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Candle Types: Six Different Types of Candles and What Makes Them Unique



An introduction to different types of candles.


Container candles are those with wax poured into a vessel. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Most vessels that are less than 3” in diameter will contain 1 wick.


Pillar candles are sturdy and thick. They are usually 2-3” wide. While often shaped in round columns, they may vary in size and shape – short or tall, square or even hexagonal.


Taper candles are long and slim. Taper candles may be used on a table setting and are usually a standard size at the base at about 7/8” or ½” in diameter to fit standard taper candle holders as they cannot stand on their own.



Tealight candles are short, disc-shaped candles and are about 1” high. Tealights get their name from being used to warm tea pots. They burn for about 2 hours.



Votive candles are short, small candles that are about 2 to 3 inches high and 2 inches in diameter. They are wider than tapers but smaller than pillars.


Flameless candles have the look and feel of candles without the flame. They may be made of plastic or wax.



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