Pictured: To April Soy Candle by Olivia's Haven
Scented candles are the perfect way to transform any space and can impact your mood almost immediately.
The combination of a change in lighting and scent can be a very simple yet effective way to turn well deserved “me” time into a cosy retreat, whether it’s a relaxing bedtime bath or enhancing your night in.
Olivia’s Haven soy candles have a luxuriously long burn time but there are still lots of ways to get the most out of your fragrant friends.
We have put together this list of our favourite candle hacks.
1. THE FIRST BURN.
Pictured: Tea in the Orangery Soy Candle by Olivia's Haven
Fun Fact: Candles have a memory - particularly soy candles.
This means that the wax will only melt as far as it did the first time you burned your candle which is why the first burn is so important. Ideally you should burn your candle for at least 2-3 hours or until the melted pool of wax reaches the edge of the glass. A full melt pool also means that you will be getting the best fragrance release which is what we all want.
2. KEEP HER LIT.
While the first burn is undoubtedly the most important, you should always strive to get a lovely even burn each time, so burn for at least 2 hours and a maximum of 4. This allows the fragrance oils to burn nice and evenly while filling your room with their beautiful aromas.
3. TRIM YOUR WICK.
Why should you trim? Trimming gives your candle a brighter, cleaner burn each time. Leaving your wick untrimmed and heavy with leftover carbon (black soot) leads to a duller light that's more likely to produce smoke, and that smoke can also stain your candle container.
A good guide is to keep your wick trimmed to 5mm after each burn. A dedicated wick trimmer is best, as not only does it look very pretty, its flat design provides a great surface for the old wick to rest while you are trimming. This stops the specks of soot getting stuck in your candle.
If you don’t have a wick trimmer to hand, regular scissors or nail clippers work really well too.
4. KEEP IT CLEAN.
Keeping the surface or wax pool of your favourite candle clean and debris free will extend its life. Sometimes the sooty debris can act as a second wick and will burn your candle down much more quickly. The best thing to do is to wait until your candle is cool and using a soft cloth wipe away any dust or soot.
5. DON’T THROW THE LAST WAX AWAY.
Once your candle is at the end of it’s life and there is about 1cm of wax at the bottom, don’t waste it! Instead, use it in a wax burner.
The easiest way to do this is to pop your candle in the freezer for about 2 hours. Then grab a spoon or knife and run it around the edge of the candle glass which should break the wax free from the glass. You can then save this wax to enjoy it in your wax burner.
6. UPCYCLE YOUR CANDLE GLASS.
Pictured: Eighter Island Soy Candle by Olivia's Haven
Olivia’s Haven candles are all designed to be reused and there are so many really creative ways to use your candle glass again e.g. pen holder, makeup brushes, flower vase so definitely don’t throw them out after the wax has gone.