I love a good scented candle. The problem is, good candles usually cost more than I like to spend.
Well, recently I read on somebody’s blog how much they like Walmart’s Mainstays candles in Pumpkin Spice and Hazelnut Cream. I’m sorry, I can’t remember who it was; if it was you please let me know.
Now trust me, I’ve been down the candle aisle in Walmart before. I’ve sniffed, but I’ve never purchased. In my experience, cheap candles aren’t worth it. But, based on the recommendation, this time I picked up a Pumpkin Spice and a Hazelnut Cream in the little $1 jar.
Okay, yum! Not only are the scents really good, but you can actually smell them while they’re burning! I mean, you can smell it on the other side of the room! And they won’t bust your budget. I also think it’s nice that they have easy-to-peel-off labels; I hate it when you try to peel a label and half of it refuses to come off.
There were all sizes and shapes available: pillars short and tall, jars, triple wicks. Other than the $1 jars (about the size of a votive), the only one I remember for sure is that the triple wick in a jar (about 4” diameter x 2or3” high) was $3, which I thought was a pretty good price for a candle that size.
(I must throw in here that I got a pumpkin spice candle at Target recently; it doesn’t smell nearly as good, and I haven’t really noticed that the scent carries much at all while it’s burning.)
If pumpkin or hazelnut isn’t your thing, there are probably a dozen other scents. Try one next time you’re at Wally World.
- Trim the wick to about 1/4” before you light the candle each time; long wicks smoke.
- Let jar or pillar candles burn for at least two or three hours before extinguishing; it will burn more evenly and not leave a tunnel down the middle.
And you don’t need this one, but since I don’t want any lawsuits:
- Don’t leave a burning candle unattended.