Hearts and Crafts | 5 Common Different Types of Candles 5 Common Different Types of Candles – Hearts and Crafts

Would you guess that something as simple as a candle has such a rich history and develop many varieties over the centuries? Thanks to passionate candlemakers, we can now create many types to serve different tastes, occasions, and purposes, especially more eco-friendly ones. Want to know what other types of candles are there for you to choose from for your next romantic dinner, party, or even just some me-time? Read on.

1. Container Candles

They’re the safest if you don’t want to worry about the flame moving around and setting fire to a close object. Container candles are made to stay inside a jar, tin, or another similar non-flammable holder with room for the candle’s body and the wick to remain upright.

They’re typically made from soy wax or paraffin, although other types of waxes should be just fine. It’s recommended for beginner candlemakers to start learning how to make candles with container candles as they’re more comfortable and safer to earn while learning the basic candle recipe to using different waxes to add fragrance dye.

2. Pillar Candles

Made from wax that can support itself, such as palm wax, it doesn’t need a container to keep it standing. That’s why they’re also known as freestanding or self-supporting candles. Pillar candles are great for using color and decorative waxes because the sides are in full view.

They’re famous because of the art that goes into it and because they’re smokeless and can burn for hours. Pillar candles range from as small as 3 inches in height to more than five times that. Other popular ways of decorating with them are to place them on a fancy plate or tray.

3. Tealight/Floating Candles

Also known as floaters, this unique feature of tealight candles makes them a favorite piece for romantic events. Among the different types of candles, they’re the only ones that can float on water. Seeing little flickering lights along the water looks lovely on its own but is even better when it’s sailing along with flower petals.

When they’re not placed on water but in a container, they’re commonly used for heating teapots and food, which is how they got their name. They’re typically made from either soy wax, a light wax for container candles, or palm wax, a preferred pillar candle wax. Suitable for a couple of hours, place them around a room for a “lit” party!

4. Votive Candles

With a special place in history, spirituality, and culture, votives are candles used for religious purposes, often taking part in traditions. They look similar to tealights, but they require a container because they’re made to liquify. After, the melted wax is absorbed into the wick to be burned completely, sometimes called “consumed.”

While many smallholders can hold either a tealight candle or a votive candle, the latter’s ideal shape would gather the liquid wax at the base of the wick so it can be absorbed and then burned. Avoid using ones that are more than double the size of your candle. That’s votive candle science for you!

5. Taper Candles

Remember the old-fashioned types of candles that were tall and slender? Yes, those are taper candles. While not as in-demand as they once were, place them in their holders, especially a candelabra or a candle tree, and revealed is the elegance they were once celebrated for.

Only an inch in diameter and averaging almost 20 inches in height, these candles are often made from either paraffin or beeswax. When you want to give an air of timelessness or regality, take out the taper candles and dust the grandmama’s candle tree.


Such beautiful choices—and these are just the most common! Picked out something you like? Have you decided on a favorite? It’s best to try using each type to know what works best for you according to the purpose. You’ll have so much fun going through them, and you’ll stir up a curiosity for the less common ones! Oh, yes, there are more. Look out for that article!