Wellness Notes

Five Facts for Scented Candles

Inspired by the rich history of holism, our candles usher us on a common quest ~ a regard for the light in each of us, and our journey towards being well. Here are five facts about the safe use of scented candles at home –

1. Burn within sight
Always use candles safely - Burn the candle within sight, away from children, pets, drafts, or anything that can catch fire. Allow to cool before relighting. Do not burn for more than 1.5 hours.

2. Trim the wick
It is always a good idea to trim the wick prior to each lighting of the candle. Trim wick to Ľ inch before lighting. The wick should be trimmed as the wax melts down.

3. Smoking candle
Though undesirable, sometimes smoke is visible in all candles up to the first 10 minutes of lighting. This could happen if there is a draft and the flame ‘burns’ some of the molten wax/fragrance. The black smoke should be gone after the candle burns for some time. Smoke can be mitigated by trimming the wick.

4. Air pockets
Soy based natural waxes are soft and shrink as the ambient temperature cools. This causes the wax to detach from the surface of the glass. This appears like pockets. This is not a quality problem and is a common feature of Soy based natural waxes.

5. Too much of a good thing
Candles with high scent loads saturate the nose quickly and should not be burned for more than 1.5 hours. We can quickly check the level of fragrance in the room by stepping outside for a while and then coming back in.

Stay well.


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