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Tip #18: Candle Shade

Did you know that those two open-ended glasses are called shades or chimney? These are great for protecting candles from the wind on a day when you want to light one al fresco. Candle shades need to appropriately hold the candles inside with enough room between the flame and the glass.  Pro-tip: When lighting the candle, gently place the shade over the top of the candle. With your other hand, light the candle with a lighter or a match then quickly place shade on candle. Voila! Instant added elegance.

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Tip #16: Hot and Cold Throw

Many candle fanatics ask us...what hold and cow throw mean...So here is a simple answer: Cold Throw: How strong a scent is in a candle when it is not lit. Hot Throw: How strong the scent fills an area when it is lit. Just because a candle has a weak cold throw, does not mean that it will not have a good hot throw. In my experience, sometimes, candles with a mild cold throw actually have a pretty good hot throw (and you don't want it too strong anyway)...Chandlers (official name of candlemakers) have to adhere to the recommended "fragrance load" so do not worry...besides, candles poured by Green Papaya have been tested and are made "nose-friendly".

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Tip #15: Candles and Warm Weather

Store candles in a cool, dry place. Candles in containers (jars) are usually softer than the free-standing pillar candles...therefore, when it gets to about 90 degrees (F), they start to sweat. This is totally ok, simply wipe off the melted wax and light as desired.

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Tip #14: Tealights

Tea lights are one of our faves, Green Papaya tealights last for up to 8 hours! Soy wax burns much slower than paraffin, which allows candle afficionados more time to enjoy the warmth and scent it gives off. We recommend mixing and matching, light two tea lights with two different scents and see what you come up with!

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Tip #13: Wax Melter Maintenance

Using a wax melter? Did you know that you have to clean your wax melter at least twice a month to get the "gunk" of old waxes off? How? When the wax is in liquid state (melted), take a cotton ball and dip it into the melter. It will absorb the old wax. Repeat until no wax residue is left.  When the wax melter has cooled, use alcohol wipe to remove wax residue and scent residue.  Now you can reuse!

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