Candle Etiquette

Ways to Appreciate and Make Your Candles Last...

Candles provide ambiance while the flickering light creates a soft soothing experience. The addition of our favorite scents entices our senses and indulges us in an environment that relaxes our minds and gives our home a warm glow.

 

Choosing the Right Candle for Your Space

We don’t always think of the candle size vs room size when shopping for candles. We focus more on scent; the smell locks us in.  A 4oz candle probably will not provide the proper scent throw for a grand room with vaulted ceilings as a 40oz candle in a small bathroom will overpower the room.  The rule of thumb is 8oz per every 10 ft radius per room.

Mini/Sampler 75g 2oz - Small bedroom, bathroom or study/office. (Best for travel or sampling).

Petite 220g 7oz - Standard size bedroom, bathroom, or study/office. (Best for travel, a gift, or everyday gratification).

Grande 500g 17oz - A Large impact in a standard large-size room. (Best for Everyday gratification).

Luxury – 725g 25oz - Spreads throughout the home. (Ideal for open-floor plans and large rooms).

 

Caring for Your Candles

  •  Avoidance of particles, dust, and direct sunlight can preserve your candle. Candles stored in temperature-controlled rooms of 65 – 75 degrees are ideal settings.
  • Burn no less than 1 hour and no more than 4 hours allowing the wax to reach a full melt pool. This will allow the candle to burn clean, even, and avoid tunneling. Tunneling is unattractive and it wastes wax. This will allow you to enjoy your candle longer.
  • Avoid burning your candle for more than 4 hours at a time to prevent carbons from collecting on the wick, which can lead to mushrooming. This will also prevent wicks from producing a dangerously large flame.
  • When the candle reaches ½ of an inch, it is time to discharge this candle and begin burning a new candle. Doing this avoids excess heat at the bottom of the vessel and surface damage.

    Wick Care

    Before enjoying your candle, ensure you clip your wick to ¼ of an inch in height, and stand the wick straight up, this will eliminate soot from collecting in your vessel. It is recommended you trim your wick after each use, this way it’s ready for future use.

    After each use allow the candle to cool enough to clean any debris, such as charred flacks or soot. Take a cotton ball with warm soapy water and clean excess wax around the vessel. Apply the lid or candle covering to prevent dust from settling on the surface.

    Extinguishing the Flame

    Which option should I use, smothering, blowing, or submerging the wick?

    Simply blowing out a wick is the quickest or first option that comes to mind. It can leave the wick uneven, causing a smoky room, and transferring soot to the melted wax or the possibility of splashing hot wax outside of the vessel creating a mess or even a burn.

    Using a snuffer is good for pillar candles and smothering a candle can reduce smoke, but can cause the rubber or other materials to melt. It can also trap smoke leaving soot on the wick and disturbing the scent.

    My choice would be to use a wick dipper.  They are great for container candles and allows for a smokeless extinguish, while re-coating the wick preventing bending, breaking, or curling.