This is a post in praise of the simple, white, unscented candle.
But first a little fire safety tip. If you nestle candles down into coffee beans – which is a really neat look by the way – and those candles burn down into the coffee beans, they will start the coffee beans on fire.
I know this from experience, obviously. And despite my lack of a candle in coffee beans picture in this post, I still do this sometimes. I just put the candles in little votives first.
Ta da! No fire!
Which is great, because nothing warms a house like a lit candle. And it’s white, unscented candles that I’m most in love with.
Not only does white go with any decor, and work for any season or holiday, but to me it always feel classic. And fresh.
And why unscented? Well, I do love a good scented candle to make the house smell good and I have my favorites, like the one I shared in this post, and this one on Instagram, but certain scents can overpower. Especially a fireplace full of them. Unscented candles let you have the atmosphere without the scent.
I also like unscented candles for when I’m cooking or baking, because they don’t compete with the food aromas. Which is why I always try to have a lot of them on hand for table settings.
But while candles for entertaining are a given, I’m trying to light candles more just for everyday too.
The Christmas decorations are down now but we’ve been lighting this candle on the coffee table most nights, just for watching college basketball or Downton Abbey. Even with the fire going, it adds something a little extra to our nesting at this dark, cold time of year.
And with Lindsey home from school, we’ve had more actual sit-down-at-the-table family dinners with all four of us lately, so I’ve been lighting this sweet, white candle that my friend Mary gave me as a Christmas gift.
White, unscented candles are generally the most inexpensive of candles too. I keep an eye out for them when I’m out and about, and if Hobby Lobby or Michael’s has them on sale – or I’m there and I have a coupon – I stock up.
I’ve been told that candles from church supply companies will last longer – and that makes sense – although I haven’t tested that tip yet. (If you know of a good church supply website, let me know.)
So there you have it, 400+ words on white candles. Who knew there was so much to say?
And while I’m very secure in my love for white candles, it never hurts to know that Mary Carol likes them too.