What is a candle snuffer?
A candle snuffer is a bell-shaped cone, made out of metal, and fashioned onto a long handle in order to extinguish a candle’s flame more easily. While they are not essential for your candles, they do help out quite a bit in certain situations. They are ideal when you have candles that are in hard to reach places such as ledges lining a fireplace, or wall sconces. Aside from this, they also eliminate the chance of wax and soot getting on walls or other unwanted surfaces when blowing them out instead.
Traditionally, candle snuffers are made out of brass, but other metals such as copper or pewter could be used. Today, brass is still a favorite, but other metals such as iron, coated with gold or silver plate, are often used.
When were candle snuffers first used? (a brief history lesson!)
Candle snuffers were first invented in 1776, at which time they were called candle extinguishers or douters. An innovative inventor name Christopher Pinchbeck the Younger (you cannot make that up!) created what has become now known as the candle snuffer. He was an Englishman who was a favorite of mad King George the third.
Why use a candle snuffer?
Candle Snuffers are used today because they still keep the wax from going here, there, and everywhere when blowing out a candle. Nobody wants soot on their walls and this can help with just that. They are most effective when used on candlesticks but can make reaching into deep jars and hurricanes simple as well. It’s also kind of a classy piece of decor that people like to have alongside their candles. There are so many creative and decorative candle snuffers nowadays that they can be just as integral part of your home’s decor as the candle itself.
Some candle snuffers can also double as candle wick trimmers with two flat blades that have blunt ends, which have, in addition, a small bowl or box to trap the flame and the used wick, made also in the same various metals.
Where can I buy a candle snuffer?
Candle snuffers can be bought online from a wide variety of places including Amazon, Etsy, Target, Wayfair, Nordstrom and many more. You can also find them in department stores and many candle stores.
Should I buy a cheap candle snuffer?
Candle snuffers can range from around $4 all the way up to the hundreds of dollars and really it just comes down to preference. The expensive ones tend to be more decor statements and while they look nice, won’t serve any more purpose than a cheaper one. You can find cheap candle snuffers that will do the job fine, just be sure to read reviews from others before making purchases as some are cheaply made and can break easily.
Below I’ve gathered a list of a variety of different candle snuffers from around the web. As you can see there are many different looks and some can be quite elegant!
This modern candle snuffer from Target by Project 62 has a sleek look with its marbled handle. It’s also available for under $13.
Nordstrom’s offers this polished silver candle snuffer for $40. It’s super contemporary in style.
Bed Bath & Beyond offers a simple and industrial themed candle snuffer for under $5. Economical and functional for the cost of a latte!
Selfridges & Co offers this shiny contemporary candle snuff by Diptyque for $23. A stylish gift for yourself or a friend. The square handle makes it a standout among the other silver-toned contemporary candle snuffers.
Sticking with the European vibe, this little candle snuffer holds its own among those with handles. Here we have the Ceramic Diptyque Candle Snuffer – Le Redouté offered through Diptyque’s boutique as an exclusive for $48. There are several colors and designs to choose from. This little gem of a bell incorporates green, black, white, and gray in a contemporary design. These are made in Portugal in an expert little ceramics workshop. Collect three for a spectacular and fun little grouping. Each is about 4 inches high. Doesn’t it look like a little Christmas tree?
Michael Aram has designed this precious mixed metal candle snuffer. Find it at Horchow. It’s marked as the Gold Orchid Candle Snuffer, but those are definitely dogwood flowers, don’t you agree? It’s handmade so no two are alike.
Who’s a busy bee? This little bumble is about to snuff out your candle, whether you like it or not. Here is Mary Jurek’s Melitta Candle Snuffer with bee made from stainless steel and brass. Find it at Nieman Marcus for $45.
Here’s another Michael Aram design for a candle snuffer, this one is rightfully called the Dogwood Candle Snuffer and retails for $80 from Nieman Marcus. The white dogwood is enameled. I like the singular design with one floweret and one leaf.
Although this candle snuffer had the right idea, I don’t believe the Antler Candle Snuffer, exclusively at Stein Mart has the panache it was going for. It seems a bit disjointed. But for your hunting lodge in the woods, this candle snuffer would do nicely.
Here’s the most adorable and compact little Courtly Candle Snuffer by MacKenzie-Childs, retailing for $140. It’s a little steep, but it’s also a whole lot of sweet.
Go loopy with the Loop Candle Snuffer by Black + Blum. It’s a serious work of art that takes a humorous look at itself. A self-deprecating candle snuffer, what’s next?
The Plumage Candle Snuffer from Anthropologie looks like a crane diving down for a little fish in the water. The snuff end rises up about 5″ from the handle portion. The Japanese crane is looking for its mate, the candle wick.
Here is the Yoshine Flower candle snuffer from Amazon. While it is only 6.5 inches long it is quite an elegant piece. Notice the detailing, doesn’t it look like it belongs next to a melting candle and a book about the 1,001 Arabian Nights?
Check out this unique design. Again from Amazon: it’s the Dealglad Black Candle Wick Oil Lamps Trimmer Shear Snuffer Bell Shaped. Really? I think I’ll just call it Herbert. He looks like a Herbert.
We now interrupt this regularly scheduled broadcast for something more…modern. May we suggest the Diptyque Wick Trimmer and Candle Snuffer set? Ain’t it nifty? Snip the wick to make the wax burn more evenly.
The 2-Piece Wick Trimmer and Candle Snuffer set in brushed brass from CB2 gives off a soft sheen. They’re lovely and little utilitarian in design.
Welcome to the 1920s with this Brass Candle Scissor Snuffer. Find it on Etsy.
This Brass Candle Snuffer by Ferm Living is a beauty. Made with a matte finish, it says ‘understated elegance.’
Enter the Avandi x Keap Modern Brass Candle Snuffer. It’s design predecessors are the fountain ink pen and a snitch. Its spherical base longs to be kept out and about to be seen and to see.
From Aerin comes the Belle brass candle snuffer. A small, but powerful snuffer. I see a Canadian Mounties’ hat in miniature.
From CB2, this brass candle snuffer is a poem to the modern aesthetic. Stainless steel with brass electroplating, this candle snuffer’s about 8.5 inches long.
Oh, deer (literally)! Here’s a little Reindeer Candle Snuffer from Anthropologie. It’s 10 inches long and 3.5 inches high. Handsome enough to keep out all year round.
Look no further if you want vintage. This Vintage Candle Snuffer with pineapple design from Chairish is likely brass and plated with silver. The bell is articulated for a variation on a theme.
Detour into the unusual with this Coppercraft Guild Copper and Brass Candle Snuffer. This vintage, mid-century modern candle snuffer combines two gold-toned metals to create a unique specimen.
Or consider this 1950s Fruitwood and Brass Bell Candle Snuffer. Call up a little I-dream-of-Jeannie action with this mid-century modern marvel.
Whether you go modern or antique, vintage or contemporary, you’ll find the candle snuffer an indispensable tool and one you’ll hold onto forever. Choose one that represents your personality and never look back. Don’t blow it! 😛