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Yes, there are more candles out there! Some of these you’ve probably used or encountered but never realized they were specially made than others. You can also find candle recipes for some of these, but other types of candles simply won’t appear in an article on “How to Make Candles.” Think you know these?

Liquid Candles

These candles don’t have to wait for the wax to set. Light it up in its oil form! The wax is simply called “liquid wax” and is usually made from pure mineral oil, also known as paraffin oil. They’re rated safe for use in food establishments and would be ideal because they neither release smoke and soot nor drip melted wax, creating a mess.

They burn for a long time, even up to 100 hours but always check if the brand you’re getting can last as long as you intend it to, although these are sure to stay for at least a day. They’re transparent in color, placed in small transparent bottles about two inches in height and 2.5 inches in diameter.

Birthday Candles

Aside from their bright and cheery colors forming letters or words, birthday candles don’t seem too different from most candles, but they are. The distinction between this and other candle types is very subtle and wouldn’t be noticeable to most people, but they make them the candles they are.

A happy birthday candle is made from beeswax. It makes it harmless to place on edible food, such as cakes and cupcakes. Beeswax is an all-natural wax that provides a clean burn, releasing zero toxins, unlike manmade ones such as paraffin. Birthday candles also don’t drip, so you don’t have to worry about eating wax with the icing in your cake.

Sparkler Candles

What’s the difference between sparkler candles and a sparkler? They’re very similar, but like ordinary candles and birthday candles, they’re made for specific uses. Sparklers aren’t safe to be kept close to your face, shooting straight up, much less to be placed on food meant to be eaten.

Sparkler candles are entirely all right for indoor use, unlike sparklers. They also don’t shoot as many sparks, so there are much fewer chances of them burning something or someone. They don’t release smoke and are made to resemble candles when not lit, so they look pretty much like your standard happy birthday candle. It’s a sparkler birthday candle!

Cartridge Candles

Generally, they’re thicker and more affordable candles. They’re the go-to freestanding candles during emergencies, as in when you don’t have an emergency light on hand during blackouts. The thicker body makes for a broader base and a steadier candle.

Simply run a match or another lit candle across the bottom to melt the wax slightly and push it down hard on a smooth surface to stick it there. It will likely remain standing there unless the wax didn’t melt enough or wasn’t firmly placed on its spot.


Special Item: Flameless Candles

Like their name, they don’t emit any flame or actual heat, but they still give off light and a warm vibe. Because they’re not a fire hazard, they’re a popular choice among those who have kids and energetic pets but still want the coziness that candles bring to their homes. You can easily buy them in stores, but one downside is you can’t make them yourself if you enjoy the DIY route.

What New Candles Can We Expect?

The exciting thing about candle science is it’s very unassuming. Two candles may appear very much alike in form and function but are two different candles because of their composition. Many of the industry innovations were only recently developed, so it’s exciting to think of what’s to come in the next few years!