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Chesapeake Bay Candle Scented 2-pack
Chesapeake Bay Candle
Scented 2-pack
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Most Comprehensive
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A wide choice of spa-like scents in pairings like Peace + Tranquility (cashmere and jasmine) and Confidence + Freedom (moss, oak, and amber.)

Pros

50 hours of burn time on these soy and wax candles in simple frosted glass, which throws a muted glow and burns evenly without pooling. Pleasant scent that's not too overpowering. Comes at an affordable price.

Cons

Some experienced shattering of the glass in transit.

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Mrs Meyers Clean Day
Mrs Meyers
Clean Day
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Simple Yet Solid
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Perfect choice when you don't need frills but want a clean scent that's good for the budget.

Pros

These 2-pack soy, vegetable, and cottonseed wax candles have fresh garden scents like geranium or basil, which burn evenly for 35 hours. An eco-conscious brand, the 7-ounce candle jars are also recyclable.

Cons

Some felt that the lavender scent was not natural.

Scented Candles Jar Candles
Scented Candles
Jar Candles
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Most Eco-friendly
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Two big mason jar-filled soy candles with 100% essential oils: one lavender and one eucalyptus and mint.

Pros

Made in small batches by a family-owned business, these luxury candles have a refreshing scent that infuses the home with a welcoming fragrance. Non-toxic with a cotton wick, they have a burn time of 40 hours each.

Cons

These are more expensive than many other sets.

Yinuo Light Aromatherapy Candles
Yinuo Light
Aromatherapy Candles
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For Special Occasions
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Comes packaged in vintage-style tins with an attractive box, making it perfect for gifting.

Pros

These 4 soy candles contain 7% essential oils, one each of lavender, freesia, French vanilla, and rosemary, all of which have a natural scent and calming effect. Comes in a choice of 2 color and pattern combinations.

Cons

Note that the 4.4-ounce candles are quite small.

Old Factory Spa Day
Old Factory
Spa Day
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Most Versatile
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Gender-neutral packaging and the scents of cucumber, lemongrass, and green tea makes this a great gift for anyone.

Pros

One of many sets ranging from Man Cave to Mr. Grey, these 4-ounce soy candles are non-toxic and handmade. With more masculine scents like leather and dark chocolate, these are great for those who want an alternative to florals.

Cons

They are smaller candles, and some of the more unusual scents are not to everyone's taste.

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There’s nothing like the glow of a real candle for ambience. Many candle sets are infused with a pleasant scent, which is a great way to disguise household odors, or turn a room into a romantic retreat or spa. For a non-toxic, clean-burning candle, go for soy or vegetable wax that doesn’t contain paraffin. Beeswax is another good choice, although more expensive. High quality naturally-derived scents, like essential oils, are also the best bet. Wicks are usually cotton braid, and will burn in on themselves so they don’t need wicking — if not, trim them to a quarter of an inch to prevent soot. Keep candles away from drafts, which will cause the flame to jump and flicker, and always away from children, pets who may knock them over, and flammable objects... and never leave them unattended.

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