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Jo Malone Candles
These minimalist-looking candles from Jo Malone evoke food scents such as Fig & Cassis, Grapefruit, Lime Blossom, and Orange Blossom. JoMalone.com
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February 2006

Home Zone / Good Scents / Candles

 

Candle-Burning Tips

Burn, Baby, Burn—But Safely!

 

Caring for your candles properly will prolong the delectable scents and keep them looking clean. Just follow these tips from the National Candle Association below, plus some of our own, and you’ll enjoy the most fragrant candle-burning with minimal soot:

For The Best-Smelling, Cleanest-Burning Candles

Taking care of the wick takes only a second and maintains both the color and scent of the candle.

  • Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before each use.
  • Remove any debris from the wax pool.
  • Trim the wick again after two to three hours of constant use to prevent it from balling up and creating soot.

For Fire Personal Safety

  • Keep lighted candles away from vents and drafts. Aside from causing the candle to burn in an irregular fashion and creating excessive wax drippings, they can blow ignitables into the flame; and strong gusts can topple the candle.
  • Burn candles in a well-ventilated room.
  • Do not burn several candles in a small room where air exchange is limited: they consume oxygen.
  • Place burning candles at least 3 inches apart from one another or the heat generated can soften the wax and cause “waterfalls” at the top (think of the closely-clustered candles at church offerings).
  • Extinguish any candle that is smoking or sputtering.
  • Take care where you place candles, e.g., not underneath a bulletin board where papers can fall off and become ignited, and not where pets or children can topple them.
  • If you plan to be out of the room for a substantial period of time, don’t leave candles burning; and never leave the house without extinguishing candles.

Protect Your Furnishings

  • Candles in glass can burn 3/4 of the way down safely, but then you’ll need to protect your surface from the heat. Place the candle on a coaster or other protective buffer.
  • Set freestanding votives or pillars on a nonflammable surface—ceramic, glass, or metal—large enough to catch the wax drippings and protect the furniture from heat.
  • To remove candle wax, put the item in the freezer, then scrape the wax off over a paper towel or the trash basket. Frozen wax shatters easily.

Enjoy your beautiful candles—safely.

Some Of Our Favorite Candles

Cucina Dolce Candles

Cucina Dolce Candles—The Sweet Scents of Italian Cafes.  Dolce means “sweet” in Italian—the kind of sweet treat you’d enjoy, so it’s an appropriate name for these candles. Sweetly scented: two each fresh Cream, Espresso, Nutmeg and Orange Zest, and Hazelnut. The cafe glasses are reusable when the candles are finished, as is the beautiful “biscotti” tin. $50.00.

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Cherimoya-Scented Candle. This is the only cherimoya candle we know of: cherimoya fruit is known as the custard fruit all over tropical isles in the Americas. If you’ve enjoyed horchata drinks at the beach in the tropics, this candle will bring you back there for 100 hours of burning time. $55.00.

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Cherimoya Candle
Mor Soy Candle

Mor Sorbet Dolce-Scented Candle. Not well known yet in the U.S., Mor, a deluxe Australian line of candles, bath and beauty products, has products that never fail to enchant. Their scents are exceptional. the candle is made of a superior palm and beeswax blend, the sorbet scent is inspired by 1950’s Italy. In a beautiful gift box. $30.00

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