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The Smell Of Good Memories: How scents and memories are connected

How scents and memories are connected

A while ago I came across a scent named Old Wood. When I smelled it for the first time, it occurred to me as strange and heavy. It was earthy and dusty, reminding me a bit of an old basement and moist blocks of wood. It was not a beautiful scent in an obvious way. It was intense and overpowering. However, when I smelled it for a second time, it came to me as more pleasant and relaxing. Some distant memory from childhood appeared in the back of my mind. First I thought about my grandfather smoking his pipe in the armchair; then about our family’s summer house when opened for the first time after a cold winter. The scent brought it all back in a few seconds, and I wanted to smell it again.

The connection between scents and memories

Rainy and sunny days’ memories smell differently. Photo credits: Donald Tong via pexels.com

Scientists agree that we create most of our scent-related memories already in childhood. Our early experiences have a lifelong impact on our fragrance preferences in adulthood. The smells we experienced as pleasant in our young years, will feel pleasant our whole lives. And the other way round, if we connect a smell with a bad experience, it’s gonna stay like this probably forever.

Of all our senses, the smell is the most closely linked to memory, but it has an impact not only on the kind of perfume or candles we choose – it can be an important factor in life decisions like choosing the right partner. Besides that, did you know that smell is actually connected with taste, too?

Taste and smell go together

The smell of coffee is just as important as its smell. Photo credits: Polina Tankilevitch via pexels.com

“When you chew, molecules in the food make their way back retro-nasally to your nasal epithelium,” meaning that essentially, β€œall of what you consider flavor is smell. When you are eating all the beautiful, complicated flavors … they are all smell.” says Venkatesh Murthy from Harvard University.

This means also that when we think about tastes, in big part we actually use our smell-related memory. In fact, if your sense of smell is damaged, you won’t be able to fully enjoy your food.

Personal experiences vs. scent preferences

Scents remind us of pleasant moments from the past. Photo credits: Pixabay via pexels.com

As a candle maker, I have the opportunity to see how differently people react to the same scents. There is a group of fragrances that are universally liked, primarily floral and fresh. But there is also a group of distinctive, more complex aromas, which are usually adored by individual memory associations. Scents and memories are strongly connected. For example, patchouli scent, heavy and intoxicating, might seem unattractive for a teenager, but for someone who remembers the 70’s when it was one of the hottest scents of the Epoque, it will be a sentimental, and beautiful scent of the counterculture. I remember my grandmother had a little round wooden box with a tiny hole carved inside, filled up with a patchouli-scented creme. Whenever I smell a patchouli candle, I think of this little box at my grandma’s home.

In the same way, we buy more Apple & Cinnamon candles during cold weather months because it reminds us of a warm apple pie that we used to smell on this or another occasion years ago. We buy Lavender candles or shower gel because it feels relaxing to us. The vanilla scent is universally liked and well-known as a mood improver because most of the sweets we ever ate have at least a drop of it; all the ice cream, cakes, and cookies have something vanilla-like in them. The vanilla scent brings all the sweet times back somewhere on a subconscious level. It has anti-depressive, anxiety-removing, and relaxing qualities.

Smell is stronger than sight

The smell of good memories can help to relax. Photo credits: Pixabay via pexels.com

Scents and memories are connected so strongly, that smell brings back memories much easier than sight. That means that sometimes you can get an unexpected endorphin boost from perfume or the scented candle before you even realize why you like this smell so much. So the next time you suddenly get the happy feelings and some distant memory throwback gets you, sniff around and let your nose lead you. And when you need to relax, try to find a pleasant thought and think if there’s a smell that comes to your mind together with it – this might be a good starting point for your next candle shopping :).

If you’d like to learn more about aromatherapy and the psychological benefits of scents, read our article here.

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How to recognize a good quality candle

What is a good quality candle?

(Scented) candles are extremely popular for a good reason, but how do you choose among all the brands on the market? The first step might be to choose a good quality candle! You want to know what you pay for and you have the right to expect the highest standard form product you buy. But how do you know if the candle is worth its price?

In this article, I’ll tell you how to recognize a good quality candle. Let’s start from the basics.

How to recognize the quality of a candle

Here is a general list of things that you should pay attention to when choosing a candle:

  • type of wax used
  • type of wick
  • type of fragrance
  • traceable resources & safety standards
  • ethical & eco-friendly approach
  • scent throw
  • burn quality
  • label and safety warnings
  • usage and care instructions
  • design
  • creators

It may seem a lot, but at the end of the day it all comes to some simple knowledge, and once you know it, you know it forever. The more of the points from the list above will meet the expectations, the better. Actually, they should all go together.

But first, a side note:

Are cheap candles bad?

Yes. There are plenty of cheap scented candles on the market. It may be obvious, but it’s worth mentioning: cheap candles are never good quality products. Mass production with cheap, chemical subproducts, often from unknown resources, and very often manufactured by underpaid people in an abusive environment. Moreover, because of the overuse of chemicals, synthetics, and artificial subproducts, cheap candles emit toxic fumes and carcinogens. They’re harmful to your health (they can cause allergies and lung diseases) and the planet. The only people who really profit from them are big corporation owners.

A good quality candle can not be too cheap because it implies that the ingredients used to make it must be of poor standard.

What are the qualities of a good candle?

Now let’s have a brief look at all the points from the list. When you want to recognize the quality of the candle, you should take all these into account.

