What Type of Candle Burns the Longest?

What Type of Candle Burns the Longest?

Candles are a fantastic way to set the tone of any room. We love the ambiance they add to our homes year-round. And once we’ve found a candle that we absolutely love, it can be a shame to watch it completely melt away after only a few uses. For this very reason, you should consider not just the beauty of the candle but the wax the candle is made from as well. Not all waxes burn for the same length of time, and the wax is why some beautifully designed candles don’t last. When buying your next candle consider purchasing one made from slow-burning candle wax.

Natural Candles vs Artificial

What type of candle burns the longest? In this case, natural is better. Natural materials such as beeswax, soy wax, and coconut wax all have much longer burn times than petroleum-based candles made from materials like paraffin wax. Natural candles also benefit from coming from renewable sources and don’t produce excessive soot and smoke. While natural candles are more expensive than artificial ones, they make up for the price by lasting much longer.

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Beeswax is the Clear Winner

Out of the natural candle waxes available, beeswax burns the longest. Created by honey bees to build honeycomb cells in their beehives, beeswax is harder and denser than other types of candle wax and burns at a higher temperature, making it the perfect choice for longer-lasting candles.

To see just how long beeswax candles can burn, we need to look no further than our own collection of artisanal, hand-made, slow-burning beeswax candles. Our 12” hand-dipped Beeswax Taper Candles not only give off a mild, relaxing, natural honey scent, but these slow-burning, smokeless, dripless candles can last up to nine hours of continuous use.

For those looking for candles that last even longer, our Beeswax Pillar Candle line offers all of the qualities of taper candles while lasting much longer. With three different sizes of candles, each one lasts for days or even weeks of continuous burning. 

For example, our smallest pillar candle, the 3” x 4” Beeswax Pillar Candle, lasts for up to 60 hours, while the next largest, our 3”x 6” Beeswax Candle, lasts 100 hours! Our largest Beeswax Pillar Candle, the 3” x 9”, is also our longest burning candle, providing approximately 170 hours of continuous, smokeless, dripless, even burning bliss.

Enjoy Longer Candle Burn with Beeswax

Just as not all candles are the same, the wax each candle is made from can drastically affect its lifespan. For those looking for an eco-friendly candle that comes from a renewable source, smells amazing, and can last for days, beeswax candles are the way to go. 

Candle Tip: Don’t forget to trim your wick before each use to approximately 1/8” to 1/4” above the current wax line. This ensures that your flame doesn’t burn too tall, keeps it burning evenly, and can even extend the life of your candle by 25%! This is where a good wick trimmer can come in handy as part of a complete candle care kit.


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At Creative Candles, we’ve been creating small-batch, artisan-made premium candles since 1961. By preserving the centuries-old art of candle making, we’re ensuring that the world has access to premium, high-quality candles that provide the perfect ambiance for any occasion.

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