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CARING FOR YOUR SCENTED CANDLE

candle care

You’ve treated yourself or been lucky enough to receive a luxury scented candle as a gift. But now that you have it, how do you ensure you get the best performance from your candle? We’ve all received a candle in the past that either doesn’t stay lit, only burns the wax in the middle or doesn’t smell strong enough. All of these problems are annoying and usually arise from either a bad batch or a poorly made candle. Ultimately the old adage that ‘you get what you pay for ‘ certainly applies with scented candles, so assuming you have received or invested in a quality scented candle, here are some tips on how to get the best from it.

HOW DO I ENSURE MY CANDLE BURNS EVENLY?

To get the best value from your candle you need to make sure that you set it up for a nice even, clean burn. Here’s how:

AVOID TUNNELLING

No doubt in the past you will have burned a candle only to find that just the wax in the middle has melted – what a waste! Unfortunately, once you have started a tunnel in your candle it can be difficult or fiddly at best to repair the damage done. The best way to prevent your candle from tunnelling is to let the melt pool reach the edge of the container the very first time you light it. This enables the wax to melt and reset itself evenly so that the next time you come to light your candle the wax surface is nice and level.

TRIM THE WICK

It is good practice to trim your candle wick prior to each burn. This helps to prevent the top of the candle wick from mushrooming. Mushrooming is not ideal as it affects the efficiency of the burn and can result in lumps of unsightly carbon falling onto the surface of the candle.

For convenience LUCYKING candles use wicks which are made from pure cotton and have a paper braided core. The paper braid ensures a cleaner burn and enables the user to trim the wick by hand, simply by bending the wick at its tip.

HOW DO I PRESERVE THE CANDLE FRAGRANCE?

A decent unlit scented candle will continue to emit fragrance for at least a few years but there are a few things that you can do to get the best from your fragrance.

CHOOSE THE CORRECT SIZED CANDLE FOR YOUR ROOM

Candles can fill a room with fragrance for hours however, it’s important to pick the correct sized candle for your room. It would be unreasonable to expect to fill a large living space with fragrance from a small tealight candle. Tealights are ideally suited to bathrooms, medium-sized candles to medium-sized rooms and larger candles to larger rooms. If you have a particularly large space you may consider having a candle at each end of the room, depending on the level of fragrance you require.

Bird of Juno Scented Candle 100ml

KEEP A LID ON YOUR CANDLE

Keeping a lid on your unlit candle will prevent the fragrance from evaporating into the air, keeping it locked into the wax for longer. Lids are also great because they prevent dust and other debris from settling onto the surface of your candle.

KEEP YOUR CANDLE OUT OF THE SUN

Over time UV rays will break down the structure of your candle wax, in some cases causing discolouration of the wax and in the case of natural waxes such as soy wax, potentially creating calcification deposits on the surface. Discolouration and calcification will have no effect on the output of your candle however like any fragrance it is best to keep your candle out of UV light to preserve the life of your fragrance for as long as possible.

We hope the above information has equipped you with some great insights into getting the best from your scented candle. Scented candles are only one way to fragrance your home or workplace, read our guide to home fragrance for some alternative methods.

Love, LUCYKING x

 

 

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BEST SCENTED CANDLE NZ

Best Scented Candle NZ

A GUIDE TO FINDING THE BEST SCENTED CANDLE IN NEW ZEALAND.

When trying to find the best scented candle there are a few factors to consider. Is the candle a gift? For your home? Or for the workplace? Here we explore each of the different factors that can influence your choice to hopefully help your decision making easier.

CANDLES FOR THE HOME

When buying a candle for the home its usually done with long relaxing baths in mind. The thought of easing into a hot bath after a hard day’s work is incredibly inviting and all the more so with a flickering candle flame to watch.

Factors to consider when buying a candle for the bathroom are; your bathroom decor (its always nice to be matchy matchy) and also what kind of fragrance will help you relax the most.

For the former, there are a wealth of options available to you, from choosing a candle in a clear glass jar, to ceramics or even no container at all. Whichever choice you go for you’ll find that neutral colours provide the most flexibility. However, if you love a pop of colour then don’t be afraid to choose a nice accent colour that compliments your room and accessories.

A pop of colour can be fun.

For the latter, you might be tempted to choose a nice vanilla candle or perhaps something like lavender, known for its relaxing qualities. Whatever fragrance you choose comes down to personal preference.

CANDLES FOR THE WORKPLACE

With their amazing ability to create ambience there’s no surprise that scented candles are used in lots of workplaces. The most popular of which are spas, beauty salons, hairdressers, bars and restaurants. When deciding what impression you would like your business to convey it would be wise to have an understanding of what different fragrance groups there are.

The best guide for understanding the different fragrance groups is Michael Edward’s fragrance wheel, used by perfumers around the globe, it was created to help retailers to suggest perfumes to their customers more efficiently.

Best Fragrance for Scented Candles

You can see from the wheel above how fragrances are divided into 4 main groups, each containing 3 or 4 subgroups. Using the above diagram, a bar owner may decide that a woody fragrance is the best scented candle fragrance for them. Alternatively, a spa owner may prefer a scented candle that falls into the ‘fresh’ category. The power of fragrance is irrefutable and there’s lots of fun to be had with experimenting.

CANDLE GIFTS

As you can see from all of the information above finding the best scented candle in NZ is very subjective which can make buying gifts difficult. However, regardless of the style of container or fragrance you choose you can be confident in the knowledge that scented candles are always regarded as well-received gifts.

If you’re unsure which fragrance to go for then perhaps consider taking a different approach. Some people love the idea of being mentally transported somewhere like the ocean or smelling something that reminds them of a great holiday. If that’s your thing then check out our scented candles inspired by New Zealand.

Now if all that reading has tired you out, here’s a relaxing candle video for you to enjoy!  

Take some time out with the best scented candle relaxation video
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IGNITE YOUR SOUL

ignite your soul

‘Ignite Your Soul’ – LUCYKING’s strapline and a phrase we live by. This short phrase serves as a daily reminder to be true to yourself and live your fullest life.

Life is short, we believe it should be one incredible journey!

Against all the odds we made it! Millions of years of evolution and the survival of our species led to you being here on Earth, right here, right now. So soak up your surroundings, indulge your senses, truly appreciate how lucky we are to be alive on this extraordinarily beautiful planet we call home.

Indulge your senses

Eat the cake, drink the wine, go skinny dipping in the moonlight… whatever puts a smile on your dial, go for it! It’s your life and you should do whatever makes you happy.

Live your best life

We whole-heartedly endorse indulging yourself, but living your best life also includes indulging others around you too; friends, family and strangers. Helping others, sharing kindnesses, being supportive and charitable all contribute to making this wonderful world of ours even better. So IGNITE YOUR SOUL, dare to be true to yourself and live your remarkable life!

Love, LUCYKING