Selecting Candle Sizes for your Space

Posted by Nicole Nichols on

Purchasing a candle and deciding what size to get can be a challenge sometimes.  The biggest factor to consider is the size of the room you're going to burn the candle in.  Let's explore a bit of the science behind the scent in a candle and how to select the best size for your space.

When you take the lid off and smell the candle, this is called the "cold" throw.  Cold is in reference to the wax being solid and well, cold!  When you light the candle, the heat of the flame melts the surrounding wax.  This creates a "melt pool" and this melt pool is the magic place that emits the scent throughout your space.  This magic is referred to as the "hot throw."

To put it simply, the larger the melt pool, the larger the space the candle will scent.  Other factors to consider are the airflow of the space, whether it's open or enclosed, and how sensitive to scents you are.  When I first started making candles, I would light a mini tin and put it on our kitchen bar.  I'd get easily frustrated that the scent wasn't noticed after a while.  Our kitchen area is wide open and flows not only into our dining room but our living room and entry way.  Add in the constantly running ceiling fans, and I quickly realized the open floor plan is not an ideal space for such a small candle to scent.  That same mini tin in my bathroom, however, has a great hot throw.  A 3-wick candle fills our open floor plan space nicely.

Below are some graphics for each of the candle sizes we offer and an explanation for the type of space they're suited for.  Always consider if your room has a lot of airflow, is an open floor plan or is a generally larger space.  Each of these impact the throw of the scent.

Some customers prefer a strong scent while others prefer a scent that, as one customer so eloquently put it, "doesn't slap me in the face when I walk in." Because some scents are naturally lighter than others, we're introducing a new rating system for each of our scents.  Each product description will soon feature a scent strength ranking of 1, 2, or 3 candle icons (🕯) to help identify the strength of the scent itself.  For example, our fall favorite Pumpkin Beignets is easily a 🕯🕯🕯 level scent.  It's nice and strong.  Alternatively, our new spring scent, Into the Blue is a light aquatic ranking as a 🕯 level scent.  It's a favorite among the customers who prefer a more subtle scent.

I hope this info helps you decide what size candle is best for your space.  If you have any questions about this or need help selecting a scent, don't hesitate to reach out to us at and we'll be glad to assist.

Blessings and take care!

Nicole, Founder Lux Illume





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