Glass vs. Tin Candles

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Date: July 12, 2022

At Kushed Candles, we know that each of our customers has their own candle-related goals in mind, which is why we offer such a fresh variety of options.  Not only do we carry a large array of intoxicating fragrances, with everything from luxurious gourmands to light, fresh florals, but we also carry our candles in different sizes – 6oz, 7.5oz, 13.5oz, and 20oz, to be more exact.  

While our 7.5oz, 13.5oz, and 20oz candles come in thick glass jars, our 6oz candles come in a container made of tin.  Why?  Because 6oz candles tend to be more for traveling, and tin is a more travel-friendly material.  But, as you’re about to find out, there are actually a lot of ways in which glass and tin differ from one another, and you should weigh the pros and cons when deciding which material is right for you.

Glass

Glass candle jars are more common, especially among larger candles.  The glass is extremely thick, being of a specific grade designed to handle the heat of burning wax.

Pros

  • Aesthetically Pleasing: Many people find that glass candles are more aesthetically pleasing than tin and enjoy looking at it more when it’s in their home.
  • More of a Glow: Because glass is clear, you can enjoy the beautiful warm glow of candlelight as the candle continues to burn well down toward the end.
  • More Resilient to a Flame: Overall, glass is better equipped to handle a flame, meaning that should the flame somehow make contact with the glass, the glass will maintain its structural integrity.
  • Cooler to the Touch: Glass tends to be cooler to the touch than tin, which makes it easier to handle while it’s in the process of burning.

Cons

  • Can Shatter: Of course, glass can shatter, which means that it needs to really be handled with care, especially if the flame is lit.  A candle dropped and shattered while it’s lit can be dangerous.
  • Not as Travel-Friendly: Glass is a less travel-friendly material due to it being more fragile.
  • More Expensive: Glass candles tend to cost more than tin candles, because glass is simply a more expensive material to produce than tin.  The difference is not that high, but if you’re buying candles in bulk, it can make a difference.

Tin

Tin is a very soft metal that’s pliable.  You will see it more commonly when shopping for smaller candles, such as tealight candles and candles that are 6oz or smaller.

Pros 

  • More Affordable: Tin is a more affordable material than glass, and it’s great if you’re on a budget.  Many candlemakers use tin because it greatly cuts down on manufacturing costs when purchased in bulk.
  • More Travel-Friendly: Tin is a much less fragile material than glass, which is why you see it in candles that are meant to be portable.  At Kushed Candles, are smallest candle size (6oz) comes in tin, because this makes it easier for you to bring your candle with you when you’re traveling.
  • Shatterproof: Tin is a shatterproof material, meaning that should you drop your candle by accident, it won’t break.

Cons

  • Less Fire-Resistant: Tin is somewhat less fire-resistant than glass, which means that you need to be a bit more careful when lighting your candle.  Lighting tin directly could, in extreme cases, cause it to light on fire.  Further, tin is more likely to become warped should it be exposed to a direct flame, which means that your candle may become misshapen which could affect how it burns.
  • Less “High-End” Looking: While both glass and tin have their appeal visually, most will argue that a tin candle looks “cheaper” than a glass one.  If aesthetics are a big aspect of your candle-buying, then glass may be the better choice.  We offer our 7.5oz, 13.5oz, and 20oz candles in glass containers.
  • Less of a Glow: One the wax in your candle is below the surface line, you’re not going to get much of a glow with a tin candle.  The tin will be blocking the candlelight, which means that you won’t be able to enjoy the visual aspect of a candle burning in your home.

Find the Right Candle Container for You

At the end of the day, there is a case to be made for both glass candles and tin candles, and as you can see, each one serves a distinctive purpose.  We’ve weighed the pros and cons of each at Kushed Candles, which is why we have specifically assigned different container materials to different sizes.  Most of our customers prefer glass candles for the candles that they plan to light around their homes.  However, if you plan on taking a candle with you somewhere, a small tin candle is safer, less fragile, and requires less maintenance during transit and when being handled.

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Life can sometimes be overwhelming. We know, we’ve all been there. Taking time for yourself is paramount, no matter the circumstances. Kushed started with the inspiration of helping others find harmony in the chaos of everyday life. Our mission became utilizing the powerful sense of smell to help people unwind and relax. Through innovation and passion, we’ve pushed the envelope by utilizing recycled hemp to provide candles unlike any other you will find. A company heavily reliant on core value rather than corporate value, we synchronize nature’s gifts in all their glory to craft truly magnificent experiences that transcend simply ‘selling candles’.
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