How to Care for your Candles

December 02, 2016

How to Care for your Candles

It's the beginning of the holiday season and the cooler weather is finally here.  For many of us, that means filling our homes with comforting scents to warm our hearts.  Of course, we want you to keep your candles lasting and your family safe, so here are some tips from myself and Meghan Young, the creator of Dreaming Tree Soaps.

#1.  Find Your Favorite Candle.  There are so many to choose from!  I prefer 100% soy candles for their long, clean burn-time; and this time of year I go for warm outdoors-y scents and anything that reminds me of baked goods at my grandmas!

#2.  Trim the Wick.   Long wicks can create billowing smoke and that icky black soot to accumulate on your jars or on items surrounding your candles.  Keep them trimmed to 1/8" before burning each time.

#3.  Burn Safely.  This means different things for different people, but if you have children or (or a cat, like Apollo here) it's extra important to make sure that your candle is in a safe place.  While you naturally want to make sure your candle is in a place where it's out of their reach, also make sure it's not sitting somewhere where it could fall over if a piece of furniture is bumped (or climbed on).  And of course, if you're relaxing and may fall asleep, be sure to blow your candle out well in advance.

#4. Let the Wax Pool.  Don't you just hate it when you have a candle you love, and it's burned all the way down but there's wax stuck to the sides, unmelted? To avoid wasted wax, sure that the entire top surface of your candle is covered in liquid before blowing it out each and every time.  This helps the wax to melt all the way to the glass, the whole way down the glass, and you'll be sure to get the longest burn time for your buck.

#5.  Know When to Say Goodbye.  At some point, even the biggest, baddest, longest burning candle will have outlived it's usefulness.  If your candle is in a glass jar, you may be able to clean and re-purpose the jar, or recycle at your local center.  At Sophie Stargazer, we will give you $1 off of your next Dreamingtree candle when you bring in your previously-used candle jar - every day!

Good To Know:  Most candles will easily fill one standard room with scent.  Dreaming Tree Soapworks candles are scent-tested in rooms of 11x15 by Meghan herself for an ideal scent distribution.  If you have a larger room or open concept, you may need multiple candles spaced safely apart to distribute scent throughout the home - just be sure to use the same scent so as to not confuse your nose!

Now after all of that, it's time for me to put down the computer and pickup my box of matches, because I'm craving the warmth of the Harvest candle to relax the rest of the evening!



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