Friday, 9 June 2017

How To Make Candles Last Longer


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It may be hot and humid outside during the summer months but there's still nothing I like more than to light a deliciously scented candle. For relaxation, to cover up bad smells or just because they're pretty ... I love to use candles all year regardless.
 
It's no hidden secret among those who know me that I absolutely love Yankee Candles so when I received a small bundle of votives during my baby shower in May I was absolutely delighted! My little one was spoilt rotten but these candles were the only gift I was given for me ... hence why they just had to be featured in the photos for this blog post. 
 
 
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The only drawback I find with candles is that they fizzle out and essentially die. An inevitable occurrence but I still get sad when I'm really enjoying a fragrance and it burns out. BUT did you know there are some tricks to help make candles last longer?
 
Before you start rejoicing and reaching for your go to fragrance .. have a read through my hints and tips below on how to get longer out of your candles and don't forget to add your own discoveries in the comments section!
 

How To Make Candles Last Longer

 
* Keep it flat. The wax that is. When you're using a jar candle such as the Yankee Candle ones avoid that awful habit of tunnelling by only burning your candle long enough so the melted wax forms a straight layer across your jar .. then blow it out. Wait for it to settle again before relighting and doing the same again a little further down. Perhaps a slightly annoying technique but you're doing it so the wax reaches the outside rim of the jar so you get use of all the wax and not just that middle bit.
 
 
* Make it ice cold. Need somewhere to store some of your candles? Where better than popping them in the freezer. Yes, you read that right. The freezer. The idea being that if you store your candles in the freezer it hardens the wax even more than it already is. There's no danger of having your candles in there for too long ... but maybe keep your glass jars out just incase. Pillar candles and votives will be fine in there. So the logic behind the madness is that if you harden the wax by keeping your candle in the freezer, it takes longer for the wax to melt and hey presto .. you get longer life out of your wax investment.
 
 
* Give it some flavour. Here's another strange one for you. Treat your candle like a portion of chips and sprinkle some salt over it. Why? It basically has the same effect as putting your candle in the freezer. Light your candle first and wait for a nice flat layer of liquid wax to form, then sprinkle in some salt into the liquid. That's it. Your candle will last a lot longer and you can enjoy some chippies with your favourite scent.
 
 
* Just keep trimming. Avoid turning your sitting room in to a Smokey Joe's Café by keeping your candle wick trimmed to about 6mm. Having a long wick on your candle not only makes it burn super fast ( weird I know ) but it also creates a fair bit of black smoke. Each time you light your candle trim the wick first to squeeze those extra minutes out of your fave.
 

 

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