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Candle Care Series — candle care RSS



Ventilation in the Room

Tip #10: When lighting a scented candle in an enclosed area, make sure that there is enough ventilation. Some candles have what they call a strong "hot throw", the amount of fragrance the candle gives off when lit. Candles with strong throws are usually pleasant until someone is allergic or is sensitive to the smell. In which case, you have to ensure that the smell can easily dissipate from the room. In well ventilated rooms, the smell usually goes away once the candle is snuffed. If not, here are a few suggestions: Snuff the candle, taking care to avoid inhaling the fumes. Use a small fan to blow the fragrance away from the area. Do not move candle if there...

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Reusing Candle Containers

Tip #8: Thinking of reusing the glass jars that your candles come in? You're not alone. Most of the container candles come in glass jars, whether it's a clear or colored jar, because glass can withstand high temperature. Instead of throwing them away, you can re-use them as planters...organizers, craft storage, etc. To get rid of the old wax and the wick, prepare a water bath just warm enough to melt the wax and loosen the wick from the bottom of the container. Water bath tip: You can use an old pan and fill it with water just enough to cover the bottom of the container. When the water is ready, dip the container in. When the wax has completely melted,...

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Candle Storage Temperature

Tip #7: Love candles? We do too. Buy more than one at a time? Us too!!! When you love candles as much as we do, you will want to make sure you store them correctly until you use them. If the candles are made of 100% soy wax, chances are the candle will be sensitive to high temperature and the candle will start to "sweat". If you notice little globules starting to form, that's ok. The candle is fine, the wax just has a lower melting temperature. Our recommendation: Keep candles in a cool and dry place and make sure that candles are segregated from anything flammable.

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Handle With Care

Tip #5: Avoid touching container once lit. It's ok to move the jars / containers that the candles are in right after you light it, but once it's lit for more than a few minutes, the jar / container starts to get really warm. And we mean, really, really warm. Start with touching the bottom of the container because chances are the wax at the bottom of the container have not melted yet and is cooler to the touch, unless your candle is almost out, in which case you should replace it with a new one.

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Buy from artisans

Tip #4: Unlike big name candle companies, candles made by artisans often offer better quality candles. Just notice the way the wax melts...are there unmelted wax along the side of the container? This is called tunneling. Does the scent give you a headache or you can barely smell it?  Candles made by small businesses put a lot of care in their work, they pay attention to the details. They use high quality wax and fragrance oils to give you and your home that warm and fuzzy feeling about a candle you just bought.

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