Well, candle season is well and truly here! Its November and the dark nights are upon us, taking us into hibernation mode and cosying up with blankets and hot chocolate. The candles come out (or maybe they’ve been out a while)? to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere in our homes, but essential oil candles can be used for so much more than creating an ambient light. Essential oils are renowned for their wellbeing benefits, from helping with sleep and relaxation to revitalising and balancing your mood.
However, getting a good burn from a candle isn’t as simple as lighting a wick and you might be continually disappointed with candles that don’t smell the way they promise or that leave wax stuck to the sides.
The fragrance your candle emits comes from the molten wax and so don’t expect your candle to start releasing scent the moment you light it.
If you want to get the most from your candles with a cleaner, even burn that deliver fragrance around your room then here’s some tips for you!
Trim the Wick: Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to around 1/4 inch. This prevents excessive smoke and soot and ensures an even burn.
First Burn Matters: When you first light a new candle, let it burn long enough for the entire surface to melt. This prevents tunnelling, where the candle burns down the centre, leaving wasted wax on the sides.
Keep it Level: Make sure your candle is on a stable, level surface. An uneven surface can lead to an uneven burn.
Avoid Drafts: Drafts can cause candles to burn unevenly and can also be a safety hazard. Keep candles away from open windows or fans.
Use a Candle Snuffer: Blowing out a candle can create smoke and cause the wick to drift off-centre. A candle snuffer is a more controlled way to extinguish the flame.
Don’t burn it to the end: Leave around 1cm of wax in the bottom of the vessel to avoid overheating and damaging your surfaces.
Store Properly: When not in use, cover your candles to prevent dust and maintain fragrance. Store them away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Rotate Scents: If you have multiple candles, rotate their use to prevent olfactory fatigue. Your nose will appreciate the change.
Candle placement: Use your candle scents to create a mood – lavender works well in bedrooms for aiding sleep while lemongrass is perfect for cleansing cooking odours in the kitchen.
Clean the Jar: After the candle has burned out, clean the jar and reuse it for other purposes. Our candle jars are beautiful and made from fine bone china so they can be repurposed for storage or as decorative pieces.
By following these tips, you can ensure that your candles burn evenly, last longer, and fill your space with delightful scents, making your home feel warm and inviting.