15 Cool and Unusual Candles

PyroPet's Dreki dragon candle
PyroPet's Dreki dragon candle
PyrotPet, Amazon

Candles are a great way to add some ambiance to any room—especially when that candle smells like pancakes. The next time you're planning a special evening, with yourself or someone else, consider these options.

1. Fruit-Shaped Candles

Three candles shaped like avocado halves
WINGOFFLY, Amazon

Your favorite fruit can now be your favorite candle, too. These surprisingly lifelike avocado-shaped candles burn for five to six hours and come in a set of three. We can't guarantee that they smell like fresh avocados, though. If fruit-shaped candles are your jam, you can also find them in the shape of lemons, grapes, strawberries, peaches, and more, but we find the avocado version the most charming. (If vegetables are more your style, there are also carrot-shaped candles.)

Buy it on Amazon for $16 for three.

2. 60-Hour Coiled Candles

A candle with coiled wax
Candle by the Hour, Amazon

This long-lasting candle features a coiled design that promises 60 hours of burn time—20 minutes for every inch of wax. Simply pull the candle through the clip to burn more. The candle self-extinguishes when it burns down to the clip, allowing you to use it as a timer. It comes in vertical and horizontal coil designs, and can be refilled when you reach the end.

Buy it on Amazon or The Grommet starting at $29.

3. Skunk- and B.O.-Scented Candles

An array of candle tins
Stinky Candle Co.

If fresh pine isn’t your thing, may we suggest nacho cheese? The Stinky Candle Company specializes in candles boasting unorthodox odors. Choose from off-putting scents like chlorine, onion, skunk, and body odor, or go for some more delightful scents, like clean puppy and pizza. While we don’t recommend the fart or skunk candles, the money candle definitely has some potential.

Buy it on Amazon or the Stinky Candle Co. site for $12, or join the company's candle-of-the-month club for $120 per year.

4. Book-Scented Candles

Perfect for curling up with a good book, these candle scents were inspired by classic literature. Pick from “Sherlock’s Study,” “Oxford Library,” or “Halfling Hills,” or channel the smell of your favorite collection with scents like “Old Books” and “Reading at the Cafe.”

Buy it on Amazon for $22.

5. Cat Skeleton Candles

A pink cat candlee burns next to a melted version of the same candle
PyroPet, Amazon

These geometric cat candles—first featured on Kickstarter in 2013—hold a (slightly morbid) surprise inside. Once lit, a skeleton cat emerges, which almost makes you feel bad for setting it on fire in the first place. If the cat's not your style, the candle also comes in the form of a bird, dragon, deer, and more.

Buy it on Amazon or The Grommet for $35.

6. Roman Candles

Fred Roman Candles
Fred, Amazon

The packaging on these punny Roman-numeral-shaped candles from Fred promises they'll help you party like it's MCMXCIX.

Buy it on Amazon for $10.

7. Cactus-Shaped Candles


ornerx, Amazon

These realistic cacti candles might fool your friends—until you light them. The wax candles come in sets of six.

Buy it on Amazon for $9.

8. Pancake-Scented Candles

A Man Can flapjacks-scented candle
Beaver Creek Candle Company

Here’s another unusually scented candle for your enjoyment. Created by the Beaver Creek Candle Company, the ManCan Flapjacks candle is designed to smell like breakfast. As the name implies, it comes in a metal can. Fancy!

Buy it from Beaver Creek Candle Company starting at $4.

9. Candles With Plantable Packaging

These candles smell like a blooming garden filled with poppies and sunflowers. If the floral candles make you long for the real deal, simply soak the seed-infused boxes in water and plant them in the ground.

Buy it on UncommonGoods for $28.

10. Chocolate Egg Cream-Scented Candles


Katz's Deli, Amazon

You may know that Katz’s Deli has its own beer, but did you know it sells a candle, too? Made in New York City, these wax creations evoke the restaurant’s famous chocolate egg creams. Light one and be transported to the Lower East Side, no matter how far away you actually are.

