A candle is an ignitable wick embedded in wax, or another flammable solid substance such as tallow, that provides light, and in some cases, a fragrance. A candle can also provide heat, or be used as a method of keeping time. The candle can be used during the event of a power outage to provide light.
If you're making candles, you may wonder what each type of candle is called. After all, candles come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. This list helps demystify the terminology:
Container: Container candles burn in the actual container that you pour them into. In essence, the container is your mold.
Pillar: Pillar candles are sturdy and thick. They can be short or tall and square or round. Some pillar candles are huge and contain multiple wicks. These candles are usually referred to by their diameter and height, as in a 3- by 5-inch pillar candle.
Taper: Taper candles are long and slim. Taper candles are usually a standard size at the base so that they fit into standard candle holders.
Tealights: Tealight candles are the same diameter as votives but are just 1 inch high. They're usually used under something, such as a pot of simmering potpourri or a lampshade.
Votives: Votive candles are short, small candles that are only 2 to 3 inches high and 1/2 inch in diameter. Unlike pillar candles, votive candles are classified according to how long they burn. Most votives are 10-hour or 15-hour candles.
Container candles burn in the actual container that you pour them into. In essence, the container is your mold.