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 first candle snuffer actually comes as part of a set along with a wick trimmer and wick dipper so you can keep your candles burning their best every time. Who doesn’t love this chic rose gold set? This is also a new addition to our list for 2019 and is a best seller on Amazon! You can find it by clicking this link
- Nordstrom’s offers this polished silver candle snuffer for $40. It’s super contemporary in style.
- From Wickman, this snuffer has a beautiful style to it. It has a Fleur de Lis Motif to it and is made with a pewter finish. You can find it online at Amazon.
- 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. 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.
- Over 800 positive reviews on Amazon, so you can be sure you’re getting a good snuffer at a good price with this gold piece from Aieve. Check the current price on Amazon here.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I couldn’t finish this article without sharing a cool lighter for your candles as well.. These arc lighters are rechargeable, don’t produce harmful fumes and last forever! We did a post on them here.
So 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! 😛
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