care for your scented candle
Candles are smarter than you think: there’s such a thing as ‘wax memory’, meaning the first burn is crucial to setting it up for a long, even burn. Cire Trudon brand manager Gavin Sommer shares his insider tips.
1. FIRST LIGHT “The first time you light your candle, be sure to leave it burning for two to three hours until the top of the candle is completely transparent before extinguishing the flame.”
2. EXTINGUISHING “You’ve just spent two to three hours perfuming the space; now, when you blow out the candle you fill the space with that terrible burnt wick smell, which is also not great to breathe in. We recommend always using a wick snuffer.”
3. MAINTENANCE “Wick care is very important. You need to constantly cut the wick — before, during and after the burn. The wick should be approximately 0.5 centimetres long. If your candle is smoking, your wick is too long.”
4. THE FINALE “You should leave approximately five millimetres of wax at the bottom of each candle to both protect the base and allow for easy removal. Put the glass vase into the fridge or freezer for 30 to 40 minutes — the wax will contract and it will pop out, so you can reuse the vases as cocktail glasses or for small plants.
Elizabeth Arden White Tea Scented Candle, $40. Cire Trudon Odeurs d’hiver in Etoile, $135. Diptyque Carousel and Candle Duo, $147.