Candlelight and scent are small luxuries you can enjoy daily to bring calm and ambience to your home. When you invest in a candle, there are a few simple things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of it. Read on for our tips and tricks for keeping your candles at their best.
The first burn is the most important
Did you know that wax has a memory? You may have experienced ‘tunnelling’ with candles you’ve owned in the past, where a little bit of wax always remains at the edges of the candle and just won’t melt…wasting much of the candle’s lovely fragrance! To prevent this from happening, set the memory of the wax on the first burn by leaving it lit until the the wax melts right to the very edge of your vessel. This can take up to four hours, depending on the size of your candle and the number of wicks. Your candle will then melt cleanly to the edge on each subsequent burn, ensuring you get the most out of your candle.
Maintain your candle
- Burn your candle for around one to two hours at a time to ensure your wax melts cleanly and evenly in the vessel.
- Take care not to leave your candle in line of drafts. A breeze will always accelerate the burning of a candle and shorten its life.
- When extinguishing your candle, it’s always best to push the tip of the wick into the melted wax, instead of blowing or snuffing the flame out. This process eliminates any acrid smoke that would otherwise be produced, and protects the candle wick. Les Éteignoir is the perfect tool for this task. Carefully designed, this tool features a delicate brass hook made to reach out, press the wick into liquid wax, and then raise and centre it to be easily lit again.
- Ensure your wick continues to stand in the centre of the candle after each burn. If an adjustment is necessary, this should be done whilst the wax is still molten.
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