I absolutely LOVE these textured candles for all magickal work: Bolsius Long Burn Rustic Pillar Church Wedding Candle.
I get mine off eBay, they do a black candle (“anthracite”) that’s stunning:
They seem to burn really well, and no leaks provided you perform basic maintenance - that first “memory burn” is the most important for pillar candles:
“When you first light your candle, ensure it burns long enough to ensure the top layer of wax completely melts. This will be roughly 1-2 hours and will help your wax to burn evenly for the rest of its ‘life’ - if you don’t burn it to the edge of the glass then the wax ‘remembers’ how far it has burned to and will never burn beyond this distance. If you’ve ever had candles that ‘tunnel’ and only burn a little of the wax, creating a massive rim of unused candle, then this is why. If you ensure your first burn is perfect then not only will you minimise wax wastage, but keep your candle looking pretty until the very end.” Source
I found you can still get a decent burn by gently pushing the rim inwards if you get a candle that tunnels, but I didn’t even know that stuff until Xmas when my sweetie bought me some pillar candles and I wanted to look up the best way to maintain them, so I thought I’d share it here in case it’s helpful.
Does anyone on here have any favourite types, or tips to share?