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History of the Candle

History of the Candle

Let’s be honest, we all can’t get enough of candles.  But where did they come from in the first place?


Candles have been around for thousands of years, and unlike the guilty pleasures they are today, candles were a necessity for light until the late 1800s.  Despite the importance of candles, there are actually few specifics known about their origin.


Ancient Egyptians used wicked candles as early as 3,000 B.C.  But while there is also some evidence that points to even earlier, more primitive candles in Asia, it is the early Romans who are usually credited with creating the first wicked candles by dipping rolled papyrus in melted fat and beeswax.  Very different than our Mason jar candles!


Beeswax was introduced to Europe in the Middle Ages.  These candles burned cleaner, and smelled much better than the animal fat (tallow) candles they used before.  However, because they were expensive, tallow remained the household resource for candles.  It was during this time that there was a rising trend in candle makers and small candle shops!


America’s first candle makers were colonial women who made sweetly scented wax with bayberries.  Then in the late 18th century, the first “standard candle” that burned brighter than any candle before it was invented using spermaceti wax, which is the wax formed from sperm whale oil.

It was in the 19th century that candles were truly revolutionized.  Stearin wax was invented by a French chemist and is still popular in Europe today, an inventor developed a candle mold machine that was a breakthrough for the modern-day candle industry, and the creation of paraffin wax (that is still used today) made for higher quality, cheaper candles.  However, it was also at this time that candle making began to decline with the invention of the light bulb.


It wasn’t until the 1980s that candles exploded in popularity once again as decorative pieces and gifts.  Candles were suddenly available in all sizes, shapes, colors, and even scents.  Then in the late 1990s, our favorite soybean wax was invented by none other than a group of Purdue students!  This cleaner, natural wax that we use for our own candles was first created just a few miles away from the studio, how cool is that?

Candles have completely changed since those early years, but they are still loved nonetheless!  Whether they are used for ceremonies, celebrations, ambiance, aromatherapy, or just as decorative pieces to enjoy in your home, the tradition surrounding candles lives on today.


This is the history of the candle we know and love, but what about the history of the candle company you know and love?  Check out the Story Behind Antique Candle Works retold by the owner herself, Brittany!


Have a beautiful day friends, and enjoy those candles!

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How to Style Antique Candles: The Turquoise Home and Our Humble Nest

How to Style Antique Candles: The Turquoise Home and Our Humble Nest

The Antique Candle Works team always has so much fun putting together vintage vessels for the monthly Antique Candle Sale, and we had many unique candles in our latest restock that we were so excited to share with you! If you were lucky enough to snag one of these vintage pieces before they ran out, you’ll need to know how to style them in your home!  Thanks to Laura from The Turquoise Home and Erica from Our Humble Nest, we’ve put together some helpful tips and ideas for styling one of our antique candles in your home!


If there’s anything that makes these candles truly unique, besides their enticing scents, it’s that they really are vintage.  We actually get these vessels from antique stores and similar sources to repurpose them into the adorable candles you see.  So, work with that!  Surround your candles with other vintage décor pieces that complement the candles and make them the highlight of a room.


Speaking of making the candle a highlight of a room, putting it at a high place in an area may not make it the center of attention but will add an extra touch of eye-catching vintage style to your home.  Laura often places her antique candles on her mantel piece.  The light of a candle being at a high place warms up a room with happy moods and yummy smells.


Add it to a collection.  A collection of décor, that is!  You might, like many of our friends with an interest in interior design, decorate their home based on seasons.  Luckily, our antique candles make perfect additions to every type of seasonal décor.  For spring, our blue Ball jars go particularly well will bright spring flowers and notes of greenery.  Pair them with these pieces to create stunning floral settings with the perfect note of vintage!


Antique Candle Works candles are the only candles that Laura from The Turquoise Home burns in her house, and our antique candles in particular go perfect with her unique and bright style!  Erica from Our Humble Nest has many gorgeous photos of antique candles in her home by mixing the perfect amounts of green notes with her white/neutral colors.


No matter how you style your antique candles, there is no doubt that they will be the great additions to every room of your home!


Don’t have one of these unique candles yet?  Don’t worry!  Keep a look out on the Antique Candle listing page for an update on the next antique candle restock!


Want to learn more about Laura or Erica?  Check out The Turquoise Home and Our Humble Nest on Instagram!




Photography by Laura from The Turquoise Home, Erica from Our Humble Nest, and HJ Creative Photography

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Happy Fall y'all!

Happy Fall y'all!

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year!  The weather gets cooler, the scenery changes color, and everything just seems so much more cozy.  Autumn is also one of the best times of the year for candles!  This makes this month's Antique Candle Sale all the more exciting!  

