Labels and Stickers for Candles
There’s something evocative about candles, they’re millennia old but we still love them despite the modern alternatives. Many will associate them with romance or nostalgia or maybe you just like them because they make the place look warm and homely as opposed to the sterile electric bulb.
There are many novel ideas for expanding your market in this niche; personalised wedding favours are an increasingly popular product, in fact personalising any gift or idea is a way of adding that little bit extra, your imagination is the only limit. Candle labels are often round or circular, especially for those with a larger circumference.
A relatively modern take on it is the scented candle, essential or fragrance oils produce a pleasant smell before they are lit (cold throw) and while they are burning (hot throw). We’ve noticed a significant rise in popularity of these products from people making them for family and friends and adding a personalised touch with bespoke candle labels, through more serious hobbyists that sell them locally or on online auction sites to larger operations selling through retail, nationally and beyond. A list of some of the larger European Companies can be found here.
Essential oils are the natural variety and are distilled from plants, seeds or flowers. You can achieve different effects with combinations and some are claimed to have health and positive mood benefits. Fragrance oils are formulated in the laboratory and can simulate almost whatever you desire from the latest perfume from Yves Saint Laurent to the smell of fresh cut grass.
There are 3 basic types of candle from a labelling point of view which can govern the choice of adhesive that you might opt for.
Votive candles are named after the small religious offering candles that are usually in a glass container, the name often covers larger types but for our purposes here we’re referring to any that are supplied in a container, in which case a removable adhesive would be preferable so the customer can peel the sticker off without leaving a tacky residue.
Pillar and tapered candles can be labelled directly but since the wax has low adhesion properties a standard permanent adhesive can be peeled without harming the surface. Finally rolled beeswax and ice candles have a rough surface so are normally wrapped so a permanent sticker can be used since the packaging is discarded.
Yankee Candles are a brand from America that have led the way for decorative and scented candles in many respects and have become a generic name for products in this genre but the market is by no means saturated and you too can make your mark.
Choose a unique, personalised or custom sticker to set your product apart and get it custom made with Handy Labels today.
What are candle labels?
Candle labels are normally self adhesive stickers that are applied to the candle itself or to part of the packaging. Often a standard premium paper label will do but some candles include essential oils or fragrances that may discolour the sticker, so a laminated vinyl option could be preferred.
What do you put on candle labels?
It is not necessary to list or refer to ingredients unless they are hazardous but you should put a contact address for your customers. Also, since candles are a potential source of ignition (ie can start a fire), it is standard practice to put a warning symbol somewhere on the outer packaging along with some advice symbols on how to use candles safely.
Do candles need warning labels?
Since candles are a potential source of ignition (ie can start a fire), it is standard practice to put a warning symbol somewhere on the outer packaging along with some advice symbols on how to use candles safely.
What is CLP for candles?
CLP, or Classification, Labelling and Packaging, regulates the labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures where one or more component is classified as hazardous. Any hazardous materials that may be blended into the candle will be labelled as such by your supplier. Standard wax would not normally be subject to CLP legislation but essential oils and fragrances may be.
Do you need a Licence to sell candles?
A licence specifically to sell candles in the United Kingdom is not normally required although it is advisable to have liability insurance, in fact many craft fairs and alike insist on it.
Can you put stickers on candles?
A standard smooth wax candle should have no problems having a sticker or label stuck to it, but a removable adhesive would not be suitable in this case due to the low-energy wax surface of a candle. Some candles have a rough finish or contain essential oils or fragrances that could make adhesion difficult, as all cases are different, it's best to do a field trial - just order a free sample pack.
Are candles classified as dangerous goods?
Not specifically, as they are not dangerous in normal circumstances. They should, however, have warning signs for people using them as they present a significant fire hazard and certain additives are subject to Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) legislation.
Do I need a license to sell homemade candles?
A licence specifically to sell homemade candles in the United Kingdom is not normally required although it is advisable to have liability insurance, in fact many craft fares and alike insist on it.
What is CLP in candle making?
CLP or Classification, Labelling and Packaging, regulates the labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures where one or more component is classified as hazardous. Any hazardous materials that may be blended into the candle will be labelled as such by your supplier. Standard wax would not normally be subject to CLP legislation but essential oils and fragrances may be.