Scenting your home with scented candles is an easy way to create a relaxing environment. Lighting a scented candle will give you a sense of calmness, peace, and hours of fragrant pleasure.
Today, let’s discover some practical tips on using and maintaining your scented candles. Plus, learn some necessary safety precautions when using them.
Candles are composed of several components, including a wick, a container, and a base.
There are several types of candle wax, including vegetable (soy is always our choice!) and animal, and those derived from petroleum, such as paraffin.
Choose a candle carefully. Many types of candles are available, each with their advantages and disadvantages. Some candles could contain chemicals that could harm your health. Always read the label before buying a candle.
First, choose the right scent for your needs. Imperial Candles have a fantastic range of scents available, so you can always find a scent you’ll love.
Next, place the candle in a safe location. Make sure it’s on a heat-resistant surface like ceramic or metal. If you’re unsure if your surface is heat-resistant, test it first by placing a hot cup or mug on top. If it doesn’t burn, then it’s safe to use. However, don’t try this on antique furniture; always take precautions to avoid burning yourself!!
If you’ve got guests coming round, light the candles an hour before they arrive to create an inviting atmosphere.
Practical Advice On How To Use Scented Candles Right
To create a nice smokeless flame, you need to cut the wick by 5 mm before lighting the candle. You should also keep it away from any drafts.
To keep your candle burning evenly, you must check that the wick is straight and centred. If you are not careful, the wick may move, and one side of the candle may burn faster than the other, causing uneven burning. To avoid this problem, you should cut the wick every time you light the candle.
It is recommended to extinguish scented candles when eating. This will allow you to better enjoy the flavours and smells of your meals.
When lighting your candle, it is best to use a lighter rather than a match. Also, a snuffer is better than blowing out a candle because it doesn’t make smoke.
Staying Safe With Scented Candles
It is best to keep scented candles out of the reach of small children and pets.
Don’t leave them lit in a room with no one or unsupervised children and pets. Instead, keep them in a safe place, like a cupboard or a drawer. If you need to put them somewhere else, ensure they’re on a non-porous surface. If you have a pet that likes to chew on things, consider placing the candle in a glass jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid.
Always follow the safety instructions and warnings on any packaging. Keep the flame away from combustible or flammable sources (curtains, tablecloths, etc.).
Wait until the wax has cooled down before moving the candle. You risk burning your skin if you put hot wax on it.
Moving the candle may create holes in the wax, causing the candle to hollow out, making it less effective. To avoid this, you should wait until the wax has cooled down before moving it.
It is always good to ventilate your home every day. Still, it is even more essential to ventilate the rooms where your candles are burning. So please remember to ventilate the area regularly for a few minutes every three hours.
For all these and more tips check our handy graphic below.
Apply some common sense and consider the advice given above. Then, you will enjoy your scented candles while remaining safe.