It’s true to say that we’re hooked on burning candles, but our love for these scented flames does get costly! With that in mind, we make sure we take proper care to get the most out of our favourite home fragrances…
Of course, candles should never be left unattended when in use. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of children.
Before you light a new candle, ensure you have time to leave it burning for a couple of hours. The first time you burn a candle, allow the top layer of wax to pool right to the edge of the glass. Candles have a “memory” so if you don’t allow the surface to form a molten pool the first time you use it, it tends to tunnel which is wasteful.
If you find that candles always seem to tunnel, go for smaller sized votives or opt for those with more than one wick – like the NEOM candles.
Each time you go to burn your candle, after the very first burn, trim the wick to avoid the candle smoking or burning badly. Use a wick trimmer if you can, and take the wick down to around half a centimetre. Do this before burning, while the candle is cold.
Use a clean, dry cloth to remove any dust that has built up on your candle, and if your candle comes with a lid, use this in between burnings to ensure the fragrance lasts well.
Place your candles away from draughts, ideally on a flat surface where they won’t be knocked over by children or pets. You may notice that when your candle is placed near an open window or a draughty room, the candle tends to give off smoke.
If you can, it’s best to snuff the flame rather than blow it out – you can buy a candle snuffer if you burn a lot of candles.
If you find your candle has tunneled, try the foil method to fix.
Candles shouldn’t be left burning for more than three or four hours, always keep a watchful eye on them and avoid lighting candles anywhere near flammable items.
To store your candles and keep them in optimum condition, keep them out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dark place.
If you wish to use your candle holder again (we often reuse the pretty Jo Malone and Diptyque jars), try freezing the jar to allow the wax to shrink. Otherwise, run it under warm water and scrub out the remaining wax with washing up liquid.
Do you have any tips for looking after candles?