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getting the most from a scented candle

So you've taken your beautiful brand new candle out of it's gift box, admired it lovingly and given it a good sniff (yes, we all do that). You've finally found the perfect spot for it and now it's time to light up. But wait a minute! If you love scented candles like we love scented candles, you'll want to get the absolute most out of your latest edition, so before lighting up take a quick look at our essential tips below to make your candle smell stronger, burn more evenly and last longer.

The first burn The first burn is the most important, and you'll need to ensure you let your candle burn until it's completely melted to the edges, which will probably take 2 to 3 hours with one of our large candles. Wax has a memory, and if you leave the candle with a small rim of wax that doesn't go the the edges of the container, the candle will remember to only burn to this rim and create a tunnel on subsequent burns.

Trim the wick Trimming the wick to around 5mm between each burn can make a big difference to the life of a candle, helping it last much longer. You can simply use a pair of scissors or nail clippers to do this, or buy a wick trimmer, which ingeniously catches the wick when cutting.

Avoid draughts Draughts can make your candle burn quicker, give off unwelcome smoke and burn unevenly. Remember - candles burn best in still air.

Don't blow, douse! It's not a good idea to blow candles out as it can send sparks and hot wax flying and cause the wick to continue to glow and emit smoke. Instead of blowing, use either a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame, or simply dip the wick into the melted wax with something metal. We use an old nail file but you can try anything similar (my mum uses an old teaspoon). Just remember to make sure the wick is hooked back out of the wax afterwards so you can light it next time.

All of our candles are handmade with great care. The key to creating a perfect candle burning experience however is a combination of how well it's made, and how well it's maintained throughout its lifetime. Don't worry though, we'll always take care of the candle making process, and as long as you follow the above guidelines you'll be guaranteed a perfect burn every time.


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