|Generally a transparent type or see through candle made primarily from gelled mineral oils or gelled synthetic hydrocarbons. "Soft" or quasi-rigid gels are poured into a container to maintain the candles shape. "Hard" gel candles have a consistency suitable for free standing candles. Decorative wax items are frequently suspended within a gel candle to produce some stunning visual effects. Although sometimes free standing, candle must be placed on an appropriately sized heat resistant surface.