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Is a Color Changing Candle a Good Christmas Gift?

Updated on March 25, 2015
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Jeannie has been writing for over 7 years. She covers a wide variety of topics—anything from hamsters to office work.


Let the Christmas Shopping Begin!

The holidays are upon us. Christmas shopping season has begun and this year many people are interested in a new candle on the market: the color changing candle.

About a month ago, my mother began telling me about a color changing candle that she really wanted. She said she saw the commercial all the time. I was informed that I must search for this candle online and watch the commercial, too. This was when I learned about the Air Wick Color Changing Candle.

The Air Wick Color Changing Candle seems to be the main color changing candle on the market. If you love candles and don't have this candle at your next holiday event, apparently you are just a party pooper and you don't deserve to ever entertain guests again. At least, that is what seems to be the word on the street. OK, maybe that is an exaggeration on my part, but it seems like candle lovers are losing all control over this candle.

Since I am a major candle fan, I had to discover this candle myself. Also, I figured I would give one to my mother for the holidays. After all, this candle was all my mother could talk about for weeks, so obviously, she needed to own one.

It Makes Good Scents!

I've seen the Air Wick Color Changing Candle in pretty much every supermarket and discount store in my area. If you are interested in buying one, you won't have a tough time finding one. However, I have found variations in the scents offered at different stores. Not every store stocks each scent, so if there is a particular scent you want to buy someone for Christmas, I do not recommend waiting the last minute to look for this candle.

The selection of scents available are:

  • Apple Cinnamon Medley
  • Lavendar and Chamomile
  • Vanilla Indulgence

I decided the Apple Cinnamon Medley smelled the nicest of the three scents and purchased that one. Also, since this is for the holidays, that seemed the most festive.

Let's Talk About Price

I bought the Air Wick Color Changing Candle at Target for my mother. It was almost $6, which seemed like a fair price. After all, I've been known to pay way more than that at Yankee Candle for candles they don't even change color, so it seemed like a bargain. My mother, however, feels that price is pretty high for a candle. I guess it is a matter of opinion.

I have found coupons for these candles in the newspaper, so if you get them on sale and use a coupon, it would not be unheard of to pay around $5 for an Air Wick Color Changing Candle. I would recommend looking for coupons and sales if the price is an issue.


The Color Changing Candle as a Gift

After buying the color changing candle, I sat staring at it for a while. How does it change color? What would it smell like? I wanted to know more about the Air Wick Color Changing Candle!

To make a long story short, my mother and I lack in patience. I ended up giving her the candle for Thanksgiving. The candle itself smells quite pleasant when it is lit. The Apple Cinnamon Medley has a very light scent. If you want something strong, this is not your candle, but otherwise, it is quite nice.

The Air Wick Color Changing Candle does indeed change colors! Blue, green, and red colors shine through the glass. It is very pretty to watch. However, the excitement does wear off after a few minutes.

My mother does really like the candle and it is a nice gift idea for someone that genuinely wants this candle for Christmas. However, my mother said it is actually better as a centerpiece for a holiday dinner. It is entertaining as a gift for a little while, but the novelty appeal does wear off after a bit. If it is purchased to decorate your home for the holidays before Christmas, it is actually a lot more useful. Lighting it before company comes over is probably the best use for this candle.

How Does It Work?

Oh yes, so you want to know how the Air Wick Color Changing Candle works, don't you? We figured that out to some degree, too. It runs on batteries. There is a little tiny light in the base of the candle holder and little tiny batteries. The package even has a small warning at the bottom warning consumers not to reuse the batteries.

How does the candle know when to turn on? My mother figured this one out. She conducted some experiments with the candle and found that any bright light will trigger the lights to come on in the base. You do not even have to light the wick itself. My mother held the candle under the lamp and made the base shine bright. She was pretty excited to make this discovery. However, the candle is no longer lighting up as much.

The lesson learned here is NO NOT hold the candle under a light bulb for a long period of time. Yes, it will make the candle change colors quickly. Yes, there will be a few minutes of bright, beautiful colors. However, it drains the battery faster that way. If you buy an Air Wick Color Changing Candle, just stick to lighting the wick and burning the candle as you normally would when burning a regular candle.

Air Wick Color Changing Candle

3 stars for Air Wick Color Changing Candle (Apple Cinnamon Medley)

The Bottom Line

The Air Wick Color Changing Candle is a really nice candle. I would not necessarily recommend it as a Christmas present unless someone is specifically asking for it. Instead, it is better just to incorporate the candle into your Christmas decor. It really would make a beautiful centerpiece for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other holiday celebration.

