A house filled with the baking smell is pleasing, but I don’t want a house filled with garlic and onion smells. How can I fix this? Scented candles!
I reviewed some candles to find out the best candle for kitchen odors. In case you’re in a hurry, I can announce that the best candle is Mrs. Meyer’s Soy Candle.
In this article, we’re going to review the following yoga candles:
- Mrs. Meyer’s Soy Candle, Honeysuckle
- Smoke Odor Exterminator Candle Orange Lemon Splash
- Our Own Candle Company Grandma’s Kitchen Scented Mason Jar Candle
- Just Make Scents, Smoke & Odor Eliminator Blended Soy Candle
- Fresh Wave Odor Removing Candle
Can Candles Eliminate Odor?
Not really. When you light a scented candle, it won’t eliminate any unpleasant odor, it will cover it. The unpleasant odors will be there as long as the source exists, but a scented candle can help neutralize the smell of the room. So how does this happen?
A scented candle has wax, wick, and essential oils. When you burn the wick, the wax starts melting, along with the fragrance molecules in it. Later, these molecules evaporate into the air, filling the room with a pleasant aroma.
How Long Does a Candle’s Smell Last?
When you’re purchasing a scented candle, you can normally find the burn time of the candle on the package.
On average, a candle’s burn time can last from 30 up to 150 hours. There are some factors that can determine your scented candle’s life.
Candles are either made of soy wax, beeswax, or paraffin. A beeswax candle will last longer than a soy wax one, while the paraffin candle is the one with the shortest burning time.
While bigger candles require larger and thicker wicks, keep in mind that those wicks burn faster than shorter ones. One hack here is to trim the wick a little bit before using, for longer burn time.
Can Candles Expire?
They won’t stop burning after years, but their scent might dim, or even go away. Luckily, if stored right, you can extend your candle’s life.
You need to store it in a cool, dry, and dark place. If the candle is in a jar, then make sure it has a closed and secured lid. If you have pillars, then try wrapping them or keeping them in a closed container.
Are Candles Bad for Your Health?
This is something that you need to know ahead. If you’re placing the candles in the kitchen, then they must be safe enough for you and your family.
A candle per se isn’t toxic, it’s mostly a matter of how you use it. Although a study implied that paraffin candles can emit toxic chemicals, the European Candle Association said that they were completely safe.
As for me, I’d prefer staying on the safe side and opting for candles with more natural ingredients, just in case.
No matter what you choose, just try to keep the candles lit in a kitchen with proper ventilation for your health.
How to Know If Your Candle Has Good Quality?
You can tell if your candle is of good quality if you pay attention to certain factors. The first thing is burn time. A candle with longer burn time and clean burn usually has better quality.
Then we have the size of the flame. The flame should be neither too big nor too small for the candle. To know that before purchasing, check the size of the wick and make sure it’s adequate to the candle’s size.
Speaking of the wick, the material of wick matters. It’s best to buy candles with cotton wicks. Read the ingredients and make sure it doesn’t contain any lead.
Sometimes, when you light a candle in a jar, it melts the wax inside, leaving the wax on the edges untouched. This isn’t a good quality candle. A candle’s wax should melt evenly, otherwise, there’ll be unused wax on the edges.
Tips for Using Scented Candles Safely in The Kitchen
According to the National Fire Protection Association, around 21 fires are reported every day, due to candles. That’s why you need to be extra cautious when you’re using your favorite scented candle.
Here are some tips for that:
- Trim the wick before using to maintain a regular-sized flame
- Don’t leave the candle burning if you’re not in the room
- Use long matches or lighter, and run used matches underwater before throwing away
- Keep your hair and loose clothing away while lighting the candle
- Keep your candle in a place that kids or pets can’t reach
- Keep your candle on a firm surface and away from flammable material
- Don’t move your candle while burning
- If you light more than one candle, keep them at least 3 inches apart from one another
- Don’t leave the candle burning till it reaches the bottom of the jar
- Don’t leave the candle burning for more than 4 hours
- Use a candle snuffer instead of blowing out the candle
Best Candle for Kitchen Odors Reviews
Now that we have all the information we need, let’s dig into some of the best candles for your kitchen.
Best for Vegans: Mrs. Meyer’s Soy Candle, Honeysuckle
What’s better than cooking your food while feeling as if you’re in a flowery garden? This candle of Mrs. Meyer’s should have a soothing smell of fruits and flowers all in one.
If you’re a vegan, you’ll be pleased to know that this candle is made of soy wax and vegetable wax. Moreover, it wasn’t tested on animals. The wick is lead-free and made of cotton. However, the candle needs more wick.
As for the package, it comes in a sturdy glass jar that you can reuse later for any purpose in the kitchen. I personally love the package because those jars really come handy later. Also, throw a ribbon on it and voila! You have a gift.
According to Mrs. Meyers, the burn time of this candle is 35 hours. It’s recommended to trim the wick to ¼ inches before using, and stop lighting the candle when only ¼ inches left of the wick.
