care for your scented can­dle

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Beauty -

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.

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