The Complete Guide to Buying Scented Candles on eBay

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The Complete Guide to Buying Scented Candles on eBay

Scented candles can bring a sense of luxury to the home. Calming, invigorating, warming, romantic, and sweet fragrances may be chosen to suit any mood or occasion. Scented candles come in a range of types and sizes with varying burn times available. While it may initially seem difficult to choose a scent that you cannot smell, the majority of listings on eBay give a good indication of the scent of a candle. Interestingly, the human brain can register a scent from the word description. Much like a fine perfume, candle makers work hard to create aromas that add atmosphere to a room. For special occasions it can often be possible to find a scent that suits a particular theme, for example pine scents for Christmas, romantic flowery scents for weddings, and fruity scents for pool parties. While scented candles are readily available in stores, eBay offers an extremely large selection. A scented candle can be found to suit every taste and budget.

Types of Scented Candles

Every imaginable shape and type of candle is available scented. Different candles may be more suitable for particular occasions than others, although it is really a matter of personal choice. On eBay shoppers can find tapered candles, pillar candles, small tea lights, floating candles, votive candles, container candles, melt waxes that use no wicks, and even battery operated scented candles. The scent of a candle is often reflected in its colour. Candles may be made from paraffin wax, soy wax, beeswax, organic vegetable waxes, or even no wax at all. Fragrances are added to the wax during the production process and are released as the wax heats.

Tapered (table) Scented Candles

Tapered candles are best displayed and lit in a candlestick or candelabra. Suitable for the dining room, lounge, bedroom, and hallway, tapered scented candles can also add a touch of elegance to weddings and anniversaries. Table candles are nearly always made with paraffin wax for strength.



Specialty scented candles for Christmas

Usually available in Christmas colours of red, green, gold and white, or even candy cane colours. Typical scents include pine, cinnamon, peppermint, and spice mixes.

Standard scented candles

Offered in a variety of colours and scents. Choose to suit decor and occasion.

Rolled Beeswax table candles

Beeswax has a pleasant honey scent of its own and is claimed to be a natural air freshener.

Scented Pillar Candles

Pillar candles come in a range of sizes. As a general rule, the larger the candle is, the longer its burn time will be. Pillar candles can be used in any room and come in a wide array of scents. Paraffin is normally used for larger sized candles, but a mix of paraffin and soy or beeswax is also common.



Handmade pillar candles

A variety of sizes and colours are available, including multi-coloured candles. Handmade candles tend to have a generous amount of essential oils added with the reassurance that the scent will be spread throughout the candle.

White pillar candles in varying sizes.

White candles often use vanilla as a base scent. Suitable for weddings or the home.

Hexagonal or octagonal pillar candles

Many colours and scents available. Suitable for any room and occasion.

Gift-wrapped scented pillar candles

Ideal for gifts. Christmas colours and scents are suitable for the festive season while other scents and colours leave the buyer open more personalised choices.

Fruity scents and colours in a range of sizes and colours

Cranberry, orange, raspberry, and cherry are just some of the fruity aromas to be found. Suitable for many areas of the home, fruity scents tend to add a friendly and welcoming ambience.

Floral scented pillar candles in a range of sizes and colours

Appropriate for weddings, bedrooms, bathrooms, lounges, and dining areas. These scents add a romantic and pampered air to a room.

Food scented pillar candles in a variety of colours and sizes.

Gingerbread, coffee, and mulled wine are just some of the options to be found. Spicy scents are also readily available. Colours usually match the scent and sometimes candles are textured to reflect the distinct aroma as well.

Rolled beeswax pillar candles

A warming and welcoming scent. Choose from natural beeswax colouring or green, pink, burgundy, white, or pink.

Poured beeswax

As above but without the honeycomb look.

Scented Votive Candles

Votive candles are relatively inexpensive considering the amount of scent they throw out and their long burning time. Scented votive candles are made with a variety of waxes and may come with or without a holder. Most have a burn time of at least 10 hours, some may be even longer. Used for prayer, meditation, or simply for enjoyment.



Yankee votive candles

A well known brand with a large selection of scents. Mixed samplers can be an interesting way to try out different scents.

Packages of votive candles

Often available in packs of 4 or 6. May be of the same colour and scent or mixed.

Scented votives complete with containers

A sensible option for those who do not have a suitable holder. Glass containers are the usual and may be clear, frosted, coloured, or printed.

Gift packaged scented votives

Suitable for gifts or the home.

Scented Floating Candles

Floating candles are available in a range of sizes and scents. The majority are made from paraffin wax. Scented floating candles are suitable for the bath and are often used as the focus of a centrepiece. While floating candles can be used in pools or ponds, their scent is often lost in these situations.



Heart shaped floating candles in a variety of colours.

Suitable for weddings, Valentines Day, or romantic evenings. Scents are often floral, vanilla based, or romantically earthy.

Roses and other flower shaped floating candles

Suitable for any floating display. A variety of scents used, often floral.

Fruit shaped candles

Suitable for fun occasions. Scents are usually fruity.

Simple round floating candles

Available in a large number of colours and scents. Suitable for any display.

Scented Container Candles

These candles are often made with soy wax or other vegetable waxes and often have a high concentration of fragrance. Scented container candles with lids may help to keep scents from evaporating when not in use. Scented candles make ideal gifts and are suitable for any room.



Scented candles in glass jars

Jars may be lidded or open and decorated or plain. A wide variety of scents and colours are available.

Scented candles in tins

Usually lidded. Tins may be plain, labelled, or decorated. Antique tins are also available, usually with homemade candles. Wide variety of scents and colours.

Scented candles in glasses

A variety of waxes and scents used. Glasses may be plain, labelled, or printed.

Scented Tea Light Candles

Small scented tea light candles can be used in a number of ways. They can be lit beneath a burner, or placed on dishes. As they are very small, it can be useful to have several tea lights lit at once to fill a room with scent. These candles are available on eBay in a large range of colours, waxes, and scents. Tea lights can be purchased individually though they are more often sold in packs. Gift boxes of scented tea lights, sometimes with decorative holders can also be found.

Battery Operated (LED) Scented Candles

The two advantages of LED scented candles are safety and reusability. Vanilla is the most commonly used scent. These candles are available in a variety of sizes and can be purchased singly or in packs.



Colour changing LED candles

Available in a variety of scents and sizes.

Wax made LED candles

Made from real wax, but without a real wick. May be remote controlled. Realistic flickering aims to create ambience.

Wax Melt Scented tarts

Wax melts do not have a wick. They are designed to be placed over a burner. As the wax warms it melts and releases its scent. Wax melt tarts can be found in a variety of sizes and scents.


Scented candles can bring glamour and elegance to weddings and other special occasions. Candles of all kinds add to any atmosphere while scent adds yet another dimension. Scented candles make ideal gifts for family and friends or can provide a little personal luxury and stress release. Few places carry the huge variety of scented candles that can be found on eBay, and browsing and buying is made easy.

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