I JUST LOVE CANDLES! There's something so comforting about lighting a candle while having a soak in the bath or reading a book. I often set an intention when I light a candle- super powerful - where attention goes energy flows! Today I'm going to share with you some candle tips to help you get the most out of your candles. But surely Louise, don't you just light a candle and that's it? Yes and no! Of course you need to light your candle but there are a few things you need to know so that you can get the most out of your candles. You'll probably learn something new here, I didn't know these things until I went to candle school to learn how to make them! These tips will help your candles to last longer and burn more efficiently so you can get the very best out of them!
When you first burn your candle make sure that the melt pool (the melted wax) fills the entire top of the candle. Why is this important? Because if the melt pool doesn't reach the entire top of the candle it 'remembers' where it has burnt to and tunnels down, so it won't melt the wax around the edge of the jar next time you burn it and on subsequent burns - what a waste!! The wax has a 'memory' and burns to the same pattern each time it is lit. Now that the nights are drawing in you'll have more time to burn your candle so make sure your first burn is a longer one, it will depend on the size of your candles but for Louisa B candles I suggest approx 3-4 hours but no longer than 4 hours please!
Trim your wick!
After each burn, trim your wick to approx 6mm in length, no need to measure, it doesn't need to be exact! This will ensure that your candle burns evenly each time. Sometimes you may notice a build up at the end of the wick, this is called mushrooming, if your wick does 'mushroom' you'll be taking this off during the trimming process which is perfect. Your candle will then burn more evenly and efficiently.
Finding the right space
Be wary of where you put your candles, never near curtains or anything flammable. Be sure to keep them out of draughty spaces, this will disperse the wonderful scents and give it a wonky burn (It may just burn to one side, wasting all that beautiful wax) I love to put a candle on my bedside table and then another at the other side of the room. I love the light that comes from candles, low flickering light that has an air of calm, serenity and peace. It reminds me of my spa treatment room just before a client arrived, pure bliss!
So there you have it, my 3 top tips to help you get the most out of your candles. The most important thing about aromatherapy candles is the therapeutic benefits the essential oils give as you burn your candle, so not only do you get a beautiful candle and scent you get to experience the feeling that each essential oil blend creates. Feelings of calm, uplifting, balance or to help meditation or calm the mind. Working with essential oils in candles is very different from working with fragrance oils (synthetic fragrances) the scents aren't as heavy or strong but I know that, like me, you would much rather have natural scents that have incredible benefits than a candle that smells of pungent pink candy floss! - Nothing wrong with that if that's what you like. I'm just natural all the way, I'm an aromatherapist. I love working with what nature has given us. I personally use natural products as much as I can, natural deodorant, toothpaste, skincare products. Nature has blessed us with so many wonderful gifts, why mess with that!
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