Candle Care Tips to Make Your Candles Last Longer

Date Posted:5 July 2023 

Candles have a magical way of creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere in our homes. There is something about the soft flickering of candlelight that immediately relaxes the senses and creates a sense of warmth and intimacy within a room.

Aromatherapy candles are particularly effective in improving your mood and creating a specific feeling, whether you wish to relax or feel uplifted. The scent of a candle stimulates the limbic system within your brain which is responsible for controlling mood, memory, and emotion. This is why certain scents remind us of different memories.

When looking for a candle to buy you want to ensure you are purchasing the safest option for your home.  Avoid candles made from petroleum-based paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. Selecting non-toxic plant-based options like soy or coconut, or natural beeswax candles, will ensure you receive a cleaner burn, that is safer for you and the environment. Our naturally derived soy wax Aromatherapy Candles are free from artificial colours, paraffin wax, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances.

To ensure that you get the most out of your candle experience, it's important to understand the art of candle care and maintenance. Let's explore some essential candle care tips that will help prolong the life of your candles and enhance their performance.

Trim the Wick:

Before lighting your candle, always trim the wick to approximately 5mm in length. A longer wick can cause uneven burning, excessive soot, and a larger flame, which may lead to the candle burning too quickly. By trimming the wick, you promote a steady burn and reduce the risk of black smoke.

Allow the Wax to Pool:

To maximise the burn time of your candle, ensure that the wax pools evenly across the entire surface. During the first burn, allow the candle to burn long enough for the melted wax to reach the edges of the container. This will help prevent tunnelling and ensure an even burn throughout the life of the candle.

Avoid Drafts:

When lighting a candle, make sure it is placed away from drafts, such as open windows, fans, or air conditioning vents. Drafts can cause an uneven burn and lead to the candle flickering or smoking. Keep your candle in a still and stable environment for optimal performance.

Practice Safe Burning:

Always place your candle on a heat-resistant surface and away from flammable objects. Keep candles out of reach of children and pets. Never leave a burning candle unattended. These precautions ensure a safe and enjoyable candle-burning experience.

Extinguish Properly:

When it's time to extinguish your candle, use a candle snuffer or gently blow it out. Avoid blowing directly onto the flame, as this can cause hot wax to splatter. Extinguishing your candle properly helps maintain the integrity of the wax and reduces smoke.

Store with Care:

If you have multiple candles or need to store them, ensure they are kept in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Extreme temperatures can affect the quality and fragrance of the candles. Proper storage will preserve the scent and prolong their shelf life.

By following these candle care tips, you can enhance the longevity and performance of your candles, allowing you to fully indulge in their enchanting glow and captivating scents. At The Sandalwood Shop, we invite you to explore our stunning collection of sandalwood-infused candles and elevate your sensory experience. Embrace the art of candle care and unlock the full potential of these mesmerising creations.

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