Honeysuckle candle is perfect for people who are sensitive to aromas, although some complained that the scent isn’t strong enough. I think it’s a convenient candle if you want a nice relaxing aroma without being overwhelmed by scents while cooking.
Some complain that it’s a bit pricey, but I think it’s only reasonable since you’ll be getting a high-quality candle with a jar too.
- Natural ingredients
- Recyclable jar
- Lead-free cotton wick
- Garden-inspired scent
- Suitable for people who are sensitive to scents
- Burns slowly
- Doesn’t emit soot
- On the expensive end
- The scent isn’t strong enough
- Wick doesn’t go all the way to the bottom of the jar
Best for Price: Smoke Odor Exterminator Candle Orange Lemon Splash
If a candle is originally designed to cover smoke odor, then you know that covering kitchen odors should be a piece of cake. Furthermore, if you’re a smoker then you’d be getting 2 in 1.
The burn time of this candle is 70 hours, so it should last for a while. All you need to do is trim the wick to be ⅛ inches before every lighting to get the best out of it.
I didn’t like that the ingredients weren’t listed on the jar, however, they stated that the candle is made of paraffin and soy wax. The wire cores of the wick are made of zinc which should be safe for the environment.
Let’s take a look at the package. The candle comes in a nice jar, and we already established why I LOVE jars. You can always find a use for it later.
However, some people complained that the lid doesn’t fit perfectly. This might be a problem because candles should be stored in a closed jar to preserve their scent for the longest possible period of time.
Finally, the size of the candle is 13 oz, with a reasonable price for its size.
- Powerful scent
- Covers the strongest smells
- Zinc wire cores
- 70 hours burn time
- The brand has a wide variety of scents for your taste
- Recyclable jar
- Produces soot
- No ingredient list on the package
- The lid doesn’t fit
Best for Burn Time: Our Own Candle Company Grandma’s Kitchen Scented Mason Jar Candle
If you want to cover an unpleasant odor in the kitchen but don’t want a scent that feels out of place, then this is the right candle. It smells like a blend of different spices as if you’re back in time, and your grandmother is cooking something tasty.
The candle is made of soy and paraffin wax, and the burn time is up to 100 hours. Long time, huh? I think it’s perfect.
You should trim the wick to ¼ inches before each use, and make sure not to burn it for more than 2 hours each time, in order to reach the best results. The wick goes all the way to the base of the candle. It’s also centered, which ensures that the wax will burn evenly without any waste.
What I really like about the jar is that it comes with a handle. You can carry it easily without the fear of heat, and you can always use it as a mug after the candle is all burned.
- A scent that belongs to the kitchen
- Strong scent
- Jar with a handle
- 100 hours burn time
- Burns evenly
- Burns slowly
- Reasonable price
- Contains paraffin
Best for Wick: Just Make Scents, Smoke & Odor Eliminator Blended Soy Candle
Just Make Scents offer this lovely candle to help with your kitchen odors. It’s a convenient choice for those who are sensitive to aromas since it produces a smell of fruit chewing gum. Some even say that it lingers after blowing the candle out.
I really liked that this candle is homemade. It comes in a sturdy glass jar with a firm lid, and it’s all-natural since it’s made of soy wax. The burn time for this candle is around 40 hours, which seems great for an 8 oz candle.
Furthermore, it burns clean, without any smoke or soot. The wick is made of cotton and paper fiber, and according to the manufacturer, it’s self-trimming. What does this mean?
The wick itself is made of 3 fibers, and these fibers curl in flames so that they trim themselves. You only need to make sure it’s ¼ inches before lighting your candle.
- Recyclable jar
- Natural soy wax
- Self-trimming wick
- The smell lingers after blowing it out
- Burns clean
- Scent that lingers
- Small size
Best for Scent: Fresh Wave Odor Removing Candle
Last but not least is this aesthetically pleasing candle from Fresh Wave. This candle is all plant-based, from the soy wax to the plant oils that are used.
If you have children or pets, don’t worry. This candle is supposed to be completely safe; it burns clean without smoke.
The candle smells like plants. The ingredients are pine needle, lime, clove, anise, and cedarwood. I think these are soothing light aromas that suit any kitchen.
The candle neutralizes your kitchen’s odor, the only problem can be with the wick. The wick’s size isn’t suitable for the wax, so you might be left with wasted wax.
The candle has a burn time of almost 40 hours. It’s white but comes in a nice colored glass jar without a lid. You’ll just need to cover or wrap it while storing it in order to extend its life.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Burns clean
- Plants aroma
- Burns slowly
- Needs more wick
- Doesn’t have a lid
I loved every candle on the list so the decision was tough. However, I had to make up my mind and announce a winner. I thin the best candle is Mrs. Meyer’s Soy Candle.
Let me tell you why. It’s eco-friendly, and it has a light aroma that shouldn’t be irritating. It also comes in a nice jar that can be recycled.
What are you going to choose? Pick your candle, light it, and start cooking.