Today’s luxury candles are more than a pretty centrepiece – they have the power to alter and enhance your mood. A clean, crisp fragrance will clear the air when you’re feeling foggy-headed, while a rose-tinted bouquet will bring a flicker of romance to a cosy evening in. For the exhausted, a lavender candle will encourage deeper sleep, and grounding cedarwood notes should slow an anxious mind.
But finding the best scented candle (whether for you or a lucky recipient) is more than a matter of scent, because not all are created equal in terms of materials, burn time and scent throw.
The new school of soy and coconut-based candles is sure to appeal to those on a natural beauty path. Brands such as Aromatherapy Associates are using expert oil blends to bolster the soothing effects of a flickering flame, while acclaimed niche perfumers Sana Jardin and Boy Smells are shaking things up with spectacular, space-filling scents. The ‘fashion candle‘ is on the rise too, with designers from Loewe to Gucci releasing scented style signifiers.
If you’re investing in a luxury candle, you’re going to want to get the best from it – and a little care can go a long way. Here, Diptyque’s Julie Bonin reveals exactly how to take proper care of your candles.
DO LET IT BURN FOR LONG ENOUGH
“You should always burn your candle for a couple of hours when first lighting it. This is to allow the top layer of wax to fully melt, ensuring even burning when you next light the wick. Wax has a memory, so it is important not to skip this step to make sure you get the most even burning out of your candle.”
DON’T PLACE YOUR CANDLE IN A DRAUGHTY AREA
“Another way to make your candle last longer is to place it out of the way of draughts, as this air movement will cause a candle to burn more quickly.”
DO TRIM YOUR WICK REGULARLY
“Trimming the wick is very important: the longer the wick, the quicker your candle will burn. It also prevents black smoke from occurring and ensures the glass isn’t over-heating. Trim it every time you use your candle and make sure it isn’t longer than a couple millimetres – the same length as when new.”
DO RE-CENTRE YOUR WICK AFTER EACH BURN
“As well as trimming your wick, be sure to re-centre it after putting your candle out to prevent soot stains forming on the glass. This will prevent the wick from shifting and blackening the vessel.”
DON’T LEAVE THE LID OFF WHEN NOT IN USE
“We recommend using lids to prevent dust from settling on candles that aren’t used regularly. If dust has settled, you can use a damp cotton pad to remove it from the top of the wax.”
DO CLEAN THE GLASS
“Should your glass turn black due to the candle having been left to burn for too long, use a wet cotton pad with warm soapy water and gently rub it on the black stains. Make sure you dry the area properly before lighting your candle again.”
DO REUSE YOUR CANDLE JAR
“To restore the holder when your candle has completely burnt down, simply pour hot water in the glass (make sure you use oven mitts as the glass can get very hot), swirl it gently, empty the water in a sink and wipe with a paper towel. Repeat this process a couple of times until the glass is completely clean. It’ll make a great holder for make-up brushes, stationary, or even a plant.”
All of the candles below rank high when it comes to quality, burn time and intensity – all you have to do is select the scent that speaks to you.
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From Harper’s Bazaar UK