I personally enjoyed discovering what made the candle work. I also thought the scent was nice enough, even if it wasn't as a strong as I like for a candle. For someone that prefers lighter scents, this candle is an excellent choice. Personally, I still prefer Yankee Candle or Slatkin & Company candles more than this candle. It is reasonable for the price, but the candle is basically a novelty item rather than a great candle. I like it, but I don't love it. I am pretty sure my mother would say the same... especially since she drained the batteries in her candle long before the candle wax actually reached the bottom of the holder.

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Air Wick Color Changing Candle Commercial


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you both for your comments and thanks so much for the votes. Everyone does seem to enjoy these candles a lot.

  • idigwebsites profile image


    6 years ago from United States

    I think those candles are a good idea for a gift, though I guess they should be used only for certain occasions -- these candles are quite special for me. Then keep them when not in use. They can be bought in a few numbers too. Well, that's just my opinion and suggestion, hehehe. Voted up and interesting.

  • ishwaryaa22 profile image

    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

    6 years ago from Chennai, India

    An engaging hub! I am fond of decorative candles. This candle sounds very interesting and looks great as a centerpiece. You did a wonderful job on this detailed hub. Happy holidays! Well-done!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    These candles are a lot of fun and relatively inexpensive. They do make nice gifts. I just wish the batteries lasted longer. Thanks for your comment!

  • formosangirl profile image


    6 years ago from Los Angeles

    My friend has a color changing light shining onto his Himalayan salt rock. I thought it was so cool. This is the next best thing since color improves our moods. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    As it turns out, it is a better gift than I thought. My mother has been talking about how much she wished she had not run down the batteries so quickly in the other candle. So now, I bought her a new one for Christmas. This one has some type of winter snow scent. I hope she likes it. Thanks for the comment and thanks for the votes!

  • seanorjohn profile image


    6 years ago

    Yes, I truly think it makes a great present. Especially if you know the fragrance the recipient likes. That is the tricky part. Voted up and beautiful.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Nell Rose - Hahaha... yes, two grown women trying to figure out the mystery of the color changing candle. I also had hoped the wax somehow changed colors. Remember Hypercolor t-shirts? I had hoped it used technology similar to that. Oh well. Thanks for your comment!

    moonlake - Thanks so much for the vote up! Make sure to tell your friend not to sit the candle too close to a lamp for too long. :-)

  • moonlake profile image


    6 years ago from America

    I love this candle and gave one to my sister-in-law and my sister. I plan on giving one to my friend for Christmas. Voted up on your hub.

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    Ah so batteries are the secret! and there was me thinking that somehow the wax changed color! Duh! lol! sounds lovely as a table centre piece, great review, and it did make me laugh imagining you both sitting there working it out!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you all for your comments! It is a really nice candle, but the batteries aspect of it does kind of confuse me. At least it is still a standard candle when the batteries run out and it just has a regular flame.

  • fpherj48 profile image


    6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Jeannie....This would definitely be a nice gift if I found it under my tree... I love candles. The truth is....any gift is great and should be appreciated.. Remember? It's the thought that matters. I believe this. UP+++

  • shiningirisheyes profile image

    Shining Irish Eyes 

    6 years ago from Upstate, New York

    I am a huge fan of anything "candles" and I commend you for a wonderful review. $6.00 seems like an economical cost to pay for this color changing item.

  • rcrumple profile image


    6 years ago from Kentucky

    I like candles that run on themselves. Having to have a battery to get a candle to do something special kind of defeats the purpose to me. But, to each their own! It's amazing that someone made millions by coming up with that idea. Maybe I should start playing with batteries! lol Great job!

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    This is the first I have heard of the color changing candle. I will have to check them out. I do love the battery run options, much safer and clean burning. Great review.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    It is a really pretty candle. I am happy I gave it to my mother long before Christmas though... it is way more fun to watch it while eating Thanksgiving leftovers. :-) Thanks for your comment!

  • Janine Huldie profile image

    Janine Huldie 

    6 years ago from New York, New York

    Thanks for sharing this and definitely will be looking into for my home. Can never have too many candle. I learned this after Hurricane Sandy!! And love the concept, too. So a win-win.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Hahaha... that would be great if we could do that. I think Air Wick wants you to believe it does not run on batteries, so there is no way to get to the batteries to change them.... perhaps when she gets to the end of the wax she will find the batteries. I am curious about it. I hope she sends me some photos when it happens. Hehe. Thanks for your comment!

  • drbj profile image

    drbj and sherry 

    6 years ago from south Florida

    The perfect Christmast gift for your mother, Jeannie, might be some batteries - lots and lots of little, tiny batteries - for her color-changing candle.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Thank you both for your comments! It is a really pretty candle for holiday decorating. :-)

  • talfonso profile image


    6 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

    Wow - that candle looks BEAUTIFUL! I'm going to use this for decoration for my holiday party.

  • Gearhead-Dave profile image

    David Fernand 

    6 years ago from Bangalore

    I think it is good.... :)


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