In my blog about how I use essential oils to scent our place instead of candles, I talked about my favorite faux candle I’ve been using instead of real ones that have chemicals in them. I’m a massive candle lover. There’s something about a flickering flame, the soft glow, and illumination they give to a room. It’s instant ambience. They create warmth to any interior space, and make it feel homey. They have the ability to completely alter the entire mood of a room. Side note: When people ask what the most important aspects of designing a space are, my first answer is always: lighting. This is a bit off the candle topic, however, many people don’t consider installing or investing in lighting, but no matter how amazing your color scheme, or your pillows, curtains, or rugs, you won’t actually see the effect without proper lighting. Light expresses color and after investing in your new décor, it will instantly fall short of expectation if your room isn’t lit properly.
Anywaysss, back to the faux candles. If you read my blog post on essential oils, you know why I’ve chosen to not burn candles as frequently. Maybe once a week for shorter periods of time, however, I didn’t want to give up the “look” of having candles lit around the room. So I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking up every fake candle imaginable, reading reviews, and watching videos. I had previously bought restoration hardware ones, but they didn’t look real at all. And when I’d take a picture, they’d give off terrible orange colors next to real candles. This is when I found the Luminara Real-Flame Effect Candles.
Below picture is from their website.
Rewind: All throughout college, I was consistently getting in trouble and getting fines from my RA’s for having candles in my dorm room. I’d hide them. They’d smell them. Boom: fine. I wanted my dorm to look somewhat homey, so I started buying fake candles ever since. Therefore, the extensive list of fake candles I’ve tried is massive. I’ve tried almost every brand and can tell you, none compare to these Luminara ones.
I ordered a set of 3. One tall, one medium and one small. I put them throughout our living room when they came in the mail and fell in love. They flicker and sway like a real flame. We had people over for dinner, and when we were leaving to go somewhere after, someone suggested we blow the candles out before we go. THANK YOUUU, LUMINARA. Guests couldn’t even tell they were fake. Now, obviously, they don’t have a wick like a real candle, so in daylight you can tell they’re not real when they’re turned off and you’re looking at it up close, but this is the most realistic fake candle I’ve found. They’re a bit expensive, but if you think about it, you burn candles and run out of them then have to keep buying more. These last for 500+ hours, and you buy batteries. I’ve had them since last April and just switched out the batteries last week. They’ve been set on a timer to go on every night for 5 hours.
I still love candles, and definitely use them here and there when I really want to, especially tea light candles, but these Luminara candles I use every day, and don’t have to worry about them melting anywhere, lighting anything on fire, sending out toxins and chemicals while they’re burning, or having our place smell like smoke when I put them out.
I’m always finding corners, nooks, shelves and so on that need to be illuminated in certain areas at night, and these candles are 100% safe, which is perfect if you have kids and don’t want to worry about real candles getting knocked over.
Some features: Made of real wax. Timer that turns on the same time everyday and shuts off automatically after 5 hours. Remote control if you choose to buy separately. Different colors and sizes. Flicker and sway like a real candle flame. No smoke smell. No toxins or chemicals while burning. Safe from lighting anything on fire.
Below picture is from the Luminara website.
I bought mine through QVC (never thought I’d actually say that), and ordered the Luminara Flameless Vanilla Scented Candle with Timer in 3 different sizes. You can also buy them here, through the official Luminara website (which also shows videos on the homepage so you can see how they look when they’re on). You can’t buy through their website, but you can find a store near you that carries them and buy them there.
I know they’ll never be a “real candles”, but for the day in day out ambience of your space, these work great.
If you have any questions, or happen to buy them and love them, let me know in the comments below! Happy shopping. xo