Creating your own scents during the busiest time of year doesn’t have to be complicated. Even using the tried-and-true scents of the holiday season can get you to unique scent throws. What kinds of candles can you make during the Christmas season?
Unique Christmas Candles For Your Business
- Pine tree with eucalyptus.
- Sugar and spice with patchouli.
- Fireplace with a wooden wick to crackle.
- Snow with citrus or peppermint.
- Peppermint with vanilla.
- Traditional vanilla with a touch of spice or coconut.
- Hot chocolate.
- Tobacco with vanilla or pepper.
- Mulled wine.
- Hanukkah with incense, cedar, and citrus.
- Old books with cedarwood, musk, and grass.
- Santa Claus with vanilla, sandalwood, pine, and apple.
- Calming lavender with pine.
But what other updates and changes can you make to your candles that will make them best for the holiday season? Why do those scents work? Read on to find out more about what else you can do to make your candles popular for the Christmas season.
What makes a holiday candle?
- Wicks. If you have delved into picking different types of wicks for your candles, you’ll discover that placing wooden wicks in your soy candles will make the candle crackle as it burns.
- Long burn time. Your customers aren’t going to want to waste their candles, so make sure you have a long burn time in all your Christmas scents. While the most expensive type of wax, beeswax tends to burn the longest. If you want to save money while still providing a candle with a long burn time, try mixing soy wax and beeswax.
- Color. When it comes to color, you have many options that evoke that feeling of Christmas and the holiday season. Of course, green represents all the plants we see around Christmas, like the Christmas tree, holly, ivy, and mistletoe. Red is used to represent the blood of Jesus, along with matching our image of Santa Claus. Gold is another color that represents Christmas—specifically the star that guided the Wise Men to Jesus. White is also used, as it represents snow. Blue and purple also represent the more religious practices of the Christmas season. Don’t forget about Hannukah or Kwanzaa—blue and white have become the colors of Hanukkah, with blue representing the sea and sky, along with having many references in their religious texts. White has come to also be a color to represent part of the Israeli flag. Kwanzaa, on the other hand, has its colors steeped in African history—black for their people, red for their uniting blood in African ancestry, and green for the land of Africa.
- Presentation. Making sure you have the proper container for your Christmas candles is almost as important as the scent or the color. Creating nicely decorated vessels to use as decoration, not just utility in the candles, is key—make your candles part of your customers’ Christmas décor to really make them unique.
Ideas for Unique Christmas Candle Scents
The main part of the holiday candle that really shines is your candle scent. So how do you make a unique candle that also plays into the popularity of the more commonly sold Christmas candles? Check out our tips!
- Pine tree. What’s better than the smell of a Christmas tree? When so many people are using synthetic trees instead of real trees around the holidays, consider creating a scent with pine, balsam, cedarwood, and eucalyptus for your own pine tree candle scent.
- Sugar and spice scents like gingerbread. Blending together scents like vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, and even pepper can give you a beautiful scent profile for your candles. To add a more unique scent to your candle, consider adding in some patchouli—it will create a spicier scent throw.
- Fireplace. Sitting around the fire is always something that evokes a feeling of Christmas, so blending oak, pine, and cedar will create that fireplace scent. Consider adding in some pepper to spicy up the scent throw, and for an even better experience, match it with a wooden wick so the candle will crackle.
- Snow. While this one might seem strange to think about, you can make your own snow scented candle. Keep the scent light and airy with a gentle musk, along with a touch of pine. You could also add a bit of bite to it with a citrus or peppermint.
- Peppermint. The hype never stops around peppermint drinks during the Christmas months, so consider creating a Christmas candle with that scent. To cut the sharpness of the peppermint, try adding some vanilla to create a solid base.
- Traditional vanilla. While you might think that a vanilla candle isn’t unique, it’s still a fantastic Christmas scent. You can add almost anything to a traditional vanilla candle—peppermint, musk, and any sort of spice. You could even mix in some coconut to evoke the light smell of baked goods.
- Hot chocolate. It’s easy to create a hot chocolate inspired candle—try mixing in a cocoa scent to your vanilla candles. You can also add a bit of spice with ginger, nutmeg, or even pepper for your most discerning customers.
- Tobacco. While you may not associate the holidays with tobacco, it is still a very rich scent throw to explore for your candles. Add in—you guessed it—some vanilla, and you have yourself a very popular scent throw. From there, add additional smells for your top notes, and you have a unique candle that is based in something tried and true.
- Fruitcake. We may give away our fruitcakes when we get them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a candle inspired by the Christmas baked goods. Adding pine, cloves, cinnamon, and other spices to fruit scents like orange, apple, or pomegranate is a great, strong scent throw that will be unique this holiday season.
- Mulled wine. Much like the fruitcake scent, you can recreate the smell of this holiday favorite by using cloves, orange, and cinnamon.
- Hanukkah. We can’t forget Hanukkah on this list of candle scents, and one way to make this inspired scent is by using incense, cedar, and even some citron.
- Old books. There’s nothing more comforting than sitting down at the fire with a classic novel like “A Christmas Carol,” so that old book scent is a fantastic holiday scent for your candles. Adding musk, cedarwood, and a bit of grass scent can give you that old book smell—try adding a touch of vanilla to really broaden the candle scent.
- Santa Claus. Santa is just another facet of celebrating the Christmas holiday, so why not try a Santa Claus inspired scent? Add in some vanilla, pine, sandalwood, and a little apple to create a scent that matches the ho-ho-ho of St. Nick.
- Calming lavender. While other companies are creating scents that are evocative of their time, perhaps this is your chance to create a calming scent for your busy customers. Christmas can be a stressful time for many, so creating your own special lavender candle scent for the Christmas season can be unique and profitable. Add that holiday edge to it with a touch of vanilla and pine.
Whether you’re sitting down next to your crackling fireplace candle or enjoying the smell of baked goods, it doesn’t matter—make a candle that you think your customers will appreciate. Unique candles don’t just come from scents—they come from a unique presentation and great customer service.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I stop my candles from tunneling?
When a candle tunnels, you have left your candle burning too long, meaning the wax pool was allowed to touch the edges of the container. Regardless of the quality of candle, any type can experience tunnelling. Allow your candle to burn for two to three hours on its first burn, and make sure the candle wax has completely melted on the top of the candle before you extinguish it. If you experience tunneling, take a hair dryer or heat gun, heat up the surface of the candle, and allow the melted wax to reform.
How can I make my candles have a stronger scent throw?
Each type of candle wax tolerates a certain amount of fragrance oil. Make sure you are using the proper percentage of fragrance for your wax type, or switch to a wax that can tolerate more fragrance oil per pound to make your candles smell stronger.
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