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soy wax burns clean and smoke-free
  • type of wax – what kind of wax does the company use in the candle: paraffin, bee wax, soy (or another plant-based) wax, or maybe a blend? If you look at the label and see merely information “wax blend” then you probably should not buy it. Who knows what’s really in it? If you’re looking for a high-quality candle, you will pass on paraffin candles. Yes, they are cheap and you can get them even in the supermarket. But this is not good at all. Read our article on the differences between paraffin and soy wax to learn more. The best candles are those made of plant-based wax, like soy wax, because they’re ethical (vegan and cruelty-free) and have a less negative impact on the environment, but also because they’re not harmful to your health and simply smell better.
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wicks in Candle Time candles are hand-made and paraffin-free
  • type of wick – in general, there are two most popular types of wicks: made of cotton and made of wood. The type and size of wick used in a particular candle can be crucial for its performance. The ones to avoid are wired wicks from mass production, as they contain various micro metals, a.o. zink. This is to make the wicks more stiff and straight, but it’s just unhealthy and unnecessary. The best wicks are hand-made cotton wicks, with organic cotton from ethical resources. Wooden wicks are eco-friendly as well, but the flame is sometimes difficult to maintain. Read our article about wooden wicks to learn more.
natural scents are the healthiest choice but are not always strong
  • type of fragrance – scented candles can be made with the use of essential oils, fragrance oils, and synthetic perfume. While essential oils are 100% natural and plant-derived, they tend to be very expensive. There’s only a certain number of fragrances possible to extract this way. Fragrance oils contain both natural and synthetic ingredients. Synthetic perfumes are artificially created with the use of chemicals; this way is the cheapest way to create an imitation of basically any scent. Even though your first choice might be essential oils, it’s worth noticing that they often have quite a poor scent throw. Fragrance oils tend to smell best. They are prepared specially to bond with wax in the most optimal way and have the best scent throw. The best smelling candles will usually be soy candles containing a mix of essential and fragrance oils. Read our article about the differences between essential and fragrance oils to learn more.
The IFRA certificate assures that a fragrance is safe to be used in a candle
  • traceable resources & safety standards – it is good to know where the products you use come from. Candle manufacturers can get their supplies from plenty of different wholesalers and it’s good when it’s possible to trace them. With most products, there are certain safety regulations that have to be met. Like with fragrances in candles. Every fragrance oil must have an IFRA certificate which states what it can be safely used for. The certificate ensures that the fragrance was manufactured in a process compliant with the industry standards. Additionally, it’s good to know if the fragrances and other ingredients of your candle are vegan and cruelty-free if they come from fair-trade companies, etc. For example, in the case of soy wax, it’s important to check if it is GMO-free. To ensure the best quality, in Candle Time we use only 100% GMO-free soy wax manufactured in Europe.
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All our candles are vegan and cruelty-free
  • ethical & eco-friendly approach – similarly as above, a general ethical approach of the brand counts a lot. Why would you like to deal with a company which abuses human labor or lets animals suffer for a product if there are so many ethical, kind, local makers who care and want to make a difference? There are plenty of vegan and cruelty-free brands with planet-friendly attitude and plastic-free packaging. They collaborate with fair-trade, eco companies, and take big care of the high standard of their products.
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well-balanced scent throw is crucial for a good quality candle
  • scent throw – obviously this is a very important thing in a scented candle: a perfect scent throw. You can recognize a good quality candle from its scent. It’s all about the balanced fragrance release. You may think that the stronger scent the better, but it’s not exactly like that. Strong fragrance may give you headaches and nausea; it can also make you tired. Best scented candles smell just right. They release fragrance slowly and in a balanced way. It is easily noticeable, but it’s not overpowering, not dominating. It should keep on hanging in the air for a while after you blow the candle off.
wax should melt to the edges of the container leaving no wax waste
  • burn quality – it’s crucial for a candle performance. Good burn quality means that the wick has a proper size to the diameter of a candle and gives a nice, calm flame, which is not too high or jumpy. The wax should melt all the way to the edges, leaving the walls of the container clean. A candle should burn slowly and calmly, and the flame should not produce smoke. Note: don’t forget to trim the wick before each burn! If you don’t keep wicks short, you can’t blame the candle company for poor burn quality.
candle labels should state wax type and burn time
  • labels & safety warnings – each candle label should state the most important information about the product. Besides the company name, it should give the type of wax used, estimated burn time, and scent. Every candle should also have a safety warnings sticker with basic safety info.
white label candles
attractive design makes candles nice to eye
  • use & care instructions – separate candle care & safety instructions are also a good addition. This way customers know how to get the best out of the candles and enjoy them most.
  • design – it is obvious that the look of the product and the brand’s image is essential. You’re not going to buy something you don’t like or can’t imagine on your shelf. The more neutral and simplified the look, the better, because it will make it easier to match in most of the interiors. High-class luxurious candles tend to have a minimalistic, hip design.
  • creators – who are the people behind your candles? Small to middle-sized companies tend to care most about the quality of their products and the customers. They have a more personal touch because they don’t lose it in a mass production process. Like in Candle Time, which consists of only two people; you can always reach out for a personal advice or special orders.

We hope that this article will help you to recognize a good quality candle on a broad candle market. Your daily choices really matter, so choose smart!

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5 reasons to choose soy wax candles

california orange scented candle

Why should you choose soy wax candles

There are good reasons why you should choose soy wax candles. If you care about your health, the planet you live on, animals, and the environment, you will most definitely want to switch to soy wax. Why?

Here are 5 reasons to choose soy wax:

It comes from sustainable resources

Soybeans. Photo Polina Tankilevitch ( Pexels)

Did you ever wonder where paraffin wax comes from? Paraffin candles are cheap to produce but do you know that they are derived from petroleum or crude oil? The resource of paraffin is thus highly unsustainable and non-renewable. Moreover, oil extraction causes terrible damage to the environment, a.o. through oil spills. It also plays a big part in climate change. It’s all so bad!

Meanwhile, soy wax is not only eco-friendly but also comes from completely sustainable resources. It causes no environmental damage. It’s 100% natural and vegetable, derived from soybeans.

Good to know: in Candle Time we only use GMO-free soy wax manufactured in Europe.

It burns 45% longer than paraffin

Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin (it melts already at 45 Celsius degrees), which means that it burns much longer. That assuming you use a candle in a proper way, among others trim the wick before each use.

Read more on how to make your candle last longer here.

It’s vegan and cruelty-free

Soy wax is vegetable and 100% vegan. Its’ production cause no harm to natural habitat (unlike crude oil and petroleum) so no animals get hurt. Additionally, there are no animals engaged in the production process. Soy wax is produced through soybeans hydrogenation.

It’s an excellent fragrance carrier

Due to its low melting point, soy wax is an excellent fragrance carrier. It doesn’t need to be synthetically or chemically improved. It has also a perfectly balanced scent throw. The fragrance is also added at a relatively low temperature, and this helps to prevent it from excessive evaporation during the candle-making process.

It produces no toxins or smoke

soy wax flakes and beads photo
Soy wax flakes and beads

Soy wax burns clean, smoke and soot-free. It releases no toxins or carcinogens thus it has no negative impact on your lungs. You’ve most probably seen paraffin candles producing black smoke during burning – it can be harmful especially if the room is closed / not aired and if you like to burn a few candles at a time. There can also be many hidden negative long-time consequences for your health. You will not experience it with soy candles.

Now you see that it makes sense to choose soy wax above the paraffin. If you’ve ever heard about GMO soybeans that are often used across the USA – you don’t have to be afraid when you choose Candle Time: we use only the best quality GMO-free European soy wax. We also pay the highest attention to all other subproducts we use in our production process: all the fragrances are carefully selected – and we support European manufacturers; we also use bio-cotton to make our wicks.

