marvelous. You’d have to understand the purpose of these oils, though.
750 Shades Scented Soy Candles Set by Old Factory Candles
With an ordinary-looking glass jar that can easily be a recycled peanut butter jar, you wouldn’t really think that the 50 Shades Scented Soy designer candles are something that you’d be interested in. But with more than 1,500 customers feeling very satisfied with the 50 Shades, you’d think otherwise. With very interesting names like Jasmine Bubbles and Vanilla Sex to complement the unpretentious Leather variant, the 50 Shades series is the product of home-grown passion for providing customers with high quality wax lights. The self-trimming wick is made of cotton and had been carefully placed in the center of the natural soy wax. Materials are handpicked to ensure the highest quality and only the most premium of fragrance oils. This way, you’ll be providing a wonderful scent to all of your rooms that should last a full 25 to 30 hours.
What We Like about It – It may look ordinary but the magic of the 50 Shades is in its homemade production. It’s like having a family creating a wonderful product for other families to enjoy.
8Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Bulb Battery Operated Flameless LED by Flameless Candles
If the Comenzar flameless candles appealed to you but you may not particularly agree with its size, how about the Homemory Realistic and Bright Flickering Battery Operated Flameless LED instead? We know the name is quite a mouthful but all it ever is is a shortened version of the Comenzar. Whereas the Comenzar, the Homemory is rather short, somewhat similar to a vigil light except that there’s no colored glass to contain it in. Actually, if you’re really going to look at it, the Homemory is more versatile as you can literally take any empty glass to be its container. There’s no danger or fires as it does not generate heat. The glass won’t break either. If you already have a number of decorative glasses in your collection, the Homemory can be an excellent choice for providing the soft and quiet ambience that you’re thinking of. On Valentine’s Day, instead of reserving a seat at some fancy resto for a great candlelight dinner, you can prepare one yourself. Use the Homemory to provide the mood and set the evening for some night of loving.
What We Like about It – The practical applications for the Homemory is just superb. The battery can also be easily replaced. What’s really fantastic about it is its smaller profile that can be fitted into votive holders or even ordinary glass cups.
9Candle by the Hour 48-Hour Eco Friendly Natural Beeswax with Cotton Wick by Candle by the Hour
Need really unusual candles? Our idea of these wax lights is one that is vertically erect. But what if you had something that coils around a mechanism that resembles like a long garden hose coiled around your organizer? The Candle by the Hour 48-Hour Eco Friendly Natural Beeswax with Cotton Wick is just that. The entire length of the wax light is coiled around a metal holder that you rotate to keep it burning. The wax is made of 100 percent natural beeswax, not soy wax which has been the main material of most of the products in this list. You light the wick and watch it illuminate your room while providing you with a rustic yet truly innovative look. How long the light wax is going to keep you illuminated is up to you. Once the flame reaches the metal clip, it automatically gets extinguished. The point, therefore, is for you to adjust the length of the light wax. While it does not give you any scent, it is nevertheless a very pretty desktop décor.
What We Like about It – The rustic look is amazing. You’ll just have to make sure you’ve got plenty of refills though.
10Pet House Candle by One Fur All
If you’re having issues about excessive pet smell in your home, chances are you’ve already tried some of the more common ways to naturally remove these animal odors. You may have already tried using vinegar and baking soda. However, you will have to manually do this every time. A much better way of removing pet odors is to light up the Pet House Candle. Made of high quality natural soy wax and blended with only the most natural ingredients that have been proven to mask nasty pet odors, the Pet House is one excellent tool for homeowners who are also pet lovers. Instead of flooding your senses with the stench of pet urine and other wastes, you might as well inundate it with the amazingly calming effects of various fragrances like apple cider, evergreen, lilac, and fresh citrus. Obviously, there are other scents that you can use to help you get rid of those odors and live in a home that smells as fresh as nature itself. With a burn time of 70 hours, you’re now on your way to a nose-friendlier home.
What We Like about It – It’s not actually designed as an aromatherapy but the Pet House has some effects that can calm your nerves. Technically, if you’re able to get rid of the pet odor, then you’d definitely feel happier, too.
11White Gardenia Heritage Collection Coffee Table Jar Candle by Chesapeake Bay Candle
One of the most appealing designer candles we’ve seen is the White Gardenia Heritage Collection Coffee Table Jar Candle. With a beautiful wooden lid completed with a twine embellishment, the container of the Heritage Collection can make for a beautiful décor or even as storage for your valuables and trinkets. But what is really great about the Heritage Collection is the infusion of white gardenia essential oils. This essential oil is known for its many health benefits including as detoxicant, antibacterial, digestive, and sedative, among others. What this simply means is that you’ll be making your very own aromatherapy spa right in your home. Place the Heritage in your bedroom and you’ll have more peaceful sleep. Place it anywhere in your house and be ready to lead a calmer, more peaceful existence.
What We Like about It – The glass jar with its wooden lid is what makes the Heritage Collection really fantastic. Obviously, the choice of white gardenia as its main fragrance can only appeal to individuals who love this particular essential oil.
12LED Lytes Flameless Battery Operated Pillar Candles with Remote by LED Lytes
One type of wax light that is loved by romantic couples is a pillar candle with the flame located deep within the center of the pillar. The brightness of the flame gets diffused because of the wax, creating a certain luminosity that can only be described as magical. The problem with such setups is that the melting wax inadvertently extinguishes the flame so it doesn’t really last long. Now, if you want such an effect you’ll need the LED Lytes Pillar Flameless Candles that are battery operated and can be fully controlled by a remote mechanism. The set of 2 LED Lytes gives you an amazing ivory wax beautifully illuminated from the inside by an amber yellow flame. The flame is not static either. It flickers like the real thing giving you a very authentic feel and appearance.
