Everyone has a blog nowadays, so I decided to start one as well. Hope you like it <3
On that note, let's move on to the topic of the day - our scented candles! I thought it would be nice to share with you some facts about them and care tips that will make your life easier.
What makes our scented candles special
First of all, they are made by two awesome ladies from Sassy Bookish Candles here in Germany. The candles (not the girls) are hand poured and made of 100% soy wax and they have a double wooden wick. Which means, these babies are eco-friendly and sustainable. Hooray to that!
Paraffin candles vs Soy wax candles
Most candles are made of paraffin wax. As you may (or may not) know, paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product created from a sludge waste after the crude oil refining process. Sounds pretty gross, doesn't it? On top of that, paraffin contains some really nasty and highly toxic chemicals, such as toluene and benzene. Of course, burning a paraffin candle won’t kill you immediately, but in some cases, it can actually lead to health complications. To avoid any health issues that may arise, we decided to go safe way and use soy wax.
Soy wax is made of natural soy oil, which is extracted from soy beans (what a surprise, right?). Soy wax, unlike paraffin, is eco-friendly, non-toxic, sustainable and what’s even better – totally renewable! It also burns cleaner and – thanks to the lower melting temperature of soy wax – way longer.
Unlike paraffin-based candles, soy wax candles don't produce petrol-carbon soot when burning (remember those powdery black stains that usual candles leave sometimes?). This is especially important for those of you who have asthma or any other breathing problems. In general, if you want to keep your lungs and house "pollution-free", you should definitely avoid paraffin candles. And one more thing – you won't find any synthetic fragrances in our candles, only natural essential oils.
The very first scent samples. Aren't they cute!
Essential oils vs Synthetic fragrance oils
Do you know that feeling when you burn a candle and its scent completely and utterly overtakes a room, if not the whole apartment? I myself am not a huge fan of overwhelmingly strong chemical scents, they make me feel nauseated and cause headaches.
Most of candles are made with synthetic fragrance oils. It is cheaper, and the scent is stronger, compared to essential oils. On the other hand, synthetic oils are also derived from petroleum (remember paraffin wax?), which, let’s be real here, is not a good sign. Again, candles with synthetic fragrances are not going to kill you, but if you have allergies, you might want to stay away from those.
Essential oils, as you might have guessed, are a natural product, usually plant-based, and have a subtler scent. The scent of candles you can find at Anna Blue shop is still strong enough to fill in the whole room with your preferred aroma, but it won’t overwhelm you.
As I mentioned already, our scented candles have double wooden wicks. A cool thing about wooden wicks is that they are all natural, unlike string wicks which are usually made of chemically grown cotton and then treated with chemicals (there are a lot of chemicals in your average candle, huh).
Another reason why I personally love wood wicks it that they make quite almost fire-place like crackling noises while burning. Just perfect for long chilly winter evenings, as well as warm summer nights. Imagine sitting on a beach with your besties around the crackling fireplace! On top of that, wooden wicks don't require constant trimming.
Why so expensive?
If you are grumpily wondering why our scented candles are more expensive than your average drug store candle, here is why.
They are not mass produced in China but are handmade in Germany, created with great care and love by people and not machines. The candles went through quite a lot of trial and error until we finally figured out the right scents, wicks and pretty much everything else. We also want to support the girls from Sassy Bookish Candles, who are working hard on building up their business.
Another reason is that we tried to make these candles as eco-friendly and recyclable as possible. You know that I always do my best to avoid synthetic components (not only in candles, this applies to pretty much all products you can find at Anna Blue shop) and use the best and natural materials, which sometimes can be a little bit pricey. But it is totally worth it!
Another cool thing about our scented candles – after you burn your candle, you can simply wash the glass jar with some soap and warm water, and voilà! You have a cute storage jar, that can be used as a pencil or make-up brushes holder, or a tiny vase for flowers, or whatever you like.
And that’s why our soy scented candles cost (maybe) more than a regular candle you can find in your local Walmart (or whatever store you have next door).
Getting the labels perfect took a lot of trial and error!
What if I have allergies?
As you can see, the materials used in our candles are 100% natural. We also have one customer who reacts heavily on chemical perfume and chemical scents of all kinds. She mentioned the candles are okay for her (Lyds to be exact). But, even though we’d like to say “hey, no prob, our candles are totally non-allergic”, we can’t do that. In the end, it really depends on what kind of scent would actually trigger your allergy. So, I’d be cautious and order only ONE to test it. Try it carefully. And even if that one works for, you be careful with the next anyway.
Your health is important. If you react to any of the candles, please let us know and we’ll try to include a warning for the scent. Which hopefully won’t happen. But better be safe than sorry.
And now moving onto care tips and safety recommendations.
How to burn the candle correctly
You just received your candle and you can’t wait to light it up. Sometimes it doesn’t work on the first try, but don't give up. Just like lighting up a wood for your campfire, a wooden wick might need several tries. That’s completely normal. Make sure you light up the wick across the surface, not just from one side and try again till the flame decides to stay.
After you lit your candle, keep it burning for good 1-2 (sometimes, for regular candles with a cotton string wick in might take more than 3) hours. You need to let the wax melt out to the candle borders. This initial burn is very important. Especially, if you don't want to have a little tunnel in the middle of your candle that becomes deeper and deeper every time you burn the candle. As you can imagine, the lower the tunnel goes, the harder it will get to melt the candle wax properly. It is very unlikely to happen with a double wick since it burns evenly.
For those of you who are wondering for how long you should burn a scented candle, the general rule is no longer than 2 hours. After 2 hours you might start feeling "overloaded" with a candle scent, similar to how you feel in a makeup store after trying 15 different perfumes in a row. Besides, if you burn your candle for no longer than 2 hours at a time, you get at least 12 days of "candle life".
