Unscented Candles

Designers favor Hudson Grace's unscented candles due to their versatile and understated elegance. They appreciate their simplicity and ability to integrate into any decor or occasion. But not all unscented candles are alike. Hudson Grace has earned a well-deserved reputation for our exceptional unscented candles that elevate any space, making them a top choice for those seeking quality, style, and ambiance. Our clients love them for:

  • Superior craftsmanship: Hudson Grace's candles are meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, ensuring that each piece is of the highest quality. This dedication to craftsmanship results in candles with a clean, even burn and a warm, inviting glow that sets them apart from mass-produced alternatives.
  • Artisan quality: Hudson Grace's partnership with Rose Ann Hall Designs, a renowned artisanal workshop in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, showcases the brand's commitment to authenticity and heritage. This collaboration produces candles reflecting Mexican craftsmanship's rich cultural traditions while offering a contemporary, sophisticated aesthetic.
  • Timeless design: Hudson Grace's unscented candles boast a minimalist, timeless design that seamlessly integrates with any décor style, from modern and minimalist to traditional and eclectic. The brand's amber and black offerings cater to various design preferences and occasions, ensuring their enduring appeal.
  • High-quality materials: Hudson Grace uses only the finest materials in their candles, including high-grade paraffin. The brand's commitment to using premium materials guarantees superior burn quality, enhancing its candles' overall experience and longevity.

Why are Hudson Grace Unscented Candles Special?

Our candles are beloved because of the artisans who make them. Based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the candles are made by a family-run business committed to fair trade and ethical manufacturing. Their exceptional candles are crafted through the ancient dipping technique, embodying a dedication to preserving tradition. By providing stable jobs and training in traditional crafts, the company empowers local artisans, particularly those from marginalized communities, ensuring the endurance of age-old skills. They produce beautiful candles and illuminate a path toward sustainability, community support, and the timeless beauty of craftsmanship.

They meticulously craft the Hudson Grace unscented candles like they have produced their signature Santa Rosa candles. Maintaining a traditional touch, these unscented candles find their roots in their historical use within churches and cathedrals throughout Mexico. The unscented candles are a testament to time-honored techniques, and the warm hue of these candles is achieved through the infusion of genuine amber (crystallized tree sap) into the paraffin. 

The Traditional Candle-Making Process: How Hudson Grace Unscented Candles Are Made

Creating Hudson Grace's unscented candles involves a traditional, time-consuming, centuries-old method known as "bathing." This technique entailed carefully dipping layers of high-grade paraffin wax, one by one, to build up the unscented candle's thickness. As each layer was added, the wax would cool and solidify, forming rings similar to tree growth rings. This unique ring characteristic can be seen on the bottom of the Hudson Grace unscented pillar candles.

  • Preparing the wick: The process begins with preparing the cotton wick, cutting it to the desired length, attaching it to a metal base or tab for stability, and even burning it.
  • Melting the paraffin: The artisans then melt high-grade paraffin in a controlled environment, maintaining an optimal temperature for consistency. Melted amber is incorporated into the paraffin, giving the candles their signature warm hue and distinctive rings.
  • Candle dipping: The wick is repeatedly bathed in melted paraffin, allowing each layer to cool and solidify slightly before submerging it again. This process is repeated numerous times, slowly building up the candle's thickness and ensuring a slow, even burn when lit.

The History of Santa Rosa Candles in Mexico's Churches

Santa Rosa unscented candles have a storied past deeply intertwined with Mexico's rich religious and cultural history. These distinctive unscented candles were initially created in churches, missions, and cathedrals throughout Mexico, illuminating the sacred spaces where the faithful gathered to pray and worship.

Over time, Santa Rosa unscented candles became integral to Mexican religious ceremonies and festivities, symbolizing the nation's deep-rooted faith and rich artistic traditions. As these unscented candles burned in the country's sacred spaces, their warm glow served as a visual reminder of Mexico's spiritual and cultural heritage, imbuing religious events with reverence and tradition.

Embrace Tradition with Amber Glow

Hudson Grace's amber unscented candles emit a comforting golden hue, infusing your space with warmth and nostalgia. This rich color is achieved through the infusion of top-tier paraffin with molten amber, a method inspired by the time-honored practices of candle-making in Mexican churches. Each candle proudly bears the "HG" stamp in gold, symbolizing the collaboration between Hudson Grace and the workshop and reflecting the artistry poured into every creation.