If you’d like to read more about the benefits of scented soy candles or learn how to find the right fragrance for yourself, read our article here.

For some more info on the soy wax qualities, read our Soy Wax Info page.

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Longer candle’s life – 5 tips

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How to make your candle last longer

Today I’d like to share with you 5 simple tips for a longer candle’s life. Most likely you think: what’s this about? You just light the candle and enjoy it; blow it off and light again next time. But like with any other thing, you can use your candles right or wrong way. And there are a few simple hacks that will help you get the best out of your candle and enjoy it longer. Remembering these tips will ensure the best burn and fragrance quality.

Here are the 5 tips for a longer candle’s life:

Trim the wick before each burn

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Wicks before and after trimming. Trim the wick for a longer candle’s life.

This might have been told many times before, but it’s never enough: you should trim the wick before each following burn. Why? When the wick is burning, it’s getting longer and it collects black residue from the flame. The bigger wick, the higher flame. Higher flame produces more heat and makes the wax burn out faster. It can also have a negative impact on the fragrance, making it evaporate too fast or in an unbalanced way. The wick can also form a so-called ‘mushroom’ – a thick black cap at the top of the wick, which will can make it too heavy to support its own weight (this can lead to the wick drowning in a melted wax pool). The flame can also be uneven.

The optimal wick length is about 5 mm. You can use a professional wick trimmer but small scissors or nail clippers will also work just fine.

Bonus tip: Let the candle cool off completely before trimming the wick. It’s not only safe for you but useful in case if pieces of trimmed wick would accidentally fall into the container – it will be easier to remove.

Let the wax melt to the edges by first burn

A melted wax pool that reached the edges

When you’re lighting a new candle for the first time, remember to let the wax melt to the very edge of the container. Typically it will be about 1 hour per each 2,5 cm diameter (so if the candle diameter is 5 cm, it should burn about 2 hours for the first time). This is because of what is called ‘wax memory’. Next time you will light the candle, the wax will most likely melt just to the same point as it did for the first time. As a consequence, your candle may start tunneling – burning down the wick forming a tunnel in the wax. This will cause wax waste, shorten the candle’s life, and the deeper it goes, the more difficult it will be for the wick to keep flame.

Keep the wax pool clean

When you trim the wick, try to not let the rests of it fall into the wax pool. It should be kept clean at all times. Dirt in the wax pool can have a negative impact on the burn and fragrance quality. If it happens that something will get into the pool, try to carefully remove it with a Q-tip or a teaspoon (blow off the flame first to not get burned).

Avoid drafts and air conditioning

When you’re burning a candle, you don’t want the flame to dance on the wick and make you think that there are ghosts around πŸ˜‰ Avoid drafts. Don’t place lit candles close to open windows and don’t turn the air conditioning on. Sometimes the air movements can be even imperceptible for you, but the candle’s flame is very sensitive to it. As a result, it will burn in an uneven way, it will be thrown out of balance, and burn out faster.

You will know that there’s a draft when the flame is unstable, uneven, and acting like someone is trying to blow it off.

Avoid burning a candle longer than 4 hours

photo of lavender scented soy candle burning
Don’t burn a candle longer than 4 hours at a time and it will last longer.

This is especially important in the case of container candles. It is advised to not burn candles longer than 4 hours. Why? First of all, when a candle is burning for a few hours, the melted wax pool becomes deeper and deeper. It can thus happen that the wax will not be able to support the wicks in a vertical position anymore. This can lead to the wick getting too soft to stand upright. It may bend to the side and drown. The second reason is that the carbon will start collecting on the wick and it will form a mushroom. This will result in an uneven flame, that will often become too big and too strong. Then it can start producing smoke or soot that will stain your container with a black, smoky residue. It can also result in a poor fragrance release.

Now you know how to make your candle’s life longer!

As you can see, these simple tips are useful and won’t cost you time or effort. To sum up, all you need to remember is to keep the wick short, keep the wax clean, and pay attention to how long you let the candle burn.

For a more detailed guide on how to fully enjoy candles read our article “Where to place candles to get the best out of them”.

Share this article with your friends; it’s never enough life-hacks! πŸ˜‰

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10 steps evening meditation with candles

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Simple 10 steps meditation that will help you relax

This step by step meditation guide will help you to relax after a busy day. It will remove the tensions and help to sleep better.

The word “meditation” may sound serious and you may think it requires some secret knowledge to do it, but as a matter of fact, it’s easy, pleasant, and doesn’t take much time. Everyone can do it. Simple meditation practice will help you to relax and bring back your inner balance.

I’ve started to meditate many years ago when I was struggling with falling asleep. Even though I was tired, my mind was always on a full run. I’ve spent some time reading all the classic zen masters, then went on with modern books. I went through many techniques, but not all of them were working for me. I like simplicity, and I like when things come in a natural way. Through years of practice, I’ve worked out my own daily meditation routine. I’m doing it every evening, shortly before I go to bed. It takes about 15 – 20 minutes, and you can make it shorter or longer, whatever suits you.

Benefits of evening meditation

This simple meditation routine has many benefits:

  • It helps to switch from a busy day mode to relaxed evening time
  • It removes stress and tensions accumulated during the day
  • It helps to quiet down upsetting thoughts and clear your mind
  • It helps to unblock your chackras
  • It makes you feel more grounded and back in balance
  • It helps to fall asleep and improves quality of sleep.

Find the right space

Before you begin, let some fresh air into the room. Open a window until all the noticeable odors are gone. Then find a space in your room where you feel comfortable. Make sure that other people won’t walk around you. It’s good if the room isn’t messy, but after all, there’s a big chance that you’ll keep your eyes closed anyway πŸ˜‰ Dim the light; it shouldn’t be too bright. It’s worth to light some candles – they are a perfect meditation accessory. The ritual of lighting candles will be an excellent beginning of your meditation. Candles will take care of the right atmosphere, warm light, and scent.

Pro tip: if you like to burn more than one or two candles, don’t choose all of them scented. You don’t want to be overpowered by fragrances. For example, light 2, max. 3 scented candles, and mix them with scent-free. Go for classic scents that have pro-meditative qualities, like Lavender, Rose & Lavender, or Sandalwood. Or choose some other scent that you like. However, it’s good to avoid citrusy scents in the late evening – even though they’re natural mood improvers, they also have energizing and awakening working, and you will want to go to bed soon.