What We Like about It – With a very realistic design, LED Lytes are great battery operated candles for your home.
13Aromatherapy Deodorizing Soy Candle for Pets by Gerrard Larriett Aromatherapy Pet Care
Available in various combinations of essential oils like lavender-chamomile and grapefruit-spearmint as well as single-ingredient oils like rose, jasmine, and wildwoods blended into a soy wax, the GerrartLarriett Aromatherapy Deodorising Soy Candles are very unusual candles that have a very soothing and relaxing effect. However, their primary role is in the elimination of nasty pet odors so you’ll have a home that smells fresh in and out. The glass container makes for a great décor, too. Now, you don’t have to feel ashamed when someone visits your home. instead of pet odors, they will be treated to heavenly scents that will make them want to come visit you more often.
What We Like about It – It’s fantastic for masking nasty pet odors. Helps you stay calm, too.
14Moroccan Gate Flameless Wax LED Candles with Timer by LampLust
With very stylish candle containers that are patterned after a famous North African architecture, Moroccan Gate Flameless Candles make for a very interesting decorative item in any home. The spaces made from the crisscrossing pattern of the casing create a fantastic contrast to the warm glow emanating from the LED wax light. Complete with flickering effects, your visitors will never think that what you have is actually a faux piece. The timer can be set to 5 hours although we are not sure if you can easily adjust it to a much shorter period. Nevertheless, 5 hours of warm yet soft and tantalizing glow should be enough to set the tone for a calmer and definitely more peaceful evening. It doesn’t provide any olfactory benefits, though. So, you might want to throw in your essential oil diffuser to really amp up the relaxation benefits.
What We Like about It – The styling of the canister is marvelous. It makes for a great and highly interesting decorative piece.
15Soy Candles in Mason Jar with Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Blends by AIRA
Everyone’s talking about how essential oils can provide a host of health benefits particularly in helping us calm our nerves. The point is, we can actually turn our homes into one relaxing haven. Such is the aim of the AIRA Soy Candles beautifully contained in a mason jar complete with a rustic lid. What makes the AIRA unique is that the essential oils that are blended into the wax are all therapeutic grade. This means that having the AIRA give light and scent to your room or your home can lead to a more peaceful existence. Soybean wax used is organic so it should be fantastic news for health-conscious individuals. The wax has been poured by hand to provide a very personalized touch to every jar. It may not look like much but don’t underestimate the AIRA as it is a very effective way of bringing peace to your abode.
What We Like about It – The choice of natural organic ingredients to extract the oils is very noteworthy. Obviously, it’s the perfect choice for those who want only the natural.
How We Chose the Cool Candles in Our List
This one’s tricky, we have to admit. For starters, how do you choose a cool product that is essentially the same in appearance wherever you go? It’s like coming up with the best US Flag. Same design. Same colors. Perhaps different sizes. But definitely, the same meaning. Such was the dilemma that we had when we were given this topic to cover. Since the essence of the candle is essentially the same – to provide illumination – we decided to focus more on the inherent features of the product. Unfortunately, this posed another problem. Sure, we can evaluate the different features of the item but how can we be sure that it’s also the feature that you are looking for? As we all know, “cool” is a very subjective adjective. Hence, we had to look at what other consumers think and determine if we have the same conclusion about the features and benefits of these candle products. At the very least, each product that we shortlist must have 4 stars. Obviously, we needed to read each review to help us better understand just what makes the product so appealing and what makes it quite a letdown.
After creating a shortlist from the initial screening, we then proceeded to evaluate the various product features and check whether they do provide the same benefits that we have in mind. Technically, we included a variety of products from aromatherapy to electrical lighting fixtures, both of which can double as decorative candles. We thought that if we focused only on unusual candles or even battery operated candles, then we won’t really be able to provide you with a very comprehensive presentation on the 15 cool candles for your home.
The candle manufacturer was also assessed for its reputation or trustworthiness. Although this is already inherent in the product rating, we still had to make sure that the company making the designer candles and unusual candles has the technical expertise that can only go with many years of experience. Our line of thinking is that, if a company has been in existence for many years and is still producing a lot of products that people love, then it must be reliable.
Candles, Essential Oils, and Your Health
Essential oils have always been known to provide a host of health benefits. While some civilizations have been using essential oils since the ancient times, much of the Western world was rather slow to catch up primarily because of perceived “unscientific” bases for the actions of these substances. The fact of the matter is that, the active ingredients of these essential oils are also the ones being used in the production of certain modern medicines. As such, it is correct to say that essential oils are beneficial to health. The following are just some of the health conditions that essential oils can help you with.
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
- Infections such as cold and flu
- Indigestion and other digestive problems
- Skin and hair problems such as eczema and baldness
- Pain and inflammation
The list can go on and on. Now, essential oils can be applied in a variety of ways. These can be applied directly onto the skin as massage oil or it can be diluted further and used as an inhalant. Sometimes, it is also added in the bathwater. However, these only provide instant, short-term effects. A much more efficient way of utilizing the benefits of essential oils is through the use of aromatherapy diffusers or essential oil diffusers. These are devices that you put a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. It can be quite expensive.
A more practical solution is to get an aromatherapy candle like the ones they use in spa clinics. Essential oils are already blended into the wax itself such that, as the vapors rise up in the air, they permeate the surroundings and, with it, are the molecules of the essential oil. This provides you with a steady and consistent concentration of essential oils that will optimize your health.
The Bottom Line
Candles can be used for a variety of purposes such as decoration, illumination, and health, among other uses. Whatever the reason, you’ll agree that the 15 candles we’ve listed here will make your home look very cool.