Is there such a thing as too many candles? According to certain fire regulations, probably, but if you love your home to smell like lavender, citrus, or just something other than its current scent (Fido, we love you, but you stink), then stocking up on candles is a great idea. Once you find a scent you like, keeping it burning is key, which is why we prefer long-lasting candles.
What To Look For In A Long-Lasting Candle
When searching for a long-lasting candle, the more natural the makeup of the candle, the longer the burning time, which is why soy and beeswax are great options. Candles made from paraffin wax are typically more affordable and a great option for sexy time, but they burn at a faster rate. Soy and beeswax candles produce less soot than paraffin wax and burn at a lower heat, helping to extend their life. They typically come at a higher price tag than paraffin wax, but their lifespan is longer, which helps to even out the cost.
Decide whether you want scented or unscented. There are plenty of options for both, including unscented candles that are designed to be used in emergencies and power outages. When using a candle as a décor piece for a large event, unscented is a safer bet to ensure none of the guests are bothered.
Also, it’s always good to opt for circular candles, which burn wax at an equal rate.
How We Chose The Best Long-Lasting Candles
We’ve made a list of some of the best long-lasting candles, which we chose based on their popularity with customers, their extensive burn time and their clean-burn finish. To get the most out of your long-lasting candles, trim wicks regularly for even heating. Limit burn time to four-hour increments and place candles in a cool setting, like a fridge, before lighting. This helps the candle burn more slowly.
When you’re ready to light your candle and set the mood, improve your ambiance, cover a scent, or provide a source of light during an emergency, these long-lasting candles will help.
1. Chesapeake Bay Candle
The ‘Balance and Harmony’ blend from Chesapeake Bay Candle is a great option for anyone looking for a fresh and invigorating scent to add to their home and workspace. The large, 12.5-ounce candle has an impressive 70-hour burn time and leaves users with a clean and fresh pear, apple, bergamot, and orange zest scent. Made with a blend of soy and essential oils, the candle creates a calming environment while a self-trimming, lead-free wick delivers a clean burn. The candle is packaged in a frosted jar that creates a beautiful effect when lit and can be recycled when empty.
2. Odor Eliminating Highly Fragranced Candle by Dianne’s Custom Candles Store
Candles smell great, but our homes? Not always. That’s why when you need to mask an odor, a candle from Dianne’s Custom Candles Store helps to cover up unpleasant scents. Available in six fragrances, including McIntosh Apple, Lilac Blossom, Siberian Fir, and Vanilla Bean (shown here), each 12-ounce candle has an impressive 80 hour burn time. Made from FDA-approved food-grade soy wax, the cruelty-free candles burn clean and help to cover up any odors.
3. Stonebriar 80 Hour Long Burning Unscented Pillar Candles
BEST UNSCENTED OPTION
Whether you’re decorating your home or preparing for an event, the large, unscented, long-burning candles from Stonebriar make a great addition to any décor. Made with paraffin and boasting an 80-hour burn time, the pillar candles are made with 100% cotton lead-free wicks, which produce a smoke-free burn. Measuring 3” x 8”, the candles fit in medium to large-sized lanterns and decorative candle holders. Ideal for large groups or anyone who is sensitive to scents, the candles are individually wrapped upon arrival.
4. Candlelife Emergency Survival Candle
BEST FOR POWER OUTAGES
When an emergency strikes and the power is out, a flashlight is important to have on hand. But what happens when your flashlight is out of batteries? Keeping a long-burning candle in your home or packing it for trips outdoors can help keep you and your loved ones safe. The Candlelife Emergency Survival Candle is sold in a set of six, with each candle boasting an incredible 115 hours of burn time. Each candle is smoke and scent-free and made from high-quality liquid paraffin that won’t produce soot. Safe to use indoors and outdoors, the emergency candles can also be placed in a decorative holder and used as everyday candles.
5. Lavender Tea Triple Wick Candle by Sicily Hill
For a candle that is sure to wow any recipient, we like the Lavender Tea Triple Wick Candle by Sicily Hill. SPY received a sample of the stunning oversized candle from Sicily Hill and loved the beautiful gift box complete with a black carrying candle, which makes this a gift that candle lovers will treasure. The 26-ounce soy-based wax candle, which is available in several delectable scents, sits inside a painted votive holder and features three wicks for an extended burning time.
6. Slow Burn by Boy Smells
BEST CELEBRITY TIE-IN
There are plenty of options by Boy Smells that are begging for a spot on your bookshelf thanks to the brand’s use of slightly R-rated titles, but when it comes to a long-lasting candle, we have to go with the aptly titled ‘Slow Burn.’ Based on country crossover singer Kacey Musgrave’s song by the same name, the candle is not only a treat for music fans, but also for anyone who appreciates a relaxing setting complete with the scent of cedarwood, vanilla, and papyrus. Made from coconut wax and beeswax, the candle is poured in LA and boasts a 50-hour burn time.
7. Lenox Luxury Candle by Harlem Candle Company
BEST FOR TRAVELLERS
High-end, luxury candles don’t typically have extended burn times, but that’s not the case with the Lenox Luxury Candle made by the Harlem Candle Company. The 12-ounce candle is inspired by the famous Lenox Avenue in Harlem and features a vibrant combination of tangerine and tart green apple along with creamy coconut. Featuring two wicks and set inside a beautiful glass votive, the candle has an 80 hour burn time.
8. Inner Strength Candles by Valerie Way and the 125 Collection
BEST INSPIRATIONAL CANDLES
For a candle that will help light your way (candle pun!), we like the Inspirational Candles by Valerie Way. Sold in a set of three with each candle holder featuring an inspiring message, the candles each boast their own inspiring scents, from Metallic Rose to Lavendar Sage and Spicy Blood Orange. Made in the US from a coconut blend wax and featuring a 100% cotton wick, each candle boasts an impressive 70-hour burn time.
9. Coiled Beeswax Candle
BEST TRADITIONAL DESIGN
For a truly unique candle that invokes a traditional feel of centuries past, there’s the Coiled Beeswax Candle. The 100% beeswax candle is designed in a coil shape and moves slowly through the candle clip as it burns. Each 3” section takes one hour to burn, creating a candle that can last users up to 60 hours. A copper finished plate and clip will add style and tradition to any décor and the candle doubles as a centerpiece that will impress guests.
10. Midsummer’s Night Candle by Yankee Candle
Yankee Candle has built an empire made of wax and for good reason. Their candles are affordable, available in a huge variety of scents, and deliver beautiful fragrances for an extended period. Case in point, the 14.5-ounce Midsommar’s Night Candle, which combines patchouli, musk, and mahogany. Made with premium-grade paraffin wax and paired with a natural-fiber wick, the clean-burning candle boasts an impressive 65-75 hour burn time. When the candle has been completely burned, the glass container can be recycled.