Pro tip 2: Don’t burn incenses (especially if you’re not used to) – they will produce a heavy smell that is likely to give you headaches. Don’t use cheap paraffin candles or air sprays – they’re full of weird and unhealthy stuff that will be released into the air in your room. When meditating, always choose a plant-based wax candle.

Make yourself comfortable

What’s the right position to meditate? You can sit down or lie down on the floor or bed. A yoga mat or a nice soft rug will work too. If you prefer sitting on the floor, sit in a lotus pose. The most important is that you feel comfortable and the air can easily flow through your body. So no cramped, spiral positions.

Focus on your breath

Lotus pose. Photo courtesy Miriam Alonso (Pexels)

The main point of focus in most of the meditation techniques is aware breathing. It’s simple as that: you pay all your attention to something that you normally don’t – even though it’s the most natural thing and we can’t live without it. The air circulation in our body is absolutely necessary for our existence. As it goes so automatically, we don’t give it much thought. Focusing on this wonderful act itself is an easy way to push negative thoughts away and clean your head.

Extra tip: Obviously it would be difficult for you to read the instructions during the meditation, so just read the 10 steps below before you begin. Read it two or three times, so you can see the pattern. It’s really easy. (Psst… You don’t have to be strict with yourself; you can adjust the practice to your own needs so you feel comfortable.)

Step by step meditation guide

Let’s start!

Lying pose. Photo courtesy PNW Production ( Pexels)
  1. If you’re sitting, make sure that your belly isn’t pressed on and that you can breathe freely. Sit in a lotus pose (see photo above). If you’re lying down (that’s my favorite!), place one of your hands on your midriff (upper part of your belly) and the other on your chest. Don’t press, just let them rest there.
  2. Breath in a natural way, let your body do the work. Focus on the air you inhale and exhale. If you’re lying down, notice how your hands are moving up and down when air is filling and leaving your body. If you’re sitting, focus on your body stretching and pulling back when you inhale and exhale. Let your body breath like that for a few minutes. Listen to the quiet sound when the air is exhaled. Observe the tempo. Note how it’s slowing down with time.
  3. Now take a deep, cleansing breath: be aware of your hands moving up with your midriff and chest when the air fills your body. (If you’re sitting, look at your body movements as a wave going back and forth). Count to 6 when breathing in, then hold the air in your lungs just as long as it feels comfortable. Then count to 8 when breathing out. Let the air slowly leave your body until it’s all gone.
  4. Stay without the air for a few moments – but only as long as it feels good. Imagine yourself as an empty vessel. Now breath in again, slowly. Count to 6 when inhaling. Fill your lungs with the air again. Hold it for a moment and let it out slowly, counting to 8. Try to imagine the oxygen reaching all your body parts and cleansing it, removing all the stress and toxins. Visualize how the air gets to your throat, lungs, stomach, how it flows through your arms to your hands and fingers; imagine it going to your underbelly and both legs, down to your feet and toes. And then going back on its way out.
  5. Repeat these deep breaths up to 5 times.
  6. Now let all the air out from your body until you feel that your hand on the midriff is lying flat. Is your belly empty? Now, start taking a slow, deep breath, but this time only with the upper part – with your lungs. So, not with the midriff, only with your lungs. Do you feel your hand on the chest going up when you inhale? Slowly breath out. Repeat it 2 more times.
  7. Now do the opposite: inhale only with the lower part of your upper body – with the midriff. Now your chest will stay flat and unmoving, and when you breath in, your hand on the midriff will go up. Repeat a full breath in and out 2 more times.
  8. Get back to your natural breathing. Let your body do the work and just observe. Focus on the flow of the air. Did your breath get clearer and fuller by now? Do you feel how your lungs have opened and can accept more air now? (It’s the chackras opening!) Is your heartbeat slower?
  9. Inhale with your whole body again. Deep, slow breath in and out, until you’re an empty vessel again.
  10. Get back to your normal breathing. It feels good, doesn’t it?

PS. Meditation can make you sleepy. Never forget to blow your candles off before you go to bed.

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Vanilla & Coffee candles – our bestseller

Vanilla & Coffee soy candle with coffee beans

Vanilla & Coffee candles are definitely our bestseller, and there are good reasons for that. Made with 100% natural vanilla oil and the best quality, GMO-free soy wax of European origin, with fresh coffee beans, and in a comfortable, safe to hold, glass mug – it’s all the best you could expect from the candle. You can also choose from white and brown label colors to satisfy your personal taste.

The scent is amazing too. Soft, pleasant, mild, and well-balanced. It’s a real mood-improver. And when you light the candle, coffee beans start to heat up, and they add an extra aroma of freshly brewed coffee. They mix together in a subtle blend; the effect reminds of a sweet cappuccino. It’s simply delicious.

Vanilla & Coffee candle care and safety

It might seem obvious how to use a candle, but there are a few extra things worth knowing so that you can enjoy your candle longer and in a safe way. It’s all very simple and doesn’t take much time. The most important thing:

Keep the wicks short

This rule applies to all candles but for soy wax candles it’s especially important. Wicks can be thinner or thicker, made of different sorts of cotton, and coated with different wax; but after all, they all need to be trimmed. Why? Because short week means longer candle life. If you let the wick untrimmed, it will grow longer with time, it can start mushrooming (forming a sort of black mushroom-shaped residue on the top) and become too heavy to support its own weight. Especially in the case of natural cotton wicks, which are not wire-supported like in some pre-prepared paraffin wicks. This can cause the wick to drown or start to produce smoke and make the walls of the glass black. It’s not the end of the world and it’s all easy to fix, but it’s just easier to keep it nice from the beginning to fully enjoy the candle. Longer wick gives bigger flame – bigger flame burns the wax faster. When you keep the wicks short, you get many hours of wonderful fragrance and cozy candlelight.

vanilla coffee candle
Vanilla & Coffee candle with white label.

How do you trim the wick? You can use a professional wick trimmer but you don’t really need it. It’s just a fancy accessory. You can simply use small scissors or even your own fingers (you’re going to need a tissue). Each time before you light the candle, make sure the wick is no longer than 5-6 mm. You should also trim the wicks every few hours if you burn the candle for a longer time.

One more thing is advised: don’t burn the candle longer than 4 hours. Why? If the pool of melted wax becomes too big, it might not be able to fully support the wicks in a standing position (again: especially in the case of natural wicks). However, if you do so, it’s not a drama, but I’d still advise to blow the flame off, let the wick cool off for a moment, and trim it shorter. Then you can light it again. (If you see, however, that the wicks become soft and start to go down, you should let the wax cool down and get more solid before lighting it back.)

What if a coffee bean catches the flame?