A warm, yummy fall candle is one of my favorite things about the season because it can brighten up an entire room.  What better way to do that than with a natural, handmade soy candle from Antique Candle Works?  Here are some of our favorite fall fragrances for you to try at home:



Autumn Leaves: The naturally fresh, woody smell of leaves in the brisk autumn air, this medley of birch and maple leaves with pomegranate, juniper berry, and orange blossom brings the glory of fall into your home.


This soothing fragrance will bring the fall outdoor air right into your home!  You can smell the fresh scent of the turning leaves and the changing of the season.  A clean, crisp smell that will bring relaxing moods into your home.



Pumpkin Spice: Popular scent of seasoned pumpkin aroma with a fall spice mix that says "Welcome Home!" 


This fragrance is always a favorite of the fall season!  Our take on a classic scent will leave you craving some yummy pumpkin pie and spiced lattes!  There’s nothing cozier than a yummy scent to fill your home.



Apple Pickin’: The sweet smell of freshly picked apples from the orchard.


This sweet fragrance will make your mouth water the second you smell it!  Bring the apple orchard right into your home and enjoy one of our freshest scents for the fall season!  A fair warning: you may find yourself baking an apple pie!



Momma’s Kitchen: Warm and cozy all wrapped up in one great smelling scent! Top notes of green apple, peach and pine needle leading to a spicy cinnamon clove and thyme with sweet balsamic spice.  


A yummy, spiced scent, this fragrance will take you back to those fall evenings watching your mother bake some tasty cookies and pies.  You’ll find yourself feeling a bit nostalgic with this candle as you reminisce all your favorite family moments, which is what fall is all about!


All of these fall fragrances, and more, will be available during the next Antique Candle Restock tomorrow, October 26th, at 8pm EDT.  You can also try out your favorite fall fragrances in our brand new Fall Sample Pack!  Don’t miss out on our special monthly sale to get your own vintage candle!  And be ready, they go fast!


If you missed this month’s Antique Candle Restock, don’t worry!  The sale will be back every month with your favorite fragrances!  Check out when the next sale is here.


Are you also obsessed with fall?  Let us know what your favorite fall fragrance is in the comments below!


Have a beautiful day!

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How to Date Your Ball Jar

How to Date Your Ball Jar

In 1880, the five Ball brothers used a $200 loan from their uncle to start a business manufacturing tin cans for products such as paint and kerosene.  Then, in 1884, the brothers switched to glass home-canning jars and created the household name that we still know and love today.

Ball jars are classic vintage pieces that add so much to any room.  Not only are they beautiful as décor, but they are genuine pieces of history that bring more to a home than a modern reproduction ever could.  Each is unique in its own way.


Ball jars are one of the most sought-after vintage jar brands, so it’s no wonder how fast they go during our monthly Antique Candle Restock!  Many of the Ball jars that become available as candles during the sale also vary in their production dates.  So, that begs the question: When was your Ball jar made? 

To answer that, compare the logo of your jar to those on this chart:

You can also use other identifying marks to help date your jar.  Phrases such as “Improved,” “Perfect,” and “Ideal,” give further clues to find the approximate year that your Ball jar was made.

Some helpful thoughts to keep in mind:

  1. Not every jar has their manufacture date, but most do have the patent date. However, this date has no relation to the year your jar was made.
  2. There will be a large number on the bottom of your jar. This is the mold number, and unfortunately, also has no relation to the manufacture date.
  3. These charts tell you the approximate decade in which your Ball jar was made.
  4. Every Ball jar is special, and no matter what decade yours was manufactured, it’ll still look beautiful in your home!


So, will you be lucky enough to snag one of these vintage Ball jars during the next Antique Candle Restock, or did you manage to grab one in the last sale?  If so, when was yours made?  Let us know in the comments below, or send us a message on Facebook!


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Have a beautiful day!




Photography by Ashley from Our Modern Antebellum and Heather from The Southern Hydrangea, and HJ Creative Photography.

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Upcycling: Vintage Tins

Upcycling: Vintage Tins

I think you all know what time of the month it is!  Yes, it’s time for another antique candle sale!  This month’s sale will take place next Tuesday, May 16th, at 8pm EDT!  Visit our antique candle sale page at the start of the sale to see what we have available this month.  But remember, these candles are in limited supply and they go fast! 

As always, we will have blue and clear Ball/Mason jars, and we will also have several antique vessels filled with your favorite fragrances.  Some of our favorite antique vessels are the genuine vintage tins from antique stores.  We have seen old tins that once stored coffee, tobacco, peanuts, mints—even fruitcake!

It is so fun to open up these tins, fill them with soy wax, and create a brand new candle out of something that is decades old.  The idea of taking something so old that it is considered an antique and turning it into this new and beautiful piece of home décor is so intriguing!  I just love the idea of upcycling with these vintage tins!

Don’t miss out on our next antique candle restock May 16th at 8pm EDT!  Make sure you get your tin, Ball jar, or other vintage candle before they are gone!

