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We made scented candles! And a blog!

Posted by Anna Blue on


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.

first candle samples

The very first scent samples. Aren't they cute!

 

What makes our scented candles special

First of all, they are made by 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!

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? To avoid any health issues that may arise, we decided to go safe way and use soy wax.

On the other hand, soy wax is made of natural soy oil, it is non-toxic, and it burns cleaner and 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.

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. 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.

 

Not your average candle

If you are grumpily wondering why our scented candles are more expensive than your average drug store candle: 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. And that's why our scented candles cost (maybe) more than a regular candle you can find in your local Walmart (or whatever store you have next door).

 

candle label testing

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 so if you react to any of the candles 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.
  • 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 in case you haven’t ordered one yet, you should hurry up and do it – we are already running low on some of them!