Vanilla & Coffee candle burning.

Sometimes I’m being asked: what if a coffee bean will catch the flame? Obviously, this is not the intention, but there is a small risk that it can happen. As I systematically burn our Vanilla & Coffee candles in our home, I have already a lot of experience (yes, they’re also my favorites, and one of the best perks of being a candle maker is that you have to test plenty of candles yourself πŸ˜‰ ). It doesn’t happen very often but from time to time one coffee bean or another will come in touch with the wick and if the flame is low, catch it. Don’t worry though! It’s really nothing serious. First of all, it will not be a big flame. It’s safely closed in a glass mug, so unless you don’t kick the glass off the table, nothing bad will happen πŸ˜‰ All you need to do is slightly press the bean with a teaspoon or a skewer under the wax surface and delicately move it to the side. If you feel that there are too many coffee beans, you can just remove a few with a teaspoon. That’s all!

I don’t have to tell you that you should never leave a lit candle unattended, right? πŸ™‚

For more tips on how to make your candle’s life longer read our article here.

Pssst… Did you know that occasionally we make our Vanilla & Coffee candles in glass bowls?

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Essential oils vs. fragrance oils

The difference between essential and fragrance oil

In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between essential oils and fragrance oils. How are they made and used and which one is better?

You most certainly noticed that some of the scented products you use include essential or fragrance oil. You may be wondering what’s the difference and if one is more beneficial than the other. Let’s have a look.

Essential oils

woman smelling flower

Essential oils are 100% natural. They’re pure extracts derived from plants, usually by distillation or cold press. People commonly use them in aromatherapy because of the healing effects ascribed to them. To produce even the smallest amount of essential oil requires an enormous amount of plants. Can you imagine that you need about 1.000 rose petals to make just one drop of rose essential oil? It takes 113kg of lavender to make less than 500ml of essential oil and 1.500 lemons to make 500ml of essential lemon oil. These are huge amounts! Now, you can easily understand why essential oils are so expensive.

Fragrance oils

girl smelling a flower

Fragrance oils are synthetic fragrances created in a lab. They’re often based on essential oils and natural ingredients mixed with added chemical compounds. They’re cheaper in production. They can imitate any fragrance from our surroundings, which means that there’s a broad offer of possible scents. Fragrance oils are common ingredients of daily products like shampoos, creams, lotions, scented candles, air refreshers, and perfumes.

Essential oil vs. fragrance oil

girl smelling a peach

So, are essential oils better because they’re 100% natural? Are fragrance oils bad for you because they’re made in a lab? Essential oils are luxurious products. Because they require plenty of plants to make very small amounts of oil, they can be pretty expensive. They have healing qualities and can be a remedy for some health or mental complaints, and people use them for relaxation, improving skin condition, sleeping problems, etc. However, they still can be harmful: they can cause allergies, irritate skin and lungs, and because of the strong concentration of plant compounds with strong medical working, you should not use them in case of some health conditions (always check with your doctor first). They’re also not always safe for children and can be poisonous to dogs and other pets.

Additionally, essential oils have a weaker scent throw and are not always the best solution for scented products like for example candles. Fragrance oils smell stronger and longer.

woman smelling a flower

Fragrance oils can be produced at a lower cost. Are they bad for our health? Not necessarily. Of course, the producers of essential oils will do their best to make people buy their oils so they try to disregard fragrance oils. But that’s business. Most synthetic oils are perfectly safe, especially because you can apply them only in small amounts (a typical scented candle contains between 3% and 10% of fragrance).

The number of scents that you can produce 100% naturally is small. Not all plants produce scents that can be extracted in a natural way. As far as you can get a natural scent from rose or lavender, you can’t get it from blueberry or a pumpkin. Think about the daily products you use, like a room spray or your favorite bottle of perfume. It’s highly improbable that they contain only essential oils. Or all the fancy scents of the scented candles you saw in the shop. You don’t really think that the Blueberry Muffin or Bubble Gum are natural scents, do you?

What kind of oils we use in Candle Time?

In our candles, we use a mix of essential and fragrance oils. We choose essential oils whenever it’s possible. We usually place the information in the description when the fragrance is 100% natural. In other cases, we use natural fragrance oils, which means that they’re based in a large part on essential oils and natural ingredients, with some synthetic compounds where necessary. We control all our fragrances to be vegan and cruelty-free (not animal tested). Moreover, all of them have an IFRA certificate, which means we are certain that they go with safety and environmental measures.

If you have any questions concerning the fragrances used in particular candles you can always message us via our contact form.

Would you like to learn about the psychological benefits of fragrances? Read our article here.

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How to choose the right candle for a gift?

Candles are always a good gift

How to choose a candle for a gift may be a tricky question. It’s easier when you know the recipient well, but what if it’s someone you don’t know much about? Don’t worry! The good news is that candles are always a good gift. There’s always the right candle for the right occasion.

So, let’s say you’re looking for a present and you thought that a candle will be a good idea. You have probably browsed through the Internet and saw there’s quite a lot to choose from. How to make a selection? How do you pick the right one?

Below you will find some simple tips. Answer the questions and browse in our shop. If you’re still in doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us for personal advice!

Choosing a candle for someone else

Gift-giving is a beautiful tradition. We present each other with things of material or emotional value, hoping to bond, to show gratitude or love. Why are candles such a good gift? Because most of the people use them, and because candles help us to relax, to evoke memories, to quiet down, to improve the mood. They create an intimate atmosphere. They bring light into the darkness. We all love candles.

How to choose the right candle for a gift? First, you have to decide what kind of candle will be right. Do you think about a classic paraffin candle? Oops, I hope not! If the gift recipient knows a bit about candles and likes eco-friendly products, they might not be so happy about it. Yes, they are the cheap option – it may be good for your wallet, but it’s not good for the planet and our lungs. The gift receiver may be aware of it.

When you choose a candle for a gift, the best choice will be a plant-based wax. There are a few different sorts of candle wax of vegetable or plant origin and they’re much more sustainable, healthy, and they burn longer. Because you’re picking a gift, you should show some effort and choose a quality product, right?

The second thing to consider is whether you choose a free-standing mold candle or a container one. Loose candles tend to be messy when burned, especially if they have decorative pieces and are not done professionally. Container candles are always a good choice because they’re poured into a glass or other vessel. There’s no wax forming on the sides of the candle. It’s also safer as it’s more difficult for the flame to get in touch with anything because it stays inside. That’s particularly useful when the person owns a dog or cat.

The third thing is the wick. There’s a choice between cotton and a wooden wick. You can learn about the differences in our post here.

