Recognize the quality of our candles

Because of the greater supply of candles, it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose a qualitative candle. Consumers often ask us how to distinguish a good candle from a bad one. The appearance of the candle is difficult to tell whether you have bought quality or not.

Spaas has an excellent reputation when it comes to the quality of our candles. We find it important to make products that do what they are promised to do with safety. Look at these tips of how to recognize the quality of candles:

The burn-time

The burning time of the candle must appear on the packaging. The burn-time is defined to a large extent by the mixture and the wick. If they are well balanced, the candle will burn as expected. If this is not the case, the spark plug will not reach the expected burn time.

The burning time is always indicative, it is rare that it is precisely reached. Spaas predicts a variation of around 10%.

The size of the flame

The flame of the candle must be big enough. Depending on the size of the candle, the ideal length is between 1 and 1.5 cm. Too long a flame often goes hand in hand with soot production and has caused the candle to burn too fast. A flame that is too small is mostly blue and creates little atmosphere and heat.

No soot

A quality candle should have the least amount of soot possible. As stated in the previous council, the flame of a bad candle emits soot. This darkens the ceiling and spreads soot particles into the room. Spaas tests the soot release of all its candles in the laboratory.

Outdoor candles are an exception to this rule: they usually have a thicker wick, to prevent the wind from extinguishing the flame, and consequently release more soot. If in doubt, read the icons on the label.

No dripping

Household candles and cylindrical candles of good quality do not drip. The main advantage is that tables and tablecloths will not get stained. There is nothing more exasperating after a party than to have the wax removed from the tablecloth with a scraper or an iron. Thanks to intelligent technology, Spaas' floating candles and household candles (as well as the long festilux candles) do not drip. In addition, candles that do not drip, will burn much longer. Be careful, placed near an open window or a fan, even a candle of good quality will tend to drip.

Candles in a glass

More and more candles are presented in a glass. Here it is necessary that the surface of the candle melts evenly. If only the center of the surface has melted after about 1.5 hours, you are in the presence of a candle of lower quality. A bowl is formed and the edges of the candle do not melt. In other words, part of the candle is never consumed. This often means that the candle does not reach the promised burn time (mentioned on the packaging) and therefore you have paid too much.

Glass breakage

We often hear that the glass of a candle breaks because of the heat. This normally should not happen. The glass must meet certain quality criteria so as not to break while heating up. To reduce costs, some manufacturers sometimes choose unapproved glass. If the flame is held too long against the glass, there is a risk that the glass will break. Finally, the support of the wick cannot move when the wax has completely melted.

Scented candles

The least you can expect from a scented candle is that it smells pleasant. If this is not the case, it means that the perfume is of poor quality or that the mixture of the candle (we speak of blend) contains a bad component (for example gasoline or fuel oil). The percentage of perfume in candles varies and has nothing to do with quality. Olfactory perception is obviously subjective. However, it goes without saying that a better perfume or a higher content of perfume makes the candle more expensive. So beware of cheap scented candles. A candle that contains too much perfume may start to sweat or show crystal formation in the candle. This in itself has little effect on the behavior of the candle when it burns.

Icons on the packaging

All our Spaas candles feature icons that indicate how the candle should burn. Often, we receive complaints because people do not respect the icons. Our advice is to read carefully the icons on the labels / packaging.

Spaas’ candles hold the internationally recognised BRC quality certificate. This certificate stands for high-quality and safe products that meet strict quality standards. To what do we owe this? We use only the best materials and a state-of-the-art production process to manufacture perfectly finished candles. If you choose the certified candles of Spaas, you get only the best consistent and reliable quality.

All our products are compared and tested in our labs. We ensure that the soot emissions, the flame size and burn-time of our candles fulfil international and European standards. As far as the scents are concerned, the declarations are featured on the packaging, where necessary. Our ISO 9001 certificate proves our achieved standards of our quality management system.