 After May 16th, visit the Antique Candle Works antique candle page for the next restock date!

We love hearing from you!  Contact us and tell us about your experience with our antique candles, and visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for candle updates!


Have a blessed day!

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Antique Candles: Blue is the new Black

Antique Candles: Blue is the new Black

Once again, it’s time for the monthly antique candle sale!  This time, the sale will start tomorrow, April 13th, at 8pm EDT sharp!  Every month, we pour a limited number of candles contained in genuine vintage vessels.  These vessels may include coffee and tobacco tins, teacups, crocks, or even antique measuring cups.  Our most popular antique candles, however, are without a doubt our beautiful Blue Ball Jars. 

At Antique Candle Works, we collect as many of these blue jars as we can in order to bring even more to you.  We were recently excited to be able to build our supply large enough to pour around 30 vintage Blue Ball Jar candles for this month’s antique candle sale, making them even more available to you!

These Blue Ball Jars are so elegant and classy, it’s easy to dismiss how simple they really are.  There’s a certain charm in these jars that draws every eye immediately to them.  They are a perfect decoration to add to any home because not only do they smell good, but they look beautiful, too!

Don’t miss our antique candle restock tomorrow, Thursday April 13th, at 8pm EDT!  Even though we will have more of these blue vintage jars available than usual, they are still in limited supply!  Get them before they’re gone!


After April 13th, visit the Antique Candle Works antique candle page for the next restock date!

We would love to hear from you about your experience with our Blue Ball Jars and other antique candles!  Let us know, and keep up to date with us on Facebook and Instagram!


Have a blessed day!



Photography by Lynn from 6 Lilac Place, Jennifer from The Grace House, and Heather from The Southern Hydrangea.

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Antique Candles: Modest Charm

Antique Candles: Modest Charm

It’s that time again!  Yes, it’s time to get ready for the monthly antique candle sale!  This month, the antique candle sale will be taking place online tomorrow, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST.  In addition to antique vessels she’s been given, Brittany has been hunting all over town to bring you genuine vintage tins, pots, teacups, and especially, Ball jars! 

Not only to do we feature several of the very popular Blue Ball jars in every antique candle sale, we also keep several clear Ball and Mason jars that hold just as much of that vintage style you are all looking for!  These jars go beautifully with our favorite barn house décor and give such a subtle yet brilliant touch to every home!  Not only can you smell them as soon as you enter a room, they immediately draw your eyes to their simple charm.

These pure, modest pieces are classic examples of the style and meaning behind antiques that we at Antique Candle Works hold dear to our hearts.  Taking vintage vessels and turning them into something new and beautiful is so important to us, and the fact that we are able to share that with you is truly a blessing.  An antique candle is so much more than just a candle: it is one of the many small joys of living life.

We will see you at the next antique candle sale on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST!

After March 9th, visit the Antique Candle Works antique candle page for the next antique candle sale date!

Let us know what your favorite type of antique candle is on Facebook!

Have a blessed day!



(Photography by Kendra from Momtique, Heather from The Southern Hydrangea, and Martha from Simple Cozy Charm)

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Antique Candle: The Old Made New

Antique Candle: The Old Made New

Every month, the Antique Candle Works team prepares for the biggest sale we have: the antique candle sale.  This month, the sale is being held online on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST.  The antique vessels used for the candles are found by Brittany or her family and friends, and it is always so interesting seeing the history held in each item.  I can only imagine someone cracking open one of the old coffee tins and making themselves a drink before work, or making bread out of an old loaf pan for supper.  It is remarkable knowing that these vintage pieces were once actually used every day, and we are making them into something new and beautiful.

While all of our antique candles are unique, there are some that stand out above the rest every month. Old Blue Ball jars are a constant attraction by followers of Antique Candle Works, and therefore we feature as many as we can in each sale.  Not only are these jars lovely, vintage additions that draw every eye to them, but the fragrances we pour into the jars fill an entire room with captivating scents.  These antique blue glass jars were once used for canning and preserving food, so when we hand pour them, I often wonder what was previously inside.  It is also fascinating to judge just how old each jar may actually be by the differences in the Ball logo.  Some may even be from the early 1900s!

Blue Ball jars are classic antique pieces that perfectly express what we are trying to do at Antique Candle Works.  They are a huge inspiration to our style and the idea of taking something old and making it new.  The jars represent the past and tradition in an exceptional way that bring something special into any home.  Just like all candles from Antique Candle Works, these Blue Ball candles are individually hand poured with love, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.



The next antique candle sale is Tuesday January 17, 2017 at 8 p.m. EST!

After January 17th, visit the Antique Candle Works antique candle page for the next antique candle sale date!


Contact us and share your experience with antique candles!

Have a blessed day!



(Photography by Heather from The Southern Hydrangea)

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