Modern Elegance in Black

For a touch of contemporary sophistication, Hudson Grace’s black unscented candles provide a sleek alternative. Handcrafted from all-natural paraffin, these candles offer a visual spectacle, ideal for modern interiors and special occasions. The absence of scent ensures an uninterrupted appreciation of their beauty, allowing you to bask in the glow without competing fragrances.

Versatile Brilliance

Available in both pillar and taper styles in various sizes, Hudson Grace Amber and Black unscented candles adapt effortlessly to any setting. Whether you seek an intimate ambiance in your living room or aim to make a bold statement at a dinner party, these unscented candles are the perfect choice, seamlessly blending functionality with style.

Pair them with any of our glass, ceramic, and woven hurricanes, votive holders, and candlestick holders for a look that is elevated yet timeless:

  • Glass Hurricanes: Embrace a classic aesthetic by encasing your pillar or taper candles in our glass hurricanes. The clear or colored glass allows the unscented candles to glow beautifully and illuminate any room, casting light that complements any setting.
  • Votive Holders: Add a touch of glow or a sprinkle of light to any room, mantel, or table by placing unscented votive candles in our assorted range of votive holders. 
  • Woven Candlestick Holders: Our woven candleholders provide the perfect accent for those seeking a rustic or coastal touch. Pair the unscented candles with these holders for a captivating interplay of textures and styles.

Versatility in Arrangement: Stick with one style of candleholder, or mix and match our hurricanes, votive holders, and candlestick holders to curate your personalized display. Whether you prefer a uniform look or eclectic arrangements, the unscented candles within will create a harmonious, elevated glow.

Unscented Candles: The Subtle, Sensitive Choice for Dining Rooms and Homes

When creating an inviting atmosphere, unscented candles offer a subtle and sensitive alternative to their scented counterparts, particularly in areas like the dining room or throughout the home. By omitting fragrance, these candles provide a gentle, warm ambiance without competing with food aromas or potentially triggering sensitivities.

In the dining room, unscented candles can set a calming and intimate mood without overwhelming the delicate nuances of a meal. The absence of fragrance allows the natural scents of food and drink to take center stage, elevating the dining experience and encouraging conversation and connection.

Unscented Candle Accessories

Explore Hudson Grace's curated candle accessories to elevate your unscented candle experience:

  • Matchboxes and Match Strikers: Stylish and functional options for lighting candles with chic designs to enhance your decor.
  • Wick Trimmer and Snuffer: Essential tools for maintaining unscented candles, ensuring even burning and prolonging their longevity.
  • Stick-um Adhesive: A secure solution to prevent tipping or movement, securing your taper or pillar candles to any holder or base.

How to Burn your Unscented Pillar Candle for that "Melted Tunnel" Effect:

To achieve the desired melted tunnel effect without compromising the candle's burn quality, extinguish the candle before the melted paraffin reaches the edge of the candle and let it cool fully before re-lighting. This technique takes advantage of a candle's "memory," allowing it to continue burning down the established tunnel during the next lighting. To do this:

  • Monitor the burn: Keep an eye on your candle as it burns, and observe the wax pool as it approaches the edge of the candle
  • Extinguish the candle: When the wax pool is about 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1-2 cm) away from the edge, gently extinguish the flame using a candle snuffer 
  • Allow the candle to cool: Let the candle cool completely before relighting. This helps solidify the wax and reinforce the tunnel shape.
  • Trim the wick: Before relighting the candle, trim the wick to 1/4 inch (6 mm) to maintain a clean, even burn.

How to trim your Unscented Candle wicks:

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to trim your unscented candle wicks properly:

  • Gather your tools: You'll need a wick trimmer or small scissors, a candle snuffer or tweezers, and a small plate or tray.
  • Wait until your candle has cooled down: Ensure that your candle has been extinguished and has cooled completely before trimming the wick. This helps prevent accidents and ensures accuracy.
  • Determine the proper wick length: A general rule of thumb is to keep the wick at about 1/4 inch long 
  • Trim the wick: Using your wick trimmer or scissors cut the wick to the desired length. Be careful to maintain a straight, even cut to prevent uneven burning.
  • Remove the trimmings: Use your candle snuffer or tweezers to remove the trimmed wick pieces carefully, then place them on the plate or tray. This helps keep your candle and surrounding area clean and tidy.