Simple tips to choose the right candle for a gift

Now when you decided what kind of wax the candle will be and in what form, let’s get more particular. Below you’ll find a set of simple questions. Answer them and follow our hints on how to make a further selection.

When you know the gift receiver

When you know the gift receiver well, you probably don’t need much help. It’s more intuitive. Still, you can help yourself by asking a few questions:

waterlily rose oriental
(Scented) candles are perfect for personal and official gifts.
  • Do you know what kind of fragrances the person like? Think about parfumes or cosmetics she/he uses. When you visit, is there a particular scent you can think of? Have you seen scented candles at the person’s place before? Do you remember what scents were there? You may also try to remind yourself if there were any moments in the past when you were shopping together or other circumstances when the person mentioned that “something smells great”? What was that?
  • Is the person’s home large and spacious or small? If for example she/he lives in a student’s house and has only one small room to her/his disposal, you should consider smaller size of candle and more subtle scent. If the person lives in a spacious house, you may consider larger size of candle, maybe with 2 or 3 wicks, or a set of candles.
  • Is the person’s home minimalistic and modern or richly decorated, full of patterns and eclectic? If you can easily tell that someone likes simplicity, for example, their interior is mostly black-and-white, and dominated by plain, geometric forms, you should probably pick a candle that will be matching everything else. You should choose a modern variation of classic candle, for example scented candle in apothecary jar – if the interior is monochromatic, you should choose for one with a black-and-white label as it will match almost any room. And on the contrary, if you know the person likes rich decor, or appreciates unique, hand-made products, you may want to search for a decorative soy candle. There are many kinds of them, in different vessels. Have a look for example at our Vanilla & Coffee, California Orange, Rose & Lavender, or Rose, Lavender, and Himalayan salt candles.
  • Is the gift receiver in a good health? Do you know anything about the health conditions of your gift recipient? Think about issues like allergies, asthma, or migrenes. If you heard any complaints like that, you should consider choosing a scent-free candle. They burn clean, and (as long as they’re not paraffin candles) they’re usually hypoallergenic too. People who suffer from heavy headaches tend to feel overwhelmed by most of fragrances and it’s better to avoid sented gifts. Similarly with pregnant women.
  • Do you have any scent-related memories together? This might not come to your mind immediately, but give it some time. Dig a little bit in your memory. Examples: you’re looking for a present candle for your sister. Think about all the summer holidays or Christmas you’ve spent together when you were young. What’s the smell that memories bring? Try to bring it back: the apple pie your grandmother made, the bouquet of fresh roses that always stood on the table, jasmine that grew next to your summer house…

When you don’t know the gift receiver

When you don’t really know much about the person you want to buy a candle for, it’s better to stay on safe ground. Whether it’s a person that you just recently met, or a friend of the friend, or a new business partner, you don’t want to make your gift too personal. It should be classic, elegant, and in a good taste. This may be a bit tricky, but hey, even if you will not really hit the exact preferences of the person, if the gift will be classy and high-end, it will still be considered valuable.

scent-free pure soy candle
A scent-free 100% natural candle is always a safe choice for an official gift.
  • Is the gift recipient woman or man? Man and women have different scent preferences. Obviously fragrance perception is very individual, but there is a general classification of fragrances considered male or female. It doesn’t mean that men can’t like feminine scents or other way round, but there’s quite a chance that a middle-aged man will not get crazy for a rose or jasmine candle. It’s always safer to choose for a woody, earthy or spicy scent for a man. And as you may guess, rich floral, and fresh citrus fragrances will be a more suitable option for a female recipient.
  • Is the person young or in elderly age? Young people often prefer fresh, juicy scents. Elderly people have weaker fragrance perception so you may want to choose stronger, distinctive scent. Usually lavender or sandalwood is a safe choice.
  • Is this an official gift, for example, for a business-partner or co-worker? In this case you should go classy and choose an elegant and minimalistic option. Pick a chique but modest type of candle with a classic scent that is universally acclaimed, like sandalwood, vanilla & coffee, or lavender. Avoid decorative or fancy candles in unusual forms, as they depend too much on a personal taste.
  • Do you want to make an impression or show off a little bit? If you want to make a good impression on show that you don’t spare your money, you can choose for a set of candles or a gift box. This is a great solution also because you give the recipient choice and there’s a bigger chance she/he will like at least some of them. For example, if there are three candles in the set, it’s quite possible that at least one will match the personal taste of the recipient. And if you choose a scent-free set, it will always work, because it’s classy, simple, and useful. Everyone would be happy to get an elegant set of candles. If you go for scented candles, make sure that all the scents go nicely together and that they complement each other.

I hope that this article will help you to choose the right candle for a gift. However, if you still need some assistance or have more questions, feel free to contact us. We’ll reply within 24 hours.

Would you like to learn more about the psychological benefits of scented candles? Read our post here.

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Where to place candles to get the best out of them

Where to place candles to get the best out of them

Different kinds of space

Where to place candles is a question that often pops up when you’re arranging your home or workspace. Candles – scented or not – are used in many different spaces and interiors. Besides places like churches or restaurants, we commonly burn them at our homes, but also workplaces like beauticians, nails, and massage salons. Depending on the way the space is designed and used, candles can be arranged in a few different ways and some of them can be more beneficial than others.

Why? Because if you give it some thought, you can get the best of the candles: proper scent throw balance and longer lifespan. And you can avoid overwhelming your room with too many fragrances, or you can spare yourself wondering why is the scent so weak. The only thing you need to do is to look around and give it a little bit of strategic thinking. It’s really easy!

Quick interior scan

Look around the room or other interior where you’re planning to place candles. Make a quick scan and pay attention to a few focus points:

A side table is a flexible solution as you can change the arrangement whenever you want.
  • How big and spacious is the room?
  • Where are the windows and doors? Is there airconditioning?
  • Which places are most used/most often occupied?
  • Where are the most sunny places that get the most direct sunlight?
  • Where are the places that don’t get any direct sunlight?
  • Are there places of special purpose or meaning, like learning/reading/yoga/prayer/meditation corner, or waiting/working/resting space?
  • Are there places where children or pets are present?

It’s easy to answer these questions simply by observation. How you will answer them will impact the type and size of candles that will work best. Quick analysis and you will understand why.

Right candles for the right interiors

You already know that depending on the kind of interior, different types and sizes of candles will be the right choice. However, no matter if it’s about your home or workplace, it’s always better to choose a plant-based wax than paraffin. Whether it’s about your clients or yourself, you don’t want to poison anyone or support the industry that ruins our planet, right?

