6 September 2023 | 0 min read

Four things people get wrong about candles


Candles are a time-tested tradition in human history, adopted by cultures across millenia and enjoyed by millions every year up to this day. And yet, for many they are surrounded by myths that cause millions more to misunderstand and misuse them every day.

So, we’re going to dispel some of the factual inaccuracies that shroud candles, and unveil the truth behind these beloved sources of warmth and beauty. 

Join us on this Charles Farris blog post as we debunk four common misunderstandings, and embrace the true allure of candles with confidence and renewed clarity. 

  • The myth of harmful ingredients 
  • All candles are created equal 
  • Candles are just for aesthetics 
  • Luxury candles aren’t cost-effective 

Harmful Ingredients 

Candles often bear the misconception that they all contain harmful ingredients that release toxins in the air and give rise to health concerns later down the line. This stems from the general lack of awareness about the difference between low-quality, mass-produced candles, and more carefully crafted luxury candles. 

At Charles Farris, we hold an unwavering commitment to using only the finest, non-toxic materials in our candle-making process. Meticulously crafted from natural, sustainable sources, we ensure that our candles are free from the harmful substances that concern a great deal of people. 

This leads nicely into the candle’s next misunderstanding:

All candles are created equal 

By assuming that all candles are the same regardless of price or origin, and will provide the same experience and quality, is a common misunderstanding that leads many to believe that cheaper, mass-produced candles are a similar alternative to artisanal options. However, the truth lies in the details of candle craftsmanship, ingredients used, and the care taken during the manufacturing process. 

At Charles Farris, the artistry that goes into creating a truly exceptional candle has never been lost on us. Our candles are handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that each one is a masterpiece of light and fragrance. By sourcing only the finest premium waxes and fragrances, we deliver an unmatched experience for users that reflects the expertise and passion poured into every step. 

Artisanal candles not only create a better experience, but they do so for longer. That’s right, compared to their mass market counterparts, luxury candles are designed with a longer – not to mention cleaner – burn time, providing several more hours of indulgence. 

This isn’t even mentioning how scents created by the likes of Charles Farris candles are unrivalled in their sensory experience for the user. From the first delicate whiff to the lingering traces that stay behind, the richness and complexity of our fragrances evoke emotion and a world of enchantment. 

Candles are just for aesthetics 

The misconception that candles are merely a decorative piece undermines their potential in more practical applications. Many people view candles as little more than adornments, and limit their purpose to adding a touch of elegance to their personal space. However, to do this is to overlook the vast array of functions that luxury candles can bring to a person’s life.

Each of our uniquely crafted candles are designed to cater to various settings and occasions, for example infusing a space with enchanting fragrance whilst creating a cosy atmosphere in your home. 

The flickering flame of a candle can similarly transform a room, and add a warm intimate ambiance that electric lighting can’t replicate. So, whether you’re hosting a dinner party, enjoying a bath, or simply unwinding after a long day, luxury candles continuously prove that they are more than mere adornments on a mantlepiece. 

On a more ethereal level, candles hold a profound emotional significance in the lives of many, evoking memories, stirring emotion, and symbolising love and appreciation. 

Simply gifting a candle to someone is a thoughtful gesture that shows care for their wellbeing, because they are also central in many personal relaxation rituals in which the steady glow of the flame can encourage meditation and reduce stress. 

Luxury candles aren’t cost-effective 

There is a perception that candles aren’t cost-effective for the consumer. 

This common misunderstanding immediately falls apart when you realise that higher quality candles, like that of Charles Farris standard, burn for much longer than their cheaper counterparts, offering better value over time. 

The quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail ensures that luxury candles burn more evenly and cleanly, eliminating wastage, maximising their lifespan, justifying their higher upfront cost. 

By choosing luxury candles, you aren’t just buying into a product, you are investing in an experience that adds a touch of elegance and harmony to your surroundings or that of a loved one, becoming an integral part of your home and elevating the ambience in a way that no other candle could. 

Get lost in the magic of artisanal candles

We’ve unveiled and extinguished the misconceptions that have long cast shadows upon the world of candles. Many candles are more than mere wax and wick, they are a symphony of scents, a result of dedication and skill. 
Armed with this newfound knowledge and deeper appreciation for candles, immerse yourself in the kind glow of truth and embrace luxury candles on your own enchanting journey. We invite you to savour the magic so we can celebrate the timeless allure of candles in all their splendour. 


Charles Farris is one of Britain’s oldest candlemakers with firm roots in Victorian London, and proud Royal Warrant holders. Our range of luxury scented candles are made using time-worn, traditional crafting techniques that date back to 1845.


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