The Importance Of Scented Candle Care

Scented candles really set the mood by creating a beautiful and pleasant aroma in your home. They can also be used as aromatherapy to help you unwind, relax and forget about the stress of the day.

As a scented candle manufacturer and retailer we still see many people forgetting that owning scented candles carries certain responsibilities and candle care is almost always over-looked, including:

  • Candle cleaning – With a clean clothe, wipe the outer rim of the candle glass jar every few days. This will remove any build up of wax residue, keeping your candle looking as beautiful as it smells.
  • Wick trimming – Trimming the wicks, keeping them short and clean will eliminate ‘smokey’ burns. This will also give your scented candle a longer life.
  • Proper storage – don’t burn or display your candle in direct sun light as this can damage the candle and fragrance resulting in a weaker aroma during burn times.
  • Safety burn times – it is recommended to not burn your candle longer than a 4 hour period in one session. After 4 hours your candle will start to burn away the fragrance faster than the soy wax.
  • Responsible use – Always be mindful where you burn your candle and never forget to extinguish.

In order for your scented candles to always be ready to provide a pleasant aroma whenever you want, it is important to understand the basics of proper candle care.

By taking simple steps and following the candle care instructions that should be included with all scented candle purchases, you can enjoy your candles safely and get the most from them with each use, including longer, cleaner burn times.

Proper Candle Burning Habits

When you burn a scented candle, it is extremely important to make sure that you are taking all of the precautions necessary.

Without being careful with how and where you burn your candles, you could experience:

  • Serious injuries;
  • Property damage;
  • Unwanted odors.

Just because your scented candles are designed to give off a pleasant aroma does not mean that they cannot cause a horrible smell when not used properly.

For example, never place a burning scented candle on any kind of fabric. The smell from hot wax burning the fabric could overpower your pleasant aroma and negate the effects of your candle.

Always place your candle on a flat and sturdy surface if it isn’t already in a safe glass jar.

When you burn a candle, it should always be on either a fireproof piece of material, or on a properly-designed candle holder.

A candle holder that is for decorative use only will say so right on its base and you should never use these candle holders to support your scented candles.

It is always best to extinguish your candle after 75 percent of it has burned down. The remaining 25 percent will burn in an unpredictable manner, which will cause safety issues.

Allow a candle to sit overnight before throwing it out and even then you should douse the candle in water before putting it in the garbage.

Getting The Most From Your Scented Candles

In order for your scented candle to burn evenly and provide you with an aromatic environment, there are a few tips you should follow.

The first is to trim your candle wick to 1/4-inch before you start burning (if you make your own candles). If the wick is already shorter than 1/4-inch, then that is perfectly fine and how it should be when purchasing your candle.

Don’t Burn Your Candle in Windy Areas

You should avoid burning a scented candle in a drafty room for several reasons. They include:

  • The candle will burn unevenly and too quickly;
  • The aroma will not distribute throughout the room;
  • The flame will extinguish from time to time.

A candle with a shorter wick that is burned in an enclosed room will give off the maximum aromatic effect each time. You will also notice that the candle will burn longer and evenly, which means that it will be safer over the long run.

Tips To Enhance Your Scented Candles

People often wonder if putting two or more scented candles in the same room is a good idea. The answer is that it can be a great idea, so long as you watch the candles and remember the rules of safety.

You can buy scented candles that have mixed scents, or you can buy a mixture of pure candles to get your own effect.

Experiment with different scented candles to see which combination suits you the most.

Some people sprinkle herbs on top of their scented candles to enhance the aroma and this is a very good idea.

Once again, you can experiment with different herbs to see which combinations of scented candles and herbs give you the results you want.

Candle Storge

Always store your scented candles in a dry and cool place to preserve their scent. Candles stored in areas that get hot and cold tend to melt and cool to the point where their scent is not nearly as strong as it used to be.

If you treat your scented candles well, then they will always be there to provide you with aromatic relief whenever you need them.

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