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Essential Candle Tips and Tricks

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

Tired of unbalanced wax, moving wicks and soot marked glass? Lint and Kemp have put together a list of essentials to get you the most out of your candles with some important rules, hints and tips.

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Opulent and sophisticated, candles are the perfect addition to any home's decor, not only for their beautiful scent but also for the warm candlelight they give off.

You can easily just think it's a candle and there's nothing to it. You could be making the first fundamental mistakes. Truthfully, in order to maximise your favourite candles, there's a set of rules, a few tips and tricks you can implement that will make a world of difference, as well as prevent the dreaded lopsided burn and dirty glass.

A fragrance brings personality, identity and a level of dimension that can almost become an extension of your personal brand and the essence of your home,

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There is nothing better than walking into a home that smells amazing, it says that the person living there cares about their space and who they share it with.

Here's our guide

The First Burn - When lighting for the first time, burn the candle until wax melts across the entire surface (melt pool) up to the sides of the vessel as this will prevent tunnelling, and create an even burn for the duration of the candle's 'life'.

This may take up to 2-4 hours.

Trim your wick - We recommend trimming your wick before every lighting. The wick only needs to be approximately ¼ of an inch in length, keeping it this length will avoid mushrooming which can result in unnecessary soot. This also controls the size of the flame allowing you to get the most time out of your candle.

Keep the Wax & Jar Clean - Keep the wax pool free of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times. If soot forms on the inside of the vessel, extinguish the candle, wait for it to cool, then wipe with a clean damp cloth. Trim the wick and relight.

How to extinguish your candle -

Extinguish candle with a snuffer (see below) or dip the wick to prevent smoking and also prevent hot wax from splattering. Trying to not blow out your candle is possible.

How to tell if your candle is burning properly - A candle burning efficiently means the flame is not flickering and it's in an upright position. Extinguish a candle if it smokes, flickers or the flame becomes too high. These signs indicate the candle is not burning properly and the flame isn't controlled. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, then check for drafts before re-lighting.

Get the most from the candles scent throw - Open windows and doors will disperse scent and lessen the concentration. For maximum fragrance keep windows and doors closed and burn in desired space for 30 mins before entering.

How to store your candles - Always store your candles in a cool, dark and dry place. Scented candles also look great stored under a glass cloche, which also protects from dust. Avoid placing your candles where they will be directly exposed to sunlight or harsh indoor lighting, such as a spotlights

To conclude - The most important thing to remember is that candles involve a naked flame and they do need to be treated with caution. Lint and Kemp supply a care guide with every purchase and we recommend following these. We hope this information helps, if so, please remember to subscribe to our mailing list to ensure you stay up to date with information, new launches and special offers.

Thank you

The Lint and Kemp Team

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