We have collectively been burning candles and melting wax melts for dozens of years. Over that time, we’ve managed to come up with our favorites in a number of different categories. We have had personal experience with all the sites and products below and we highly recommend them. Browse our curated list of candle related product recommendations and prepare to be amazed!
Scent Bloggers to Follow
One thing we candle lovers all seem to have in common is we all love to talk about scent! Whether it’s a specific company, specific scent, or fragrances in general, we just can’t seem to get enough. As busy as we are here at Candle Scoop, we try to make time to check in with a few trusted scent bloggers from time to time. Here are the blogs we think rise to the top, each with something unique and special to offer.
Candlefind is THE site for candle lovers! Look here for tons of product reviews, tips, and fun candle lists! This site is also home to the #1 candle company directory on the web.
If you love Yankee Candles, this site is a must see. Andy knows his Yankee Candles and has even tackled the idea of a strength rating list for these candles. Check out his YouTube Channel, too!
We love this site for all types of candle lists, comparisons, & shopping guides. This site covers a lot about retail brand candles & candle accessories. There's something here for just about everyone!
If you love indie wax melts, this site should definitely be on your radar. Each entry is well organized and includes a rating score. Be sure to check out their YouTube channel as well.
The Redolent Mermaid
The candle and wax melt photos shared on this site are drool-worthy! Julie talks about more than scented wax, but it's all fun and well-written.
Tools of the Trade
There are a number of candle and wax melt accessories on the market that can help your products last longer and perform better overall. With hundreds and hundreds of choices out there, we know it can be hard to decide. We’ve waded through a lot of products over the years, and we list here some of the products we think rise to the top.
If you burn candles, a wick trimmer is a must. We've tried cheaper and different brands, but we keep coming back to Wickman. This trimmer is well made, gets the job done, and doesn't hurt our fingers after multiple uses.Buy on Amazon
These tealights are well-worth the price tag. We usually get a solid 6-7 hour burn out of each tealight. They are made with palm wax and have a nice, clean burn. We buy these in bulk!Buy on Amazon
These were our first loves for long-lasting tealights. Some of these have lasted up to 8 hours! These have a nice, clean burn and are very well suited for weddings and events.Buy on Amazon
Boao Wax Warmer Liners
These little liners are great for wax melt warmers - easy cleanup with no mess! They are especially useful for quickly changing out scents. We favor this particular brand as they are more economical and come in cute colors.Buy on Amazon
Glassybaby Candle Holder
Collecting Glassbaby candle holders can become a separate obsession. The glass is beautiful and heavy, and they come in a wide array of beautiful colors. Use them for votives or tealights and start your own mini-collection.Buy on Glassybaby
Henro Match Striker
Searching for matches and then a good "strike" area on your matchbook is a waste of precious candle-burning time. This handmade ceramic match striker is beautiful and functional. It comes with several matches and then purchase strike-anywhere matches for refills.Buy on Amazon
Candle Warmers Hurricane Warmer
If you have a fussy candle or are unable to light a flame, using this hurricane candle warmer is a great option. It warms the wax from above, allowing the scent to fragrance the room. Simply pour out the wax as the fragrance fades to get to another layer.Buy on Amazon
Pampered Chef Pan Scrapers
Waxidents happen, so you want to be prepared. These scrapers will help scrape up hardened wax and yet will be gentle on surfaces to avoid scratching. We recommend getting the set of 3 so that you can place them strategically anywhere you melt or burn.Buy on Amazon
We keep a bottle of Goo Gone at the ready at all times. For removing pesky labels to helping clean up some wax spills, this product is magical!Buy on Amazon
Getting rid of soot can be tricky. We love Krud Kutter because we've found it's good for walls and ceilings and will not remove paint. Always patch test first!Buy on Amazon
Sites We Love
We spend a lot of time on the internet. A LOT of time. We’ve run across some websites that we consider essential to how we go about business and pleasure. These are all sites that we have bookmarked and return to again and again.
Retail Me Not
Visit this site when shopping for deals online. Look for department and home stores that sell candles and may have coupons or discounts listed, like Kohl's or Target. This site is frequently updated and addicting!
We scour this site regularly and are always amazed at what we find here. This is a great place to find vintage candles, hard-to-find candles, and even newly released candles! You can also buy a lot of candle accessories and wax melts in bulk.
This site is great for keeping track of all those incoming packages! We've found this site particularly helpful when shopping during the holiday season. Input your tracking numbers as you receive them and follow the progress all on one site...for free!
Need the quick details on a particular product? If you have the barcode, like the UPC or EAN number, you can search this database for more deets. The site also gives you links to places to purchase the item online so you can compare prices!
National Candle Association
The National Candle Association is the place to go for industry-related news and information. They promote candle safety and industry responsibility, making them a very reliable source of information.
Books to Read
If you’re serious about the world of scent, you have to set aside some dedicated time to read and learn from the experts. We don’t want you to waste your time, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorites. Each of these gems are worth a read and some are even worth keeping on the shelf to refer to for years to come!
The Art of Perfumery
This classic was penned by G. W. Septimus, a chemist and perfumer. This book was first published in 1857 but remains relevant today. The amount of detail for various essential oils including the best methods of extraction make this a keeper.Buy on Amazon
The Secret of Scent
This is one man's breakdown of the science behind scent and it is fascinating indeed. An easy read, it's not to be taken as scientific gospel, but it is enjoyable and fairly thorough.Buy on Amazon
The Chemical History of a Candle
This is another oldie but goodie. The series of lectures by Michael Faraday are amazingly detailed yet easy to follow. This will answer most of your questions about how candles work, which will help you in your journey to discover high quality candles.Buy on Amazon
Here we are rounding up some other recommended products that don’t fit neatly into the categories above. These items may not be directly related to candles or wax melts, but we’ve found them useful to our enjoyment of them.
While you can use this kit to make your own perfumes, we've used it to help train our noses to distinguish specific fragrances and notes. The kit is well packaged and comes with some high-quality oils. The beautiful instruction booklet is a nice bonus!
Akro-Mils Storage Drawers
These storage drawer units are sturdy and highly adaptable. They are modular so you can create the storage you need. We love these for our ever-growing wax melt collection. Use the drawer labels to stay super organized.
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