Saturday, November 14, 2009

How to Make the Most of Your Candle

Recently, I had some buds over, and we were talking about things I do, and what they do to make their candles last EVEN longer. I thought I should share these tips with you folks!

1. A Simple Motion Goes A Long Way- A buddy of mine loves her mod square candle she bought from my shop. She found a way to lengthen the life of her candle. The very first time she lit it, she picked it up and sort of tilted it around to widen the melt pool. After that first light, the candle is like memory foam, and will melt back to those same distance, causing a longer fragrant burn. This works with any candle that is wide in area, but maybe short in height.

2. Waste Not, Want Not- I had a wonderful leaf shaped candle. It smelled fabulous as it burned down, but it eventually came to it's end. Well because of it's unusual shape there was a lot of wax still hanging out in the nooks and crannies. It seemed like a waste to lose. So, I put the candle in the freezer for 10min. This causes soy wax to shrink. So when I pushed at the wax in the nooks and crannies, a chunk fell out. I saved all these chunks, and have been burning them in my tart burner. These crumbles were equivalent to at least 5 tarts....a savings of $5, and letting me enjoy the great scent for an additional 80+ hours.3. I Just Can't Let Go- Some containers are just too perfect, too pretty, too sentimental to get rid of when the candle is gone. I've had several cases over the last few months, where owners of these little jewels, give the containers back to me, to fill with their favorite scent, or one they want to try. Refills are discounted from a regular candle purchase, and a great way to do your part in conservation and reuse.

4. Do You Believe in Reincarnation- Look around you and many thinks that could or would be trash, could be a treasure. How about filling your favorite Schnapps with a matching Reed Diffuser scent? How about making last nights pasta jar see another day, as a mega jar candle? These items can be filled for you as well...making your trash, your treasure :)

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