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Let's Talk... Candle Care.

Let's Talk... Candle Care.

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Confession. I LOVE a good candle. Not even necessarily an expensive candle…just anything that burns well, smells good and (as a bonus) has nice packaging. One thing that I love about buying a new candle is the process of taking care of it from beginning to end. Now I know this sounds a bit weird, but bear with me here. There is a certain knack to ensuring you burn your candles right and I have been pretty obsessed with figuring out how to look after them properly. I have been wanting to nail down and I have found a way that works for me so I wanted to give you the low down too…

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The Tools…

I received a beautiful candle care set from Olly for Christmas and it’s really helped my candles to burn consistently. The set contained a wick trimmer and a candle snuffer, they aren’t essential but if you want to look after your candles then I would highly recommend getting yourself some. Most shops sell them now and you definitely don’t need an expensive set, they all do a good job. Failing that… you can use scissors or even nail clippers!

The Technique…

Okay, so you’ve got your fresh new candle. You’ve argued with yourself back and forth about lighting it because “it’s too pretty to burn” and “it’s just burning money” but you’ve realised that you’re going to burn it anyway so you get ready. The first thing you should do is trim your wick about 1-2mm to 1-2cm (depending on how long your wick is) to prepare it for burning. This is to help with a clean and brighter burn. If you don’t trim your wicks before use, you’ll see that a weird mushroom-umbrella-esque shape forms which will prevent the flame from burning correctly, giving the candle a dull light. Not cute.

Once you’ve lit the candle, you must leave it to burn until the top layer has completely melted. What I mean by that is, you should only snuff out the flame once the wax has completely melted around the edges too. Double check on the candle packaging as there will most likely always be a suggested burn time. If you don’t leave the candle to burn for the recommended time, you risk the candle tunnelling which will cause the wax to become inconsistent. If you’re unsure on how long to burn your candle for, I believe the general rule of thumb that for every 1cm in diameter, you should burn the candle for 30 minutes.

After you’ve left your candle to pool evenly, you can snuff out the flame. There isn’t much of a technique to this as it’s pretty much self explanatory. You should snuff out a candle after every use to prevent any smoking. That being said, if your candle does smoke then just remember to wipe the black soot off the sides before use too.

Once you’ve come to end of your candle, just take out any remaining wax from the bottom and then you can reuse the jar! That pretty packaging came in handy after all…

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That’s pretty much all of my techniques that I like to use for my candles. It’s totally subjective and if you don’t want to/have time to/can’t be bothered to do any of the above, then that’s okay too. You do you hun.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite candles are, if you use any of these techniques already or if you’ve learnt something new… I want to know! As always, I hope you enjoyed this post. #LaVieDeMay

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