Small rooms vs. spacious rooms

Small rooms

Regardless if it’s your own home or a workspace, the first thing you should be aware of is how big and spacious the room is. Have a look at how high the walls are, how many pieces of furniture there is around. Is the room stuffed with things or minimalistic? Is there a lot of space or does the room seem tight and narrow?

If the room is quite small and the ceiling is not high, the scent will have less space to spread. It will become more concentrated and will be accumulating with time. That means that if you choose a big candle with a deep, intensive fragrance, it can become too strong and overwhelming after a while. It would be a better choice to pick a small or medium candle. What if your room is not big but you like to burn more candles at the same time? The solution might be a mix of scented and scent-free candles. The scented one will provide just enough smell, and the other ones will share their warm light without making the fragrance load in the room too big.

Have a look at our small size candles (+20 hours).

Where to place candles if your room is small and stuffed? You will have to consider what are the busiest and least used spots. It might be logical but it’s worth repeating: don’t put your candles in the close surroundings of other things that can catch the flame. Think about curtains, blankets, or books. Do you have a dog? Find a place that is high enough, so that your four-legged friend doesn’t accidentally wipe it down with its tail!

Candlelight adds extra coziness to your bath, but remember to place the candles in safe spots.

You should also choose a spot that is not too busy. If there’s a place where you or your roommates move around a lot, there’s a risk that someone will throw it down when in hurry (it’s not a big deal as long as the candle is not lit, but you’d definitely not want hot wax on your belongings, not mentioning the fire risk). If it’s possible, choose a place far from the windows and direct sunlight.

The same rules will apply to the toilets and bathroom, which usually aren’t that big. Choose a spot away from towels or toilet paper. Find a corner shelf or space between your bath tube and wall. If you place the candle on the shelf with flammable cosmetic products like hairspray or deodorants, first move them away at a safe distance. And similarly, like with other small rooms, choose a small candle or two rather than a big one.

Spacious rooms

And what about large and open spaces? This one may be a little bit tricky because there are a few more factors to take into account, but there are also more possibilities. The first thing to consider is, as with the smaller rooms, where are the windows and doors. You obviously want to keep the candles away from drafts. Think also about which parts of the room you use more than others. It’s usually a better decision to place candles in less-used areas.

An unused fireplace is a great place to put candles.

If the room is big, there are more places suitable for candles, and you can use them to shape the way you perceive the space. You can designate a few points and spread candles around the room. You can use them as dividers or connectors, depending on the purposes for which you use the sections of the room. For example, you can create a relaxing or meditating corner in a part of the interior, to clearly separate it from the busier part of the apartment. Or there are a few sections of the interior used for different purposes, but you want to give them all sense of integrity; you can create a pattern of placing the candles: for example, each corner has a shelf with a scented candle on it. You can also use a few side tables – you can move them around and change the arrangement whenever you want.

It should be also understandable that small scented candles may not work perfectly for more spacious rooms, especially with an open plan. It will not make any difference in the case of scent-free candles. But if you wish to fill the room with fragrance, it will be smarter to choose medium or big candles. One candle will hardly ever smell strong enough in a really big room. The best solution will be to have multiple candles spread around. You can also play with the scents without worrying about getting a heavy, weird scent mix-up because if there’s enough space, different fragrances will intertwine each other nicely. The best option is to choose scents that will complement one another, for example fresh, citrus fragrances, and deeper earthy/woody ones.

Have a look at our medium size candles (+30 hours).

Avoid drafts

If you want to place candles next to the window, make sure it’s closed and that sunlight is gone.

The next thing to consider is avoiding drafts. It may seem obvious, but we often don’t pay attention to this. Windows, doors, and air conditioning can not only blow the candles off, but they can also have a negative impact on the candle’s performance. They can make flame unstable and twitchy, and the fragrance release unbalanced. If there will be too much fresh air circulation, the air will push the scent in and out of the window and it will not stay in the room.

Look around and find places that are away from the windows and doors. If you particularly want to put candles on the window, make sure that it’s closed. Doors can cause similar issues as windows, even though there’s less chance for a direct wind blowing. If it’s a door that you systematically open and close, and people are walking in and out, there will be drafts. They may not be a big problem in the case of cotton wick candles, but the wooden wick is very sensitive for all the air movements. Similarly, if there is air conditioning in the room, you should turn it off for the time of burning candles. If that’s not possible, at least avoid placing candles directly under it.

When you think about drafts, consider also how busy the given area is. Are there many people using this space? Do they move around a lot? Go in and out? Excercise? Their movement will also cause the air to move.

Avoid direct sunlight

Sunlight is not good for candles. It may impact the color, but also – when cast through the window glass – works as a lens. It can heat up the wax and cause it to melt, especially in the case of plant-based waxes which typically have lower melt point. That means that they will get softer even in relatively low temperatures. It will not ruin container candles though – they will harden back as soon as they cool down, but it can spoil their look. It can cause dark and light circles to form around the wick.

The color of wax can change, too. Luckily, these are only esthetic aspects and they will not impact the overall performance of the candle. However, if you have a decorative candle that you want to look nice on the shelf, it’s better to avoid the sunlight. If there are flower petals or other dried pieces incorporated in the candle, they may also lose their color and bleach.

Purpose of the space

A meditation corner should be kept simple and neat. Candlelight will help you relax and focus.

Where to place candles will also depend on the purpose of the particular space. Think about how you use this or another area in your home. Do you have a home office, learning, or reading corner? A resting space? Do you exercise or meditate? The way you use different parts of the interior can help to determine your choice and the right placement of candles.

You can use candles to highlight some spots or give them this special ambiance. If you work at home, it’s good to find a place for a scented candle somewhere near. Pick a spot at a safe distance from your paperwork. Choose a small candle with a subtle scent that will help you to relax and focus. If you do yoga or other exercises, remember to place the candles far away from your reach. Always choose fresh scents, for example, lemon or orange. They will have purifying and energizing working.

Children and pets vs. candles

If there are children at home you need to keep extra safety rules. The same with any pets that are walking (or jumping) free. They move a lot, they move fast and often are inattentive. You should always keep them away from their reach. The best you can do is to place the candles high. If you don’t have the right spot, you may consider hanging a simple DIY shelf. It’s easy and doesn’t require big skills, and after all, it will be a great display for your candles. If you choose to place a candle on the cupboard, move other things away at a safe distance and make sure that there’s enough space between the flame and the shelf above it.

