August 08, 2014

Candle Care Tips

Candle Care Tips
If you've decided to splurge on a pretty new candle, you want to make sure you're getting the best experience possible.  Having gone through many a candle, I thought I'd share some of my tips on candle care and some safety tips along the way.

The first thing to do is find a good place for it.  I like my candles to be far away from any cosmetics so my preferred place is by the window.  I find this the best as it's airy and it's far away from any other household items.  Just make sure your window is closed and it's not too draughty.  Some people would disagree with having it near a window but as long as it's not right up against a wall or near any potentially flammable items, it should be fine.

Before you light your candle you should always trim the wick.  This basically ensures that the flame doesn't get too big and it stops your candle from smoking.  I used to use simple thread scissors to do this but I recently got a wick trimmer which cuts it to the correct size it should be so I'd definitely recommend picking one up.

Candle Care Tips
One of the most annoying things about candles for me is when they tunnel.  There are steps you can take to prevent this but sometimes the fault can rest on the candle itself. Typically, the soy based candles burn the best in my experience.  To ensure your candle doesn't tunnel, when you first light it you want to leave it on until the wax has melted to the edges.  As strange as it sounds, candles have memories so if you don't burn it to the edges then you run the risk of tunneling during the lifetime of the candle.

Last but not least, blowing the candle out.  If you blow the candle out you run the risk of disturbing the wax so I would suggest two alternatives.  First is a candle snuffer.  You just simply place it over the wick and it extinguishes the flame in seconds.  However if you don't fancy picking one up, you can simply use the lid that the candle came with and place it on top.  Flames can't survive without oxygen so if you place the lid on top it will slowly stop burning.

Those are my candle care tips! I understand this can seem like a bit over the top but candles can be dangerous so it's best to take as many precautions as possible.  Plus if you're treating yourself to one, you want to make sure you get the best out of it.  Now, who's up for a trip to Space NK for some Diptyque?

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