Buy it from Katz's Deli or on Amazon for $25 plus shipping.

11. Crackling Fire Candles

The next best thing to a real fireplace? These candles, which boast wooden wicks that crackle as though you'd thrown another log on the pile. Inspired by the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas," the candle smells like vanilla, cinnamon, and clove—the scents of a long winter's nap, according to the creators.

Buy it on UncommonGoods for $30.

12. Edible Candles

These birthday candles are designed to both adorn your dessert and be your dessert. Available in dark or milk chocolate and five different designs, Let Them Eat Candles feature a wick that you can remove after the singing ends, allowing you to eat the delicious chocolate sticks.

Buy it on The Grommet for $12 for three.

13. Terrarium Candles

Hand-made by Canadian designer Zoe Tang, these terrarium candles contain incredibly detailed plants made out of wax. The candles come in two varieties: either jasmine-scented poppy on a white-tea-scented base or pine-scented cactus on a vanilla base. They’re so beautiful, you probably won’t even want to light them.

Buy it from UncommonGoods for $20.

14. Hatching Dinosaur Candle

This is one candle you’ll be excited to finish. The egg-shaped candle melts down to reveal a delightful surprise—a tiny porcelain raptor.

Buy it from ThinkGeek or Firebox for $30 and up.

15. Glacier-Shaped Candles

Icelandic designer Brynjar Sigurðarson's creations have a message behind them: Global warming can only be ignored for so long. Just like real ice, these wax designs melt when they get hot—and just like real glaciers, they're increasingly rare. Since their creation in 2015, they've sold out at most retailers, but you can still get them (albeit for a higher price) from Pamono.

Buy it from Pamono for $82.

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A version of this article first ran in 2015. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

This Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure Comes Complete with Removable Ears

Today Is Art Day, Amazon
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Historians still don’t know how Vincent van Gogh lost his left ear, or for that matter, how much of it was actually lopped off. However, as Bored Panda reports, Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun and created a mini van Gogh action figure, complete with two completely detachable ears.

Today Is Art Day developed a prototype of the 5-inch PVC figurine back in 2017, and to bring it to the art-loving masses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Backers who contributed $28 Canadian dollars (around $21 USD) scored their own van Gogh action figure.

A van Gogh action figure next to a miniature 'Starry Night' painting
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

A boxed Vincent van Gogh action figure
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Fans who missed out on the Kickstarter the first time around can buy one on Amazon now for $24. He even comes in a box decorated with miniature, cut-out replicas of his Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889).

Today Is Art Day has since branched out to produce a whole host of other figurines based on famous icons, from other artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt to scientific luminaries like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein.

[h/t Bored Panda]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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Put Summer in Hyperdrive With This Millennium Falcon Pool Float

SwimWays, Amazon
SwimWays, Amazon

If you're not as adventurous as Han Solo, you can take a ride on the Millennium Falcon from the comfort of your backyard pool. This Star Wars-themed pool float from SwimWays is modeled after the iconic spaceship from the movie franchise, and instead of flying at hyperdrive speeds, it's designed to drift through the water on leisurely summer days.

Measuring 5 feet long and 3.8 feet wide, the inflatable spacecraft is the perfect size to hold one passenger, either an adult or a child age 5 or older. It's also durable, with heavy-duty PVC material that's strong enough to withstand attacks from the Dark Side.

The float is just as fun at pool parties as it is on solitary days of relaxation. If you're planning a Star Wars-themed party this summer, SwimWays makes more pool accessories inspired by the series, including a Death Star beach ball, lightsaber dive sticks, and a BB-8 pool toy.

The Millennium Falcon pool float is available for $22 from Walmart. It's currently out of stock on Amazon (where it's listed for the same price), but it's set to ship again starting June 18, so you don't have long to wait if you prefer Prime shipping.

Star Wars-themed pool float in box.
SwimWays, Amazon

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