Get the best out of the candles

As you have learned, the kind, purpose, and arrangement of the interior determine what are the best spots to place candles, and also what sort of candles to choose. If you went through the questions in the Quick Interior Scan, you’ve seen it’s easy. If you are aware of the space, you can get the best out of the candles. By choosing areas away from drafts and direct sunlight, you will ensure an even, balanced scent. By picking spots away from kids and pets, and at a safe distance from flammable fabrics, you will ensure safety. And by placing them in the areas of special purpose or meaning, you will create a cozy atmosphere and highlight the significance of the place.

I hope you have found something useful in this post. If you enjoyed it, leave a comment and share it with others!

Learn also about The Psychological Benefits of Scented Candles.

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Wooden wick candles – what are they and how to use them properly

Wooden wick candles: what’s a wooden wick, what’s the difference between wooden and cotton one, and how to make a choice? I’ll discuss it today in the article below. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

Wooden wick vs. cotton wick

You most certainly know candles with a classic cotton wick – I bet you have at least one at home. But it’s also quite possible that you have heard about wooden wick candles; you probably see more of their photos online lately. They become more and more popular. Do you wonder why? And what’s the difference between cotton and wooden wick?

What are candle wicks made of?

raw candle wicks made of bio cotton

Cotton wick

Cotton wick, no hard guess, is made of strings of braided cotton. Most of them are dipped in paraffin or other sorts of wax, in order to easily catch and keep the flame. A candlemaker can typically choose from ready-made wicks that are already dipped, trimmed, and placed in a foot, or buy a pure cotton string wick of a given length and dip it, cut it, and make finishing touches on their own. In Candle Time, in most cases, we choose raw wicks of biological cotton, because this way we can make sure that our wicks are fueled by soy wax, not paraffin. (note: it is true that in this small amount the paraffin fumes are not big enough to have a meaningful impact, but it’s still petroleum-based emission into the air).

wooden wicks

Wooden wick

This type of wick, again no surprise, is made of a thin stripe of wood prepared in the right dimensions to serve as a candle wick. It can be made of many different trees and so its qualities can differ slightly. There are different opinions about dipping the wick in wax or other flammable solvents; some candlemakers claim it’s necessary to dip the wooden wick to keep a good flame, and a few say it should not be done. From my experience and many tests I’ve conducted, it’s obvious that wooden wick requires a wax dip. It effectively improves the quality of flame. And it’s especially useful when you can’t really predict what quality of wick you will get – as it’s a natural product and trees differ, even when you order always from the same supplier, each series can be a little bit different.

What’s the main difference between wooden and cotton wick?

image of burning candle with wooden wick
wooden wick candle

The main difference (besides the look) is in the scent quality. Because wooden wick is wider, it has also a wider scent throw. They diffuse heat in a more rapid way into the wax, so more fragrance is released into the air. In simple words: wooden wick smells stronger. It takes a shorter time to fully reveal the scent, while in the case of cotton wick candles it can take 1,5 – 2 hours for the smell to unveil its full potential.

The other thing that some people find very appealing is the crackling sound that some sorts of wooden wicks produce. This sound – or the lack of it – depends on the sort and size of the wick. There are wooden wicks that crackle quite loud, and people say it reminds them of the sounds of a fireplace. There are ones that make only subtle sound and other make no sound at all. I’ve tried out a few different sorts of them. At first, I enjoyed the loud ones most, but this didn’t last long as very soon I started to find them too distracting. I prefer more the ones with the subtle crackle from time to time, or even best, no sound. But this, of course, is a matter of individual preferences.

Which sort of candle wick is most eco-friendly?

ready-made cotton wicks

The most eco-friendly candle wick is a wooden wick. Mostly because of production of cotton is less sustainable – it requires an enormous amount of water to make a small quantity of it. Can you imagine that it takes more than 20.000 liters of water to produce just 1 kg of cotton? And you can make literally thousands of wooden wicks from one tree. It can also be easily controlled if the wood comes from responsible resources.

In general, the cotton wick itself can be made of bio cotton and come from responsible resources, but in a later stage of wick production it can be dipped in paraffin, and they can have additions of metals like zinc. This is not something you’d like.

How do you know which wick to choose?

wooden and cotton wick candle

Well, you don’t know until you try. Both kinds of wicks do their job. The best you can do is get yourself one candle with a cotton and one with a wooden wick. Burn them apart, so you can also tell the difference in fragrances and their intensity. You may discover that you prefer the scent that is less strong, more subtle. Then you will like the cotton wick candles more. If a stronger, more balanced scent appeals to you better, you’ll choose the wooden wick.

One more tip: consider a spot where you want to place your candle. If it’s a busy area of your home where people walk around causing gusts of air moving, the sensitive flame of wooden wick can become pulsating or be blown out. Similarly with drafts. In this case, the cotton wick will be more useful. However, if you put your candle in a place that is relatively calm, in a corner of the room, or on the table in the middle, or in your bedroom, or toilet, you can choose the wooden wick, which will perform just great even in more spacious rooms. For a bathroom you may consider the cotton wick, because of humidity – there’s quite a chance that you’ll want to burn the candle to your shower or hot bath, and steam is not good for the wooden wick. Getting damp can effectively ruin it.

And if you think that wooden wick candle care is demanding or complicated, then you must have heard some mean rumors πŸ˜‰ In the paragraph below you will see how easy it is, and how little effort it takes.

Wooden wick candle care

Trim your wick

A wooden wick is just as easy in maintenance as a cotton one. Both need to be trimmed. The only difference is that cotton wick can be a bit longer, 5-6 mm (keep in mind that if you leave the wick too long, it will have a bigger and stronger flame, which means shorter life of your candle – it will burn out faster). The wooden wick needs to be really short. 3-4 mm will work well.

Keep the wick clean

You should keep the wick clean. It means that each time before you light up your candle again, you should remove the black residue left after the previous burn. Most candle-oriented websites will tell you to buy a wick trimmer, but if it sounds too fancy, don’t worry: you don’t really need it. You can simply use your fingers to do it: turn the candle a bit to the side and grab the tip of the wick between your thumb and pointing finger. Give it a little bit of pressure and remove the loose top. Wipe your fingers with a tissue or wash them with soap.

Extra tip: you can use old nail clippers to trim the wick. It’s super easy and works just fine. You can also watch a short video here:

Simple tricks how to keep a wooden wick short and clean

Now you see it’s not really much work πŸ™‚

Additional questions?

I hope that the article above will be helpful for all candle lovers. If you still have any more questions about wooden wick candle care or need personal advice, feel free to contact us. You can fill out the contact form or send an email to candletime.nl@gmail.com.

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