Enjoy your candles responsibly.
Single wick says no
The basic safety rules
Don’t carry a burning candle around. Nobody wants to spill liquid wax all over the place.
Make sure to keep a burning candle away from drafts.
Don’t light a candle up and leave it unattended. Or, even worse, fall asleep. Who knows what might happen. Especially, if you have small kids or pets.
I know it smells fantastic and yummy, but please don’t try to eat it!
The candle jar comes with a lid. So, when the time comes to put out the flame, simply put the lid back on to extinguish it. No smoke, no nothing. The cleanest way to do it ;)
Now that you know how to take care of you scented candle, you can fully enjoy these babies. And remember, you can always flip your candle before burning to check the instructions!
What kind of scents we have
So currently we have 9 scents for (almost) every character of Anna Blue universe, each candle with a very unique scent. So here is a piece of advice: don’t buy a candle just because you love the character, and other way around – don’t discard the candle simply because you hate a certain character (yes, I am talking about Sophie candles here). Instead, choose a candle based on its scent. I know, I might sound like Captain Obvious here, but still!
So, let’s quickly talk about the scents we have right now, and how to choose the one you will love.
Anna – Unapologetic love for blueberries
How do yummy blueberry cupcakes and sweet vanilla sound to you? Because “Unapologetic love for blueberries” is exactly that! A sweet scent of freshly baked blueberry cupcakes, just perfect for those days when you need something extra-sweet in your life. Blueberries fandom – blueberries scent, fandom scent.
Damien – Sniffing his shirt
Well, this one is pretty self-explanatory, and it is named like this for a good reason. The spicy scent of Damien’s candle comes from the combination of earthy sandalwood, zesty orange, and rich warm amber notes. If you are looking for something sweeter and candy-ish, you probably should go for another candle, like Anna’s or Sophie’s or Eden’s, for example.
Zoe – When life hands you lemons
Don’t let the name of Zoe’s candle trick you – it is not as lemony as you might think. “When life hands you lemons” combines crisp notes of green tea, mint and lime to create a unique refreshing scent for the wild child.
Henry – Snuggling on a winter morning
"Snuggling on a winter morning" will bring back memories of borrowing your face deep into his scarf on a cold and crisp winter morning. A combination of cotton flower and white patchouli with a sweet note of violet makes this candle just perfect for those who prefer lighter scents and get headaches over heavy aromas.
Lyds – Cherry cake date on the graveyard
Lyds loves being extra in everything, and her candle is not an exception! “Cherry cake date on the graveyard” is an intricate mix of chocolate, dark cherry and white patchouli. The scent is warm, rich and not overly sweet. Just like a dark chocolate cherry cake!
Lukas – Coffee in bed on a rainy day
Imagine, you wake up early in the morning with the sound of rain drops on the. You want to sleep more with the sounds of the calming and monotone sounds of rain and a fresh rain-y breeze coming from outside, but there’s one more thing that you notice – rich and full, yet soft and delicious coffee aroma. Basically, it’s one of those mornings, when you know there’s a coffee next to your bed and it’s time to get up, but just 5 more minutes, please? A combination of coffee, English rain and plum is very unique. You have to love it, just like Lukas.
Eden – Pink fluffy unicorns
If unicorns were real what they would smell like? I can’t know for sure, but somehow, I think they would have a very sweet and magical scent! Just like Eden’s “Pink fluffy unicorns”. This candle is a nice combination of marshmallows and candy floss. You know that feeling of "I ate a sweet candy once that tasted exactly like this, but I can't remember the name"? That’s exactly how the Eden’s candle smells!
Tam – Sweet tooth in denial
Tám’s scent was a team’s favourite since it's pretty much a virgin coconut mojito in a jar. “Sweet tooth in denial” is not as sweet as you might think. Lime, mint, burnt sugar and coconut make it surprisingly tame for such a rowdy. It is fresh and summery, and it brings back childhood memories of sweet coconut and lime ice cream (or not so childhood memories of mojitos).
Sophie – (Evil) Bubblegum Princess
Sophie’s candle is pretty much what the name says. “(Evil) Bubblegum Princess” is a failproof combination of juicy strawberries, sweet pastries and a classic smell of bubblegum.
"Too good to (not) be true" is like the perfect cake you don't want to share with anyone, ever. It smells like pumpkin crunch cake and is so good you might want to take a bite (but please don't). It is very sweet, pumpkin-y and spicy. In other words, it is just perfect. Not only on Halloween.
Fun facts about candles
And before you go, here are some fun facts for you about candles.
Quite obviously, back in the day, candles played a really huge role in everyday lives of people, as it was the only source of light. Gradually, they were replaced by kerosene lamps, and later got the “second life” in interior design. Nowadays candles are used mostly for decorative purpose to create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere (and, of course, for those times when all lights in the house go out).
Aside from being the primary source of light, for quite some time, candles were also used as a clock. So-called candle clocks were burning for a set number of hours, and the whole length of the candle was divided in certain time intervals. So, if you wanted to “set” an alarm clock in a way, you would put a nail in your candle, and when it burns to that point, the nail will fall off, clink and notify you about the time.
Earlier I mentioned that there are a lot of different types of waxes used in making candles. But did you know that in earlier days candles were made mostly using bees wax and animal fats (for example, cow fats), plant oils and sometimes even oils derived from insects? Another widely used source of wax was obtained from whales. Not very animal-friendly, isn’t it?
And here is the last one - did you know that the term “candle” comes from the Latin word “candere”, which means “to shine”?
Now you're equipped with all knowledge you need to appreciate and enjoy these beautiful candles. Go ahead, light up yours or if you haven't gotten one yet, you can order it here.