Candles have a way of creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in our homes and evoking different feelings depending on the fragrance, but let's face it - quality candles aren't cheap! With premium ingredients becoming more expensive and the level of labour involved, we struggle with keeping our prices as low as possible whilst not downgrading on quality. That being said, there are lots of ways you can make the most out of your candles if you are a lover of a luxury candle - and even have them burn for longer. Check out our tips below!
Choose Quality Candles: Invest in high-quality candles made from natural waxes, such as soy or beeswax that use quality wicks. These materials tend to burn more slowly and evenly compared to lower-quality options. Plus, quality candles often contain a higher concentration of fragrance oils, providing a more pronounced scent experience.
Trim yo wicks: Before each use, trim the candle wick to approximately 0.5 cm (quarter of an inch) in length. A longer wick can create larger flames, causing the candle to burn faster and produce more soot. Trimming the wick ensures a controlled and clean burn, preventing excessive wax consumption and extending the candle's overall life.
Burn me once...: When lighting a new candle, ensure that the first burn creates a full melt pool. This means allowing the wax to liquefy all the way to the edges of the container. Doing so prevents the formation of a tunnel, where the candle only burns down the center, wasting wax along the sides. Aim for a burn time of one hour per 2.5 cm (an inch) of the candle's diameter to achieve an optimal melt pool.
Don't be drafty: Avoid placing candles in drafty areas, such as near open windows or air vents. Drafts can cause uneven burning and make the flame flicker, leading to an uneven melt pool. By keeping candles away from drafts, you promote a steady burn and maximise the lifespan of your candles.
A matter of time: Before lighting a candle, consider the amount of time you have available to enjoy it. Candles require uninterrupted burning to maintain an even melt pool. If you only have a short period available, opt for tea lights or smaller candles that can fully liquefy within your available timeframe. This prevents wasted wax and ensures you get the most out of each burn.
Gently does it: When it's time to extinguish your candle, avoid blowing it out. Instead, use a candle snuffer or gently dip the wick into the melted wax, then lift it back up. These methods prevent smoke and soot from disrupting the wax and help maintain a clean burn for future use.
This is a safe place: If you have unused candles or seasonal favourites, store them in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Heat and sunlight can cause candles to soften or discolor, reducing their quality and longevity. By storing candles correctly, you can preserve their fragrance and structural integrity for future enjoyment.
Reuse or refill: Our candle containers are hand crafted and specifically made to be repurpose or refilled. Whether you want to give your D8 container a new life as a pencil or makeup brush holder there are plenty of options. Alternatively they can live again as candles with our refills - check out our refill options here!